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Andale Taqueria y Mercado

Not only do I disagree I would go so far to say Hidalgo is so poorly executed in every way that you're better off at Subway next door.

Mexican chorizo ??

I picked some up at Surdyk's along with manchego and membrillo back around Christmas time but have found all three, in acceptable versions, at Eagan's Kowalski's as well.

Andale Taqueria y Mercado

Here's a link to a picture I took of the menu board (scroll to see it all):

It's definitely a good place to go and I loved the variety on their menu compared to other similar joints around town. One commenter on the review on my website said that their goat options will be limited to the weekends only. Boo.

state fair prices: shocking

I totally get the issue with it being dusty and overpriced as well as mediocre but for you to claim that the RenFest is somehow better just makes me question your entire comment.

Even when I went for free on Media Day many years ago, it was all of those things: dusty, mediocre and overpriced (even though food, beer and admission were free). Honestly, while I don't care for either, at least I can see the draw to the State Fair. RenFest, however, is a total waste of money IMO. Being that it costs more to get in and the food is the same price I really just don't see any reason to go there at all.

NY style pizza?

The one in Tonka Bay or the other or both?

Our State Fair 2011: it's the Best State Fair in our State!

+1 for the Gizmo hate. I just don't get why people like it.

Our State Fair 2011: it's the Best State Fair in our State!

Loved the Dole Whip since I was 8 years old at Disney World. When I saw it at the Fair I was pumped. Unfortunately, unlike Disney, the Dole Whip stand at the Fair doesn't do a twist with vanilla ice cream. While they will give you half and half, it's not quite the same.

I still recommend the vanilla mixed in just to take some of the pineapple flavor down--otherwise it's just too much IMO.

Mmm Dole Whip.

Dickies BBQ in Burnsville

No, Rack Shack in Burnsville (it's not in Eagan) is completely hit or miss--mostly miss.

Where should I go to get my daughter's 1st birthday cake??

My son turned one earlier this year and we used the Byerly's freebie (yes, you need to show proof of age) as a smashcake (my son wasn't much into tearing it apart however) and we ordered a cake from Farmington Bakery:

1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

Soft Shell Crabs

And Sea Salt's soft shell crab sandwich is tasty:


NYC Hound looking for what MSP does better

I find nothing at all worthwhile at BDP. Go to Matt's, the 5-8, or even The Nook but man, I just don't get the love for BDP. My two visits there have left me absolutely bewildered as to why anyone thinks the place is anything but below mediocre.

NYC Hound looking for what MSP does better

For Ethiopian I prefer Fasika in St Paul although Flamingo is decent and has a loyal following.

For Hmong check out Destiny Cafe if you're looking for a sit down style restaurant or Hmongtown Marketplace and/or Hmong Village. While I prefer Hmong Village to Hmongtown, it's likely because there are more vibrant vendors and it's newer/cleaner, not because the food is any better.

NY style pizza?

I agree however Joey Nova's certainly didn't live up to the expectations set. I still contend there are several other places in MN with far better pizza than Nova's.

Joey Nova's
5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

NY style pizza?

After all of the praise Joey Nova's has received on various NY style threads on here I checked it out last week. It was good, better than tavern/midwestern-style for sure but it's not good NY style pizza and for people to rant and rave about it is just silly.

The sauce was tasteless. Absolutely and utterly tasteless and thus I ate cheese on dough. However, the rest of the pizza was fine. It acted and looked like NY style, it just didn't taste like anything I have had before.

Just to make sure that Minnesota (and my choices on my routine visits back to the area) hadn't changed my opinion, I brought along a ex-NYer who had just been there a few weeks prior to visit his family and ate plenty of it. He concurred: the sauce was weak and toned down to meet Minnesota tastes.

*shrug*, I won't be back.

Joey Nova's
5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

Dickies BBQ in Burnsville

You can buy a great steak at the grocery store and cook it perfectly on your home grill for less and have far superior results than any of the big name houses but some people still want to have someone else cook for them.

While I don't think that Dickie's is worth anyone's time, I don't dismiss it simply because I could do much better at home--especially when it's a strip mall restaurant chain.

Faribault, MN [Moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul Board]

Faribault is devoid of decent dining options, however, on a recent trip there for a 5K my wife was running in, we stopped at Bernie's Grill in the downtown area. It's only open from 6 AM until 2 PM but if you're just doing breakfast or lunch then it will work.

