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Food lover and chef back HOME for a week, WHAT DOO I EAT?

Thanks everybody for catching me up on a years worth of restaurant news, I will have to get out to On's Thai, and Victory 44 looks interesting. I had friends that worked at Town Talk, so I heard all about that depressing story.. and I'll have to squeeze in Piccolo (budgetwise) somehow, I just watched Bourdain's visit there and it made me simultaneously proud and angry that there wasn't a full show devoted to the region.

Thanks!

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Victory 44
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

Dec 24, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Food lover and chef back HOME for a week, WHAT DOO I EAT?

I need to know, I've been gone for over a year. I live and work in New York but crave Minneapolis like it's (and it is) in my bones. Where do I go, where do I eat, since I've been gone. What's changed? What restaurants have lost their luster, is Nick and Eddie still worth a return visit (?), what's been usurped, is Bangkok still the best Thai deli in Saint Paul (?). Who are the new emerging players (?). What about the Minneapolis dinning scene has changed in the last year and what would be a shame to miss?

Dec 21, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

single female in nyc drinks and food at the bar

!!! $$$$, head to the LES and go to Grape and Grain on 6th Ave. between B and C. Good music, good bar action, although Sunday and Monday it may be sparse. Walk by and if it's dead walk another two blocks to Cienfuegos on 6th between 1st and A. Either way you will save a ton of money and have a better time (I think) than Gramercy Tavern or any of the other equally pricey suggestions.

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Grape and Grain
620 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Cienfuegos
95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Jul 12, 2010
larssten in Manhattan

The Ju(i)cy Lucy Dilemma - In Defense of Matt's

yum

Jul 12, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Should You Tip on Takeout?

The hourly wage of 2.13 an hour for federal sub minimum wage for food servers? That's what they are getting paid for showing up? I'm a chef.. I work 70 hours a weeks and get paid a little over 10 dollars an hour when you spread it out and I still (!) think servers should be tipped regardless. I've been a sever before too, and I don't think it's that hard, and you do make a lot of money, but if you want these people to serve you while not tipping (and therefore helping to keep their hourly wage 5 dollars below the legal limit outside of food service), you are an ass... end of story. Is it really that much of a problem to throw a dollar or two into the plastic cup for those working 11 hour shifts? If that dollar is going to break you, best not be ordering out.

Jul 11, 2010
larssten in Features

Good Japenese and Peruvian grocery store in the UWS?

So, did you go? Do they have Aji of any kind? Do they have Rocoto peppers? I'm looking for a place that sells these ingredients also, although to be fair I haven't looked very hard.

Apr 21, 2010
larssten in Manhattan

Best Indian restaurant in the Twin Cities

Ghani Mahal is by a far the Indian. I've been around Rajas Majal and India Palace and other places but Ghandi is clearly the best place.

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Ju(i)cy Lucy Dilemma - In Defense of Matt's

whaa?

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need new shop for frozen dumplings in Chinatown

What about tofu (or otherwise veggie) dumplings? Not for me, for my girlfriend.

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Manhattan

Looking for Best Cheap Eats in Manhattan

Chinatown's a good bet. People go apeshit over Prosperity Dumplings. 5 dumplings for a dollar or something like that. Sesame pancake is supposed to be good too. It's 46 Eldridge St. between Canal and Hester.

If you feel like taking a train ride, Flushing has a ton of cheap, interesting (mostly Korean and Chinese) places. The Golden Mall and Xinjiang BBQ Cart near Kissena and Main St. Nan Xiang has good cheap soup dumplings, 38-12 Prince St, between 37th and 38th Ave. Get off at the Main Street and Flushing stop and walk around. Interesting area.

Mamouns is super New Yorky and extremely cheap. It's a middle eastern place on 3rd street and McDougal.

Grey's Papaya are all over the city and have a 2 dogs and a drink deal for 3 dollars or somewhere around there. Another classic New York place, if you haven't been here before.

Woorijip is a korean grocery (and buffet) in Murray Hill, right near the Empire State Building, the address is 12 W 32nd St between 5th and Broadway. Cheap alcohol here too (in the grocery part).

All of these places fit your "don't give a shit about service" ethos, and they are spread out all over the city (sort of) as you don't say where you'll be.

I don't know, where are you staying? How will you be getting around? Where are you from (what types of food do they do well in your city). Proabably get better answers if you include that type of info.

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Manhattan

The Ju(i)cy Lucy Dilemma - In Defense of Matt's

Do any JL places do them with other meats? Like a chorizo stuffed with something? Been to Matt's, 5-8, and the Nook but never to fancier places that do them.

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chowhounder moving to Bushwick, suggestions? Please?

Yeah, right after I posted this I saw that thread and felt a little silly. I almost deleted my post except I thought I would still say hi. Thanks for the recomendations though, both of you. Definately will have to visit the Korean Market, Ridgewood, and the holes you mentioned.

Mar 12, 2010
larssten in Outer Boroughs

Chowhounder moving to Bushwick, suggestions? Please?

Hey chowhound Outer Boroughs, I`ve lived in Minneapolis for the majority of my life and in about a week I'm moving to Bushwick (Wyckoff and DeKalb) and I'm getting super hyped on the food scene in New York. Bushwick seems to be a black hole in food, other than Puerto Rican and Mexican, but I am willing to go out of the way for some place special.

I'm wondering if there are any recommendations for places I would not otherwise be able to find. I've searched all over yelp and chowhound and there are some obvious places, (within the first week I'm definately heading to Flushing), but other places? I'm looking for cheap on the order of 3-7 dollars for a meal. Dives/hole in the wall type places would be great. Cheaper the better.

