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NY style pizza?

When exiled in MN from NY you learn to adapt to your surroundings. I like Punch for what it is. Black Sheep is no Grimaldis, and certainly not a Co. Haven't been to Lola yet, will check that out. But Bill I would love to know of any better NY style pizza out here.

NY style pizza?

We take what we can get here. Better than 99% of anything else in Minnesota. Tried Broders the other day. Also tasty but the sauce was a wee bit too sweet.

Fresh sardines

Not sure where that was, but I know Coastal sells frozen whole sardines. I don't believe it is possible to get fresh sardines here in the midwest.

New York pizza?

I will second the sentiment on Joey Nova's. By far the closest.

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

Bread Pudding Trend?

What else are you going to do with your leftover bread? The choc bread pudding at Bars in St Paul best of all.

Can anybody confirm rumor- Dayton's son's restaurant?

Not my details to share, but the concept sounded cool as I heard it. A girl's gotta keep some secrets.

Can anybody confirm rumor- Dayton's son's restaurant?

Confirmed. 100% true.

I think I've found the best sandwich in MSP

Just walked by the St Paul cheese this morning and saw on their board outside that they have the short rib sandwich today. Might need to circle back later.

Vinagre de Jerez-Spanish sherry vinegar

I feel like I have seen it at the St Paul cheese shop


Seems like something Clancy's should be able to get for you. Or maybe the new Heartland farm to market store. Or maybe check with the France 44 cheese shop as I have seen head cheese in their shop before.

White Rock Coffee - new ownership

Angry Catfish does indeed sell whole bean intelligentsia

Joey Nova's in Minnetonka

I would agree. A close to NYC as I've found.

Meeting Biological Korean Parents for the 1st time in KC...where to eat?

Chipotle is not owned by McDonald's any longer

Sea Salt (MSP)

Thank goodness for your post. I thought I was the only one who didn't like this place. I grew up in New England and was hoping for the seafood shack of my youth. No sir. Seafood didn't taste particularly fresh and it didn't seem as if there was a lot of care taken with the food. I really, really wanted to like this place. Maybe it's just not possible to do this kind of place in the midwest. I'll just have to wait for my visits back east.

MSP Pistachios

I bought some pistachios at the cheese shop at France 44. A variety I have never heard of before called Kalagoochi. Apparently they're grown in CA. Best pistachio I've ever had.

A little bit of order brought to Difara's

I think the orderliness is going to last this time because the guy at the door is left-handed.

May 20, 2008
ilikepeas in Outer Boroughs

I want the wacky, over-the-top New York dining experience

Okay, thanks for the responses. I've been to wd50. Loved it. Maybe Del Posto is a good one. I'll have to search to see if people like it. I don't consider per se wacky. No waterfalls or laser light shows or giant statues.

Feb 02, 2007
ilikepeas in Manhattan

I want the wacky, over-the-top New York dining experience

So I can afford 3 expensive ($150 plus a person) meals a year. Last meals were at Aquavit and Jean Georges. I am moving from New York soon and I want the crazy dining experience that only NYC can provide. Considering maybe Morimoto, or Buddakan. Maybe Megu or Tao. I guess I'm think megasianfusion cuisine, but am open to other suggestions.

Feb 01, 2007
ilikepeas in Manhattan

Does anyone do a burger with pastured/grass fed beef?

Cows eat grass, not grain. Grain fed beef is not where it's at. I suggest also Five Points (sister restaurant of Cookshop) as another spot for grass fed beef.

Feb 01, 2007
ilikepeas in Manhattan

Stone Park: I've had it with the attitude

While I am no big fan of Stone Park Cafe, and the owners may very well have attitude, I can't say I understand your gripe. Why is it a news flash that restaurants take reservations and that perhaps those table might be awaiting their occupants? I've never understood when a fellow diner is told that a restaurant is booked and then they ask "what about THAT table?" as if the proprietor is somehow unaware that they have empty tables in their restaurant. Just make reservations next time.

Dec 30, 2006
ilikepeas in Outer Boroughs

mission impossible: mom's 60th birthday

Okay, if anyone can figure this one out, I will be forever indebted. I am at a culinary loss.

It is my mother's 60th birthday and my dad and I want to surprise her with something special. Here are the requirements, read on if you dare:

1. It is a lunch for 8-10 people on Saturday Dec 30.
2. Round tables are good
3. Not more than $55 per head inclusive
4. Mom is not the most experimental eater. She tends toward ethnic foods (but not spicy) though that isn't necessarily a requirement.
5. Mom doesn't hear great, so a quiet space, perhaps even a private room would be great.

Okay, I'm waiting for the stroke of genius!

Nov 28, 2006
ilikepeas in Manhattan

fresh natural turkey in brooklyn (uncooked)

I was at Applewood the other night and read that they're selling organic turkeys. Not sure how much.

Nov 02, 2006
ilikepeas in Outer Boroughs

Palo Santo-Review

I think livetotravel summed me up pretty well. I would go with ok to good for the amount of money spent. Honestly, I would have been more satisfied if I had spent $71 and not $81. Would I go back? Probably not. The lobster appetizer was $15. No one in this neighborhood charges $15 for a lobster small plate. Also I like the point that the server could have let us know about the similar flavors. Except that I got the feeling that everything on their menu has a lot of acidity in some form or another.

Oct 30, 2006
ilikepeas in Outer Boroughs

Palo Santo-Review

Had dinner at Palo Santo this weekend. We decided to go early because we were famished and prefer to be done before the crowds roll in. We arrived at 6:15 (they open at 6) and were the first ones there. We were told that the kitchen wasn't open yet, but that we could sit. Okay, no problem.

We sat and they brought us water right away. Our server kept checking back to see if we had any questions about the menu. He could not have been nicer and I think was a little uncomfortable that we were just sitting there waiting. A couple of other tables came in, and waited.

About 20 minutes after we sat he took our order. Food came out quickly. We ordered a salad to start, two small plates, and two entrees. The salad was a grilled travasano with goat cheese and rajas. Tasty. Apps were ceviche and a poached lobster. Ceviche was actually pretty bad. Too much acid and lots of chewy bites of fish. Poached lobster, however, was delicious. Buttery with lots of thinly sliced pieces of radish.

Entrees were good as well. We had a whole grilled trout and griot (wild boar with pickled okra and cabbage). Both were good. Not amazing, but perfectly tasty. The only comment was that the trout came with the same vinaigrette as the salad and the same radishes as the lobster. Pretty much everything we ate had a lot of vinegar or citrus of some sort. Kind of made all the flavors mush together.

Dessert was awesome. We shared a piece of sorrell pudding pie with pomegranate seeds. Totally rockin.

Total before tip $81 (prices include ny state tax). They were packed when we left.

Oct 30, 2006
ilikepeas in Outer Boroughs