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"Unique" Dish?

Can anyone suggest a unique (and delicious) dish in the TC? I'm bored with eating at all of the same restaurants and eating the same chicken/beef/white fish dishes. Any help is appreciated!!

Sep 16, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Awesome Fried Chicken MSP?

Thanks BigE for telling me about this place. I work very near here and never, EVER would've found this. I did have a difficult time finding it the first time I went, even with navigation. So, the first time I went, I did NOT take the advice about CALLING before going here. They were not serving food this day. I finally was able to try this a few weeks later and am very happy for that. The chicken was not greasy and delicious. They were out of breasts so I stuck with a couple, or four, legs. The chicken was very good but not quite as good as the Cub on Broadway/94. It maybe needs a little more seasoning or something. My old teammate had the fish/housemade tarter sauce, which she said was top-tier and nearly perfect. All of the sides were very good. I had the jo-jos and mac/cheese and each were great! I also had a dill pickle and smiled. The best thing about Annie's is hands down the service. Everyone was SO DARN friendly and they wouldn't accept tips. I was pleasantly surprised that they accepted cards and, even more so, when they offered a complimentary homemade dessert to all four of us. My four piece with two sides and a pickle came to just over $6 and this place made me extremely happy.

Sep 11, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pickles?

I love pickles but not the sweet option. Any suggestions? This isn't limited to cucumbers and could include anything really, spicy or not.

Jul 29, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Highway 101 north of Marin County

Santa Rosa: Willie's Wine Bar, Flavor, Chloe's.
Windsor: Tomi Thai
Healdsburg: Healsburg Bar & Grill, Willie's

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Tomi Thai Restaurant
426 Emily Rose Cir, Windsor, CA 95492

Jul 29, 2010
savvyguy in California

Very good lunch at Thai House (Santa Rosa)

I have not tried Thai House in Santa Rosa; however, find Tomi Thai in nearby Windsor to be FANTASTIC!! Honestly, this is some of the best Asian grub I have tried in the area!!

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Thai House
525 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Tomi Thai Restaurant
426 Emily Rose Cir, Windsor, CA 95492

Heggie's Pizza (MSP)

I think Heggies are one of the best frozen pies and wouldn't think twice about purchasing it over Home Run Inn, or whatever they are called. Yes, they're somewhat salty but great, none-the-less. Awhile back, I was communicating with the Lunds/Byerly's people who didn't seem to want to add them as a distributor. After emailing the company, they sent back this list of stores near downtown Mpls:
Bergans SuperValu (Cedar Ave S), Oxendale Market, Everett's Foods, Winner Gas, Noble Pkwy, Now and Later and Kowalski's. I did not find any at the Kowalski's in Uptown however!

Another really good frozen pizza is in Lilydale at Buon Guorno Grocery Store. Super good and I believe less expensive than Heggies.

Jul 29, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

TWO new coffee places in NE Minneapolis?

I agree that my response was not very clear. Since you like Nordeast, SIP is a fantastic coffee house with limited hours yet great coffee, eats and treats. It's located in the Grainbelt Brewery near the Intersection of Broadway and Marshall on 13th Ave (turn at stoplight on 13th/Marshall and go toward river on dead end street).

Seemingly, you like to buy local or from independent business. They use beans roasted off E. Hennepin so this option is right up your alley. I DO prefer Duluth Alakef beans (which I buy either at Kitchen Window or Wilde Roast) over these; however, this option is a very good alternative.

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Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Wilde Roast Cafe
518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Jul 07, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wonton Soup Suggestions?

Thank you for the suggestion diesel. I haven't been to the Wok in years and the wonton soup was very good! The dumplings had great flavor and about equal to Pagoda. The broth wasn't AS good and they didn't have the chinese brocoli (like at Pagoda) but they added fresh cilantro and that was a nice add. Generally, or back in the day, I hated anything with cilantro added but it was nice in this soup. I caught an on night and appreciate your suggestion!!

Jul 02, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

TWO new coffee places in NE Minneapolis?

I haven't tried these specific businesses but did try a new place (well, for me) in NE near the Grainbelt building. I think it's called SIP and it's pretty darn awesome. The food is great. The coffee is darn good and roasted off of E. Hennepin very nearby. The have some specialty lattes that are worthwhile. I really like the mint and nutella options. The only downside can be the hours. Also, I don't think the beans are AS good as Alakef but a decent option regardless.

Jul 02, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best corned beef hash

Hell's Kitchen serves a VERY GOOD version of CBH. Then one can also get a caramel pecan roll with whipped butter, the hot cocoa that is more note-worthy than the 'virginity restoring' coffee, and the OMG peanut butter. I try to do this only every other month as it's enough calories for two-three days.

This IS worth it!!

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Hell's Kitchen
89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

May 02, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quiet Restaurant in NE/University?

AmyMo,

Restaurant Alma is an over-rated snoozer but it is nice and quiet. Your bill will become costly, quickly. Also, does your group enjoy food like pheasant or rabbit? They have other stuff, of course but...I love the breakfast at Red Stag but wouldn't go there for a Mother's Day-esque meal.