We have a fair amount of: Veitnamese, Thai, Sushi, German, Scandinavian (my family), Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican.

We don't have much in the way of: Korean, Malay, Japanese (non sushi), Indian, African (other than Ethiopian), East European, Southern, Chinese (broad, I know), Spainish (Basque especially), and pretty much any other types of cusines.

Any places I have to try? Specific dishes? Personal favorites? Ultra cheap?

Any suggestions would be awesome and much appreciated.

Mar 11, 2010
larssten in Outer Boroughs

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I suppose I'm talking about places like Quang. Places that I say when people ask me where to eat in Minneapolis. I probably wouldn't say Alma.

Yeah, exactly, like Manana. Although I'm sure there's people waiting to leap out and say them, above there aren't a lot of condemnations for those types of places, which are the restaurants that make me like Minneapolis for food so much.

Mar 11, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a little help

Did Porter and Frye totally fall off after Steven Brown left? The atmosphere there at least is close to Cosmos or LBV in poshness. Or 20.21, although the food there was not good when I went. Heartland seems like a good choice. What about somewhere at the W? Lurcat? Trying to throw stuff out that hasn't been yet. Jasmine 26 might be a better pick that Ngon, if you want to do an upper crust asian place here. I don't know how their wine list is though. Azia has a pretty extensive wine list I think (across the street).

Mar 11, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Seems to me that there are quite a few restaurants that nobody has mentioned not liking. Ones that are generally well recommended too. I don't know, I think it's more interesting if it's not just Alma, Alma, Strip Club, Alma, Strip Club, Craftsman.

Mar 11, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Azia - Terrible location for an over priced asian place (Quang, Pings, Jasmine 26, Pho Tao Bay, ect). The food is fine, but I always leave thinking about the menagerie of delicious left overs I could be bringing home from Quang. Prices are way too high for me for what you get.

Solera, love the rooftop movies, again, too expensive. Spent 50 dollars plus tip here for dinner for two with no drinks and left hungry. That should not happen. Almost swung by Wendy´s on the way home.

I don`t have any problems with expenisve, by the way, if there's a good reason for it.

Buca
Chino Latino
Culvers.

Mar 10, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP: Best Vietnamese?

How much soup is 10 pounds of soup? No one has actually finished that have they? I know from personal experience that drinking more than a gallon of any liquid is very, very hard.

I went to Lu's a couple times a little over a month ago and it was open. Haven't been there in a while because I'm not in the city right now. That's too bad if it's gone already, it was a nice place...

Oh, and I just meant I prefer soup at Bangkok over the pho place I mentioned, not that it was Vietnamese.

Mar 09, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP: Best Vietnamese?

Lu's or Jasmine for Bahn Mi. The meatball Bahn Mi at Jasmine is awesome and the owners are really nice.

Across from the ACE hardwear store on Nicollet (about 18th or 16th street) there's a pho place that is awesome in the sense that you walk in and there are immediately boxes in your way to slide past. It has a little sign in the window that says "Best Soup in Town," which I would agree with (as Saigon, Ngon, and Bangkok are in Saint Paul). I think it´s called Pho Quan. There's a white board with the menu (three different kinds of Pho, three sizes) and you get the most massive bowl for 7 dollars. Like, large to the point of being comical that anyone could ever eat that much soup (the white board says no sharing but they can be lax about that rule).

Quang for pretty much anything. Probably my favorite eggrolls in Minneapolis. Pork chop and eggroll salad is unbeatable. Sugarcane shrimp over broken rice is great.

Mar 08, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MPLS - Best Mexican?

I really love Pineda, specifically the 311 E Lake St. location (the one closer to Hiawatha and Lake is not nearly as good). A burrito there is absolutely huge, they use fresh avocado, and the meat fillings there are stellar. If you ask for a double you get literally the largest serving of food I have ever been offered. Its nearly twice the size of a chipotle burrito and way way better. Oh and the salsa is fantastic.

Homi , on University in Saint Paul is good for closer-than-most to authentic food. The Mole here is supposed to be really good. Not sure about the wine and beer license though.

I second or third or generally rerecomend El Burrito Mercado in East Saint Paul. Very good. The address is 175 Cesar Chavez St. Little toppings bar, really good food, fun place.

All three of these would be the second catagory from the first comment. Places where your table might be dirty when you sit down?

Mar 08, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is there really GOOD pizza in MSP???

I agree with foreverhungry that Slice of New York is probably the closest you are going to get to New York type pizza. It's hard for me to understand why someone would go there over Punch, Nea, Mesa, Luce, or Black Sheep (which I like much better) but it´s good, it´s by the slice, it´s cheap (3 dollars a slice I think), and it´s New Yorky. If you get a slice that´s not a common type it might have been sitting there for a while but it´s not hard to tell when a pizza looks fresh, just pick one that does. Also, if you order a whole pizza it doesn´t really matter anyways.

Mar 08, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Awesome Fried Chicken MSP?

I´ve always had a soft spot for Shorty and Wag´s in Minneapolis on 38th and Nicollet, but that´s a fair ways away from St. Louis Park. J and J Fish and Chicken on University in Saint Paul´s alright as well.

Golden Chicken in North on 24th and Penn is good but sketchy. I guess it depends on how far you are willing to drive for chicken.

If you end up at Shorty and Wag´s, be sure to get the Hojo´s also.

Mar 08, 2010
larssten in Minneapolis-St. Paul