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Place for a leisurely lunch/afternoon in Uptown Minneapolis?

Amore maybe?

Looking for the Pearson's Salted Caramel Nut Goodie...

Just a fun note... Dunn Bros paired with Pearson's to do a Nut Goodie latte. Not sure if this is new but I don't remember them doing it last year. Per DB's website (link below):

"Dunn Brothers stores will also sell limited-edition Nut Goodie Anniversary tins featuring the original Nut Goodie design from 1912, and with six individually wrapped Nut Goodie candy bars inside."

Edited to add: AND the latte was delicious, IMO. :)

Figlio Anyone?

They still have $3 daily HH, as well as "Sunday Funday" with $3 happy hour all day.

Minneapolis Dish of the Month (Oct 2012) - Voting


Best omelets in TC?

I'll throw a vote up for the Egg & I ... though now that I write that I'm not 100% sure if it's the omelets exactly or a mix of the eggs and the atmosphere.

Portions will win you over at the Uptown Diner, and you can definitely get the 'late night' component there too!

Minnesota Road Trip

Quang is on 27th and Nicollet. I go there 3 or 4 times a week... so I guess that's a sign of how much I like it. :) Prefer Quang over Krunthep Thai.

A more specific Thai question

Sadly, I've always left Roat Osha extremely disappointed. The service has always been good and the atmosphere fine, but the food.... =/ This isn't at all a knock on their "authenticity" as I have never been to Thailand and have no clue what that should look like. However, for the handful of time I've been there (I'd guess probably 7ish times?) it has only taken a few bites for me to wish I had ordered something else.

Can't pinpoint it exactly since I've tried something different every time, in hopes that maybe I was just ordering the wrong thing. Maybe I've just ordered 7 wrong things in a row...

I keep going back because the location holds a lot of memories of going to that Sawatdee as a kid with my dad. Wasn't about the food, but sitting in that windowed front room together. <<Le siiiigh>> I'll give it one more go before moving on for good. :(

Healthy food Downtown

The Turkey truck doesn't have turkey legs anymore?!?! Be right back. Going to go drown my sorrows...


Wasn't there a truck last year with kebobs?

Torrefacto coffee beens?

Does anyone know if I can find torrefacto roasted coffee beans here in the cities? Finally got my Moka pot sent from Spain, but I can't even start attempting to recreate THE best coffee without the right beans!

Best tres leches cake

Have you tried at Panadería el Méxicano in Mercado Central?

[edit:] But if you're looking for a casual but NON latin or Mexican place that also happens to have tres leches on the menu, to the best of my recollection these places have served it in the past:

(in addition to Cafe Vin, 112, etc. mentioned above)

French Meadow
Cheeky Monkey
Cafe Latte

I've only tried it at Mercado Central, Cheeky Monkey, and at a party in Guadalajara. List is clearly not ranked in the proper order. ;)

And I know you're looking for it at a restaurant, but this is a REALLY good (IMHO) recipe if you want to go at it yourself!

Kinsen Noodles & Bar...?

Yeah - I read both (or all three actually) reviews. Isn't it the same owners as Kindee Thai (across from the Guthrie)?

I never did end up going their with the visitors... but now I feel the sudden NEED to try both Kindee and Kinsen. Will report back...

Kindee Thai Restaurant
719 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Kinsen Noodles & Bar...?

Has anyone been there? Have friends visiting this week, and interested in checking it out.

Twin Cities best onion rings?

I actually go up to Duluth pretty frequently, and will be *moving* there in the summer of 2012 for two years. I do remember having the onion rings at Grandma's, and they were pretty darn good. Then again, that was after running Grandma's Marathon, and I'm pretty sure anything tastes good at the end of a marathon.... ;)


It's nothing fancy, but the Malt Shop on 50th and Bryant has a good/tasty vegetarian selection. Not to mention... shakes are vegetarian!

Twin Cities best onion rings?

Hahaha!! Well I'm really glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. I've made some "healthier" onion rings at home, but it's not even close to the same.

Twin Cities best onion rings?

About 97% of the time, my diet is pretty dang clean. But that remaining 3% gives me a little wiggle room, and if I'm going to wiggle it all, it'd be for onion rings.

I'm curious as to who Chowhounders would credit with the best onion rings? I work at a restaurant, so I'll leave my own [biased] opinion out (even though ours are pretty darn good... just sayin). No location restrictions - I'm in SW Minneapolis but all of MN is fair game!


