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American Chinese with atmosphere?

I haven't been there in close to 20 years, but I seem to remember Ping's as having nice atmosphere. I have no clue as to what the food is like these days. Perhaps someone else knows.

Aug 10, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great food mid-afternoon Saturday

I'd thought about Revival as well. I've not been, but have heard there are often lines. Wasn't sure whether the timing would work if the OP wants to have a quick meal.

Jul 29, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great food mid-afternoon Saturday

My thought is to try a place in the area between 35th Street and 38th Street on Nicollet. That area is right near an exit on I-35W (It'll be marked 35-36th Street) and is about 10 minutes from the airport.

Lots of good food choices, although they won't all be open between 3-4. Here's what I think is open when you'll be looking:

Pat's Tap (3510 Nicollet) - Gastropub
Hola Arepa (3501 Nicollet) - Arepas and other Latin dishes. May be crowded on a nice Saturday afternoon.
Butter Bakery Cafe (3700 Nicollet). Bakery, breakfast foods, sandwiches.
Cocina Latina (3764 Nicollet)). Old school pan-Latin menu.
Blackbird Cafe (3800 Nicollet). Brunch - I don't know how late though, sandwiches, lunch.

A little later there are a few other places to choose from in this same area.

Kyatchi (opens at 4 - 3758 Nicollet). Sushi and hot dogs. One of my favorites.
Nighthawks (brunch until 2, dinner after 4 - 3753 Nicollet). High-falutin diner (or so I've heard).

There are other places around this area as well, but these are all within 2 minutes of the highway.

Jul 28, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for Friday Breakfast Edina, Bloomington, Richfield

Are you having breakfast before or after your meeting at 98th and Lyndale? Are you staying at the airport or further west toward Bloomington, Edina, etc.?

The only reasons I'm asking are because I don't know that I'd head all the way over to Edina for breakfast. Perhaps I'd try to go to Highland or somewhere else in St. Paul if you were going after your meeting in Bloomington.

Jun 23, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tea House @ The U of Minn

Having moved to St. Paul a year ago, this location of Tea House is the best Chinese we've found that's within a reasonable (i.e., for takeout) drive. We were spoiled by living within spitting distance of Szechuan Spice before.

Jun 23, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Shepherd's Way Kickstarter

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

Jan 15, 2015
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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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