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Ideas for 21st Birthday in Twin Cities?

I think you'd like Eat Street Social or Icehouse. Both trendy, fun places for a group of girls. Both have serious cocktail programs and Eat Street has a tiki bar as well.

Apr 28, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good takeout near mall of America?

Andale Taqueria - 5 minute drive at Nicollet and 494.

Apr 28, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

4 hour early morning stopover

I'm a frequent traveler and I disagree with most of the advice here. Lines have a been a little longer recently but not 2.5 hours. And besides Saturday morning is typically a little quieter than Monday/Fridays/Sunday.

If the weather is nice I'd take a cab to Zumbro Cafe in Linden Hills. It's not near downtown Minneapolis, but it's one of the nicest little areas in the city (Linden Hills), it's close to the airport, and the food is excellent. Google says it's 20 min drive and if you're sitting at 7:30 when they open I don't see how you wouldn't be back at the airport by 9 or so. It's a little cafe where my wife and kid and I all typically eat in 45 minutes tops. If you finish quickly, order an Uber when you're done and have it pick you up over by Lake Harriet bandshell, and you'll see the downtown skyline on your 5 minute walk over. I like the spirit of not just sitting in the airport and this feels very doable to me.

Apr 21, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good fish & chips

Try Yum Kitchen in SLP. The fish and chips is pretty light and the taste of the fish comes through loud and clear instead of just breading. And the fries are great.

Apr 11, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need fun place to celebrate with the kids

Sound like adventurous eaters. Pig Ate My Pizza would be my call. Staff throwing dough, all shouting when certain types of beers are ordered, etc. See if you can get the big booth in the corner

Mar 26, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need Advice Selecting Fine Dining for Bachelor Party

What about private room at the Monte Carlo? Allegedly the oldest restaurant in town. Something like that would be my pick since I'm sure you want to do toasts, speeches, jokes etc. Food quality probably isn't as good as other high end places you have suggested here.

Otherwise my choice would probably be Burch - if I couldn't get a private room I'd probably go for the loudest most "fun" one since toasts won't really be overheard by many. Manny's/Murray's/Strip Club could be good choice in this vein as well.

Jan 06, 2014
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

i would love to read reviews of all the supper clubs... did you post that anywhere?

Dec 31, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

I agree with you. Go to Murray's.

Dec 28, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where are the donuts?

As mentioned YoYo Donuts does some of the trendier ones but their classic donuts kill it in my opinion. My go-to for an old fashioned whether glazed or plain.

Nov 10, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Post tap-room tour dinner recommendation

If you end up at Fulton, I'd recommend the Monte Carlo. Great spot for straightforward out-of-towners.

Oct 07, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cheese shops in western suburbs

The France 44 Cheese shop is fantastic. Feel free to ask for a taste of anything you see. I was impressed to see jamon iberico bellota last time i was in there (at ~$150 per pound I didn't buy any).

Sep 11, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Quick and inexpensive lunch near Hotel Sofitel Bloomington?

I work right near there and Andale and Wally's are the suggestions I would have offered.
Other ideas:
- Aida for pretty darn good Greek food in a former Taco Bell on 66th st. in Richfield.
- If this low humidity weather keeps going get takeout from Whole Foods or Jason's Deli off of France and eat in the Centennial Lakes park area.
- If the weather is rainy or too hot, the Good Earth takeout in the Galleria is pretty good.

Aug 07, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Could use some help finding dinner

Campiello is a 3rd Italian option that is really good. Probably closer to your destination than it is to the airport. Good steak there.

On the way back to the airport, I might recommend a few places that are fairly short detours off Highway 62 - which is parallel to 494 and also takes you back to the airport. You can get reservations at a few of these if time will be tight (not at Broders or Lola)

Pizza Lola
In Season
Cafe Maude
Broders Pasta Bar (if it's not a weekend night)
Wiseacre Eatery

Jul 15, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

If you could eat in one restaurant...

I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend a few dishes as it's really hard to figure out what experience you are going for and I don't know how I'd pick one other than maybe by saying "that thing sounds really good."

I'm sure others could add a lot to this list, but here's a start.

Lower end:
Korean BBQ pizza at Pizza Lola.

Middle end:
Getting about 6 appetizers/small entrees from 112 Eatery (check the menu)
Calamatrata with raw tuna or foie gras tortellini at Bar La Grassa

Higher end:
Sitting at the bar at La Belle Vie for the rabbit pappardelle and lamb burgers and cocktails.
The smoked fish/meat "toasts" course at The Bachelor Farmer. And the drinks and the unique wine menu.
Full tasting menu at Piccolo or Alma.

