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MSP: Poutine

Since this thread got revived, I'll throw in a tasty version we had this week at the Depot next to First Ave. I don't know what is "traditional", but I think they have good fries and the curds and gravy were both tasty.

Apr 19, 2014
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Drinks/Eats near Edina High School

Edina HS is in the middle of a neighborhood. No nearby taverns. Your closest options will be Hwy 100 and 494, crosstown and France Ave., or out towards Eden Prairie.

Kincaids at 8400 Normandale Blvd. probably has the nicest, most full stocked bar amongst the choices.

Down Low on the QT

So what is the current deal there? My memory says there is a long time family feud involved, but they must still hold (and be paying on) a liquor license, right? The place has been in this limbo for a decade or more? Someone update my history please.

Need Advice Selecting Fine Dining for Bachelor Party

Just for a different idea....Prohibition at the W in the Foshay. With enough notice they will close off a room for you and cater you from Manny's down below. Great view, the staff is great, and obviously the steaks are top of the line.

Jan 08, 2014
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

more Popeye's!

Since the thread got resurrected, I'll just add that there is finally real work going on at the Eden Prairie location. I think this must be one of the last to be converted. Not open yet, but the signage is up and the plywood is off.

Dec 19, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Duck eggs in the winter

Thank you for the Seward lead! Very much appreciated

Nov 25, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Duck eggs in the winter

The thread on duck breasts got me thinking about duck eggs. I know the Mill City market has them when they are open, but where do you find them in the winter? Thanks for any leads!

Nov 24, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sushi and Large Group

My only comment is that the previous folks are steering you in the right direction.

Nov 11, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Village Wok goes downhill

I'm going to have to agree with the OP here as well. My last two times have been disappointing, after years and years of consistently great. I'm going to try them again now that school is back in session and see if any of the regular cooks are back, but it will be a big bummer if this doesn't rebound. Always one of my favorites.

Sep 03, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

2013 State Fair

Of the new stuff that I tried, the one that really stood out to me was the Mancinni porketta pork shanks. I thought they were great and came on their own natural stick!

Aug 30, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good Indian Food

While I am thankful the India Spice House exists way out here on the Prairie, and agree it is very good, the ambiance is certainly lacking. I'm in the Copper Pot camp as well.

Aug 01, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A Quest for Burger Greatness

The Capital Grille downtown really does make a superior burger with truffle fries. You can get it in the bar as well if you want a less formal experience.

Jul 19, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Jo Jo Potatoes?

John Hardy's in Rochester is my go to place for the sliced potato style jojo. Throw some of the spicy sauce on those and you've got a meal right there.

Jul 11, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hot and sour soup

Hey Sty...how is Pho 83 in general? I am occasionally out there for the horses, so I know where it is but have never dropped in.

Jun 26, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

2013 State Fair

Love it! My first glance interests are

Bourbon Wurst
Deep fried bread pudding
Porketta pig wings
Pitchfork sausage (I'm thinking I'll be disappointed, but let's see)
Pork belly sliders
Northwoods BBQ taco

Nice for Mancini's (which has been around almost as long as the Fair itself) to make its initial appearance. I wonder what got into them? Probably Target Field success.

Jun 26, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Full English/Irish Breakfast

The Local has it, at least on the weekends.

Jun 03, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kramarczuk's Earns James Beard Award

Well deserved. I also agree on the breads as well. I now get glares from my crew if I don't have both sausages AND buns from K in the summer for grilling.

Mar 03, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tiger Sushi 2 :The End or the Beginning?

About 53 groupons later tells me you are on to something...

Feb 11, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Booking from afar...help!

BB has it right....nothing in the "latest" category within walking easy walking from the Hyatt that I can think of. He had added most of my ideas, but I'll add a couple of more.

Instead of the Local, Brits is closer and has better food IMO. Still pub fare, but they can accommodate 20 with a bit of planning and in a private area. 11th and Nicollet, so 2 blocks from the Hyatt.

Another thought is Solera, which is maybe 9th and Hennepin. If the night is nice, no worries about a 6 block walk. If the wind is blowing in the winter, then this might be a bit far. Tapas and such, but a lot of private areas and they can set you up.

I don't know if the Butcher and Boar can accommodate private parties (certainly not on weekends), but that is probably the "latest" place on that end of downtown.

Jan 30, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Birthday Sushi

Piling on.....you want Origami for great sushi and low background noise. Even better if you can sneak upstairs in a corner table, just to be cozy.

Masu could be an option, but it would have to be later for Fri/Sat to be a bit more quiet.

Jan 25, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spinach Lasagna Noodles

Oooooo....I love when people post places like this so I can bookmark them quick. Never heard of this one at all, so many thanks for the heads up.

Jan 13, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Korean?

I'm sad to say I've never been to any of the Korean places about town. If I was going to round up a crew of 8 or so, where would the Chow-folk send me?

Thanks in advance for the recommendations

Jan 06, 2013
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Personal "go to" place shares.

For me, in this category its the old school ones that I have revisited time and again

Al's, Mickeys, and Keys for breakfast
Runyons for chicken wings
Capital Grill at the bar for the burger at lunch
Village Wok for something with black bean sauce
About a foot long hot dog at the fair
Convention Grill for a vanilla malt with the nutmeg shaker
Beeks for pizza

Dec 10, 2012
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chicago style pizza in MSP?

Totally approved pizza add! Nice job

Aug 15, 2012
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

First time to SEA, with 17 year old chow-son -- downtown and stadium district

Will do! I need a good cured meat places on Monday before we leave to bring back. For all the pork we do out here in the midwest, the best cured stuff I've had is on the left coast by a wide margin.

Jul 26, 2012
Lincster in Greater Seattle

First time to SEA, with 17 year old chow-son -- downtown and stadium district

Bless your heart MMM. We actually have a great Vietnamese population in the Twin Cities, and we have some very reasonable bahn mi, but that is the perfect idea between games -- and I've never sampled it any other place. That will be perfect between games. I'm researching now :)

Also, since we are likely to go to all 3 games in the series, I know we will have one meal at the park. Great link and thank you.

Jul 26, 2012
Lincster in Greater Seattle

First time to SEA, with 17 year old chow-son -- downtown and stadium district

Ooooo...thanks for the info MMM (and others). Good to know the market is non-chain, and beyond.

Will definitely go to Bainbridge. That sounds perfect for a quick morning or a leisurely afternoon. Very much appreciate that suggestion. I would have had no idea!

Jul 23, 2012
Lincster in Greater Seattle

is Target Field now offering a mega hot dog??

They are...$26, but in a very nice looking carrier.

For the same price, in about a month, you can get 5 "about a foot long" hot dogs, snappy with fried onions, at the fair. That is where I'm putting my hotdog money

Jul 23, 2012
Lincster in Minneapolis-St. Paul

First time to SEA, with 17 year old chow-son -- downtown and stadium district

Ooooo...just saw the Thai thread. I'll get recommendations from there. Thanks!

Jul 19, 2012
Lincster in Greater Seattle

First time to SEA, with 17 year old chow-son -- downtown and stadium district

My first trip to your lovely looking city, coming from Minneapolis. Traveling with the relatively food adventurous and pretty mature 17 year old son to follow the (very bad) MN Twins play the (very bad) Seattle Mariners in August. Hey, at least we can get seats, and as a bonus we have tickets to the Sounders game on that Saturday against the Whitecaps. No MLS team in MSP, so we are excited.

Staying at the W right downtown on a good rate, no car as you have awesome (though incredibly varied) public transit. I actually love varied public transit to explore with, so I'm excited and if I can find a train/streetcar/ferry to take us to your destination, its all fair game, as are pretty reasonable walks.

Hoping the chow community can give some advice on a couple of areas. Obviously not looking for the romantic settings or the 21+ clubs -- just some place a dad and son can get good but possibly interesting food. We both love fresh seafood, sushi, thai, junky bar food, and regional specialties. We don't need recommendations for your most outstanding hot dish or lutefisk place....got those covered here in the heartland.

1) Obviously any gems in the downtown core, or any tourist traps to avoid. I'm looking at Pike Place skeptically, but happy to have you tell me I'm totally wrong -- though of course we'll go see it regardless. I do need a good place for oysters, as the young lad isn't there yet, but I love Kumamotos and we get them out here but on an irregular basis. So I must have some....maybe more than some.

2) On Saturday we have the Sounders at noon and the Mariners at 6:00. What is the best place to eat in between games? We will be in Sounders jerseys by that point I'm sure, so nothing upscale.

3) Anything that is interesting near the space needle, aquarium, or that we could take a ferry to, since I'm sure we'll do all those things.

Thanks so much chowfolk! Very much appreciated for any advice.

PS -- I foolishly signed up for the Lake Union 10K that weekend as well, since it looked fun. Well, fun before you wake up at 6AM on vacation and actually have to run. If you see a guy in a Twins cap looking lost, happy to say hi! The pancakes afterwards look promising!

Jul 19, 2012
Lincster in Greater Seattle