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Your Favorite Source for Roasted Coffee Beans.

Sounds like you'd be a good candidate for home roasting. You can get a decent roaster for $100, unroasted beans for $5/lb (for organic, free trade, top quality stuff), and roast it yourself every three days or so....

http://www.sweetmarias.com is a great source for all of these things.

OTOH, if you want fresh roasted beans you can just buy somewhere local, I think somewhere that roasts a lot of their own coffee is a good bet, like Dunn Bros. or Caribou or such...

Mar 23, 2014
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in MSP, looking for some suggestions

Fantastic Vietnamese (/French fusion with local ingredients) food: Ngon Bistro. Also a superb local beer list, if that's of interest.

My favorite Ethiopian/East African food: Flamingo.

Both of these places would make great lunch destinations.

Feb 28, 2014
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Going to be in Minneapolis for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Restaurant recs?

I'd throw in the Strip Club in St. Paul (taking into account the possibility that, as an out-of-towner, you're referring to "Minneapolis" when you mean the Twin Cities area). It's a romantic little space, incredible view of St Paul (recently named the most romantic destination in North America, dontcha know), with incredible attentive service. And delicious food and a great cocktail program....

Feb 19, 2014
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Xmas = Tamale Time. Picks?

My go-to is Hilda's on Payne Ave., but that's mostly because they're so close to home and work. Used to be affiliated with La Loma; tamales still mighty good.

Dec 15, 2013
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Heidi's closing

I think it's fairly standard for servers to leave each shift with all of their tips.

Oct 31, 2013
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Maybe Ward 6 is Worth The Drive

A quick clarification: not all of our fries are fried in beef fat. Only the ones with the fish and chips and the ones in the poutine are automatically done that way. The rest are normally fried in vegetable oil. Carry on!

Aug 27, 2013
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ginger Beer

Pour Decisions Brewing Co. makes an amazing ginger beer which is available at their taproom....

May 06, 2013
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feb'13 Dish of the Month - Eggs Benedict

Yes. Thus my lack of general commenting of late!

Feb 05, 2013
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feb'13 Dish of the Month - Eggs Benedict

I think I'm allowed to say this (as the owner of said restaurant): the muffin on the EB at Ward 6 should be toasted; it appears from the two comments here that there was some sort of glitch for a bit wherein it wasn't being toasted. But it certainly should be, and is, and has been every time I've checked.

Feb 04, 2013
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Turkey?

As of a couple of days ago, the St. Paul Farmer's Market still has some vendors with turkeys available for purchase, including Farm On Wheels (where we usually get ours).

Nov 13, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

George and the Dragon

Finally made it to this place and haven't seen a lot about it lately.... thought I'd add my 2 cents.

Beer: awesome to see a place that serves (and advertises that they do) half pints. It's lovely to get a glass of beer, either because a whole one is too much, or one wants to try a couple of different options.... List was nice, with an emphasis on the British Isles but some good local options too.

Food: Again, going for the British pub vibe-- a rotating curry special, bangers and mash, but also some interesting things: a unique take on a bahn mi (with green beans and a horseradish mayo), various toasties... The "chips" (aka fries) are not to my liking-- too thick and soft for me-- but others may find them just perfect.

Service: very friendly, if not especially fast.

Atmosphere: comfy and nice, though on the loud side, if one is concerned about noise level.

Was there for some market research-- I won't have much to say on Chowhound from here on out-- and generally enjoyed it. I'd be happy if this was my neighborhood place.

Sep 21, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for a place for a beer and light meal in St. Paul

I think Ngon is a great option-- plenty of appetizer type things for "light" eats and a fantastic, all-local beer list.

Otherwise Frost is great, especially if you or your guests appreciate a slightly more upscale, old-fashioned vibe (though the food is quite modern). And the Gnome could work, though it's probably fairly loud, esp. on weekends. Don't recommend the Pig-- food not very good....

Sep 19, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hole-in-the-wall eats recommendations

I don't disagree. Some of the food is quite tasty (I love the "potato chips"), but generally it's the atmosphere and the company that makes it worthwhile. It is a seriously Old School Chinese-American greasy spoon kind of place. With a classic old school Eastside clientele.

Sep 14, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hole-in-the-wall eats recommendations

I'd just like to say: I love how many Eastsiders (and people familiar with the Eastside) are on Chowhound!!

Sep 12, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hole-in-the-wall eats recommendations

Leo's Chow Mein in Dayton's Bluff is an incredible experience for a weekday lunch (all you can eat, with ladies circulating with big bowls of food to scoop onto your plate).

East Side Thai on Payne Avenue is really quite good Thai, and certainly a hole in the wall.

+1 for Mañana for pupusas. Best in the metro, friendly, and definitely minimal atmosphere.

Bymore Taqueria (also on Payne Ave.) is very tasty, served on styrofoam plates....

+1 for Mickey's Diner (the original one, in downtown St. Paul, which has been open 365 days a year since, I believe, the 30s).