As I wrote in my review of the place on my website:

"Overall the food was good–not great or mind blowing–but just plain old down home diner cooking for inexpensive prices. I left full and extremely happy that we had eaten three great meals for less than we would have paid for two meals just a few miles further north."

It's definitely better than the chain options and certainly cozy enough for a nice stopover while meeting your friends half-way. Good luck!

129 Central Ave N
Faribault, MN 55021-5210

May 05, 2011
Bill Roehl in Great Lakes

Thai food in S. suburbs?

I really wish they'd change their name. I think it would give them a much wider audience.

A local sighting of Graeter's ice cream! (Lunds in Minnetonka)

Seeing this while en route back from Chaska, we took the long way back to AV and stopped at the Eagan store. While the selection was already picked over I was able to get my wife (she's from Cinci) two flavors she appreciates.

My favorite, their raspberry chocolate chip, was no-where to be seen. Boo.

Visitors from China

3 (now 4) Seasons in Mahtomedi is about as local/American as you can get and it's definitely kid friendly.

There's always Donatelli Bros but ever since it was on TV it's a little more popular and probably a bit more crowded than it was before.

Philly Cheesesteak in Minnesota

I'm from PA and there are several things you won't find here: good bagels, good pizza, and cheesesteaks (notice I didn't say good). Yeah there are facsimiles which have been acceptable to my watered-down tastes from the 8+ years I've been here but (pizza at least) but the bagels and cheesesteaks will never be found.

They're called Philly Cheesesteaks for a reason :-)

India Palace Burnsville

That I certainly agree with.

India Palace Burnsville

Because there's no other Indian restaurants in a 3 mile radius or are you trying to compare India Palace to any other restaurants around? Because I just can't get behind the latter.

India Palace Burnsville

Well my experiences have always been very positive at Sambol (buffet and dinner) and my experiences at India Palace have been nothing but mediocre. India Palace is fine and all when compared to a place like the $5 one-trip "buffet" at Kabobs downtown but it's not a place I'd take someone to go if they wanted to experience decent Indian food.

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

India Palace Burnsville

While I agree with the OP and your assessment, I suggest eating at Sambol over India Palace if you're looking for "better than buffet" Indian SOTR.

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

Where to find ghost peppers?

If the OP is interested here's what the package looks like:

While they aren't quite the same as the real deal, they'll give you more heat than a habanero.

Where to find ghost peppers?

Are those in the little square packages? I bought a few packs of those a while back and while the heat is decent at first they don't look like jolokias and the heat doesn't stick around much after freezing. They seem more like hot habaneros than jolokias to me and several others who have tried them.

Where to find ghost peppers?

I don't know exactly where to find the chilies in MN but here are a few places you can start:

The dude behind Singh's Caribbean Heat stand at the State Fair (if you can find where he operates the rest of the year) had fresh peppers he grew himself at the time. Perhaps someone else can help you with more info on him.

Rack Shack BBQ makes their own ghost chili BBQ sauce and you can ask for larger portions for sale but it's not the actual chilies (although they do get the dried peppers in large 2lb bags). I have used the ghost chili BBQ sauce from Rack Shack for my own chili as well as wings.

Marlas Caribbean Cuisine cooks with them so maybe they have them for sale or can point you in the right direction.

Thai food in S. suburbs?

Taste of Thaiyai is in Apple Valley

Spice Thai in Savage is close to Burnsville
Thai Curry House is in Burnsville

Magic Thai Cafe is in Eagan

Ronin Sushi Cafe is in Lakeville

I highly recommend Ronin and Spice Thai would be my second.

Ronin Cafe
7704 160th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044

Taste of Thaiyai
7705 147th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55124

Magic Thai Cafe
1258 Lone Oak Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55121

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives might be returning to Minnesota


1. They cook their burgers one way--Minnesota done.

2. The burgers themselves are expensive and not worth the price.

3. The place is THE most overrated burger joint in Minnesota (and that's saying a lot). I have never been as disappointed in all the hype over a restaurant as I have been with the Lion's Tap.

single best pizza in MSP/ No Time To Research Chow Archives

Here here! While I've never had Slice of NY I apparently need to and soon.