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Prasantrin's "Must Do" List

Couldn't agree more. Been to P46 plenty of times, and I will continue to go when I want a canele as theirs is as good as Ive found. But for everything that they all produce P46 comes out behind Rustica and BW every time.

Saleh Hamshari's awesome chicken
It couldn't be easier to make similar chicken, if you happen to have a really nice grill with a rotisserie then you are definitely set. Even just spatchcocked it'll turn out great. Also if you get a hold of aji and or huacatay(Peruvian mint) it'll help, but again even without you'll wind up with something great.

Rec's for local restaurant supply store open to public?

Saleh Hamshari's awesome chicken

Hasn't sold chicken for years now.

Dry Ice?

Need some local advice on Mexican fare

Ocampo: tacos al pastor, alambres, huaraches

Maya: cochinita pibil.

Poncho Villa: meh.

Sonora: everything

La Huasteca: goat tacos

I've never really cared for tamales or rellenos so I can't make sure rec's w/ regards to those. But places like Maya, La Loma, and Homi are the kind that would likely pull those off well.

Tonic Syrup (concentrate)

want to take the jump to making my own, anyone know of a local source for cinchona?

Need some local advice on Mexican fare

Ocampo is not sit down.

Scottish Smoked Salmon

cold smoked

United Noodles revamped website has no product lists

I noticed that too, unfortunate but their site was never very good anyway.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

yeah, from a foodie perspective MCFM is gonna be a lot more interesting than STPFM. Hugely helps driving/timing as well.

Also, maybe switch liquor shopping (this is how I understand what you are saying right, not going into Du Nord but grabbing a bottle somewhere?) from Thursday to Friday, South Lyndale Liquor seems to have the best selection of locally produced liquor around.

La Huasteca Eat Street

The beef cheek is good but bland when compared to the goat and lamb. The barbacoa is what is in the goat taco. I imagine the same for birria/lamb taco.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

have you had them w/o preordering? I went one time, showed up by about 11:30 and all that was left was a croissant and some cookies. Needless to say I will preorder next time I go.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Aki's Breadhaus is good too, pretzels streusels and sweet rolls.

Farmers markets are good bets for food trucks/food vendors. Rise Bagel at Fulton are worth seeking out.

Alemar Cheese used to show up at the minneapolis farmers market, not sure if they still do but you can find their cheeses around pretty easily. Shepherds Way makes some good sheeps milk cheeses, they go to the Mill City farmers market(same one St.Croix Chocolate goes to), or again pretty easy to find.

The cafe at the Swedish Institute might be worth looking into.

Jarred stuff...such as? If you hit Golden Fig or Local D'Lish, or the center stall at Midtown, or any co-op you'll find plenty.

Looks like Northern Waters Smokehaus will also be at Mill City that weekend.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

AFAIK Du Nord is still the only distillery with a cocktail room in MN. They also have a Groupon deal going.

if you want a piece of art/knife.

Soft Shell Crabs?

Chef Shack does a nice sandwich with them.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Agreed, never been impressed by P46. The only thing they have on Rustica is that they do caneles.


I've seen it at the wedge.

The Munchies People's Choice Awards: Minnesota

That's being a bit pedantic. When people discuss "best restaurant" it typically boils down to "best food".

Your favorite Barbecue Places and the best places in TC

Shortly after opening they were closed for a couple months for some reason.

A Quest for Burger Greatness

Went to Prairie Dogs tonight, really good burger, as well as the sausages. And the shakes are phenomenal.

Can't believe someone brought up elevation burger upthread. Spent some time in DC recently and tried that, I highly recommend you avoid EB at all costs should you come near one. olive oil fries? nope. small, bland, dry burgers? no thanks.

Your favorite Barbecue Places and the best places in TC

I would agree with this, I've done one of the larger diner packages with a few people and everything is pretty damn good.

Your favorite Barbecue Places and the best places in TC

Haven't been in a while, but it appears they are a buffet now? Have you been since? how does it hold up now?

Andrew Zimmern - Spoon & Stable

A week after it opened he called it the best restaurant in the 'upper' Midwest.

Hola Arepa

Agreed, I'd add the new La Huesteca in there too. I've only been once, and while it was good enough, the amount of "wow" this place gets is something my brother and I just couldn't understand.

I grew up eating arepas pretty regularly.

Dining Report: Caffe Biaggio

Haven't had either as well, but carbonara with cream? no thanks.

Better than best croissants

Agreed, Bars makes a good croissant. But I'd still take Trung Nam's, especially given the prices.

Cossetta's Pasticceria

I've always though Cossetta's was fairly meh across the board. a ton of options in one place, nothing particularly great though.

La Huasteca

In the parking lot across from Quang, small menu mostly goat and lamb. The goat tacos are some of the best I've had in the Twin Cities.

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

I don't know that I would call him a homer, but he is definitely as hyperbolic (in general) as they come.