Veggie nachos at the Tin Fish!! Or if he's feeling "in the mood" for a pescatarian day, one of the fish tacos. :)

The Tin Fish
3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

New Years Resolution: Explore Vietnamese Restaurants in MSP

Quang is definitely my favorite and most frequent stop. One of my other favorites is Than Doh in St. Louis Park. It's in a little strip on Minnetonka Blvd... totally not in a place you'd expect good authentic Vietnamese food, but every time I've been the food has been fantastic! They also have Thai and some "fusion" dishes. I go with a spring rolls and a different soup almost every single time, but my dad goes for the curries, and the bf always gets the cranberry/scallion cream cheese puffs and one of the "Than Doh specialties".

Rice Paper (50th & France area) moved from Linden Hills and expanded their menu. I know it's not the "hole in the wall" type restaurant, but still very good, and you *MUST* get the Delta Bowl! I promise you wont' be disappointed!!

Rice Paper Restaurant
2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Bran Muffins

I used to work at a Dunn Bros Coffee shop, and although they weren't my 1st pick that we had, the bran cream cheese muffins always sold out first! No raisins in my recollection, but they were good. Hahah - if only I could remember where we got our bakery items from... that might be helpful!

Two other places I have found and enjoyed the bran muffins: Sebastian Joe's in Linden Hills, and Turtle Bread Co.

Sebastian Joe's
4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Boston Hound visiting for the first time!

I think you'll be impressed!

I lived in Boston for a year, going to school at Northeastern University. My favorite Vietnamese place there was Pho & I, right on Huntington, but here at home, my heart belongs to Quang. The one thing I miss the most is definitely JP Licks. We don't have an equivalent for softserve, which is all I'd ever want... (can you bring me home some Yo Tango, please?!), but if you're after hardscooped, Sebastian Joe's does a great job.

Enjoy your stay here!

Sebastian Joe's
4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Okay, now for some really cheap--still great--eats?

Whenever I hear cheap + ethnic + DELICIOUS, I think of Quang on Eat Street. My favorite will always be the Pho, but my boyfriend is in love with the grilled beef and eggroll salad. The spring rolls are fantastic - I occasionally get two orders so I can take one for lunch the next day. :)

There are plenty of ethnic markets and stores near by (Lake street, Mercado Central, Midtown Global Market), but if you want THE asian market in Minneapolis, that would be United Noodle on 24th and Minnehaha.

I know you're not going to go there, but I can't give my recommendation for "true Minnesotan" without mentioning them: Fisher's in Avon, MN. Walleye. Garrison Keillor. Lake Wobegon. Shoot... I'm getting hungry!!

MSP- Best Nachos

Tin Fish Restaurant on Lake Calhoun. Homemade and fried-right-then tortilla chips, homemade fresh pico de gallo, melted cheddar, shrimp/chicken/veggie, hot sauce, and homemade ranch. On just reading the description, you might be thinking - um... ranch? Trust me. They're life changing.

They also lay the chips out in a flat layer when they're dressing them, ensuring that every chip gets plenty of the goodness. If it's a slow day, they'll usually do whatever kind of meat or seafood you want on em'. Salmon? Go for it. They are amazing as is, but I always ask for an extra side of salsa. You can never have too much!

The Tin Fish
3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Minnesota State fair - any coan't misses?

All of these answers were really helpful to me... this will be my first time at the fair in about 10 years as a non-vegetarian. I WILL get the roasted corn, because for me that's just a "can't miss"... but seeing some good meat options helps me out a ton!

Not to hijack the thread... but what would you guys say about: the giant turkey leg, and the gator or ostrich?

Can't miss....

When you said October, for whatever reason the first thing that popped into my head was a big bowl of Tomato Basil soup at French Meadow. But now that you say breakfast, I really stand by that recommendation!

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Relaxing, light breakfast spot

I second the Quang recommendation for Pho, and United Noodle for groceries!

For your leisurely/healthy/pastry breakfast, I might suggest Zumbros in Linden Hills. Although maybe now I'll have to renege the "leisurely" part, as it can be a wait to get in. Someone else can chime in on that part...

They definitely have the poached eggs, as I know they have benedicts. And they have fresh/healthy fare down. If you cant get your apple strudel fix there, you can walk on over to Great Harvest or Sebastian Joe's afterwards and they'll take good care of you. :


Sebastian Joe's
4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

United Noodles
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

Zumbro Cafe
2803 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410