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Chicago style pizza in MSP?

Giordano's is coming soon!

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3582...

Nov 23, 2014
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

Thanks. Won't be in LV again till the fall, so will just wait and see what they have then. I once went to Wicked Spoon because they had fried oysters on the buffet, but as luck would have it, the oyster station was closed down that night. Luck of the draw, I guess. By the way, love reading your restaurant reviews!

Jul 11, 2014
TDS1 in Las Vegas

My Baccanal Buffet (Caesar's Palace) review - LONG

I see photos online that they have sometimes served lobster roll on the buffet. I have never seen it when I have been there. Has anyone tried it at Bacchanal?

Jul 10, 2014
TDS1 in Las Vegas

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Sushi Goyemon is my favorite in LV for AYCE. Never been disappointed there. I have tried all the others on your list except Yamasushi.

Jul 10, 2014
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Big Bowl Rest./@Galleria Edina: WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!

Agree that Big Bowl is overpriced. For what it's worth, Big Bowl Express in Byerly's serves very similar style food for half the price. To me, for a chain restaurant Pei Wei is a step up in quality and is a much better value.

Jul 10, 2014
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Avocados

Whole foods always seem to have the best avocado, and not much more expensive than the other places.
Costco can be great, but it's hit or miss.

Jul 03, 2014
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cheap eats for foodies?

Yes, both are still around. Still really good and well worth it!

Jun 30, 2014
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Chinese buffets - any good ones around these days?

My favorite is still 98 Pounds in Bloomington. IMO, Saturday night is best time to go as it seems to have the most variety. Went last Saturday night and they even had lobster on the buffet.

Jun 26, 2014
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

brunch buffet

For Brunch, I prefer Wynn or Bellagio over Wicked Spoon. Dinner is a different story.
However, if I was there this weekend, I would go to Bacchanal buffet over all of them since it's brand new and getting outstanding reviews.

Oct 01, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Caesar's Palace Bacchanal Buffet

Great review. Thanks! Looking forward to trying it Thursday when I am in Vegas!!

Oct 01, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Nice but not too pricey dinner with prospective in-laws

Hard to beat Charlie Palmer's "Cut of the Week" menu at the Four Seasons. Great atmosphere, $48 3 course prix fixe with unlimited wine. Best bargain in Vegas at a 4* restaurnat, and no better way to get a parents' blessing than unlimited wine!!

Sep 27, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Restaurant Week. What do you Think?

Went to Fogo last night. Place was packed, but well worth the $30 including dessert!

Jul 09, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need Mid-range dinner ideas

I'm a big fan of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, specifically their weekend $29.99 tapas style brunch. It very relaxing and not crowded, and each dish is made fresh to order. Best part is you can order as many items as you would like. They also have a $5 unlimited mimosa add on, which my wife says was excellent. They are listed on restaurant.com which makes it a bargain.

For "fine dining", I think it's hard to beat Charlie Palmer's "Cut of the Week" at the Four Seasons. It's $48 for 3 course prix fixe with unlimited wine. That's the best deal I have found in LV for an excellent restaurant.

Jul 08, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Where to buy uncooked Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas?

Does anyone know any place that sells uncooked whole wheat flour tortillas? The pre-cooked are easy to find, but uncooked taste 10x fresher (once cooked). Costco carries Tortilla Land Uncooked flour tortillas and Chapati, but neither are the whole wheat version.

Jun 17, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Non-pretentious couple from KC in town for two nights

+1 on Quang's. Especially for the spring rolls with pork/shrimp.

Jun 09, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wicked Spoon Buffet Yea or Nea?

I agree definitely not as good as it used to be. Alaskan King Crab is gone. Last time I was there the amazing lamb chops were also gone, replaced with a lamb loin chop or something like that. I still enjoy eating there, it's just not as exciting as it used to be. In my opinion, Bellagio's quality has stayed much more constant.

Jun 03, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Where are the best dill pickles in the Twin Cities?

So, I picked up some Guss's kosher dill refridgerator pickles at the local walmart. They are NY deli pickles and seem to have pretty good review - so hopes were high. The cruchiness of the pickles was similar to Claussen. They tasted slightly less salty, but a review of the container shows that salt content is similar. Flavor wise, the complexity of the flavor taste seems better on the Claussen pickles.

Overall winner? Claussen wins this round.

Jun 03, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where are the best dill pickles in the Twin Cities?

Is that the same as the "State Fair" Gedney dills?

Jun 01, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where are the best dill pickles in the Twin Cities?

Thanks for the great suggestions. I have been meaning to try McClure's pickles. They have them at France 44 - I definitely need to stop by. I am not sure I have tried a half sour pickle before, but it's going on the list.

Galewskj, where are you finding Nathen's pickles? Are they refridgerater pickles? That seems to be the big advantage of the Clausen - very crunchy!!

May 29, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where are the best dill pickles in the Twin Cities?

I am planning on trying to make my own pickles this summer - so I am in search of some great Kosher Dill pickles for inspiration. I like the Claussen Kosher Dill pickles - but I assume there are probably better tasting ones available. Does any one have any favorite deli pickles in the Twin Cities (preferably Minneapolis or western metro)

May 27, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find habernero (hot pepper) plants in the Twin Cities?

There are outdoor garden stands (?Great Gardens) in the west metro that have them. One of the stands is parking lot of EP mall and another is in front of the Jerry's in Eden Prairie. They have containers of 4 habenero plants for $1 (on sale until 5/30 I believe). Pretty hard to beat that. I bought a group of 4 because the plants look so good - now I wonder why since they are way to hot for me!

May 27, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find habernero (hot pepper) plants in the Twin Cities?

Was just at Gertens today, they had several trays of them. Plants looked very healthy.

May 13, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Late night eats in Vegas (budget friendly)

Grand Luxe cafe in the Venetian is decent, in the requested price range, and open 24 hours a day.

Apr 24, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Super Moon Buffet in St Louis Park - Any tried it?

I went for dinner on Friday night as I had to see how different it was from lunch. In addition to the lunch items, there was duck, whole fried fish, crab legs, some nigiri, and some other assorted things. The nigiri they put out once, and never replaced. All in all, I did not feel that the dinner items were that much different then lunch and not worth the premium for me. I will go for lunch from now on.

Clearly there are still some kinks they need to work out. They had seated myself and a separate couple at this long table. We had both gotten up to get more food. I was dining by myself, but had my jacket on the back of the chair, and the other couple had personal items at their seats. We both came back at the same time to our seats to find them trying to seat a large group where we were sitting. OK - here is the odd part. When we both explained that we hadn't finished, they still asked both of us (myself and the separate couple) to move somewhere else in the middle of our meal despite the fact that they hadn't actually seated the other group yet. That may be the strangest thing that has ever happened to me at a buffet. The other unusual thing I observed is that they were seating people at tables that hadn't been wiped clean yet. Really? Even OCB does that... So I am going to temper my enthusiastic initial review by saying they really need to improve their seating methods.

Apr 14, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Super Moon Buffet in St Louis Park - Any tried it?

Hmm, going to have to try the dinner at some point as I love duck. Interesting comment about the general tso chicken. I though the coconut shrimp was also soggy (though I thought the egg rolls were pretty good). Hopefully as volume picks up or they work it out those things will improve. Still many more positives than negatives... What were the sushi choices like on the dinner buffet -Did they have nigiri, spider roll, or salmon roe?

Apr 09, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Buffet- is there any such thing? And rec for special 40th-

Wynn Country Club jazz brunch is $59.

Border Grill brunch is $29.99 but combine with restaurant.com coupon for a great deal.

Apr 07, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Super Moon Buffet in St Louis Park - Any tried it?

I had a chance to try Super Moon Buffet today for lunch. Here is my review.

As you walk in there is a nice Koi pond as you enter. It's actually pretty large - the kids loved that part. I didn't remember all the prices, but lunch is 8.99 during the week and 9.99 on Saturday. Dinner is 12.99 weekdays and 13.99 on Saturday. Don't remember what Sunday prices were. The seating area is very large and there are plenty of booths, which I prefer. Decor is very nice.

As for the buffet, it's huge. No other way to describe it. Usually at most buffets I can sample most of the dishes that look good. There were so many choices here, it simply wasn't possible to try them all. For Saturday lunch there were 5 different kinds of soup, including a beef ball soup which I hadn't seen before. There was a dim sum section with between 10-15 types of dim sum. There wasn't the mad scramble for dim sum like there is at 98 pounds, which was nice. The salad bar looked very fresh and had lots of variety, but I will admit this isn't the reason I go to Chinese buffets. In terms of the hot food section, there were probably at least 30 or more different dishes. For lunch there were a number of shrimp dishes, as well as other seafood selections like salmon, fried cod, clams, etc. For the hot section, I would say the quality was similar to other places in town, but a much larger selection.

The standouts are the sushi and the Mongolian grill. There were about 12-15 different types of rolls for lunch, but they were significantly more creative than the rolls at 98 pounds. There was plenty of salmon, tuna, eel, white tuna in various combinations and types. I thought the sushi exceeded the quality of any other buffet in town (although realistically only 98 pounds is the only other competition in that category). Next to the sushi was a huge fruit bar. I only tried the lychees, but the rest look good and very fresh. Then there was the Mongolian grill. Amazing variety, very neat and clean, with lots of items I had not seen at other buffets. This was the nicest mongolian grill selection by far. Yumm!!

Service was very friendly, and as noted above, they were very prompt with refills etc.

Highlights: Sushi, Dim Sum, Mongolian grill, massive selection, friendly service.

Cons: Higher than average kids prices, almost too much variety - place needs to be very full to keep fresh.

Overall, this one is pretty easy. In my opinion, Super Moon Buffet has set the new standard for a chinese buffet in the Twin Cities. I would say it the closest we have to a premium buffet such as Minado/Todai/Onami. Of course, it isn't quite that level, but it's still really good. As I stated in my initial review of 98 pounds, it's a bargain at this price. Which means that over time prices will have to increase or selection/quality will decline. We will see what happens, but for now this is the new champ in town!

Apr 07, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Which Indian Buffet in St. Louis Park is better?

Do any of these do a dinner buffet?

Apr 06, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Buffet- is there any such thing? And rec for special 40th-

Anyone tried the Wynn Country Club brunch? Looks pretty good, but can't decide if it's worth the money.

Oh, and I forgot, for a new twist on "buffets" try the Border Grill brunch at Mandalay Bay. It's order off the menu with about 20 choices, but it's all you can eat. A great option for something different!

Apr 06, 2012
TDS1 in Las Vegas

Super Moon Buffet in St Louis Park - Any tried it?

Thanks for the report! Going to give it a try this weekend.

Apr 06, 2012
TDS1 in Minneapolis-St. Paul