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Who's firing out the best food right now?

I've had the same issues with Gray House's pacing, and we've been there several times. They've been open for about a year now and still have things they need to figure out.

I would second Corner Table, but they are currently moving locations and may not be open.

Mar 24, 2014
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

How about Tea House? I haven't been there in a while, but I've enjoyed it in the past.

Mar 07, 2014
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Scotch Eggs in Mpls

Not a restaurant, but Seward Coop sometimes carries them in their butcher dept.

Mar 03, 2014
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need Charleston Recs for mid April

Didn't mean to aggravate...the last thread I could find addressing this was from October. Since I'm coming from Minneapolis, I don't have an understanding of how seasons affect your dining recs. (Weather/what's in season change our dining scenes pretty significantly depending on time of year).
We eat anything and are open on cost, we really want to get a feel for what represents Charleston. I'll look at the old thread and go from there. Thanks!

Mar 01, 2014
forgottendreamr in Southeast

Need Charleston Recs for mid April

I will be visiting Charleston in mid April. I was there briefly a few years ago, and my husband has never been. We will be in downtown and will have 2 dinners, 2 lunches. What's walkable and not to miss?

Feb 28, 2014
forgottendreamr in Southeast

Going to be in Minneapolis for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Restaurant recs?

I agree regarding Alma. I've been twice and have always been rather disappointed, especially after all the hype.

I'll throw out Corner Table. Never had a bad meal there and it is very nice ambiance.

Feb 17, 2014
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Travail/The Rookery

We ate at the Rookery side last night and we really enjoyed everything we had. The one thing missing from your list that we really enjoyed was the Leeks. They prepared them in such a way that they were tender and infused with flavor, plus the gastronomy tricks of power, emulsions, etc. Our favorite plate of the night.

Feb 12, 2014
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Las Vegas Trip Report 12/22-26

Just got back from a trip to Las Vegas. I've been following the boards and I know we didn't hit the "best," but here's our impressions:

Burgr: My husband wanted to try it for the celebrity factor. Not too bad, and certainly a pretty burger, but the flavor fell a little short. Temperatures were off of what was requested, which was consistent our entire trip.

Mon Ami Gabi: I'd seen some people say positive things about this place, so I was quite disappointed overall. I ordered a rare steak, and received a rare steak. My husband ordered medium rare and got...bleu. When we pointed it out the the server he just said, "Ok, what do you want to do about it?"

Mesa Grill: By far the best meal we had in Las Vegas. Service was on, the margaritas were excellent. I inhaled the duck tacos so fast I didn't realize they were gone until I was licking the sauce. I had the shrimp tacos...the three sauced that accompanied it really made the dish. My husband had the cheeseburger and loved it. Would definitely go back.

B and B Ristorante: Not bad, but not up to the level that we are used to. Started with the Lamb's tongue. I love tongue, but it was a little plain. Bone Marrow ravioli was quite rich, as marrow should be. Again, a little plain, but I liked this dish. I had the Rabbit Porchetta for dinner, which was a good entree size. However, my husband had the sweetbreads, which were more appetizer sized. He even asked the server about the portion size and was told it was a dinner entree...there were three sweetbreads on the plate and a small slaw. My other gripe about this restaurant was the wine selection. There were very few bottles under the $150-200 range, and there were only a handful by the glass.

Bouchon: We only stopped in for a light lunch, but it was very well executed. Lovely space, everything was cooked elegantly. Wish we had chosen this for a bigger meal, since we were so impressed with everything we tried.

So, all in all, we were generally underwhelmed. We found ourselves comparing most of the dishes we got with some better one somewhere else.

Dec 31, 2013
forgottendreamr in Las Vegas

Where are the donuts?

I'm glad someone had mentioned Corner Table. They have some of the best donuts I've had in the Twin Cities, hands down.

Dec 19, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Alinea - Service?

I am probably travelling into unpopular territory here, but I ate at Alinea for the first time last weekend and have to say I was a little disappointed.

First off: the presentation was phenomenal and I have absolutely no complaints. Some of the dishes presented will live in my memory for a long, long time.

However, the service left me feeling lukewarm. I've been in formal restaurants and I don't expect the server to be my best buddy, but I do expect them to facilitate our meal.

Some examples: My friend wanted to do the Reserve wine flight- but was told he couldn't since I was doing the regular and it would "detract from his experience" to have a different order. Really?

The servers in general were very harsh and demanding in their instructions, and never even added a please to their requests. Serious, I don't mind...but it probably won't kill you to soften your demands. I'm not freeloading.

If this had been my first time dining at a restaurant of this caliber, I would be turned off fine dining. If this had been my first time dining in Chicago, I would have put it down to a culture change. However, haven eaten at Moto and Schwa recently gives me (I think) a decent enough baseline to chalk it up to Alinea.

Dec 18, 2013
forgottendreamr in Chicago Area

Who's been to Eataly?

I was just visiting Chicago over the weekend, so we decided to stop in and check it out. Here's my take:
There were a lot of really good options and we enjoyed the food we got. It was a little pricey for what we got, but not too bad. Also, pretty crowded, but I imagine that will die down as the hype goes down.

However, and maybe this is just my pet peeve: it's all for show. The vast majority of the shops had "for display only" posted over everything. When I go to a bake shop, I expect the baskets of bread to be for sale, not decoration. There were several areas that had this (cheese, meat, etc). It made me feel like I was being sold an image, not a product. Just my take, and I went there with a friend. Probably wouldn't have gone alone.

Dec 18, 2013
forgottendreamr in Chicago Area

List of places open the evening of 24th, or sometime on the 25th?

Common Roots always has holiday hours.

Dec 17, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Downhill Alert: The Left Handed Cook rice bowls

I was also at both places in the last two weeks. No complaints on either front.

Nov 25, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Christmas in Las Vegas

My husband and I will be travelling to Las Vegas over Christmas. I know it is a busy time...how locked down should our plans be? Should I make reservations for every dinner, or will it be reasonable to expect a walk up table (aside from Christmas day of course)?

Nov 05, 2013
forgottendreamr in Las Vegas

looking for meat stuff...

Seward Co-op definitely has blood for sale on a regular basis in their meat section. I think it is beef, though.

Nov 05, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grass Fed Beef tripe, tendon and other offal?

Seward Co-op might be able to help...I haven't specifically looked, but I feel like I've seen tripe there before.

Nov 01, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Food trucks in Downtown

Sorry...Minneapolis.

Oct 29, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Food trucks in Downtown

I work in Bloomington, but will be in downtown for the next week or so on a regular basis. I have had much envy of the options for downtown folk. So: there are lots of posts of skyway options. What food trucks are still around end of Oct that I should be on the lookout for?

Oct 28, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Indian/Thai in Mpls between airport and Mpls

Anyone have background regarding if it is the same ownership, or if it has been completely different people each time? I realize that the Naviya chain is it's own thing, but it seems weird to me and I'm curious.

Oct 25, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Indian/Thai in Mpls between airport and Mpls

Isn't that the 3rd or 4th Thai restaurant to go into that space? I know there was a Naviya location there, and Ketsana's was before that...

Oct 25, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Glam doll Donuts

So sad! I've been to Glam Doll several times and always had a delicious donut, with a comfortable visit. I usually go late in the day, though that shouldn't make a difference.
Also of note, I haven't been in a couple of months.

Aug 22, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Recs

Wow, thanks for the analysis! You've definitely scoped a lot of our "go-tos." However, asides from a focus on local, there isn't any one cuisine that defines us...we thrive on good. I'll eat anything from kitfo to molecular gastronomy and back again. We have avoided seafood in the past due to a (luckily untrue) shellfish allergy, but now are quite open to exploring it...if it's fresh. Living in the middle of the country, fresh local seafood isn't an option, and therefore isn't part of our regular diet.
In Minneapolis, we have great Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Somali and farm to table. What that means is, I'm not going to go out of my way to try the Vietnamese place because I can get it back home. However, I'm not going to snub it if it happens to be the best restaurant in town...does that makes sense?
A few people have mentioned that the pub food is quite good. I happen to be a big beer lover, so that's appealing to me :)
I haven't picked a location yet, probably in the downtown area since we want to see some museums, but we will have a car if needed.
Also: what should I know about the BYOB? Corking fees, etc? This is relatively uncommon in MSP, and even places that allow it usually have their own offerings.

Aug 19, 2013
forgottendreamr in Philadelphia

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Recs

Ah, got it. That makes sense. What is a "reasonable" restaurant? In Minneapolis, the $20 an entree range is a casual restaurant that still has the flexibility to turn out quality food.
It's not necessarily budget that is stopping me...my husband and I frequent fine dining establishments...so much as my company may not be as appreciative :)

Aug 19, 2013
forgottendreamr in Philadelphia

The Lynn on Bryant

Thank you for this! My husband and I tried it about a month or two ago, based on all the raves we've been hearing. We were not turned off...but neither were we impressed. The food was ok, but not awe inspiring, and we felt some of the ingredients were lost in the shuffle.
Our service also left a lot to be desired. There were many times we felt ignored...including when the glass of wine I ordered came AFTER we had finished our meals. The servers were surprised I didn't want it after I had finished my food, but I hadn't been able to get any one's attention to tell them I hadn't gotten it before that!

Aug 19, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Groceries- Vancouver vs Victoria

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! Being a family of two, we were overwhelmed by the amount of food that was needed to feed a crowd, to say the least!
After our family spent most of their time/money at Thrifty and Safeway we were quite pleased to try Red Barn. We found their unprocessed goods were much more reasonably priced and better quality than the box stores.
One disappointment was trying to find a butcher in Victoria that had large unprocessed meats. We were looking for bone-in pig shoulder- a large cut about 10 lbs. The butchers we tried didn't have anything bone-in and we ended up having to go to a supermarket, which we try to avoid.
Also went to the Farmer's Market for dinner on Thursday. As someone mentioned above, it isn't really a farmer's market and more of a craft fair, but we found dinner nonetheless.

Aug 16, 2013
forgottendreamr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Recs

My husband and I will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time over Labor Day. We will have one night directly in the city, the Sunday before Labor Day. I would like some recommendations for what "not to miss." We will have one dinner and a couple of lunches. My husband and I are big foodies and will eat anything, as long as it's good. However, I will have my father, his girlfriend and possibly a child around 9 years old with us. I would like to stay in the cheap-moderate range (think under $20 an entree).
Also, any areas of the city that stand out above others for eating/staying would be appreciated.

Aug 16, 2013
forgottendreamr in Philadelphia

Groceries- Vancouver vs Victoria

Thanks, this is helpful. To clarify: we are flying in to Vancouver and renting a car, so we will be mobile. During our time on the island, we are staying in Sidney..so not IN Victoria, but within a reasonable drive.
Since I've never been, what is the relative difference in food cost between Vancouver and the island? Is one significantly cheaper, or are they roughly the same?
Also, to give background: we are from Minneapolis and used to shopping locally, practically every day...we have lots of farmers markets/co-ops/butchers etc, so fresh/local is a big selling point for us.

Jul 22, 2013
forgottendreamr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Groceries- Vancouver vs Victoria

My husband and I will be in Vancouver over the weekend, followed by a week near Victoria with family. We are expected to chip in and by some groceries to make group meals.
Should we go grocery shopping in Vancouver or wait until we get to the island? Any recommendations for farmer's markets, bakeries, butchers, etc? We eat everything and will create our menus based on what's available, but would like to try to keep costs reasonable.

Jul 22, 2013
forgottendreamr in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Tanpopo is still fantastic

I absolutely love Tanpopo and it has never lost its charm over many years. However, I referred a friend who said the service was atrocious when he tried to go and ended up not eating there (after being seated, waited 30 minutes for service and couldn't get anyone's attention). Anyone else had this experience?

Jun 14, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quiet Coffee Shop on or near Lake St.

Where on Lake? East or West?

Jun 07, 2013
forgottendreamr in Minneapolis-St. Paul