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Help me complete our Minneapolis special night out itinerary

I was trying to keep it craft beer related, but it limits options, a lot. 112 would have been perfect - great food, not too pricey, comfortable. I looked at Irish pubs, but I can't think of any with great food. Happy Gnome might be an option, but I was trying to avoid St. Paul.

Aug 01, 2012
janez1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help me complete our Minneapolis special night out itinerary

Ugh, I was afraid someone would say that! I'm not sold on Eat Street either. I was running out of options, as so many places are booked up. We've never been, so I was taking a chance, but maybe that is a bad, bad idea.

I really wanted to get into 112 Eatery, but they are booked. Maybe I should switch to Sanctuary? I need something with good food, but not too stuffy or expensive. We love fine dining more than the crowd we're with, so I need to find a decent balance. (Otherwise, I'd be headed straight for La Belle Vie!)

Ok, so now I need restaurant recommendations too. Here's a quick snapshot of some Open Table available options:

Black Forest In
Café Levain
Chino Latino
First Course
Grand Café
Red Stag
Saffon
Sanctuary
Sapor
Solera
Tryg’s
Urban Eatery

Muddy Waters is also available, but I'm afraid it might be a bit too "uptown" for the crowd.

Aug 01, 2012
janez1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help me complete our Minneapolis special night out itinerary

I'm planning a birthday night on the town (husband's 40th), and need some fresh ideas.

We'll be starting the night at Steel Toe Brewing (tasting and tour) and then heading to Eat Street Social for dinner. After that, I'd like to find a nice place( or two) for after dinner drinks, more craft beer tasting and/or dessert. I want to avoid any place that is going to be packed full of 21 year olds or where we have to stand in line. Been there, done that.

Ideally, I'd like to go downtown, somewhere nice, but comfortable with maybe a great patio. Its a Friday night.

Any thoughts?

Aug 01, 2012
janez1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Holiday Cocktail Party Etiquette

Is it ever appropriate to ask guests to bring something to a party? We'd like to collect toys for Toys for Tots at our party, but I'm not sure if it defies etiquette to put that on the invitation.

The party will be nice - fancy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, etc.

And if its not an etiquette breach, how do you succinctly put it on an invitation? Having writers block on keeping it short and sweet!

Thanks!

Oct 30, 2011
janez1 in Not About Food