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Best Reuben you've had in the Twin Cities?

For me, in terms of authenticity it's Morts and nothing else really comes close.

A few place like V44 will do an Rueben inspired sandwich, but if you are looking for something that you would find in New York, its morts by a mile

about 14 hours ago
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Which is more reliable: Michelin vs. San Pellegrino's Best Restaurants List

Probably SP for me.

I've found Michelin standards to be dropping significantly over the past few years, especially in non-Paris Europe.

Just ate at a couple michelin 1 stars in London and Madrid which I would not rate above some high-end chains in the US

Aug 29, 2014
DukeFan in France
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Breakfast

not close to you, but my favorite is Victory's 1959 in minneapolis

Aug 28, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

It is similar in a way because we both went for a specific dish. The difference is that I didn't have a hissy fit. (even though I arguable would have more right too.)

The reality is, crap happens. Its about how you deal with it. If the choice is between not eating and actually spoiled and impacting other people's experiences, I'll choose the first option.

Aug 21, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

its only attention seeking if you make a big deal about it. If others make a big deal about it, it is on them.

I remember one time we went to a local lunch place famous for its cheesesteaks last year with about 5 or 6. It was a Friday in lent and being catholic I know from prior experience that they offered a fish sandwich.

When we got there, they were out of fish. Others asked if we wanted to leave, but I said no and we enjoyed each other's company, no big deal.

Aug 21, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Billing issue... what would you do?

call you credit card company and contest the charge. You will win.

Aug 21, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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Have you ever left a Restaurant...

I agree group dining is not about the food. However, I would have no issue not ordering anything if nothing on the menu appealed to me. Eating food which you don't like us just silky and wasteful.

Anyone In your group who is offended by this has serious issues.

Aug 19, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Good Sushi in the Twin Cities

moved here from chicago about 5 years or so ago. And i think sushi is the only cuisine where i think there is a major gap.

that said, i think masu is probably the best of the bunch, definitely better than the other two options you named. That said while their sushi is good, their robata can be outstanding

Aug 17, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sausage Rolls

There is a food truck in Minneapolis that has rather good ones. Can't think of the name buy it has the union jack flag on the side.

Aug 08, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Eating hamburgers and frites with your mitts or utensils; a cultural difference?

I know I've seen this many times.

Serve a French person a wedge salad and watch their head implode. it can be quite amusing

Aug 08, 2014
DukeFan in France

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

its happened in Minneapolis, Charlottesville and Seattle

Jul 25, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

On the road

road trips are still alive and well but usually via interstate.

I still have some favorite stops, especially between illinois and minnesota, but in terms of taking backroads and roads not taken, dont know anyone who does, unless you are going to the outer banks, where there really are no well developed roads

Jul 20, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

"Date night" offers--need suggestions

sanctuary has a 30/person for restaurant week this week. a bit over your budget but well worth it

also, you could make a 3 course tasting meal each at Victory 44 for that price range as well

Jul 20, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

2nd restaurant was in a different city. I didnt know when their restaurant week was.

Jul 19, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

my issue is not with them running a restaurant week menu. If they want to lose $$ for a week to try to drum up new business, more power to them.

my issue is that they dont inform patrons who make reservations about it. For me, that is the antithesis of good customer service.

Imagine that you made a reservation at Mortons or another famous steakhouse. But when you sat down, you were told that they were not serving steak that night.

Jul 19, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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1st time in Paris!!

my biggest piece of advice to look beyond typical french food. I visit Paris 6 to 8 times a year for work and rarely eat a "French" meal

The 11e is filed with a ton of outstanding Thai places and great thai and indian places with tons of great fresh cuisince in the 13e.

My must stop place on every trip is Lao Lane Xang in the Ave d'ivory in the 13e.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in France

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

Sorry folks but i need to vent on my new #1 pet peeve-- restaurant week menus.

Wifey and I went out for a date night to one of our favorite restaurants. Turns out it was restaurant week (no problem), however the resturant would ONLY be serving its restaurant week menu. We didnt see anything we liked there since we go for the robota (which was not on the restaurant week menu).

Then we went to another restaurant a few days later and the same thing happened again.

Now I am not against restaurant week per say (i try to avoid it, but hey to each his own). What I have an issue with is restaurants not offering their full menu and not informing guest when they make a reservation.

Am I out of line here? For situations like mine, all the restuarant is doing is upsetting a loyal customer and leaving a table open during prime time.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

When should a restaurant NOT comp a meal?

The only time I can ever remember getting a significant comp is when the order was so screwed up that they entire table didnt eat together. (e.g. 2 of the 4 entrees were just wrong)

I have on many occasions had a drink comped for very slow service and a specific dish comped for a specific problem (usually a hair or other nonedible thing in the dish)

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

What do you think about restaurants charging for bread and butter at dinner?

I have no issue charging for bread as long as it is disclosed on the menu

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I would never drink at lunch simply because of the perception.

I would never want someone to see me drinking during the workday or with alcohol on my breath. Even if I am always drinking responsibly, someone could see you and think otherwise

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Bill is not itemized

I would inform them if they would like to be paid, they need to provide an itemized bill. Otherwise, I will assume my meal is free.

That should solve the problem rather quickly.

Jul 18, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I still ate lunch and we had good food brought out to is. Definitely not Inhumane.

In fact at almost every company I've worked for in the past 20 years free lunch was part of comp.

Jul 16, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I never left my office for lunch once from 1995-2006. Different industries have different practices.

Jul 15, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

Phil,

I completely agree. And actually i can delegate quickly with a smart phone.

I work in a job where a typical work week has always been 60-70 hours. In the past, these have always been in the office. However, now I can leave work for a lunch or early dinner with my family and not worry about missing an urgent issue. Being able to check in quickly allow me more time to spend with family and friends

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

St. Paul's Grand Ave.

Brasa is great, but the dinkytown location is dramaticly better

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tipping in Europe

You will also see some european restaurants (especially in tourist destinations) try to take advantge of this. In france a few weeks ago, we received a bill in a cafe with a "suggested tip" on it.

When i went back with a few french colleagues, we received an entirely different bill with no such message

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

then maybe i've been behind the times. Being reachable (mostly through text or email) really became important in the mid 2000s.

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

I agree that irresponsible of cell phone use has gotten out of hand. However, I still think net-net this is a positive for restaurants.

I eat out now much more than I did 8-10 years ago BECAUSE i have a smart phone. It allows be to stay connected more so I wouldn't feel guilty about eating out during the hours of 7AM - 9PM. Otherwise, I would likely just get takeout and eat at home or in the office where people knew they could reach me.

Jul 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

generally gross margin is tied to the percentage of sales coming from alcohol.

Even for the high-end tasting menus, the wine pairing are generating the lions share of gross margin

Jul 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

my take

for informal dinner parties among friends,

it is rude for a guest not to help to help,
however, it is even ruder for the host to accept the help.

Jul 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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