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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

Feb'13 Dish of the Month - Eggs Benedict

Meritage makes a perfect Hollandaise. Tangy and creamy and rich (but not too rich). They also sue large eggs and get the poaching right. And toast the muffin. Great stuff.

Bon Vie is similar, and they do "twists" on the classic ingredients that are often fun and delicious.

Feb 05, 2013
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Feb'13 Dish of the Month - Eggs Benedict

Meritage and Bon Vie by a mile.

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

Personal "go to" place shares.

Number one would be Barbary Fig. We almost always find something that is soulfully cooked, is healthy, and is uniquely delicious. We were there Firday. The rabbit cassoulet with yellow squash and provencal bread was spectacular. The Brik appetizer is addictive.

I also find Scusi to be consistently satisfying. Given the other Blue Plates, I had low hopes for this place. But it is really and consistently good. Also the menu is very broad -- something for everyone.

Dec 10, 2012
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Place for a leisurely lunch/afternoon in Uptown Minneapolis?

Lucia's or Cafe Barbette would be excellent.

Dec 07, 2012
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Thanksgiving Dinners or Buffets (Eat in)

Nicollet Island Inn does a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And it is a lovely setting, especially around the holidays.

Nov 10, 2012
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Joan's In The Park -- Saint Paul

Brad -- my theory is the steakhouse background. I believe the Chef came from Capital Grill and had worked at other steakhouses in the past. In my experience the well-known steakhouses have absolutely the worst wine lists on the planet. The JITP list looks like a less-overpriced version of the Capital Grill list.

Nov 09, 2012
Michael Florey in Minneapolis-St. Paul