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Portland beer trip

We just returned from spending a few weeks on the East Coast and had a great time eating and drinking our way through Portland.

As everyone will tell you, you must go to the fabulous beer bar Novare Res. Also highly recommended is the The Great Lost Bear, a charming tavern with a prominently displayed portrait of pioneering British beer journalist Micheal Jackson. Slab Sicilian Street Food has terrific food and an excellent tap list. The Little Tap House, right across the street from the Portland Museum of Art, has a very good tap list and carefully crafted food. Although they don't have tap beer, the sushi at Miyake is world class and they feature Oxbow beer on their bottle list. Don't miss the delicious Substance IPA at the Bissell Brothers tap room, where we had the best lobster roll of the trip from the High Roller food truck. They use Brioche buns! Maine Beer Company is just up the road in Freeport and their brews are top notch. And this is just the tip of the iceberg that is the Portland beer and food scene. We cant wait until our next visit!

Aug 17, 2015
lizpeck in Northern New England

Wedding venue/reception ideas

We attended a fabulous wedding reception at the University Club in downtown St Paul. The wife is Thai and the dinner was a traditional Chinese menu provided by a caterer that works with the Club. Sadly, I can't remember his name. The food was fantastic and the venue is gorgeous. That being said, I have no idea about the budget...

Looking for a place to have a Groom's Dinner for about 30 people. Suggestions?

ZenBox Izakaya has a nice semi-private dining room that can hold up to 50 and would be a fun spot for a Groom's Dinner. I don't think they have any minimum charge.

Aug 17, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Narrowing down SF resto picks

Have you considered Mikkeller for beer?

From their website (and first hand experience!) -

The Perfect Pour. Our beer is served at its optimal drinking temperature via several variable storage and delivery systems. Our custom "on the fly" gas blending system is one of only a handful in the world and allows us precise control over every beer. What does this mean to you? Your beer will be served at the proper temperature to ensure all the flavors you'd miss with a standard system are there for you to enjoy from the first sip.

Solid Resto/Recs in Chatham & Outer Cape Please

The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham has an outstanding fine dining restaurant with a spectacular view of the Atlantic. It was recommended to us by the chef at Hanger B.

Jun 25, 2015
lizpeck in Southern New England

Solid Resto/Recs in Chatham & Outer Cape Please

We had several Lobster Rolls at the Friendly Fisherman last summer and were blown away by the quality and quantity of the lobster. I hope your experience was a fluke..

Jun 25, 2015
lizpeck in Southern New England

Solid Resto/Recs in Chatham & Outer Cape Please

plus one on:

Chatham Pier Fish Market - best clam chowder I have ever had and I grew up on the stuff.

Hanger B - the chef is a refugee from the West Coast fine dining scene and the food and view are exceptional.

Jun 25, 2015
lizpeck in Southern New England

Need some local advice on Mexican fare

We went to Maya recently, and while the food ingredients are authentic and flavorful, I prefer taquerias that crisp up their meats on a griddle rather than just slop them on your tortilla out of a steam table.
La Huestaca and Taqueria La Hacienda are my current favorites.

Need some local advice on Mexican fare

second for La Huasteca. Very authentic - not a drop of cheddar in sight.

Jun 23, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good bars for out-of-towner to go to alone

In the warehouse district/North Loop area, which is easily walk-able form the Loews:
Haute Dish
Parlour/Borough (downstairs bar/upstairs restaurant)
Bachelor Farmer/Marvel Bar (upstairs restaurant/downstairs bar)

In the other direction, on Hennepin and 11th, again, easily walk-able:
Butcher & the Boar

Have had great drinks and fun conversations with strangers in all of these places. They all do craft cocktails, and Haute Dish, Parlour/Borough and Butcher & Boar have excellent craft beer lists.

Jun 16, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Must eat places in KC? Need some suggestions.

We recently spent a week in Kansas City and can report that there is a great food scene going on there. We stayed downtown and were able to find some wonderful places within walking distance.

The Belfry - James Beard award winning chef Celina Tio's charming gastropub, with excellent bar food, a stellar craft beer selection and a friendly, inviting staff and atmosphere.
1532 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Anton's - a true Kansas City steak house. Anton has close relationships with local farmers and his in-house butcher shop breaks down whole grass-fed cows, from which every scrap is utilized. A basement aquaponics setup provides fresh herbs for the kitchen and all menu items are locally sourced or made in-house. Their craft tap selection is exceptional as well.
1610 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108

YJ’s Snack Bar - a tiny, quirky neighborhood diner serving home-made, locally-sourced, organic food to the artsy denizens of the Crossroads District. Their breakfast biscuits were the lightest and fluffiest I have ever had.
128 W. 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108

We were so impressed with Chef Tio's food that we also ventured down to the Brookside neighborhood to try her flagship fine-dining restaurant, Julian. Exceptional food - every mouthful had the soulful depth only provided by long simmered stocks, excellent ingredients and a deft touch.
Brookside Shopping Area, 6227 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64113

Since you've already tried Grinders I'll just say that their pizza, with its yeasty, chewy, NY-style crust, truly lived up to the hype. We also had a wonderful salad featuring a flavorful goat cheese and a delicate vinaigrette - so unexpected in that punky, divey atmosphere!

On the must try list for future visits: Reigers - as mentioned on this thread, The American Restaurant -an incubator for many of the fine chefs in KCMO, Rye Restaurant - now this is the place to go for great fried chicken, or so I've heard, Port Fonda - the Mexican food scene in KC is legendary and this modern take is widely touted as exceptional.
Can't wait for my next visit!

Jun 08, 2015
lizpeck in Great Plains

La Huasteca Eat Street

We were there mid-afternoon on a Saturday and only one of the tables was taken, so you could probably squeeze in a moderately large group if you timed it right.

Jun 05, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

La Huasteca Eat Street

I'm glad to see that this charming little place is getting some Chowhound love. We stopped in the other day and tried a goat taco and a lamb taco. Both were well flavored and the meat was high quality. It is on the top of my list for a return visit to try the Consomme De Chivo Y Borrego and the beautiful fruit bowls in carved half watermelons.

Jun 05, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Designing a complete foodie experience.

I'm so glad you liked Bang and am glad you got the chance to try a Hammerheart!

Jun 01, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Designing a complete foodie experience.

For the out-of-towners, in case this is not obvious, MCFM=Mill City Farmer's Market...

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Perhaps, but IMHO Hammerheart is doing some of the most experimental and unique brewing in this area right now - smoked grains, barrel aging, wild yeasts etc. As with anything experimental, they don't always hit it out of the park, but they are always interesting. Definitely geared toward the adventurous palate.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Good point - I always forget about their limited hours since we normally go on Saturday afternoon. You can also get Bang Beer at Ngon Bistro.

May 21, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Whilst on your way into town from Marine On St. Croix (I assume that is where you are staying?) you could easily pop in to Hammerheart in Lino Lakes for a quick pint.

Whilst in St. Paul visiting Golden Fig and Hmong Marketplace you could swing by Bang Brewing (did I mention they use all organic ingredients?)

Perhaps the Mill City Farmer's Market, which is very close to One on One, would be a better bet than the St Paul Farmers Market? Smaller, but more artisanal ... Also, whilst at One on One you are quite near Local D'Lish, a lovely shop featuring local products.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Since you plan to hit One on One for the Black Walnut pop-up, you may want to think about paying a visit to maverick Chef Landon Schoenefeld at Haute Dish for a taste of his wonderfully creative takes on classic Midwestern food. They have a great bar with an excellent tap list too, and it's right next door to the bike shop. Chef Shoenefeld has been featured in Food & Wine several times and is an underrated Twin Cities treasure.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Second for Ngon. Not only is their food carefully prepared and locally sourced, but they also feature mixologist cocktails and a well-curated selection of craft beer.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Second on Piccolo. From Mr. Anthony Bourdain - "There's a great restaurant in Minneapolis called Piccolo. Terrific. Really cutting edge, really creative food."

Say what you will about Mr. B - the man knows good food, IMHO.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Bang Brewing, next to Urban Growler - even smaller and more intimate, and IMHO, better beer.

Hammerheart Brewing, in Lino Lakes, moto -to brew beers inspired by NORSE and CELTIC history, lore, old world tradition, beauty and wonder of dense forests, running water, towering mountains and of course, all forms of heavy metal.

Town Hall Brewing - their Masala Mama IPA earned a rare 100 on

Du Nord Craft Spirits - gin, vodka and whiskey made from locally sourced ingredients.

Fun restaurant between airport and Chanhassen

What about Baker's Ribs or Punch Pizza, both near the Eden Prairie Center?

Mar 18, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Local D’Lish has a great selection of local items too.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Also the Mill City Farmers market has wonderful local goods.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Beez Kneez honey
Red Table cured meats

Mar 13, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Anniversary Dinner--like the Strip Club but different?

While not exactly in the vein of Strip Club or B&B, Piccolo is our go-to place for a special occasion meal.

Jan 22, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul


Momos, gyoza, Xiaolongbao, Shumai, Mandu, Jiaozi...
Who's making the best dumplings in the Twin Cities area?

Jan 16, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Costco-January 2015

Polder Goat Cheese
Dodoni Feta
Organic coffee beans
Organic frozen broccoli
Organic frozen peas
Organic frozen blueberries
Organic romaine hearts six pack
Wild caught frozen cod
San Pelegrino water
Organic olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Tellicherry peppercorns
Organic chia seeds

Aldi has better crimini mushrooms - not a fan of the Dole brand carried by Costco.

Oh yeah, and booze.

Jan 14, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Thanks - I actually saw this round up post and it is exactly what prompted me to ask for some help in negotiating the myriad of intriguing options.

I will do a board search for Richmond district recommendations.