Jack's and Nicollet Island Inn seem the most fitting; however, the Sample Room, Modern Cafe, Wilde Roast or Erte could be unique, as well as fitting.
-The Sample Room should be quieter at 8 pm. I like the smaller scale food and flights of wine/scotch here. This is a pretty darn great place.
-Erte isn't A+ food but it is good, the price is nice and I really enjoy the atmosphere of the connected Peacock Lounge. It's a large, open space that could get loud but I've never experienced this. Every time I go, it's nearly whisper quiet.
-Wilde Roast is within walking distance of Aveda and has good food, people watching, GREAT coffee, desserts and atmosphere.
-The Modern is not as 'pretty' inside; however does serve up pretty great food.

If you're looking for ethnic, I just cannot give enough praise for Chindian Cafe. I've never dined in but it's a great spot in your desired area.

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Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Sample Room
2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Wilde Roast Cafe
518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Erte
323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Chindian Cafe
1500 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

May 02, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Sandwich?

I've had some pretty darn good sandwiches at Manny's Tortas and Bewitched Deli. I've had REALLY good options in the pork hoagie at Chindian and the Philly with provo, OG style at Savoy in Uptown. I'm looking for other recommendations and will soon try the Brasa options. Please don't suggest Banh mi at Quang please. They are decent tasting and inexpensive but not crave worthy whatsoever.

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Manny's Tortas
920 E Lake St Ste 125, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Chindian Cafe
1500 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Apr 12, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

BEST BEEF JERKY (MSP)

I read northeast Minneapolis and got super excited, ike. This is much closer than the market I travel to once a month. I loved the atmosphere and service at Ready Meats and will definitely go back bc of these factors; however, the beef/turkey jerky and beef sticks were just above average. I enjoyed my picks but they just cannot compare the Mackenthun's in St. Bonifacious. Additionally, the steaks are better at Lunds. Even so, thank you for suggesting a meat market. I love them!!

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Ready Meats
3550 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Apr 09, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Breakfast in Minneapolis + 'Burbs

I have to disagree with Loren3, but only a little. I do brunch 3 times each month at either Moose & Sadie's or Wilde Roast. Both have a great atmosphere, fun people watching and very good food. I prefer that MS changes it's menu often but the pastries and coffee are far superior at WR. Actually, I dislike the coffee at MS and usually go with an OJ. I've heard the chai tea at MS is very good...if you're into that. The ginger limeade, that foureyes137 mentioned, tweaks my interest.

No one can top the breakfast from Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis!! I used to really enjoy the breakfast food and portions at the Uptown BAR but that's gone. 3 Squares in Maple Grove, I remember as having a very nice breakfast menu. Keys in Spring Lake Park is plentiful and decent. Al's during a weekend gives me major anxiety and I don't think the breakfast is top-tier.

That's all I can think of right now. If one sees Nueske's bacon on a menu, it's a place to eat. I love that sh..

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Wilde Roast Cafe
518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Moose & Sadie's
212 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hell's Kitchen
89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Apr 09, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wonton Soup Suggestions?

I am just back from Keefer Court and have to say that it was mediocre and did not live up to some of the feedback here. I definitely prefer the wonton soup at Pagoda over the Shrimp Wonton at Keefer. The shrimp/wontons at Keefer were light and crunchy and the broth was good but I still prefer Pagoda, which also delivers!

As for the other stuff, we had shredded pork, pickled veggie fried rice noodles which was ok. The pot stickers were heavy but very good. The steamed bbq pork bun was very good. I had three different pastries that were just ok but the cheesecake was top-tier. If I remember correctly, Pagoda also sells pastries from KC.

I'll keep trying and hope to read additional posts about wonton soup.

Apr 09, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wonton Soup Suggestions?

Tasty, steamed wontons and/or chicken broth were hardly first thought up by Americans and food reviews are subjective naturally. Regardless, I actually did not ask for an Asian cuisine history lesson. What I did, in fact, ask is whether/not anyone had a suggestion for a great tasting bowl of wonton soup in the Mpls/St. Paul area.

I know where Keefer court is. Where is Kiefer Court?

Mar 28, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Onion rings - MSP

The 5-8 Club has great, pretty non-greasy o-rings. The rest of the food is not worth commenting on though.

Mar 28, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

BLOOD ORANGE JUICE IN TWIN CITES??

Gavioli sparking blood orange juice at Toast Wine Bar and Surdyk's is FANTASTIC. Had it initially at Toast and then looked high/low for it. None of the Italian markets around town stocked it. A few months back I found it at Surdyk's and am in heaven. It's $5/bottle but so delish!!

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Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Mar 28, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wonton Soup Suggestions?

CH: Does anyone have a wonton soup that you can RAVE about? I'm not sure why but I love this soup and am interested in some simple, delicious broth and dumplings. Pagoda and Jasmine Deli are very good options. Anyone else?

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Jasmine Deli
2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Mar 28, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Knife Sharpening/peners is Southwest?

Not sure whether/not it would be worth seeking out a specialty shop on this one. Are you knives surrated/forged/stamped? Try the Byerly's store. They'll do it for free. My suggestion is to wait until October when Kitchen Window has their annual knive sale. It's a zoo but they'll usually have 1-2 REALLY good deals on Wusthof knives. Last year, I believe they had one of my favorite larger Santoku's on sale for $40. Then, if you spent a certain amount, you could get a sharpener or butcher block for free. You couldn't imagine how a GOOD knife will change your kitchen mentality. All you need is a larger chefs/santoku and paring knife. You'd also probably want one bread/tomato (serrated) knife. Then all you really need are steak knives. Start at the two and then slowly build. I love the Wusthof Classic line. It's a bit spendy up-front; however, with proper care, they'll last you a long, LONG time. For example, my parents received a set on their wedding day and that was like 800 years ago. ha If you're not looking to spend that much, try Calphalon (SP?). They make some decent knives.

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Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Byerly's
1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

Mar 24, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

BEST cup of coffee in the Twin Cities??

I love Alakef beans. For an actual coffee house, I like the people watching and atmosphere at Wilde Roast in NE Mpls. The BEST bean for home brewing is the Espresso Gold at Kitchen Window. Sometimes, the workers here...should find a career NOT customer service oriented. Plenty of times, I have also wasted that horrible Uptown drive only to find them out of this bean but it's really worth it.

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Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Wilde Roast Cafe
518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is there really GOOD pizza in MSP???

What is it with pizza snobs from the East Coast, Chicago or St. Louis? I travel often and haven't had a pizza that is anything out of this world or worth CRAVING. What sort of pizza do you prefer? Red's Savoy in St. Paul and Old World in Inver Grove are great, meaty, thin crust options. For thinner, nea pizza, Pizza Nea and Black Sheep in Minneapolis are both better than Punch. For frozen options, you must find a place to purchase Heggies. They are really good. Another frozen option is at the Buon Giorno Italian Market in Lilydale. They're not necessarily thin but they are very good. I had a bbq/scallion cracker crust pizza at Toast also that was delicious! I've HEARD that the pizza at Cresent Moon Bakery in NE is quite good also.

Don't go to Luce. It's over-rated unless it's post-bar and you're not afraid of getting assaulted.

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Pizza Nea
1221 W Lake St # 106, Minneapolis, MN

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MPLS - Best Mexican?

My favorites are Pepitos in south Minneapolis. There are two dishes there but I cannot remember the names for the life of me. I think one is flautas and the other is a bbq chicken, caesar salad taco.

The pollo fundido at Monterrey's in a northern suburb strip mall is WONDERFUL. The chicken is to-die-for. It's off 35W and just past CRJ/85th.

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Casual, Good, Downtown Mpls?

Ditto on Eli's. It has good grub but service can be spotty. It's kind of dive-bar with great quality food!!

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP- Pork Buns?

Sarah, I am not sure about pork belly but Evergreen on Eat Street/Nicollet has some delish buns. Very, very good. You could also try the frozen area at my favorite Asian Market in town: United Noodle. If you like fish, it's right near Coastal Seafood near the West Bank area.

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Coastal Seafoods
74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

United Noodles
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Soft dinner rolls

In the freezer section at any grocery store, pick up Rhodes rolls, let them raise, bake, brush tops with melted butter and crush some kosher salt over the top. Wonderful and simple.

Additionally, I will occasionally let these rise, chop into pieces and then fill cupcake pans with this and a brown sugar, Karo syrup, quality butter mix. I then top with pan roasted nuts and bake. I let these cool and then freeze for quick, decadent breakfast rolls.

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

BEST BEEF JERKY (MSP)

I am very excited to read this thread but couldn't wait to write. I live in Minneapolis but make a monthly trip to St. Bonifacious (SP?) at the far edge of the city. Mackenthun's is just off HWY 7. Go west on 7 and when you get to St. Boni, you'll come to a Holiday store on your right. At that light, take a left and this place is the second shop on the right. The string jerkey is so, So, SO wonderful. Hands down, the best I have had in town. I seek this stuff out, occasionally venture to different markets and always end up disappointed and back at Mackenthun's. Legit. He will do very crazy things for it!

Does your sig o have really great breath? Only kidding...

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pineapple Upside Down Cake And Other Fabulous Desserts

Not sure about PUDC but the desserts at Azia are usually spot-on. I especially love the banana rolls and almond joy. The food can occasionally miss but you'll be happy with the cranberry puffs and these desserts. I promise.

Also, I cannot remember what it was specifically but I had a chocolate/pistachio wonder at Toast Wine Bar that I enjoyed almost as must as the N/A blood orange sparking juice. I searched high/low for this juice (Gavioli maybe) and just recently found it at Surdyks.

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Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Azia Restaurant and Bar
2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pasta Making Classes in the Twin Cities

Sorry that I'm not able to officially help you but you could check with the guys at Delmonico's in NE Mpls. They're pretty awesome and may even give you a lesson themselves. This place is one of Mpls best kept secrets!! Good luck!

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Awesome Fried Chicken MSP?

Oh lord, the wings and ginger lemonade are at the Midtown Market at West Indies. If you're really hungry, you can also get a gyro and Manny's torta.

Mar 23, 2010
savvyguy in Minneapolis-St. Paul