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Designing a complete foodie experience.

I haven't been to Urban Growler yet. What do you dig about Urban Growler over all the other breweries?

The Munchies People's Choice Awards: Minnesota

Yes, Surly has some hop heavy beers , but they offer more than that. Surly’s Bender (brown ale) and Cynic ( Belgian style Saison) are great well balanced not hoppy beers and often underappreciated and overlooked due to their hop-centric beers. Also, don’t forget Surly’s Hell which is a great lager for an afternoon on the summer patio. Surly is more than just hoppy beer.

Apr 11, 2015
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Gumbo nuf said

There's a few places in town that have gumbo.

Rudolph's BBQ
Didn't like their gumbo, but it's been a long time since I've ordered it.

Dixie's on Grand
It was alright / not bad.

Blue Stone ( in Eagan
Haven't been there yet. anyone?

Cajun2Geaux food truck
Not sure if they have gumbo, but they have awesome crawfish etouffee. Anyway..

Bistro La Roux ( circle pines, mn
Any reports on their gumbo?

Apr 07, 2015
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Andale Taqueria y Mercado

I've been there a few times over the past few months. Love their tacos! So so good. I really dig their carne asada tacos or slow roasted pork shoulder tacos.

I don't see goat tacos on their menu:

Nov 16, 2014
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Best chili in the Twin Cities?

The Northeast Bulldog doesn't put beans in their Texas Chili.

Spicy Texas Chili "Bean free chili with beef brisket, cilantro crème fraiche and queso fresco – served with grilled cornbread."

I had their chili a few months ago. No beans. but big chunks of brisket. Seemed more like just chunks of brisket with a spicy sauce than chili, but I'm no connoisseur of texas chili.

Oct 28, 2014
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Solo diner, near UMN or downtown

Be sure to get a cream-filled brioche at the Salty Tart. Yum!


Oct 25, 2014
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Solo diner, near UMN or downtown

I was curious about this "top 5" also and found this:



I dig Brasa, but I would recommend the slow roasted pork or pulled chicken (over their sandwiches) along with some of their sides, but their sandwiches are great.

However, as ChillyDog suggests, if you're seriously looking for fine dining for all your meals I'd skip Brasa.


Citypages review from early August:


Sep 24, 2014
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More Sad News for Longfellow

I'm sure he meant Sonora Grill. : )
I dig their tempura fried shrimp tacos. Yum!

Sep 19, 2014
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Non State Fair Cheese Curds

The cheese curds at the Red Stag Supper Club look very similar to the state fair cheese curds:


Aug 24, 2014
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Going to Origami - what non-sushi item is best?

Has anyone tried Origami's ramen?

Aug 19, 2014
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Tin Fish vs Sea Salt

Here's a 2012 citypages article comparing Tin Fish vs Sea Salt:


Aug 03, 2014
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Cupcake and Mason Jar In Eagan

I went to Cupcake & Mason Jar for lunch recently.
My lunch partner had the chicken&bbq sauce pizza and really enjoyed it. Nothing really jumped out at me on the lunch menu so I had a tuna melt which was good, but a little overpriced ( I felt many of the items were a little overpriced ). The side of french fries tasted great though. Service was very attentive and friendly when I was there.

They had nice selection of beers on tap at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, I had to go back to work after lunch so I could not enjoy one of the adult beverages.

I didn't try any cupcakes. I'm much more of a donut fan. I don't get the whole cupcake thing.

Jul 07, 2014
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Easygoing First Date Places?

I love places like Sea Salt, but I definitely wouldn't plan getting food there on a first date because the lines can get insanely long during their busy hours. If you're just thinking ice cream and/or beer/wine which does not have the long lines then those venues would be much more appealing.

Jun 19, 2014
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Easygoing First Date Places?

Toast Wine bar in the north loop is a good first date place. Typically easy to find metered street parking very close by.

Jun 16, 2014
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Looking for delicious, inexpensive food within a 1-2 mile radius of Surdyks

The ramen at Zen Box ranges from $11 to $12.50. Not expensive relatively. And is only about 1.2 miles from surdyks.

Although if one lived near Surdyks and was hungry for ramen they should just walk across the street to Masu.

Jun 16, 2014
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craving a good burger in NE Mpls (Syrdyk's area)

I love the Northeast Bulldog for burgers. All their burgers are great, but I love the Chimay Burger. "Chimay beer cheese, Chimay beer mayo, red onion, romaine on a Brioche bun." Yum!!


They also have great tater tots and excellent bloody marys and an awesome beer list.

May 24, 2014
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Options for a birthday party venue in NE Minneapolis

The additional people won't be joining them until after the pedal pub. Although I would like to see 30 inebriated people balance on a pedal pub.

Agreed, Suzi's would be the perfect venue for the gathering.

Apr 08, 2014
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Brunch in Burnsville?

Jensen's cafe is pretty good. It appears toddler/baby friendly. Be forewarned, there can be a wait on the weekends.


Apr 05, 2014
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Scotch Eggs in Mpls

Brit's pub has scotch eggs.

Red Cow near 50th & France also has them.

Mar 03, 2014
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Going to be in Minneapolis for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Restaurant recs?

I second the Alma recommendation!

Feb 17, 2014
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Nordeast-where to eat?

3 year old thread, but still pretty valid:

Dec 14, 2013
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The Rabbit Hole

Looks like the menu is now up on the Rabbit Hole's website


Nov 14, 2013
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need a lunch place we can easily drive to from downtown st. paul

Cheeky Monkey's meatloaf sandwich is so so good. (cheddar, bacon, spicy mustard, giardiniera, english muffin toast ) Yummm.

Mango Thai's 'Pad Kee Mao' spicy noodle dish with chicken is delicious too.

Nov 07, 2013
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where to buy brains?

Heading over to the Zombie Pub Crawl, are you?

Oct 12, 2013
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Post tap-room tour dinner recommendation

For a post taproom tour dinner, I'd recommend Stanley's which is close by. The food is great and approachable for the inlaw's, although I'm not sure about the noise level. It has a great beer list also - not that you need one after the tap room hopping.


Oct 07, 2013
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

is origami still number one for sushi??

Yes, Origami is still the best place in town for sushi.

Although I'd be interested in hearing who the top contender is.

Sep 14, 2013
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A Quest for Burger Greatness

I would recommend Low Brow ( 4244 Nicollet Ave) - the Highbrow burger - grass field MN beef with melted brie, carmelized onions, field greens, roasted garlic aioli. Yum!! The buns are delicious too.

/ Glad to hear you liked the NE Bulldog's burgers!

Jul 19, 2013
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Thai Chicken Pizza

Pizza Luce has this:

Thai Pizza
A fresh and delicious pizza topped with red onion, snow peas, carrot, fresh jalapeño, peanuts, mozzarella and Thai greens (shredded basil, cilantro and lettuce tossed in our Thai sauce). Finished with your choice of chicken or tofu.

Not my cup of tea, but maybe you'll dig it.

Jun 07, 2013
St3ve in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

So... how was the trip (food) ?

May 16, 2013
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