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Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

I just ate their on Sat. I loved the decor and the service was amazing but I have to agree with Drew13000, the food was good but not great. First, looking at the menu, I think the chef did not take enough risks. Pot Roast can only be so good. It is something I can get at Lurcat and it it is just as good. Mine was a little over cooked on one end. The pastas too were not breaking any new ground. The goat parpadelle was good but not spectacular. Something you can get at Bar Lagrassa and does not approach the amazing level Heidi's 2.0 was at. The clams bucatini was very fishy tasting. The bison tartar did stand out as an excellent dish(with a nice spciy kick) in the aps and my wife loved the pumpkin soup. The risotto was also excellent. The pork was a touch dry for my taste.

In the end, I will go back but I felt a little let down. The chef is trying to do comfort food while I was hoping for a little more edge. We do not get many people in this town with his experience. I was hoping he would spread his wings a little more.

Dec 15, 2014
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E H Taylor Single Barrel??

The Stagg Jr may be a good option. It is a little easier to find than the Antique Collection and is more reasonable. It is not a Rye like the Handy but a really well made Bourbon. If he likes Rye, High-West has some really fun Rye offerings you should look at.

http://buffalotracedistillery.com/bra...

http://www.highwest.com/spirits/

Dec 12, 2014
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Brass Monkey

When I was a kid, there used to be a pre-mixed Brass Monkey cocktail made by Heublein. When it was no longer bottled, I usued to have a recipe for a Brass Monkey which involved dark rum. For a long time I used a bottle of Bacardi Dark rum which they no longer make. Does anyone know of a comparable Dark Rum? Also, does anyone have a good Brass Monkey recipe. More nostalgia than anything else.

Dec 03, 2014
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Little Szechuan (St. Paul)

Has anyone compared the St. Paul location with the West End?

Dec 01, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

Back in the day when Pappy use to sit on the shelve for months, I use to really like the 13 Year old Rye

Nov 25, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

I agree on the Pappy. I know people go crazy for it but I really love the Antique Collection the most. Yes, I got this years Old Forester. I am trying to source some of the Makers Mark.

Nov 24, 2014
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Libertine?

I ate their Sat night. The food was actually really good but they lose points for their wine service. The wine glasses are those horrible thick libbey gasses. No decanter. They gave us a water pitcher and a mixing bowl full of ice to chill the wine in lieu of an ice bucket. It was comical. The food was worth it though. Had the two chicken dishes and both were really good (I never order chicken at a restaurant #Bourdain).

SPATCHCOCKED CHICKEN
Greek style

JALAPENO-BUTTERMILK FRIED
chipotle honey

We also had a steak ( ONGLET) and the lamb ribs which were both really tasty. A true highlight was the BONE MARROW TOAST
(onion jam, parsley, crunchy salt, Rebel Yell if you want) I would go back because the menu was so good but bring my own wine glasses. A fun place to share food.

Nov 21, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area for "Best of 2014."

http://www.labellevie.us/

My go to place. Love to eat in the bar so you can eat off both menus.

Nov 21, 2014
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Make your own bitters

Has anyone done this? I got a kit from a kickstarter a while back and just made my first batch. I used there citrus base and then added dried cherries. I will taste it this weekend and follow up. It is really easy to do. You probably don't need a kit at all.

Nov 21, 2014
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High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

Yes. It is very rich and you don't need a lot to sip and enjoy.

Nov 21, 2014
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High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

Great holiday Rye. Please read my notes and like!!

https://bourbonpig.wordpress.com/

Nov 20, 2014
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Angels Envy

For those looking for a nice cross-over bourbon (from Scotch), check out the bellow tasting note. Please follow me also. Thanks!!!!!!!

https://bourbonpig.wordpress.com/

Nov 14, 2014
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Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

I had been calling a local retailer every week when they get their shipment. I finally struck gold. I snagged a 12 Year Old Pappy, an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon and a Hi West - A Midwinter Nights Dram - French oak and port barrels. I will probably sit on the Pappy (until the bubble bursts) and try the other two. Has anyone had either?

Nov 13, 2014
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moscow mule!

They do have sugar free Ginger beer but it is not all that great.

Nov 13, 2014
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Scotch gift for a picky friend?

You may consider this as well.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inb...

Nov 12, 2014
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Scotch gift for a picky friend?

This looks interesting and unique.

http://www.drinkhacker.com/2014/11/03...

Nov 12, 2014
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WA Frost

Has anyone been there recently? If so, please let me know how it was and any recommendations you may have. Thanks!

Nov 07, 2014
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World's best whisky (from Japan)

Does it also glow in the dark? Great for parties.

Nov 06, 2014
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Few Bourbon has hit $60/btl. in NYC......

Sure. Let me know what you think of it!

Nov 06, 2014
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Looking for a sipping tequila

Rocca Patron Anejo

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia.

Nov 05, 2014
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Best chili in the Twin Cities?

The Loon Pecos River Red Chili

Nov 05, 2014
Latinpig in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Few Bourbon has hit $60/btl. in NYC......

$49.99 at DrinkupNY

Nov 05, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Flogging??? That seems a little excessive. Anyway, the answer is simple, I have had numerous people who drank exclusively Jameson or McCallan 12 who tried Bookers and wondered why they had been waiting there time.

Oct 23, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

The Weller is not hard to find here in Minny. I just don't think it has the richness and fullness of body the Bookers has. If you had to dial it down, I would go with the Knobcreek reserve.

Oct 22, 2014
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2014 Buffalo Trace’s Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof.

I found five bottles of this sitting on a shelf. Given the shortage of available Pappy and Antique Collection offerings readily available these days, I snagged them all. The reviews also seem to be very good for this 135.4 proof offering.

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal Rating: 5 stars/Highest Recommendation

"A masterpiece that, in truth, might be too much for inexperienced whiskey devotees." -Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

“The dried spice notes linger on the finish, along with tobacco. Bourbon with attitude.” -Whiskey Advocate

Oct 21, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

I really don't agree with your response at all. Furthermore, I think your analogy is a gross exaggeration. I have had many novice whisky drinkers try Bookers and love it. The key is get a good ice melt which reduces the proof. More often than not they never turn back to Scotch or Irish Whisky.

Oct 21, 2014
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Looking for a Saint Louis Restaurant

Thanks to all. I have a reservation for Tony's Friday night. Glad to hear it is still excellent. There was definitely something about it that has me coming back 15 + years later.

Oct 15, 2014
Latinpig in Great Plains

Whiskies for Fall

Mary, go to any Haskells right now and buy a bottle of Bookers for $34.99. Make sure to pour it over ice and let the ice melt a little. It will keep you very warm this winter. For the money, I think it is one of the best Bourbons (a whisky) out there.

Oct 13, 2014
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Looking for a Saint Louis Restaurant

This is a total shot in the dark but about 15 years ago I ate at a restaurant Downtown Saint Louis that was a really nice fine dinning establishment. I got the impression it had been there for a long time and was somewhat famous in the area.

Oct 13, 2014
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Searching for Olive juice (brine?) for Dirty Martinis

May 22, 2014
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