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MSP-Teahouse vs. Little Szechuan

I'm a big fan of both restaurants but I've eaten much more often at Tea House over the last year because the Plymouth location is really convenient for me. Overall, I think Tea House seems to be a bit more generous with both the oil and the spice and Little Szechuan seems to have a lighter touch.

May 06, 2009
doraji in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP: Where can I buy short ribs?

I primarily buy short ribs when making kalbi (korean bbq short ribs) so my grocer of choice is Dong Yang which is a korean grocery store in Columbia Heights.

[MSP] Jun Bo Review

Good to hear Kate. Thanks for the recap. If I ever have a mid-week dim sum craving that won't go away, I'll know where to go.

Apr 08, 2008
doraji in Minneapolis-St. Paul

[MSP] Jun Bo Review

No, I don't believe they offer dim sum during the weekdays. Yangtze for sure is the standard weekend only 10 am - 2 pm dim sum. While it's probably not the most convenient time for most people, for me personally, I think it would feel strange ordering dim sum off a menu. It's sort of nice to pick food from the cart and even ordering certain dishes to order from the cart servers seems more casual and fun.

Regarding Jun Bo, do they really sell Corona in a bucket and if not, are they ever planning on getting rid of that sign from Chi Chi's? :)

Apr 08, 2008
doraji in Minneapolis-St. Paul

[MSP] Jun Bo Review

Wow, this is an old post. :) While I'm by no means a dim sum expert, my favorite is still Mandarin Kitchen although the location and the crowds make it less appealing. I just got around to trying out Yangtze in St. Louis Park this past weekend and I was really impressed. It was nearly empty when I was there but the dim sum was delicious and while not as good as MK, I had a nice experience. With good service, good location, and decent dim sum, it may replace MK as my dim sum destination of choice when I don't feel like driving.

Apr 08, 2008
doraji in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Korean in St. Paul and Minneapolis

By far the best Korean food I've found in the twin cities is served at Dong Yang in Columbia Heights. Granted it's not a restaurant but more of a dining area in the back of a Korean grocery store, but the food is top notch. Both King's and Hoban have good dishes but they're not as consistent. I've been to all three places several times and have never been unhappy with Dong Yang's food. Heck, I just ate there this past weekend (kalbi and kimchee chigae) and the food was even better than my mom's cooking... and that's saying a lot!

MSP- Splurgy celebration!

Things get expensive quickly at LBV. I took my girlfriend there last month and we did the 5 course tasting menu + 1 additional dish + a glass of cheap wine each (~$6/glass) + a generous tip = ~$200-220. It was definitely worth it though and hopefully I can find an opportunity to go back again soon. You can read my "review" of sorts on the MSP Foodies website at http://www.mspfoodies.com/2008/02/la-...

Fugaise is another favorite of mine that is definitely worth the price. I wasn't a huge fan of Heartland's food when I tried their tasting menu but maybe I just caught them on an off night.

Babalu - Minneapolis

That's interesting. I had the paella as well a couple months ago and I thought it was okay but not great by any means. The restaurant had a nice vibe and the salsa scene seemed to be pretty vibrant but the food didn't work for me. It would be a decent place if they charged half as much but at it's current prices, I found it to be very overpriced for what you got.

Bass Ale

I've always loved Bass and it's still one of my favorite beers. It used to be the only thing that I would drink. These days I drink New Castle more often than not but there will always be room in my fridge for Bass.

Dec 07, 2007
doraji in Beer

What's Your Favorite Domestic Beer and Why?

What's with all the PBR hate? They consistently win awards each year and I think they won Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. :)

With that said, my favorite cheap beers are PBR and the local (Minneapolis) favorite Grain Belt Premium. PBR reminds me a lot of Old Style (same company now) and it fills me with nostalgia. Each sip reminds me of watching Cubs games with my dad back in Chicago.

Other regional beers that I love are Sprecher, Yuengling, Moose Drool, Goose Island 312, and my all time favorite: New Glarus' Spotted Cow. Yum. For more nationally distributed brands, I've always llike Honey Brown.

Dec 07, 2007
doraji in Beer

MSP -- Restaurants open on Christmas morning?

I know it sounds a bit stereotypical and more than a little cliche but what about one of the many great Chinese restaurants here in the cities? I'm sure more than a handful of them will be open on Christmas.

I don't know how to wash dishes correctly

Do you dry your dishes after washing them or do you simply let them air dry? Using dish towels or paper towels to dry your dishes after washing should prevent the spots.

Dec 07, 2007
doraji in Not About Food