Jul 12, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Heartland or Bachelor Farmer?

I like them both and you can't go wrong with either. Both are very well-executed visions of what their chef/owners are going for and both are very enjoyable restaurant experiences.

As for the "Minnesota experience" ledger, points are certainly awarded to Heartland for the fact that Garrison Keillor was next table over last time I was there. On the BF side, I enjoy the overall experience more, including the bar(s) and the service. I think they do smoked fish/meats, their "toasts" course, and desserts exceptionally well. On average, entrees are typically better executed at Heartland.

Jul 10, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

Post did say "breakfast." I've been twice at 9 or 9:30 and sat down immediately in the past two months... If you wait until noon, yes, no chance.

May 09, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

Good itinerary. I might substitute Tilia for Parka simply because it doesn't look like you will get to that part of town otherwise. And it's a really nice part of town - a short walk from Lake Harriet (great post-meal walk) plus a few interesting stores to pop into if you have to wait for a table.

May 09, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Crust Lesson -- Punch Pizza?

I always order my pizza well done when at Punch. Learned this at Pizza Regina in Boston. I think it helps a lot.

May 01, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sunday Supper - TBF? 112? Or?

Sunday supper is terrific at TBF. I last went with a group and we ordered equal amounts of the entree (I'm blanking on what it was), the chicken, and the veggie main dishes and shared. It's harder to get in than it used to be but if you go on the early or late side you should be ok. Also liked the lower alcohol cocktail menu that they have (not sure it was special on Sunday?). It's just very well done and reminds me of Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc in Napa Valley where they serve one entree family style every night.

Apr 18, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Airport!

As a usual devotee of Surdyks, I tried something new last time and went to Volante. I was struck by its really ambitious pasta menu including (from memory) gnocchi with tripe, braised octopus, etc. I had a boar ragu that was excellent. I liked it a lot and will definitely try again if my gate is nearby.

Apr 05, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for guanciale

I've bought it at Clancey's and the 44th and France cheese shop multiple times in the last year.

Mar 07, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Budvar beer

I'm pretty sure I've seen Czechvar at the 44th and France liquor store. And I've bought it without shame at other stores in the past.

Jan 17, 2013
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great new restaurant that's not noisy??

In Season would be good for this
Or Heidi's
Both fairly new

Jun 27, 2012
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Eden Prairie - Edina Update

In Edina: Blue Point opened an outpost at 494 and France. Nice decor, nice happy hour, good food on par with the original.

Pittsburgh Blue is new steak house in Galleria, have heard good things about lunch menu but have not been yet.

Just got tacos last week at Andale Taqueria in Richfield. Best authentic tacos (onions & cilantro & lime, two small corn tortillas, plus a lot of different meat options) I have had in town. California taco stand quality and $2 each.

May 23, 2012
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Twin Cities visit (MSP)

Tilia for lunch is an excellent idea. Hits on the gastropub theme you like and a nice neighborhood to walk around in and then down to see Lake Harriet. Actually, I take it back, this is a must do. A somewhat comparable outing would be to do Lucia's for lunch and then walk through Uptown and over to Calhoun and Lake of the Isles.

You might also consider In Season as a substitution for Corner Table.

And I'm always a fan of Quang for Vietnamese.

Apr 25, 2012
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Edina Whole Foods Opening

I swung by for lunch. Definitely a much bigger prepared food selection than the Calhoun Whole Foods. I am always disappointed by that one when I swing by to look at the salad bar.

Apr 19, 2012
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner for wine-loving parents with Weight Watchers friendly choices?

Wiseacre? They have some awesome bacon-heavy stuff but also some super fresh salad/veggie oriented options from what I remember. Not sure about the wine list, but good beer menu for sure.

Mill Valley Kitchen on Excelsior is pretty much the definition of what you are looking for. It includes calorie counts on the menu. I found the food a bit bland in my one dinner there, but they will clearly recognize it as a New American/California style restaurant (starting with the name). My wife loves the same type of cuisine and liked it a lot.

Feb 02, 2012
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A True Saloon ... Does it even exist anymore?

I can think of quite a few in New York and San Francisco. But here...?
I have to assume you've been to the Monte Carlo?
Haute Dish's bar is pretty close to this description, although probably has a few too many tables for you. Great drinks though.

Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Nov 17, 2011
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Backup for Tilia

bummer! definitely need to stop by.

Nov 16, 2011
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Backup for Tilia

where did you hear cafe 28 is going out of business? i like that place.

Nov 16, 2011
parallevar in Minneapolis-St. Paul