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Your Top 5 Restaurants in Town

Thanks for the tip. I'm familiar with hoppers but haven't had them at House of Curry. Haven't had their cauliflower either.

I'll try to report back but I am an extremely deadbeat online poster and usually just lurk.

Aug 01, 2014
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Your Top 5 Restaurants in Town

Travail
Piccolo
Bar La Grassa
On's
Marvel Bar (for me, cocktails count as food)

House of Curry would probably replace at least one of the above but I've only been there once.

Jul 30, 2014
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite restaurants from the past

Was it Bocce or Linguini and Bob? I think both fit that description though I may be mistaken in my memory that both were in Butler Square.

Dec 20, 2012
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Birdhouse Opening

Thanks. I read the Heavy Table report, which made me a little more ambivalent. I'm still interesting in going but wonder if there's a chance of a wait. Travail and Tilia have made me paranoid about the no-reservation issue in Mpls.

Jul 05, 2012
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Birdhouse Opening

Anyone else been to Birdhouse? I'm interested in reports on the food and drink, as well as whether to expect a wait for dinner (weekday or weekend).

Jul 05, 2012
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Vegetarian closed (?), anywhere else to get South Indian foods?

I don't know of any place that is devoted to south Indian, but you can get those dishes at TBS India Cafe off 494 and Portland, Sambol in Eagan, and Curry Up in Maple Grove. I've only been to India Cafe and their dosas and utthapam are pretty good. It's similar to the Kabob's in the same strip mall in the semi-table service department, and has slightly better ambience and slightly higher prices.

I would be interested to hear if I'm missing other places and/or recent reports from Sambol or Curry Up.

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TBS India Cafe
7826 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

Sambol Restaurant
1260 Town Centre Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55123

Curry Up
13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Jul 17, 2010
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Haute Dish

I'm a rare poster but frequent lurker, but I ate here tonight and want to share some thoughts.

Overall, it was a good experience. The service was hit and miss. Landon was expediting, and seemed to be working really well with the staff, but the servers and runners were not all that attentive, and didn't explain the components of the dishes, which is silly because the stuff is pretty complex. I mean, yeah, we could have asked, but they should explain by default.

Perfect example: Asparagus Salad. Even though the menu is specific, there are so many components and it's not obvious on the plate. That being said, this was really good--a sort of puree of asparagus, very thin strips of raw white asparagus, pink radish, ultra-thin bacon. Truffle flavor was not noticeable, but overall it worked well.

Steak & Eggs: Egg in a hole was nicely buttery but not warm, and the egg could have been softer-cooked. Tartare was delicious (great version of the classic preparation) and the oyster shooter was the highlight, nicely spiced.

General Tso's Sweetbreads: Insane update of Americanized Chinese food. Total Great Wall meets the 112, with perfectly cooked sweetbreads and a fried rice that was like Leeann Chin in a good way (if that's possible, and if not, what it would be if it were) with peas, egg, and a nice but slight background of foie. Served with a fortune cookie--cute but unnecessary, in my opinion.

Tater Tot Haute Dish: Agree with all previous raves. Order it!

Chicken & Dumplings: Decent but absolutely nothing special. Dry, lukewarm, but the gnocchi and ramps redeemed it. Wouldn't order it again myself, though.

We took Chowhound's advice and had dessert at the 112, which was amazing as always.

My favorite place in Minneapolis at the moment is La Grassa, and while the food at Haute Dish is pretty close, the service is miles away. Combine that with a higher price point, and I know which one I prefer. Still, I'm happy I went here and will certainly make it back, but maybe not too soon.

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Great Wall Restaurant
4515 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Jun 18, 2010
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wanted: Ethnic Food Suggestions for Lexington, KY

Thanks! This is definitely helpful. I'll report back early next week. And the BBQ suggestion is much appreciated as well.

May 01, 2009
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Wanted: Ethnic Food Suggestions for Lexington, KY

My work is taking me to Lexington for a long weekend in a few days. I've been there several times before, but I feel mostly clueless as to ethnic food availability. I really like Banana Leaf near UK, but I'd like to know if there are other Asian or other ethnic places that are worth going to. I don't care about ambiance, location (as long as it's within 20ish minutes of the UK area), or price; anything authentic, whether hole-in-the-wall or expensive sushi, would be fantastic. Help me exceed my low expectations!

Apr 29, 2009
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Recommendations Wanted for Satay2Go [MSP]

I'm going to be in Apple Valley this weekend, so I will finally get around to trying Satay2Go, which sounds fantastic but is just too far of a hike for me normally. I'm interested in hearing about any and every item on the menu hounds would recommend, and it would also be helpful if anyone knew of dishes that could be made vegetarian-style. On an older thread, someone mentioned the mee rebus, but anything else would be helpful. (Vegetarian is not a requirement for the entire group.)

Thanks in advance.

Nov 05, 2008
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MSP Royal India Restaurant in Plymouth

Info for Royal India (thanks to Google):
4190 Vinewood Ln N, #120
Plymouth, MN 55442
www.royalindiamn.com

Cay, your best bet is likely Kabob's. India Cafe is up there as well, and I've heard good things about Curry Up but haven't been.

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Kabobs Restaurant and Meat Shop
7814 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

TBS India Cafe
7826 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

Curryup Foods
13601 Grove Dr, Osseo, MN

Nov 03, 2008
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Gandhi Mahal (Minneapolis, MN)

I also had a disappointing experience, only mine was a dinner a week or so ago. Chole peshwari was too sweet, too heavy, and too cinnamon-y; the palak paneer that James Norton raved about was way too heavy/fatty and bland. The decor and service were both nice but I didn't think the place was any better than Taste of India SLP and its ilk. It seems like with Indian, we're stuck with a choice between great food with no ambiance and passable food with decent ambiance, and I'll always go for the former. Plus, Kabob's has its own sort of ambiance: watching customers going in and out of the Fantasy Gifts next door while waiting for takeout.

Sep 03, 2008
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MSP- Favorite Indian Food?

I'm not sure how long it's been open, but I think a couple to a few months. I stopped there for takeout alone on a whim, so I can't comment too much about the food, but what I had was good: a potato and channa roti. It was enormous, could've been spicier, but a great bargain. And it's always good to have places with doubles around. The menu had lots of things I would like to try, so hopefully I'll get there with a larger group soon.

The service did seem slow and the ambiance is lacking, but it would be good for takeout or eat-in if you don't mind a slow pace and no beer/wine (they do have Ting, though).

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Marla's Caribbean Cuisine
3761 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Mar 11, 2008
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP- Favorite Indian Food?

There are actually two Marla's now. I believe you're talking about the one on Hennepin (former Natraj), which I have never been to. The new one has an all-Caribbean menu and is on Bloomington as I noted above.

Mar 10, 2008
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP- Favorite Indian Food?

For close to south Minneapolis, two options come to mind, and both are in the Town and Country minimall right off 494 and Portland. There's India Cafe, which is mostly south Indian and 75+ percent vegetarian, and Kabobs, which is the opposite. I can't vouch for Kabobs because I'm a vegetarian and always choose India Cafe if I'm at that minimall, but I'm pretty sure both are authentic, and I know both are affordable and have absolutely zero ambiance.

Another choice, although not Indian per se, is the new Marla's on 36th and Bloomington. It's Caribbean, but their food has a strong Indian influence. It's inexpensive and also has pretty much no ambiance, but they do have table service.

Further away, I would recommend Bombay 2 Deli (also all vegetarian) on 19th and Central NE, as well as South Asian Foods' deli on 694 and Central. I haven't been to Nala Pak in a year or so, but it's decent and, unlike the above sections, has a large dining room and beer/wine.

I've heard good things about Sambol and Best of India, which may be closer to you, but I haven't been to either of them.

On an unrelated note, I'm brand new here and hopefully didn't do anything unkosher in this post. This site has led me to great places so I hope I can do my best to do the same for other Minnesotans.

Mar 08, 2008
vadouvan in Minneapolis-St. Paul