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St. Paul's Grand Ave.

The Barbary Fig. There is nothing else like it in town, and the food is superb. Healthy, homemade Mediterranean comfort food. The hummus is the best in the Twin Cities.

Also the pastries at Chez Arnaud are very good.

Jul 14, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a restaurant for Monday, June 30

You might consider Zentral. The cocktails are superb -- a very creative list. The roast chicken for two is comfort food on steriods. An entire chicken is roasted with a mixture of foie gras and ground brioche (breadcrums) stuffed under the skin. It comes with a side of Kasha Varnishkas, veggies, and a small salad. It is not inexpensive ($52), but it is a TON of food that easily feeds two adults. And the depth of flavor is sensational.

Red Stag is also a fine choice.

Jun 26, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for delicious, inexpensive food within a 1-2 mile radius of Surdyks

Just over the bridge at 5th and Hennepin is Copper Pot Indian Grill. Very good if you enjoy South Indian food.

Jun 17, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Minneapolis Marriott City Center, not to miss places walking distance from here?

Brasserie Zentral. Had dinner there again last night. The food is just plain great. Very interesting and thoughtful wine list. Also a cool bar with very good beers. Just a few blocks from CC.

Jun 03, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feeding and entertaining 10 teen girls in Minneapolis/MoA area

I would second Key's Cafe in the Foshay Tower for a good downtown option. I have two teenage daughters, and they go there with their friends all the time. Be aware there is a bar, but it is removed from the main dining area, and it's typically a pretty calm crowd. On Saturday morning the MIll City Farmer's Market is super-fun. Great food, live music, artisan products -- a real scene. Also check and see if the Twins are in town. Target Field is downtown and is a spectacular stadium with great food options. You can get cheap tx at Stubhub because the Twins are not very good!

In the MOA area you could visit Pizzeria Lola -- really, really great pizza. Also don't forget Saint Paul. It is not that far from MOA. Cossetta in Saint Paul is a teen favorite hangout, and has an amazing array of Italian food (2 restaurants) plus deli, sweet shop, gelatto, etc.

June in MN is awesome. Have a great visit.

May 30, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Pistachios

The finest pistachios available in the U.S. are Bazzini's. You can buy them at The Golden Fig on Grand Avenue in STP.

May 22, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Brasserie Zentral

April 21 opening for sure.

Apr 14, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Brasserie Zentral

Went to the Zentral soft opening tonight. Truly exceeded expctations. The space is intimate, comfortable and classic. The food was superb and inspired. The open kitchen is full of joy and precision. The wines are hors classe and work seamlessly with the food. The staff polished, mature and kind. Just loved the experience.

Apr 11, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Who's firing out the best food right now?

Belle Vie (Lounge)
Meritage
Bachelor Farmer

Many other fine choices but those 3 are hors classe right now.

Mar 24, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

The Alain Ducasse restaurant "Aux Lyonnais" fits those criterion. Very reliable and comfortable.

Mar 11, 2014
Michael Florey in France

Lyon Dinner

I have one night free in Lyon to have dinner. I am currently considering:

Potager des Halles
Table de Suzanne
Restaurant Thomas

Anyone have any preferences as among those 3? Other similar places that are better that I am missing? Any help much appreciated.

Mar 06, 2014
Michael Florey in France

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

Lounge at La Belle Vie or Bachelor Farmer. Either one would be superb for an anniversary dinner.

Feb 18, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ISO Rabbit

Clancey's is the place to go for sure. Their rabbits are superb.

Feb 11, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Outstanding Soup

The soups at Lucia's To Go in uptown are excellent.

I think the best soups in the TC's are at Restaurant Vincent. They tend to be more along the lines of vegetable velotés, and less meat based. But they are exquisite.

The house soup at Barbary Fig is made from scratch with a lamb stock. It is very yummy.

Jan 08, 2014
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner and football? - 12/29/13 - Nicollet Mall

I am not convinced there is a Sunday night game on the 29th. But if there is, and it turns out to be The Beloved vs. the Packers, then you might take the light rail down to Chris and Rob's Chicago Taste Authority. It is near the 42nd street Light Rail stop, and shows the Bears on a large screen. The dogs and beefs are decent.

http://www.chrisandrobs.com/locations...

Dec 19, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Dinner downtown before Hollidazzle

There is a Key's Cafe in the Foshay Tower. Very large and easy for families.

