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ten top MSP breakfasts

Bon Vie, Buttered Tin, Magnolias.

Jul 12, 2014
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St. Paul's Grand Ave.

Khyber Pass for really good Afghani food and occasionally, jazz. Indochine for Vietnamese.

Jul 12, 2014
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Buttered Tin cupcake vs. Cupcake vs. ?

I just had a Churros cupcake to die for from Buttered Tin.! Last week was the second time that I've had dry, somewhat flavorless cupcakes from Cupcake. (I know they're famous, but can't figure out why). Where do you find the best cupcakes?

May 24, 2014
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Go to place for fine dinning????

Meritage. I love Joan's in the Park, which is less formal, but fabulous food of high caliber and super service. I have been to the St. Paul Grill twice at others' invitations in the last year, and found it really good (for a while I thought not, so didn't go).

May 24, 2014
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Anyone remember Rocco's in St Paul in the 70s?

I loved Rocco's. They had a pate starter, and it's the only place I ever had frog's legs! Of course the Italian food was the main reason to go. Thanks for the memory!

May 17, 2014
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Puerto Rico Recs

Dh and I went on a food tour with Flavors of San Juan, which was great. Best ceviche ever at Cafe el Punto, a hidden gem with good alcapurrias too. Loved the tapas restaurant at El Convento. Carli's had interesting food and jazz after 8:30. Cafecultura for breakfast (get there early). Have fun.

Mar 19, 2014
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The route of the lechon in Puerto Rico

Just got back. Had outrageously good food at El Mojitos in Guavate. Crispy pork skin with moist, flavor filled pork. Rice and bean and plantains (shredded and deep fried). Chicken and many other sides also looked fabulous.

Mar 19, 2014
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Puerto Rico Report

Thanks, we're going early March.

Jan 24, 2014
Haricotsv2 in Latin America & Caribbean

Grain Stack Restaurant MIA

Ok, so after a disastrous experience at Parka, I was determined to give an open minded try at the new restaurant at the MN Institute of Arts. I had a very good salad (endive) + $2 for bread (great) and my dh had a very good burger (14 dollars, but who's counting. Pleasant staff, about a 20 minute wait for food. Friends eating at the same time had success with squash soup, not so much with salmon pastrami sandwich and carrot tartare. The little girl behind me didn't eat much of her mac and cheese (my nemesis at the earlier experience.) Wishing them well. The coffee shop downstairs looks like a winner with a ham and cheese sandwich, veggie bahn mi, Rustica bakery items, and coffee. Wishing them well, feel like I know how to order.

Jan 24, 2014
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Topaz Apples at Lund's

Thanks for the heads up.

Jan 17, 2014
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"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

Lake Elmo Inn!

Jan 16, 2014
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Excellent dinner at Parka

I'm glad to hear this.

Jan 14, 2014
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"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

Axel's in Mendota (only that one). Lake Elmo Inn.

Jan 02, 2014
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best lasagna

Pizza Luce veggie lasagna. Get it for lunch with one of their great salads for hardly any money!

Jan 02, 2014
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Cossetta Pasticceria

I had their key lime tart the other day. Delicious!

Nov 24, 2013
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Parka--Never again and worried

Somehow for $14, I think your hamburger should be more than ok? I did post on Facebook (thanks to Steve, above, for reminding me that it's the fair thing to do) to let them know about my experience and got a nice reply saying that they pay attention to feedback. We'll see what happens at MIA.

Nov 24, 2013
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Parka--Never again and worried

I finally got to Parka today for lunch. Not too crowded around 2pm. My mac and cheese was only almost warm, mushy, and watery with no discernible cheese flavor. The sausage that came with it had a kind of grainy texture. My husband had to saw at his brisket with a knife. The meat had no flavor, and although the sauce did, it somehow had no relationship to the meat. His meal was also not particularly hot. The celery root puree that came with it actually tasted delicious, but wasn't even warm. I assume it was supposed to be, since I saw the cook take it out of a Tupperware type container and put it in a saucepan on the stove. Staff was pleasant, although it took about a half hour to get our food.

Enough. Now to the worried part: It's my understanding that these people are taking over the restaurant at the Institute of Arts. While I didn't find the most recent iteration by D'Amico exciting, it was reliable. If service and food quality at the Institute are the same in the new place as my lunch today, I will be sincerely heartbroken. Does anyone have information that might reassure me?

Nov 23, 2013
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Favorite restaurants from the past

Winfield Potters!

Oct 29, 2013
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Wine bars

I really like Beaujo's. They have an extensive wine list and their menu ranges from small plates to more substantial food.

Aug 24, 2013
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St. Paul Whole Foods is moving to the corner of Snelling and Selby.

This is the first I'm hearing of this. I'm also super bummed! We must be neighbors, sigh, I walk there too.
Margi

Aug 06, 2013
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Visitors, travellers, tourists and other Chowhounds who do not live in NYC, which places do you revisit when you visit Manhattan?

Gramercy Tavern Bar, The Modern Bar, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Essa Bagel.
Margi

Aug 06, 2013
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Rehearsal Dinner / Private Dining in Minneapolis

How about Heartland in St. Paul?

Jul 02, 2013
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Bentonville?

Take a drive to Johnson and try James at the Mill. Elegant and delicious southern gourmet.

Jun 01, 2013
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Preserved lemon

This is where I found them!

Mar 19, 2013
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Preserved lemon

Thanks again (including folks below). I appreciate different places to try.
Margi

Mar 14, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Preserved lemon

Thanks!

Mar 04, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Preserved lemon

Just back from 10 days in Morocco (including a cooking adventure in Fes. Is it possible to find preserved lemons here?
Margi

Mar 04, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Eating places: South Minneapolis vs. Como Park/Roseville

Oops! I forgot Joan's in the Park, which edges into Highland Park, but is fabulous for anything from flatbread pizzas, wine, and salad to a full, glorious, celebratory meal.
Margi

Jan 30, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Eating places: South Minneapolis vs. Como Park/Roseville

In Macalester Groveland I can walk to good Vietnamese (Indochine), Middle Eastern (Shish,) Afghani (Khyber Pass), Italian (Luci, Luci Ancora, Carmellos, Scusi), Thai (Pad Thai), Himalayan (Kat Man Do), burgers (Groveland Tap, St. Clair Broiler), and soon, French Meadow. Very close are: Izzy's for ice cream and Trotters for coffee/breakfast/lunch/dinner. Enough?
Margi

Jan 30, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feb'13 Dish of the Month - Eggs Benedict

Bon Vie. End of story.

Jan 30, 2013
Haricotsv2 in Minneapolis-St. Paul