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American Chinese with atmosphere?

The food is OK. It's definitely a throwback to 1970s Cantonese-American. Egg rolls, chicken almond ding, sweet and sour pork, fried rice. Worth a visit if you enjoy a bit of kitsch.

Aug 27, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

State fair survivors!

Blue Moon Diner is our favorite breakfast spot. Good quality, plenty of seating, fun atmosphere.

I liked everything at Mancini's last year, including an aggressive and fresh antipasto salad. Izzy's mini-donut ice cream is worth a repeat visit, but I'm not sure if it's being offered this year. (I think Izzy's State Fair ice creams are served at the Hamline Dining Hall. They have a brown butter coffee flavor this year that sounds like it's worth a go.)

Aug 27, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best French (style) Pastries

I'll add Sun Street Bread to the mix. Smaller selection of pastries, usually including croissants and outstanding morning buns. I would tell you to get the ham-and-swisscuit when they have it, but I don't want you taking mine.

Aug 21, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner in Stillwater

What are the thoughts on that Smiley's BBQ place? I've never been, but I remember some buzz about it when it opened.

Jul 19, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

From the bison's mouth...

Looking for Friday Breakfast Edina, Bloomington, Richfield

I'd definitely endorse Firelake. Really good menu.

Jun 25, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Scottish Smoked Salmon

Hot smoked or cold smoked?

May 28, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What does Cheap Eats mean in Minneapolis/St Paul?

$7 for a giant bowl of pho (and that's the small size) from Quang.

Agreed that -- for the money -- Matt's Bar is your best ju(i)cy lucy. I think the Nook does a better burger, but you do pay for it.

May 19, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sea Urchin

Bar la Grassa for pasta with sea urchin, I believe.

May 18, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Salt Cellar

Rick Nelson's review is up on the Strib. While he isn't as harsh as some of the other writers, this is a pretty bad review from Rick.

May 14, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Far East Chinese Restaurant/ Shakopee

Shakopee's a little outside my range. From the Yelp reviews, it appears the place is doing Cantonese-American standards (sesame chicken, sweet & sour chicken, egg rolls, etc.) but doing them very, very well.

May 02, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

You've received plenty of good recommendations. I would suggest avoiding moto-i, however, as it is primarily a sake bar, so not the greatest for kids.

For a more kid-friendly Japanese vibe, try Masu Sushi and Robata, either at the Mall of America or in NE Minneapolis. They actually have a small kid's menu, which is rare for Japanese places and can keep your costs down.

Campus Pizza closed

I didn't say the food was good. :) Just that they had customers.

Apr 10, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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The Munchies People's Choice Awards: Minnesota

Glam Doll isn't very consistent. They have some very good doughnuts -- the one with the homemade raspberry curd is outstanding -- as well as many 'meh' ones.

Apr 10, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Campus Pizza closed

Why will Village Wok close? They still seem to be doing a pretty good business from what I've seen. They have the advantage of being a couple of blocks closer to campus than Campus Pizza.

Campus Pizza was also in competition with the Mesa Pizza that opened up around the corner, as well as Toppers, Domino's, Punch, and the rest of the usual suspects.

Apr 10, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Restaurants 2015

I find Hola Arepa consistently excellent. Some of their best dishes are not arepas. They're also killing it at brunch.

Any NYC calibre Lox in Twin Cities??

The Northern Waters Smokehaus website only shows hot-smoked fish. Lox is cold-smoked salmon. Completely different product.

Apr 01, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Restaurants with good gluten free options

Aida in Richfield has an extensively GF menu.

Mar 26, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Restaurants 2015

I made those recommendations with "best restaurant" in mind. I certainly think Hola Arepa is a worthy contender, and a case could be made for Lola/Hello Pizza as well. If the requirement is that it be best high-end-cuisine restaurant, then no. But Arepa and Lola/Hello are both executing their chefs' respective creative visions superbly.

Mar 06, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Best Restaurants 2015

How about Christina Nguyen of Hola Arepa?

Or Ann Kim of Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza.

Mar 06, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Haute Dish

The "HD Classic" (steakhouse salad/crab mac n' cheese/hot dish) is as solid as solid can be. Their menu changes often, so I haven't had most of the other dishes they are featuring now.

Mar 03, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Do all Thai places in TC have too-sweet food?!?

Joy's is our go-to for Thai, due to its proximity to our house. It's not the best in the Twin Cities, but it's more than decent.

Feb 17, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Social hour gathering spot for small group

I don't think "good happy hour" and "quiet" go together.

Crave is pretty decent and has a big bar area set up for that sort of gathering. No real opinion about the other places on your list.

Jan 27, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ISO date night spots

I don't think you'll go wrong with either option.

Have you been to either al Vento (Nokomis area) or Rinata (Uptown)? Similar menus of pastas and northern Italian meat/fish dishes. Great food, but homier than what you'll get at Bar la Grassa. Also, smaller and warmer spaces. They have date night menus - four courses for $20/person, which is a great deal. I know you said you weren't looking for bargains, but this one is hard to resist.

Jan 27, 2015
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ISO date night spots

Following on Brad's thoughtful post, it sounds like you enjoy places that are informal but innovative, with a bit of buzz to them.

If you like Broder's and 112, you will enjoy Bar la Grassa, another restaurant owned by the same fellow who runs 112 Eatery and Burch. Bar la Grassa is oriented around pasta, with unusual and terrific combinations. You can order a lot of dishes in small sizes, very good for sharing while not completely stuffing yourselves. One downside is that it is a pretty noisy room.

If Bar la Grassa is the love child of Broder's and 112, then Haute Dish is the love child of 112 and Heartland. Local, Midwestern-focused menu with an incredibly playful and humorous take on "comfort food."

A third option, a little farther afield, might be Brasserie Zentral. This is a modern re-imagining of classic Central European cuisine -- schnitzels and spaetzel and cured meats done in ways you haven't seen before, with an entire menu section devoted to foie gras. Another place where it's very easy to share an entree, pasta dish, and appetizer. They have a wine/nosh bar in the same building which has fabulous tasting plates of cheeses, speck, and so on.

BYO-Low/No Corkage

Lettuce Entertain You still has several restaurants in the Twin Cities area: Tucci Benucch and Twin Cities Grill at the MoA, Wildfire and Big Bowl in assorted locations. I don't know anything about their corkage policy.

Dec 12, 2014
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Latkes!

I do! But I only serve them at my home.

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

It looks like a restaurant designed to appeal to the Orthodox Jews in the St. Louis Park area -- upscale food prepared in a kosher kitchen. There's certainly a market for that in the community, though it's questionable if the market is big enough to keep the restaurant open. It's a very successful model in places like New York, though.

Dec 06, 2014
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

It makes me think of cleaning out a stable… with a spoon…

So, yes, an awful name.

Chicago style pizza in MSP?

Yep - looking forward to it!

Giordano's does stuffed pizza, which is a slightly different style than the deep-dish pizza of places like Pizzeria Uno and Lou Malnati's. I think their crust is not quite as good but its otherwise a good Chicago pizza.

Nov 24, 2014
Jordan in Minneapolis-St. Paul