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Need a rec - corporate dinner, needs a exceptional wine list, fine dining

What about the Monte Carlo in the warehouse district? I've never been, so I can't speak to the food, but I've walked by several times and it seems like the perfect kind of place to chase down dinner with a few single malts.

Can anyone recommend the chow there?

Need a rec - corporate dinner, needs a exceptional wine list, fine dining

Full bar at Heidi's with some very tasty and inventive cocktails. The space is probably a little intimate for a business dinner, however

Best Cuban sandwich in Twin Cities

The Elian Gonzalez at Buster's on 28th is my favorite in the cities.

Another TC's sojourn begins.

Mayor Rybak recently listed it as a favorite spot for a beer.

http://www.startribune.com/entertainm...

Another TC's sojourn begins.

That would be Salut. It's sort of a playful caricature of a French brasserie, but definitely NOT authentic. I'm not trying to knock the place - the food is mostly good and the atmosphere is fun - just don't expect authentic.

MSP james beard semifinalists local rundown

I've been to all three, and Bachelor Farmer does not belong in any conversation with the best restaurants in town. Marvel Bar is great - I'll give them that, but for the life of me I don't get wtf everyone sees in this place. The food is straight up boring! Celebrate Nordic heritage all you want but meatballs and mashed potatoes? Really? Oh no, I'm sorry, you put pieces of toast on a rack. I get it.

Let me know if I'm wrong - has anyone out there been truly wowed by the food at BF?

What's the big deal with Red Stag?

I've stayed out of this one because I've never been to RS. but I've been to Bartman's other restaurants, and they all have the same problem: Concept before food. Hipster bowling alley? Not so cool if the food sucks. Hipster dive bar with dressed up pub food? Same thing. Fortunately for her there are enough people in this town (mindless masses, if you will) that will overpay for crappy food if you put the word "local" on the menu in a big font.

There are just too many places to get great food in this town to eat somewhere because you like the idea of what the owner is trying to make it.

Dinner for wine-loving parents with Weight Watchers friendly choices?

How about Heidi's? They have a very nice wine list and knowledgeable service. Portions are on the smaller side, which she would probably appreciate, but there are plenty of small plates available to satiate bigger appetites.

My dad is a veg and he really enjoyed the house made tofu entree last time I took him there.

Dinner Friday night near Aloft MSP

Don't get me wrong, I like drinking beer at Town Hall, but it's not on the same planet as the other restos mentioned in this thread with regard to food and dining experience. Decent pub food and very good beer brewed on-site, but I don't know that I'd recommend it for dinner. Maybe a place to keep the party going after the lightweights have gone to bed after the wedding, though.

Dinner Friday night near Aloft MSP

For brunch, I would highly recommend Haute Dish, which would be a 9-10 block walk up Washington Ave. Especially if you celebrated a little too hard on Saturday night. Some of the best bloodies and booze-soaking grub in town.

Their dinner menu is a lot of fun, too, come to think of it. If you're not too tired for the hike on Friday night.

Best Reuben you've had in the Twin Cities?

I haven't been there in years, but back in my grad student days I was a big fan of The Reuben at Stub & Herb's in Stadium Village. House cured corned beef, nice and fatty (but not overly so), and nice potent rye bread. Anyone had that one recently?

downtown sports bar

Kieran's Irish Pub has a huge screen that will be playing the game, and better bar food than the other obvious choices downtown. Especially the Ploughman's Platter, some excellent local charcuterie.

Il Gatto closed

Nope, it was definitely Parasole's decision. See Phil Roberts's comments in The Strib piece yesterday.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

What's missing from MSP's culinary landscape?

A valid point, but I have to side with FH on this one. I might concede that your surroundings play a role in how you remember a food experience, but that doesn't say anything about the food itself. That cheesesteak would have tasted a hell of a lot better in the Lake Harriet bandshell than at an office desk, but it would have been the same cheesesteak

NY'ers have been trying to push that water terroir argument for way too long. It's horsecrap.

If you want an explanation, I would agree with the idea that Mitch posited below; we don't have the clientele to support pizza by the slice without ruining it with time and hot lamps.

That's what's missing from our culinary landscape in general. We just don't have enough people who would be willing to support a lot of these great ideas to make them economically feasible.

New York-style pizza in the south metro?

I totally agree that they aren't true NY style. But they're probably as close as you're going to find here. More so with Black Sheep.

New York-style pizza in the south metro?

If we're sticking to the south metro, you should check out Pizzeria Lola at 56th and Xerxes. They've got the crust you're looking for, even if some of their pies are outside the box with regards to toppings.

Otherwise, Black Sheep makes the best pie in town, in my opinion. With Lola a respectable second.

Haute Dish, tonight

I'd like to mention that the wine in question IS listed by the bottle. It's $32, according to the wine list posted on HD's website.

I have to say that when I read the OP's account of the experience, the image that immediately developed in my mind made me shudder and pity their poor server - and if I had been at a nearby table I'd have been rolling my eyes like crazy. Not enough bread? Too slow with salt and pepper? Good thing you didn't ask for mustard - that might have really killed the night. Stupid joke, sorry. Maybe that's way off base - I wasn't there so I don't know what actually went down.

I will concede that bad and indifferent service sucks and can be a big downer. But it's your loss if it means you never go back to HD. I've had bad service first impressions of both Saffron and Meritage completely rescued by a larger sample size of experiences at those restaurants. And I would consider HD to be their peers in terms of both food and service.

Haute Dish, tonight

Did you look at a drink menu? That malbec is listed on it at $32 for a bottle. So if your server didn't bring you a drink list, I guess that's on her, but it doesn't seem like such a great offense to me to warrant stiffing her on the tip. It's pretty easy to ask for a wine list.

Sorry you had a bad time last night, but if it was your first visit I would definitely recommend giving them another chance, especially if you enjoyed the food.

Foie Gras

Also try Clancey's. I know I've seen it there.

MSP Wine Bar Personalities

The only place I've been to on your list is Riverview. It's a cute little place - lots of wines by the glass and some very fun and inventive themed flights. But the food is just ok - meh pizza, meh cheese plate, etc. It's a nice place to go drink some wine, but I usually avoid eating there.

Also springing to mind is Beaujo's near 50th and France (though I'm not a fan), and King's Wine Bar in Kingsfield. King's is ok, though in my book they don't offer enough wines by the glass to call themselves a wine bar. And again, the food is uninspired.

Constraining yourself to "wine bars," I think you'll have a hard time finding anything that stands up to those in other metros like Chicago. If I were you, I'd call for a reservation at 112 Eatery. Plenty of glass wines and amazing small plates are on offer - I'd encourage you to check their menu online.

Solera has also been a great place for tapas and Spanish wines, although I haven't been there since the ownership change.

That's all I can think of for now, but I might chime in later after some Bordeaux. Our lack of good wine bars suddenly bothers me.

A True Saloon ... Does it even exist anymore?

The bar in the Lexington springs to mind. Yes, it's attached to a restaurant, but it's pretty well separated from the dining area.

Surdyk's Liquor infuriates Surly Nation!!!

Exactly.

Surdyk's Liquor infuriates Surly Nation!!!

Excellent post mtullius.

I think some of the uprising against Surly nation is a result of these blanket assertions that Surly is hands down the best craft brewer in the Midwest. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and Surly is good beer, but there's no reason to put it on some pedestal against other fantastic breweries.

I'd also like to mention Tyranena over in WI. Their Bitter Woman IPA is probably my favorite non-seasonal offering in the Midwest, if not the nation. I'd put it up against heavy hitters like Lagunitas and Dogfishhead any day of the week.

And the only seasonal offering I'm willing to shell out the big bucks for is Bell's Hopslam (usually some time in Feb). Not because it's hard to get, but because it's delicious.

Surdyk's Liquor infuriates Surly Nation!!!

I wouldn't say that people who chose to pay Surdyk's asking price for Darkness are idiots. They just wanted to drink some Darkness. Let's face it - there was a lot of hype and the stuff went fast. There are plenty of folks who paid that much or more for Darkness on EBay. Are they idiots?

I would say that the real idiot is the individual that decides that he/she should be the one to determine how Surdyk's determines their profit margins. And that if Jim Surdyk doesn't make the same business decision as this hypothetical idiot, then said idiot should take it upon himself/herself to boycott Surdyk's in the name of moral indignation.

Surdyk's Liquor infuriates Surly Nation!!!

I can't fault Surdyk's here. I also sampled Darkness at Buster's - very nice beer, but if I was interested in a bottle I simply wouldn't buy it at Surdyk's. Apparently other people will.

Surdyk's pricing is one of their biggest draws for me. A bottle of Cristalino brut for $6.99!? I drink that stuff like its soda! Everywhere else in town is at least 2 bucks more per bottle. So if they want (and are able) to make that profit up somewhere else, I say go for it.

All the morons posting crap on their Facebook had better be doing the exact same thing to Stubhub's.

Meritage vs Heartland

I completely agree with you on this. You can put crap on a fancy plate, but it's still crap.

My inner beer nerd loves the Gnome. Great patio, lively bar, fantastic tap list. But definitely not a food destination.

Staying at Graves for four days

Make it a point to hit the lobby bar, Bradstreet Crafthouse, for some inventive and delicious cocktails. They're expensive, but the prices go WAY down during happy hour.

For breakfast, it's only a 5-10 minute walk to Hell's Kitchen. It's one of the best breakfast places in town, and their take on corned beef hash is my favorite item on the menu. For more traditional corned beef hash, I'd recommend Ike's.

For dinner, it's a 10-15 minute walk to 112 Eatery, which is exactly what you're looking for. Delicious food crafted by our newest member of the James Beard club in a small, cozy, unpretentious setting. Call to book a table right now. If you can't get a table, Saffron is right across the street and is also worth a visit.

I'd also highly recommend Haute Dish. It's a block away from 112/Saffon and features playful and delicious interpretations of classic Midwestern dishes.

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Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Best Pollo Asado in Twin Cities?

Bar la Grassa has a magnificent roast chicken. And superb pasta dishes that can be ordered as large or small plates. Really fantastic starters and bruscetta, as well. There's enough great stuff on that menu to keep foodies going for-freaking-ever.

Probably not the most kid-friendly place in town, though.

Guanciale?

France 44 carries La Quercia guanciale. At least I've picked it up there in the past.

MSP Beer Flights.

I agree with the recs for Muddy Pig and Happy Gnome. I'd probably choose the Gnome over the Pig for a night out with the lady - if you can snag one of the booths in the bar it definitely has an edge in ambience. The menu is a little more ambitious as well, but that isn't always a good thing. Maybe it's just me, but the whole "gastropub" thing is getting a little played out (I'm looking at you, too, Pat's Tap!).

Buster's on 28th offers build your own flights, has an extensive tap list, and has a very cool neighborhood pub vibe. And their food is excellent. Not so pretty, but excellent nevertheless.

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Muddy Pig
162 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Buster's on 28th
4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406