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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.

Jun 20, 2014
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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.

May 30, 2014
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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

Host/Hostess gift

Agree about France 44. As an aside, some people consider gifts of knives to be bad luck. Sometimes people give a couple of pennies with the knife so that the recipient can "buy" the knife from the giver. So (like any good Minnesotan) I generally shy away from knives as gifts just to avoid the issue.

Apr 09, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

70th Birthday party

Vincent has a lovely room that would fit a group of your size.

Apr 06, 2014
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Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

Apr 01, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A bakery adventure, in which our heroine tries to go to Mojo Monkey but ends up at Rebecca's instead

The web site lists very specific ingredients for most of the baked goods, but "cake mix" for her cakes. After looking through the list of baked goods, I assumed that, for what ever reason (lack of recipes, time, expense, etc.), she has decided to use cake mixes for her cakes, but does other products from scratch.

ETA: I would not rule out a cake from a mix myself. A couple of my favorite cakes have mixes as their base.

Mar 11, 2014
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Dinner in April

Off the top of my head: Eli's, Solera, Masa, Zelo, Hell's Kitchen. We brought our 9 and 13 year old kids to Cosmos around Christmas time and that went well - but that might be more than your friends are looking to spend.

Feb 13, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best local raw honey

Thanks! I checked this fall and they were out of stock, so I figured that they were out for the season.

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

Best local raw honey

I love the Ames Buckthorn. I've not been able to find it recently. Enjoy!

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

Nominate: Best Pizza in Minneapolis-StPaul (if you say Dominos, you are banned from chowhound 4 good)

I thought of Slice of NY as well as I was reading this sub-thread yesterday. I think that they come pretty close to the corner place in NYC for a slice. This style is (IMHO) not necessarily the best pizza (or best pizza in NY) but certainly a style of its own.

Jan 15, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Reuben you've had in the Twin Cities?

I've really enjoyed the Reuben at Wilde Roast the last few times I've had it. I had to take a look at their menu to check, and they describe the sandwich as having "special sauce" rather than Russian dressing, but I still like it.

Jan 13, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

best lasagna

I don't know if it's the best, but the lasagna (esp. the spinich lasagna) at Sorrento Cucina in the Minneapolis Skyway (Northstar Center West) is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Dec 30, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bakers Special Dry Milk

I don't know whether or not it's worth searching out. I've seen references to it before and thought I'd gamble on buying some. But I was hoping to avoid shipping costs via King Arthur if I could find it easily here in the area.

Dec 16, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bakers Special Dry Milk

Has anyone seen King Arthur Flour (or other brand) Bakers Special Dry Milk? I thought I'd see if there was a local source before ordering it online.

Dec 16, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a few suggestions for lunch downtown mpls

I also like Vincent for lunch. Downside for this time of the year may be that it's not connected to a Skyway.

Dec 10, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Caviar?

The only place where I've bought caviar is Coastal Seafoods.

Nov 03, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thai Curry Paste

I've had pretty good luck with the Thai Kitchen brand of pastes. I don't remember whether or not I've used their curry paste specifically, though.

I can't say it's the most authentic or best since my experience with pre-made pastes is pretty limited. But it has the advantage of being distributed fairly well in Minneapolis. I've seen Thai Kitchen at Whole Foods, Lunds, and some co-ops. If I were in a rush and didn't want to go looking all over town, I'd choose this option.

Oct 24, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

So here's a challenge...

Any of the Blue Plate restaurants would probably suit you and they're all over town (but, unhelpfully, all have different names). More info here: http://blueplaterestaurantco.com/#f70...

Oct 14, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Parkers Farm Peanut Butter Disappearing From MSP Store Shelves

I see it at the Uptown Lunds fairly regularly. If it's there I buy it. Otherwise, we settle for Old Home.

Oct 09, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Torani

Lunds carries a few of the more "vanilla" flavors (including vanilla, I believe). We buy raspberry syrup there. Haven't seen orgeat, but will see if they have it. I know they have at least one nut flavor, but think it was hazelnut.

Oct 02, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul