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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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lynn On Bryant

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

Sep 07, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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St. Paul's Grand Ave.

That's interesting. We were just there the other night and I didn't find the two flavors I had (amarena and gianduja) to be overly sweet.

But perhaps that says more about me than the gelato. :-)

Jul 12, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a restaurant for Monday, June 30

I'd suggest Lurcat or Vincent. 112 will be too close to Target Field for your taste (as will most of the North Loop).

Jun 26, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

I would respectfully disagree with your assessment of Wilde Roast. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the menu there.

Jun 24, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

It's Tuesday, and We Want Steak!!

I have a soft spot in my heart for the ginormous pork chops at J.D. Hoyt's. Source of meat is probably the exact opposite of an acorn-fed, hand-scrubbed Berkshire sow, but still tasty.

Jun 24, 2014
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Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

I'm interested in trying it. I'm just bummed because I just moved nearby and was hoping that it would become my go-to take-out place. It would be great if they would offer their regular menu as well.

Bar La Grassa Chicken

I've never had the chicken - in fact I've never been to Bar La Grassa - but it sounds like it may be a variation on the Zuni Cafe chicken recipe. Google it - it's everywhere.

Jun 20, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Well, I guess they reopened... sorta

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/c...

Jun 19, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ice cream cake, with actual cake?

My first thought was Izzy's as well - I'd noticed the cakes in their freezer case. But their website makes me think that the cakes are more DQ style - with a crust and crunchy stuff, but no actual cake on the inside.

Jun 16, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Places to eat around University of Minnesota - and candy?

I'd also like to put in a good word for Korea Restaurant, which is in Stadium Village a few blocks from The Commons, 221 Oak Street across from the Alumni Center. It's not a fancy place - often on the slightly grungy side - but it serves very solid Korean food for both lunch and dinner.

I've also heard very good things about Tofu House - also Korean food - just down the street at 307 Oak St. I haven't eaten there yet, but would like to make it over there sometime soon.

Jun 11, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feeding and entertaining 10 teen girls in Minneapolis/MoA area

If FireLake at the Radisson sounds appealing, the OP should check to make sure it's open. The hotel and common spaces were being re-done and I'm not sure from the following article whether or not the restaurant was open through construction: http://www.startribune.com/local/minn...

Jun 04, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feeding and entertaining 10 teen girls in Minneapolis/MoA area

While I agree that Pizzeria Lola is good, it's about 15-20 minutes from MOA and in an area where there's probably not too much of interest to 16 year old girls. In addition, Saturday evening might be a bit of a wait for a party of 8-12 people.

Another place to think about around lunch time would be someplace in Uptown. The Tin Fish is right on Lake Calhoun which is a great place to rent boats or bikes or just hang out. In addition, it's right on the edge of Uptown, which has lots of restaurants of all types and expenses and lots of shops.

Private party room with good food and drink

I've been to a couple of events at Create Caterers' space in NE Minneapolis. It may be too late to book there, but I'd give them a call.

http://createcaters.com/

May 28, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul