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The Best Chinese in LA

lifelong foodie - my wife and I just moved from Minneapolis few months ago. Would love to join your dinner group if it's not too late. Let me know if it's a possibility and we can get in touch.

May 10, 2011
rjayasuriya in Los Angeles Area

For ex Sri Lanka Curry House fans

Thanks for the info. I will check it out.

For ex Sri Lanka Curry House fans

Great to hear that it was good...being a Sri Lankan and having just returned from Sri Lanka after 3 weeks of great food I'm craving some now!! I did have couple of questions....

1. Was it a set menu - as in, did you only have 1 or maybe 2 choices?
2. What about the spice level - when I eat Sri Lankan, I like to sweat so I hope it's not watered down...

Thanks in advance.

Which is better French: La Belle Vie or Vincent's? Please weigh in...

My vote is for Meritage if you are after a French Bistro type of a meal. I've never been to LBV but I have never read a bad review on them either (which probably means I should get there soon!).

As for Colette - avoid! I went there once and they didn't impress me at all. We had moules frites and cassoulet and they were both mediocre/bad.

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Best outdoor patios in Twin Cities

Maynard's and Lord Fletcher's patios are always great if you don't mind the drive.

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Lord Fletcher's
3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384

French restarunts in MSP/ Surrounding <$30?

Meritage would be my first preference.

However, Pierre's Bistro might be the best if you are cost conscious...you can get half off gift cards to Pierre's online (try www.halfoffdeals.com or www.halfofftwincities.com

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Pierre's Bistro
2221 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Bangkok Thai Deli Revisited - Recs?

Here are my favorites at BTD;

Stir fried beef with basil
Papaya salad
Beef salad
Ground chicken salad
Stuffed chicken wings
Thai sausages
Kang som with shrimp - taste like a curry soup

Raku?

The menu looks interesting...
I'm curious to hear from someone who tried it.

Best Sushi/Sashimi in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Mr.Miyagi - can you please elaborate on your comments? I'm curious to hear what lead you to not like Origami.

Meritage this weekend

Here are my favorites;

Moules frites
Beef short rib - Saturday night special
Cassoulet
Duck

I'm not sure if you already made reservations or not. If not, you might want to do that asap. I made a reservation for this weekend and my choices were 5:45pm or 7:45pm.

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

He's also been to the Wienery.

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Wienery
414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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

They've had ice cream places on DDD before. I remember a Gelato place in AZ being on one of the episodes...

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

Bangkok Thai Deli - St Paul.
Izzy's - St Paul.

I'm sure there will be lots of other recommendations but I think the two above would be ideal for the show....local, funky, good food...Triple D style :)

Rack Shack BBQ - new BBQ restaurant in Burnsville

First of all thank you to MSPD for mentioning this place on one of his posts...

I got a chance to taste some awesome BBQ at Rack Shack this weekend. Here is what we had;

Ribs - These were St Louis style ribs with a dry rub. Sauce on the side. They had the 3 things I always look for in a good rib - Taste, Smoke ring and Taste. Another thing we noticed was that these were not as fatty as some other ribs we've had around town (e.g. Big Daddy's).

Brisket - We got a pound of brisket and I could have eaten those in one sitting (don't worry I didn't :) - they were that good! They slice the brisket in-front of you and obviously know a thing or two about how to make a brisket.

Pulled pork - This was good but it was our least favorite. Probably because it didn't wow us like the Ribs and Brisket. Also, I wish there was more pork on the sandwich.

Sauces - We tried few different sauces and they were all good. My favorite by far was the Houston Oil Fire. This sauce had a serious kick but was the perfect counterpart for the brisket. I also liked the Carolina vinegar based sauce (don't remember the actual name) with the pulled pork sandwich and ribs.

Sides - We tried the baked beans and corn bread. The baked beans had 3 different kinds of beans and was meaty. The corn bread was good but nothing special.

Atmosphere - The atmosphere at this place is that it's a clean family run business. There are some tables but I think they intend this place to be more of a takeout place.

The x factor - The X factor for me was that Rack Shack was able to convert my wife to a carnivore for one weekend :)

We'll definietly be back at the Rack Shack. Hope they stay around for a long time.

Restaurant/Bar Recommendations in Chaska

soupkitten - I'm assuming you are talking about the Indian restaurant that was in downtown Chaska. Unfortunately this closed. Tommy's malt shop is now in that space and seems to be doing better than the Indian restaurant did.

Restaurant/Bar Recommendations in Chaska

Chaskaherald - have you tried the Brick House? I was at the liquor store next door last week and saw it was still under construction.

As for Tommy's - I have had their ice cream but nothing else. How are the burgers/sandwiches?

Curious to hear your opinion since I live less than a mile away from both places. By the way, I used to work with the guy who opened Tommy's :)

Good Burnsville Restaurant for Business Lunch

This is not really related to this post....

I saw MSPD mention a new BBQ place in Burnsville and I'm excited to try it tonight. I will report back with my experience...

Your favorite meal for under $10?

Stir fried beef with basil from BTD

About 3-4 bahn mi's from Saigon

Where can I buy some Roux?

Thanks everyone!! I think I'm going try to make this at home :)

SmartCookie - Thank you for the Cajun Potluck recommendation...I've been meaning to stop by there after seeing some reviews on Chow. Do you know if they started serving food yet?

Where can I buy some Roux?

I'm thinking about making some Gumbo at home for the first time this weekend. From all the recipes I've read it seems making the Roux is the hardest part.

Does anyone know where I can buy some packaged roux?

Thanks in advance!

BEST BEEF JERKY (MSP)

Alpa - I checked out BigBull website and looks like there are some interesting flavors...have you ever tried the Chipotle Jerky?

Also, do they only sell through the website or do they also sell through a store in St Paul?

San Jose Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

Thank you so much for your recommendations so far...

I get a feeling that it's hard to find good seafood in San Jose. What would you guys say that a first-timer to San Jose must try?? Are there any restaurants that I should not miss while I'm in town?

I'm not a big fan of Italian food but will eat almost anything else.

Thanks again.

San Jose Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

I will be in San Jose in March on business. I'm hoping that bay area chowhounds will be able to give me some recommendations. I would love to try some good sea food.

I will stay close to downtown San Jose. I will have a car so I don't mind driving 20-30 miles from the hotel for a meal.

I would like to stay under $38 for dinner, under $18 for lunch and under $12 for breakfast but I don't mind spending extra for a good meal.

Thank you in advance!

Seattle/Tacoma Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

Thank you all for your recommendations! I had a good time in Seattle last week.

Dhalia lounge - I had the five spice duck and it was phenomenal! This was by far the best dish during this trip. I will be coming back in February to try this again.

Wild ginger - the food was okay but it didn't blow me away. I expected that based on some of your comments.

Thanks again.

Jan 20, 2010
rjayasuriya in Greater Seattle

MSP Thai Restaurants?

There are a lot of threads talking about this subject. However, my vote goes to Bangkok Thai Deli in St Paul. I love the place! My favorite dish is stir fried beef with basil. I also like their papaya salad (Thai style), chicken fried rice, stuffed chicken wings, etc, etc.....

New to Western Minnesota

I lived in Fargo/Moorhead area during college. Here are some places I remember;

Grand junction in Moorhead for decent hand cut fries and sandwiches (IMO they have a pretty good Philly cheese steak sandwich). The ambiance of this place isn't that great but the food is.

Nicole's in Fargo - this is a french bakery with some great deserts and pastries. I'm not sure if they have sandwiches or any other food items.

I know there are several Indian restaurants in Fargo (although I'm not sure if they are any good - they all opened after I left).

Hope this helps.

Jan 04, 2010
rjayasuriya in Great Lakes

Baby it's cold outside(msp)

Meritage cassoulet gets my vote.

Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

Thanks alot for the recommendations so far! I will certainly look at the board for some Santa Cruz options.

I will certainly try to get as much seafood as possible - I live in Minneapolis so I don't get to try fresh seafood that often.

Dec 24, 2009
rjayasuriya in California

Seattle/Tacoma Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

Equinoise - my mom and brother lives in Staten Island so I've been there. There has been couple of new Sri Lankan restaurant openings recently in SI. I went to a new place when I was there earlier this year. Let me know if you are going that way again - I can give you some recommendations for some Sri Lankan restaurants.

Dec 18, 2009
rjayasuriya in Greater Seattle

Seattle/Tacoma Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

Luckywonton - thank you for the recommendations. I didn't mean to list the Matador twice so I don't think I will go there twice.

I'm originally from Sri Lanka (a tiny island off the south coast of India) and have lived in the east coast and mid west for about 8 years....so I'm all over the place.

I would love to try some of your local pub food and anything else that's considered PNW cuisine. Let me know if there are any must go places that fall into this category.

Dec 18, 2009
rjayasuriya in Greater Seattle