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Designing a complete foodie experience.

It's completely different than the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Mill City has much less variety in produce because it has many fewer vendors. I would say that the majority of the vendors (if not the vast majority) are selling cheese, baked goods, prepared goods, non food items, etc.

May 24, 2015
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Designing a complete foodie experience.

Bradstreet is not currently open. It looks from their Facebook page as if they'll open soon (pix of renovations, hiring, etc.) but I doubt that they'll be open next week.

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

I second Jordan's recommendation to skip Moto-i. The food there is not particularly exceptional. It's a cool place to check out sake but otherwise it does not hold much appeal.

We recently had a great meal at Kyatchi and I would substitute it for Moto-i. Other board favorites for Japanese include Midori's Floating World and Obento-ya. (I've not eaten at either of them.)

If you're up for Korean, I recommend 2 holes-in-the-wall near the U of Minnesota: Tofu House and Korea Restaurant. Both have great food but are limited in ambiance. For more "upscale" Korean, King's is a favorite but it's a bit of a trek across town from Bloomington. Closer to Bloomington is Hoban. It has good Korean food as well.

Apr 30, 2015
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Lucky China Korean-Chinese food

Thanks for the update on Lucky China. Despite having moved closer, I still haven't been there. I'll have to concentrate and get over there sometime soon!

Apr 05, 2015
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Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Restaurants 2015

I work near Spoonriver and eat there every so often (both sit-down and from their take-out cooler). I think that the food is solid and well executed, but not especially innovative or exciting. I like the feel of Spoonriver and get to feel virtuous for eating there. I've never had a bad meal there, but the place has for never called to me, for some reason.

That was always how I felt about Cafe Brenda as well. If someone wanted to go there I knew I'd have a good meal, but I never felt inspired to suggest it myself.

Apr 04, 2015
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Does anyone know the name of the little bakery/coffee shop on Grand Ave. between Oxtord and Lexington?

Shoot. I assume that means they no longer have their quiches. I used to enjoy those for Sunday breakfast.

Apr 04, 2015
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Favorite restaurants from the past

Wow - I didn't know the place was a chain. I'd been to the one in Water Tower Place in the early '80s but thought that it was the only one. I loved it.

Mar 25, 2015
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chateaubriand

I'll add the following without any experience or comment: according to Google and Yelp, Benihana serves "Hibachi Chateaubriand."

It seems to be the only other place besides Murray's that shows up in a quick search.

Mar 11, 2015
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ISO Artichoke Hearts jarred in plain Olive Oil

Check at Bill's Imported Foods near Lyn/Lake. I have a recollection of seeing them a few weeks ago. You could always give them a call before heading over.

Feb 14, 2015
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Shepherd's Way Kickstarter

They're getting really close! They need to raise $4500 by 3:30 today.

Jan 15, 2015
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future planning: restaurant w/party rm & open 12/25?

Interesting. I took a quick look at their calendar and it showed them as having Happy Hours on Xmas, so I figured they were open.

Dec 28, 2014
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future planning: restaurant w/party rm & open 12/25?

I'm pretty sure that Jax in Northeast Minneapolis is open for Xmas and has lots of different sized rooms for groups.

Dec 27, 2014
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Open 12/25, group-friendly, and near the conservatory?

Looks like they're open from Noon to 9pm on Christmas (and New Years Day).

Dec 14, 2014
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Open 12/25, group-friendly, and near the conservatory?

Not been there, but if Little Szechuan is open, it seems to me that hot pot would be a good choice for a group.

Dec 14, 2014
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Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

My only data point is that a week or two ago I tried to get a table for six people on Tuesday 12/30 and I couldn't.

Dec 03, 2014
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Bringing in a meal for Thanksgiving, help needed

Are you asking about what to do about a single meal for yourself? Or are you thinking about a larger group? There are several sources for ready-made Thanksgiving feasts - but you may want to nail down what you want to do. As far as what I expect would be "better" feasts that might still be available, I'd look at Lund's, Kowalski's, Whole Foods, Lucia's, etc.

I've got no suggestions for an individual portion other than a "grab and go" meal from one of the above.

Nov 24, 2014
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The Rabbit Hole

Coincidentally - I ran across this yesterday about Rabbit Hole. Apparently they're very gluten-free friendly.

http://mspmag.com/Blogs/Dara/November...

Nov 14, 2014
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Waconia! Who knew?

According to the Strib, Terra has lost its lease and will be closing in February. They're looking for new locations. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

Nov 13, 2014
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Eli's Downtown Mpls

I agree with everything that Mitch said. My only advice is that they can fill up fairly quickly around dinner time. I don't think they take reservations, so you may want to have a backup plan. (I've tried to go with my kids a few times, but we haven't wanted to wait when they've been full.)

Also, they have another outpost just over the river at 815 E. Hennepin. That may not work if you are trying to only park once.

Nov 07, 2014
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Two nights in Minneapolis

I've never been to Porter & Frye (now or in its heyday). Have you been there recently? It may be great for all I know, but my impression is that it's now just another average hotel restaurant.

If I was going to recommend a hotel restaurant nearby, it would be Cosmos. Had a great meal there last December, but I know that they've had a change of chef since then.

I'd also add Lurcat into the mix of nearby places, and might also think about Kim Bartmann's new place - The Third Bird. I've not eaten there but I would definitely give it a shot.

Oct 21, 2014
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Good Sushi in the Twin Cities

Was this the downtown or uptown branch? While I realize that this may be damning with faint praise, my experiences with the downtown branch have been better.

As you alluded in your write-up, Origami seemed to be the place for sushi at one time. While it still may be in the first tier of MSP sushi, it has not stood out in my mind for a long while.

Oct 21, 2014
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Goetta in the Twin Cities?

I've never seen goetta around here, and would have noticed it having grown up in Cincinnati. (Although, truth be told, it was not something that I encountered much as a kid in OH either. I think it's become more popular in the last 30 years.)

Goetta is basically a sausage that has oats in it. Pretty tasty in my opinion, but it's not a thing that I yearn for. While there are recipe variations, I don't think there are different types.

Oct 16, 2014
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Fun dining with kids

When our kids were younger, their favorite "fancy" place was the Loring Pasta Bar. We'd go on the early side, but later will work too - if it's busy the noise level means that your kids can't bother anyone else.

It used to be that they'd have live music starting around 6 on the weekends. The kids would be entertained by going up and watching before our meals arrived and there are lots of places to explore as well.

The food can be as exciting or non-adventurous as you wish. They're more than happy to do plain pasta with cheese and butter if that's as far as your kids will go.

Oct 05, 2014
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Peaks and Valleys at Peninsula

I really like the achat salad (on the appetizer menu), although I wouldn't necessarily call it light. Also - so you're not surprised - it's served cold (as in out of the refrigerator).

I realize that this may not be the most appetizing description, but it tastes to me like crunchy vegetables with a sauce that tastes like a cross between jello salad and peanut sauce. But in a good way. :-)

Sep 23, 2014
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Lynn On Bryant

Looks like it happened in May. http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

Sep 07, 2014
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working brunch

Barbette has very nice breakfasts as well. I don't know whether or not the atmosphere of Barbette (i.e., more bohemian bar than your other suggestions) is good or bad for a business environment. I've also heard that Lake and Irving has a good brunch, but I'm no longer in the Uptown area, so I can't vouch for it.

Aug 29, 2014
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Non State Fair Cheese Curds

Tryg's has pretty good cheese curds. I don't know that I'd drive across town for them, but if you're in the Uptown/Calhoun area, it's a good option.

Aug 29, 2014
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Tonic Syrup (concentrate)

The TomR's was $7.99. I want to say that the JR was about $15.

Aug 21, 2014
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Tonic Syrup (concentrate)

This thread made me detour to Zipp's on the way home yesterday. They had Tomr's, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., and one other that - if I remember correctly - was more expensive than the others. I picked up a bottle of Tomr's and am going to give it a try this evening. I was also tempted to pick up a bottle of one of the Minnesota whiskeys such as 7 Wells or Minnesota 13, but ultimately did not pull the trigger. I'd like to try one of those sometime, but that's probably grist for another thread.

Aug 20, 2014
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Update to Italian restaurants in Twin Cities

I'd thought about Louis for the OP, but decided against recommending it. When I ate there in May, it was quite boisterous and loud, even though we were off to the side. My experience was neither quiet or cozy. (As far as the overall experience went, it was fine. Service was hectic and uneven, but that may have been unavoidable since they were full on a Friday evening.

My only other thought for the OP (besides those mentioned above) is Scusi. The menu is a little more modern that classic red-sauce. But the space is nice and the food is served in large portions. (Note to OP: Because "authenticity" may be important to your husband, you should know that the restaurant is owned by Blue Plate Restaurants, one of the larger operators here in the Twin Cities. I like their food and most of their places, but your husband won't find Nonna back in the kitchen making the meatballs.)

Aug 20, 2014
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