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Dive Bars

No mention of Mortimer's? Full of regulars, but not dangerous. A bit dumpy and no uber-fancy beers, but the prices are decent and service is solid. Free popcorn too.

Dec 19, 2013
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

more Popeye's!

Is it just me or is Popeye's using much smaller chickens now? I just had a five piece yesterday and every piece looked like it was half again smaller than what I recall. This is my first visit to Popeye's since the KFC-->Popeye's conversion. My visit was to the Popeye's I've always gone to at Lake & Pleasant in Mpls. They at least accept credit cards now!

Dec 19, 2013
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite restaurants from the past

There was one in Rosedale too. Don't recall if that had an organ as well. Restaurants are too refined today to have a big streak of goofy.

Jun 10, 2013
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite restaurants from the past

Anyone remember Cicero's pizza in the Leisure Lane mall in Edina? They had a theater organ where the organist controlled a couple of dozen instruments that were mounted on the wall. Bunch of video games on the second floor. Food was pretty standard, but it was an unusual place.

Jun 09, 2013
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite restaurants from the past

Loved that place. I believe it was a husband and wife that owned and ran the place. Great people making great food. Became the Szechuan Empress which lost the magic.

Jun 09, 2013
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Gyro

Olympic Cafe at 923 West Broadway in North Mpls is good. They used to be DT Mpls until Olive Garden booted them from their home. Then they were on 15th and Nicollet. Then at Chicago-Lake. Still the same people and good gyros with the desired crispness on the edges of the meat slices. Good hot sauce too.

Dec 21, 2012
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chris and Rob's Chicago Taste Authority?

If the chili was bland, it certainly wasn't Cincinatti chili. That stuff includes, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, chocolate, chili powder, and a large quantity of onion amongst other spicing.

"It's Chili Time" on the West Bank of Mpls used to serve Cincinatti Chili. That was many years ago though.

Aug 31, 2012
Vrooman in Minneapolis-St. Paul