Dec 09, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Meritage is tops for sure. As good as ever.

Also would second Joan's In The Park. Nice atmosphere and the food is surprisingly good. The desserts are killer - my wife loves them. The wine list is a little bit of a weak link, but the corkage is very reasonable. I would go to Solo Vino or Thomas Liquor and get a nice bottle of CHampagne and bring it ot dinner!

Nov 19, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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So here's a challenge...

Mid-Town Global Market is a great suggestion. My kids actually will eat the camel burger at Safari. (It's superb.) Buon Giorno or Cossetta's are nice for Italian with a large crowd. Boca Chica or El Burrito Mercado would work for Mexican. All of these places have large dining areas and are frequented by families.

Oct 14, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Small (tiny) wedding dinner in Downtown Mpls

I would consider Masa on Nicollet Mall. It is Mexican, but not Tex-Mex. The food is very good, plenty of veggie stuff, the cocktails are killer, and if all else fails the kids can eat chips and guacamole. The space is lovely as well.

Zelo would also work. It is Italian. The food is never A+, but it is almost always B+, and the menu is large. Plenty of pasta and pizzas for the kids. The Walleye MIlanese is good, and the sausage lasagna is really good.

Oct 01, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wine bars

I don't think there is really a first rate "wine bar" in the Twin Cities yet. There are several places that offer nice food, but the wine selections top out at "pretty good." Nobody has really done anything special.

The LBV lounge is a wonderful place to get a drink (cocktail or wine), and the food is great. The rabitt bolognese is superb. It is not a "wine bar" though. It is an awesome bar attached to an awesome restaurant.

Rincon 38 is tapas -- super fun and the food is excellent. Wines are nice.

We also had a good experience with the (mostly) Mexican/Spanish food at Bin Wine Bar in Saint Paul. The wine is pretty good -- not great.

Aug 21, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

La Belle Vie tasting menu/wine flight

Fair point. I guess I'd rather have a glass of Champagne to start, and skip the dessert wine at the end. (Dessert wines are really high in alcohol.)

Aug 20, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

La Belle Vie tasting menu/wine flight

The short answer is "yes." They are hitting on all cylinders right now. The food coming out of the kitchen is spectacular. (The desserts are sometimes a little intellectual for me, but they are good.) Bill does a great job with white wines -- keep your eye out for those. Many people have only ever focused on reds, but an interesting, top-flight blanc can make the meal.

If you are eating in the main room, stop in the lounge first for a glass of Champagne. You will not regret it.

Aug 16, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good Indian Food

Go to Copper Pot in downtown Minneapolis. The food is superb.

Jul 30, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

If you could eat in one restaurant...

My wife is driving through Brainard as I write. She just texted me that a place called "The Barn" has incredible pie. FWIW.

For TC, +1 on rabbit paparadelle in the lounge at La Belle Vie. Add some Bouillabaise and an Old Cuban, and that is about as good as it gets.

Jul 12, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Girls dinner out

Absolutely true. The menu at BLG is a gem. Interesting, well executed food at decent prices. But the noise is beyond silly. The space is naurally loud, and then they layer bad, loud music on top of the ambient noise. It should be a great restaurant, not a club.

Jul 10, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Girls dinner out

Rincon 38 in Minneapolis would fit the bill. It is a tapas restaurant. Open late, good wine list, and the food is excellent. Portions are large, and prices very reasonable. Get a pitcher of sangria and a bunch of tapas. The sea bass especially is great.

Also second Scusi and Barbary Fig in Saint Paul. Either would be fun.

Jul 08, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Smoker

Go to the StP farmers market. You can get greta meat there at reasonable prices. Also you can often get the farmers to do custom cuts if you give them a week or two notice.

Jun 18, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Hot and sour soup

The HSS at Grand Shanghai is first rate. Plenty of pork. And it is actually both hot, and sour.

Jun 18, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dinner near Macalester College

I would highly recommend Joan's In The Park. Very fine food.

Also the Barbary Fig on Grand Avenue is superb and unique. Great North African food.

Ngon on University is also worth a trip. The menu is split between traditional Viernamese fare, and more classic European stuff. Plus a good winelist.

Jun 04, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for guanciale

Cossetta's or Buon Giorno.

Mar 06, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul