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Dinner suggestions for pre & post-3Day 60-mile walk

Edina - Try Ciao Bella. It's off France and 494. It's Italian which will work for the carb-loading for the walk. Solid cocktail list and veg options abound. About 1/2 mile from your hotel.

Jul 15, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Big Bowl Rest./@Galleria Edina: WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!

Im sorry but you deserve everything you got. You are on a low carb diet and chose a resto that is 95% rice/noodles? Ever thought of reading a menu before you went?

I'm no giant fan of Big Bowl, but there is no way they could have made you happy. You picked the wrong restaurant, chose a menu item where you couldn't, by your choice, eat 90% of, and then expected them to fix it at no cost to you. I'm sorry but the bad experience is pretty much all your fault, at least from what I'm reading above

Jul 15, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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St. Paul's Grand Ave.

Is Grand Ave a must? I think it's about as generic and uninteresting as most suburbs. You are far better off going a couple blocks North to Selby or across town to Payne Ave. I know that 5 years ago, that would have been a preposterous statement. But with Ward 6, Tongue in Cheek, and Cook St Paul, Payne Ave has 3 options that easily outclass anything on Grand these days.

Jul 13, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Looking for the Soul of Chicago

So of them all, which one did you prefer? I'm a Mr. Beef guy. I think because of them all, it tastes most like beef. The extras don't overpower the beef, simply compliment them.

Glad to hear your trip was a success based on your posts here and good on you for reporting back. So many don't so thanks for taking the time.

Jun 06, 2014
Db Cooper in Chicago Area

Go to place for fine dinning????

I love Alma, but I don't consider a restaurant that doesn't serve liquor "fine dining". That and the interior reminds me of a Caribou/Dunn Brothers. The food is great, but to me it isn't fine dining.

It's LBV in Minneapolis and Meritage in St Paul for me. I need to try Joan's in the Park

May 23, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Potatoes Minneapolis

Use your judgement depending on size/type of potato. 10 minutes is an average. Goal is to cook halfway to 2/3, then shred, then fry. All your great hash browns/home fries use this method. You can par boil too if you don't have a steamer. I'd only go 5-7 mins on that.

May 21, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Potatoes Minneapolis

Steam the potatoes whole before shredding for 10 minutes or so. This will ensure they are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

May 20, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Waygu Beef, Really?

American Waygu is no where near as expensive as its counterpart from Japan. For that price, you got the American version and not the stuff that gets hand-rubbed, etc.

Apr 23, 2014
Db Cooper in Chicago Area

SE WI area - Any opinions on Dickey's Barbecue Restaurant?

Chain BBQ which I generally avoid at all costs. The real stuff is too good to suffer mediocre.

In my experience, Dickey's is a small step below Famous Dave's food-wise. That isn't saying much. I enjoy ribs and Dickey's have always been really chewy and lacking in smoke flavor. But Dickey's is much better for children than Famous Dave's for the reasons VTB mentioned.

Apr 23, 2014
Db Cooper in Great Lakes
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4 hour early morning stopover

The only issue with the Sky Club is that they don't serve a hot breakfast. It's more rolls, cereal, etc. They have a toaster for bagels, bread. But you aren't going to have eggs, bacon, and other breakfast foods available.

But it is comfortable and quiet and gets you away from the rest of the bustle of the airport.

Apr 23, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

4 hour early morning stopover

As a traveler, you are going to be on a tight timeline. Are you a TSA-Pre member? If you are, that will cut down your security time to a mere minutes and save you the hassle of taking off your shoes, removing your laptop, and the rest. For the regular lines, most times the average time to get through is 20-30 minutes recently.

If I was going to try this, I'd take a taxi to Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul as Chilly Dog suggests. It's about a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport. it's about as unique as it gets. The All Day is their signature breakfast and the hash browns are about as good as it gets: http://www.mickeysdiningcar.com/
Mickey's is open 24/7, every day of the year.

Minneapolis will take longer to get to and thus be considerably more expensive.

Apr 21, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lexington sold to Smack Shack owners

I think it is because you see the potential talent and you are hoping they find the right place where it all clicks. Some of the names above are more style than substance, but America is built on more than one chance to get it right.

Steven Brown comes to mind with Tilia.

Apr 16, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Hollandaise sauce, do you use whole or clarified butter?

I made this the other night only to find out I didn't have any lemon. I used tablespoon of white wine and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar and still got that citrus/acid taste I was looking for.

Just a shortcut if you are in the mood, but don't have any lemons at home.

Apr 15, 2014
Db Cooper in Home Cooking

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

So then why is it the half the restaurant reviews I read contain stories about consistency issues? If it's just giving a damn, that should never be a problem right?

You should have helped. You probably had more experience in smoked brisket and chicken soup than Rye did coming from Oak Ridge. \

Anyway, good luck. I"m signing off this thread now.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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River north

We can disagree about Burke's. We've obviously had different experiences or maybe different definitions. I don't take this as personally as you do so I'll just stop there.

Brindille would work well too. The food was excellent. The only reason we haven't gone back was value. A lot of the guys thought the portion sizes were way too small for how much it cost. Their menu with prices is online so the OP can judge that for themselves.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Chicago Area

Easter Leg of Lamb Recipe

http://www.all-clad.com/Pages/Elevate...

Here's one from Mr. Keller. He's a big lamb guy for holiday meals.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Home Cooking

Slow cooked Beef Ribs

Yes, you need to add liquid. Otherwise, you are just dry roasting them and they'll get overcooked/burned.

Put them in a pot with some beef stock, but any flavored liquid will do. Heck, water will work the trick if it is all you've got. Add some carrots, celery, onions, a few cloves of garlic cut in half, and half a bottle or red wine. I usually roast the veg before I put them in, but you can skip it if time matters.

I usually add herbs I enjoy like thyme and rosemary, but that is up to you. You want enough liquid so that you are just covering the top of the ribs. Bring the entire thing to a boil on your stovetop, put a lid on the pot, and follow the instructions above.

I recommend tying the ribs with kitchen twine before you braise so they don't fall off the bone.

You can always take that and make a sauce afterwards once you strain it.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Home Cooking

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

Food is simple
Reproducing it, perfectly or as close as you can get it, hundreds of times per day. Not so simple. Ask any chef.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

If somebody did, what would the folks in St. Louis Park and Highland Park have to complain about then?

I stand by the original comment. No matter what anyone tries from a deli standpoint in this town, it will never be good enough. So why bother. Open up a place that serves a bunch of small plates, five or six entrees, and focuses on craft-cocktails and local beer. It's a much safer investment.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

I personally didn't say it was, at least in regards to Rye.

I'm saying that there are some, no matter what is done, that are going to complain about it.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

If you want a proper Reuben, Ward 6 does the best one in town.

If you want the deli you describe, go ahead and take the plunge. Just be prepared for the kickback.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

River north

If French is your desired cuisine, Cyrano's Farm Kitchen might hit all the spots. It's very good food, but quiet enough that you can hear everyone talk. This isn't the type of place where 8 of you are going to be loud and order 4 rounds of cocktails each. That's Burke's Primehouse or Gene and Georgetti. This is for people who appreciate good food and want to have a conversation and get things done.

www.cyranosfarmkitchen.com

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Chicago Area

Personal chef

I'm just going to say it

If you're looking at the prices, you can't afford a personal chef.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

No. The owners of Katz's and Carnegie Deli could team up open up a branch combining the best of their offerings in the Rye space tomorrow.

By Monday, a certain sublet would kvetch about how it isn't as good as the ones in NYC and the East Coast. I mean, did it take Andrew three days to rip Rye wall to wall over at MSP Mag?

It isn't worth the trouble or the risk because no matter what you do or how well you do it, high profile (of the chosen people as you call them) are going to be critical which drives away the masses that you need to stay in business. You're better off opening a restaurant dedicated to the South and serving local craft beers. Because you see Surly everywhere in New Orleans.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Favorite restaurants from the past

Was that Arthur's or something near that? I remember my parents going there frequently when I was young, but can't remember the name or why they always chose that spot. I'll email the old man this AM and see if he can recall.

Update: I confirmed the restaurant was indeed named Arthur's. I never ate there, but I exist mainly because the old man met my mother there at a wedding reception. That's why they always went back. He informs me they don't go now, mainly because they don't like German food all that much and don't really care for Nazi themed parties.

Apr 03, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Roast Beef: Maverick's vs. Wally's or other?

Uncle Franky's keeps their beef in the juice which is fine. Except you can't have the juice boiling hot. One, it overcooks the beef. Two, you can't even hold the sandwich it is so hot. You go to any of the quality beef joints in Chicago, the juice is never over the fire directly, always to the side to keep it warm, but not hot.

Mar 27, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Roast Beef: Maverick's vs. Wally's or other?

Sorry, don't want to speak out of turn.
Was considering Bloomington or Dinkytown. I advised Dinkytown. If it happens, it'll be the best thing to happen on the TC sandwich scene in years.

Mar 25, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Roast Beef: Maverick's vs. Wally's or other?

I also know this thread is old, but I'll put this rumor out there. A close relative of the owner of one of Chicago's best known Italian Beef joints recently moved to the Twin Cities. Per a conversation, he's looking to open a beef shop here. I'm not going to say which beef shop it is, but if it happens, it won't even be a contest anymore. I'm not sure any roast beef place in America holds a candle to this place.

Mar 25, 2014
Db Cooper in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

It seems everyone here agrees dining at the Public Market to be an essential Milwaukee experience. So Fowler and others, what else is there that might speak better to typical Milwaukee dishes/areas of excellence that can be had while also enjoying the market? The seafood counter is only one of many eateries to choose from. Which ones capture the flavor of Milwaukee better than St. Paul Fish?

Mar 20, 2014
Db Cooper in Great Lakes
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Milwaukee - typical dishes? And what does Milwaukee do better than anyone?

Here's the age old question: Is it the food or the experience that makes it "Milwaukee". You could have the same argument about any city.

I simply was clarifying what Linguafood wrote about the fish market in case the OP wanted to learn more. I think your public market is one of the finest in the US and think eating at the market is very much a Milwaukee experience. Very few other cities have a market with such a wide variety of cuisine from independent purveyors (not chains). If people asked me five things you have to eat in Milwaukee, a meal at the market would be on my list.

I will agree you could find foods more representative of Milwaukee than lobster at the market. I wrote that because it is such a steal at $13.95. Maybe the Friday Night Fish Fry would be a more apt suggestion. You may have other thoughts about St. Paul Fish or restaurants in the market that fit "Milwaukee Food"

So I guess it is up to the OP to decide for him/herself what matters more.

I was actually in your fair city last week again for work. I had to come back to the Twin Cities to warm up. La Meranda won't fit the requests here, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Mar 19, 2014
Db Cooper in Great Lakes
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