Sep 12, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help me complete our Minneapolis special night out itinerary

I don't think anyone's mentioned Icehouse, a new place on Eat Street. They've gotten some raves (Heavy Table at least) on their desserts, and they have interesting cocktails and a decent beer list. I went once for lunch-- food was perfectly nice and at least a little interesting (not blown away, but good); aforementioned desserts were quite good (had the bourbon mint sundae! and the peach pie-- both nice small portions and delicious). And the drinks are indeed quite something-- one named "Satan Smiles and Spreads His Wings" is actually served with a religious tract as a coaster. So if you're not turned off by blasphemy, it might be a good bet!

Aug 03, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Another TC's sojourn begins.

BB-- have you been to Great Waters lately? They have a fairly new brewer, and we gave them a try a few days back. I've never been a huge fan of any of their beer, but they do have the most extensive cask program in the TCs, and this last time I thought the beer was better than I remembered in past visits. The food is nothing to write home about, unfortunately..... But the House Ale and the Mild on cask were both pleasant, and English-feeling....

Jul 07, 2012
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Mexican Restaurants in the TwinCities

1. There's nothing strange or inauthentic about having veggies in your arroz.
2. I seriously doubt it was parmesan cheese. But sometimes cotija could look like that?
3. As others have said, if you're looking for spice, ask for salsa. Some of theirs is killer spicy.

Sorry you had a bad experience... I assume you were at the sit down location near Target?

Jul 01, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Another TC's sojourn begins.

Glad you liked Mickey's. It's a great place, and its food is in my opinion underrated by Chowhounds (not that it's gourmet, but it's also not dreck-- solid, largely house-made, greasy-spoon diner food).

I'm wondering if the "lady in charge" was actually the estimable Mary, the waitress who has ruled that place since I've been going.... She's tough on the outside, but a complete sweetheart if you break through the rough exterior.... I would expect her to be hard on the cooks, as well as the customers, up to and including the President of the U.S. if he happened in....

Jun 10, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Downtown St. Paul Skyway for Lunch?

The Four Inns is worth a look, if only to see a snapshot of what St. Paul was like 50 years ago. Hasn't changed a bit, in decor or food or service.

Jun 10, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Brunch for Large Group in St Paul

It's certainly nothing too great, and the other options mentioned are probably better food-wise, but I just noticed that Day By Day Cafe, our regular Sunday brunch spot, advertises that they have a private room for large parties.... your basic breakfast stuff, perfectly fine but not anything to write home about. Never had lunch food, though they do have it. It's in St. Paul on W. 7th St.

May 29, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota Road Trip

Thanks for the clarification. I've only eaten at the original spot a couple of times, and never since the Grand Ave. location opened (much closer and more convenient). A couple of points: first off, as far as menus go, I'd be willing to bet that you could order anything from the Highland menu at another Punch and get it. That doesn't completely take care of it, since you'd have to know what you want, but... Second, at least at Grand Ave., the servers wear the same jerseys and the walls have the same kind of stuff on them.

But in general, obviously, everyone's entitled to their idiosyncratic opinions on such things! I just didn't want anyone reading the board to think there was something objectively better or worse about the original Punch location vs. other ones.

May 26, 2012
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Where to take some visiting Food Snobs?

I agree-- as opposed to Vincent, which fairly oozes Frenchiness (whether that's a good or bad thing, depends on one's prejudices), Meritage just feels like a nice restaurant. And the burger is fantastic, as are the fries. There's just about something for everyone there, but the person who WANTED the French experience won't likely be disappointed either.

May 22, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota Road Trip

foreverhungry, what do you have against other Punch locations? I confess that I've mainly been to the Grand Ave. location (next door to Brasa), but it seems just great to me....

May 22, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Heartland, Hiedi's, or Ngon's Entrees?

I think bob's point is a good one-- one "posh American" dinner might be enough for the trip. If that's not the case, then sure, Heidi's is probably a good call (I've never been, and never will go, but people certainly agree that the food is good). But otherwise, I think Ngon is a solid choice.

May 02, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

St. Paul Food Trucks - 2012 Season

I've heard the new Ngon Bistro food truck should be rolling out this summer!

Apr 20, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A more specific Thai question

Though Bangkok Thai Deli doesn't sound like the kind of atmosphere the OP is looking for. It's rather sterile, deli-like....

I'd recommend Sen Yai Sen Lek-- mixed reviews on the food end of things, but I think it's the kind of atmosphere you're looking for.

Another possibility would be Mango Thai on Selby (near Dale) in St. Paul. Very nice atmosphere. I've generally liked the food....

Apr 20, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where's the beef?

The Happy Gnome is making a helluva burger these days. Also Meritage has a great one. Those are my suggestions...

Apr 08, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ngon Bistro Virgin

Be sure to have some wonderful local beer there. Ask about what's available on cask, and what the beer specials are. There's usually something you won't be able to get most other places....

Mar 21, 2012
mtullius in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneaplis suggestions for family of 5

I completely agree that Izzy's and Pumphouse are very different, though I'd disagree with your descriptions a bit. Pumphouse's ice cream is certainly "rich" in the sense of containing a lot of butterfat. But what I think you're getting at is that Pumphouse generally uses less sugar. Some of the flavors are subtle, but others are practically bursting with whatever flavor is featured. Especially the sorbets, which to me are like eating a concentrated form of the fruit in question.

Personal taste, as you imply, is the key-- for me, Pumphouse is the only option, and Izzy's doesn't do anything at all, such that I've quit trying it..

Mar 19, 2012
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