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chicago - where to refill my grill's liquid propane tank?

Many U-Haul locations provide this service. Call ahead first and ask.

Jun 12, 2010
StPauliGirl in Chicago Area

DINNER and a Movie

Another good place near Southdale is Patrick's Bakery & Cafe, just remember that they close at 9 or 10.

Patrick's Bakery & Cafe
2928 W 66th St, Minneapolis, MN 55423

Your favorite meal for under $10?

Rice vermicelli salad with grilled pork at Pho Tau Bay (#36 "Bún thịt heo nướng" on the menu).

Chicken suqqar at Safari Express, Midtown Global Market.

Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Pho Tau Bay
2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Safari Express
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Where to get great or even good pie (MSP)

The first place that came to mind is Jerabek's in St. Paul. (

Their pastries and desserts taste like the homemade ones my mom made back when I was young.

Jerabek's New Bohemian Coffeehouse & Bakery
63 Winifred St, W St Paul, MN

(MSP) Date Night (1 Yr Together) - Italian or Mexican

Run don't walk to Bar La Grassa for Italian. I recommend the cold pork plate for a starter; at least one of the bruschettas (I've had the ricotta & roasted tomato and the roasted pork shoulder -- both good); and absolutely order the gnocchi with cauliflower and orange.

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

112 Eatery, any current favorites ? (msp)

I relied on the recommendations from others when I went to 112 Eatery recently, and I can understand why all of these are board favorites: cold cuts w/ pickles, cauliflower fritters, pan-fried gnocchi w/ parmesan reggiano, stringozzi w/ lamb sugo, tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs, butterscotch budino.

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Bachelorette party...dinner ideas in Minneapolis

Chino Latino in Uptown comes to mind, as they have a lot of variety on their menu and a fun atmosphere for cocktails and kicking off the evening. Or Chiang Mai Thai.

Downtown I might suggest Solera, Barrio or Masa. Masa is the most sedate of the three, and Barrio is a tequila bar that happens to serve food. Solera's kind of in the middle in that regard.

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
3001 Hennepin Ave Ste A, Minneapolis, MN 55408

1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Chino Latino
2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Good Asian food in the Minneapolis skyways?

Thought I would revive this thread since I just discovered a new skyway restaurant today.

Kabob's Indian Grill in the Gaviidae food court! They have a $5 buffet with about 30 items, both veg and non-veg. Note, however, that this is not an all-you-can-eat buffet. $5 allows you one pass through the line to fill your plate once. Add a fountain drink for $1.

Please pardon me for not knowing the correct names for everything. Some of the items included standards like tandoori chicken, chicken biryani and chicken curries. Also had a few lentil dishes, a cauliflower dish, 2 kinds of soup, a cabbage dish, goat curry and a sweet dessert. And more items that didn't have signs that I could not immediately identify.

You can also purchase a la carte if you don't want to do the buffet.

Bottom line: good value for tasty food.

Trying something new on eat street (or nearby) (MPLS)

I would have suggested Harry Singh's Original Caribbean, except that they do not serve alcohol. I was there on Saturday and ordered the Jerk Chicken Roti; husband had the Curry Chicken Roti. Both had fantastic flavor and were hot as h***.

I agree with the others who said that Black Forest is a beer garden "must," but not much of a food destination otherwise.

I think Gangchen stands out from the other Asian restaurants on Eat Street because of their Tibetan dishes, such as the Tibetan Traditions Momo.

Black Forest Inn
1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Harry Singh's Caribbean Restaurant
2653 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Bombay 2 Deli - MSP

You are probably thinking of Bombay Bistro, which is in the Metro Building above Hell's Kitchen.

I rove the skyways from time to time looking for Bombay 2 Deli to open somewhere. I will let you know if it appears.

Chamber's kitchen MSP recommendations

I have only been there for lunch and not dinner, so I cannot recommend specific items on the dinner menu. In general, I think their fish dishes are superlative and that's what I always order when I'm there.

This is not to contradict NugarifiK's comment on the walleye, which I have not tried.

Good downtown Minneapolis lunch spot for tomorrow?

Neither The News Room or The Local have exceptional food. I think their main assets are ample outdoor dining tables.

Hell's Kitchen is just as good at lunch as they are at breakfast. I enjoy the lunch buffet at Bombay Bistro, but my husband sometimes complains that the dishes are all rather mild (since they have to appeal to everyone and not just those of us who enjoy very spicy dishes).

Masa and Barrio each have $10 lunch specials that are very good.

Near macys Lunch (Downtown Mpls)

Grandma would love the Oak Grill on the 12th floor of Macy's.

Oak Grill
700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Bombay 2 Deli - MSP

Has anyone seen or heard where Bombay 2 Deli is opening in the skyways? I always look for it when I'm walking around but haven't found it yet.

MSP: Best Vietnamese?

In addition to their delicious and cheap pho, definitely Pho Tau Bay for bun. Their grilled pork over rice noodle salad (#36 on the menu) is top notch.

MSP: Chatterbox Pub

I agree with St Paul Susie. The food isn't that great. My specific problem is with the sandwiches/burgers. They use really hard artisinal bread (instead of buns), which I find hard to bite into. Or it cuts the roof of my mouth. Or the sandwich falls apart.

La Belle Crepe - Minneapolis

I have been to La Belle Crepe two more times since my original visit and must agree with CocoL that they aren't very good.

It is an expensive and unsatisfying lunch, so I tried it for a quick breakfast. Unfortunately they do not do anything quickly, so that was a disappointment too.

MSP: Jucy Lucy article in City Pages (10/8/08)

Their review of the Common Roots Cafe's "Rootsy Lucy" is spot on, I'm afraid. The bread fell apart in my hands, the meat was nothing special, and there was no cheesy surprise inside. An ill-spent $9.50 at a cafe I otherwise enjoy.

La Belle Crepe - Minneapolis

I ate there last Saturday. Their menu is divided into sweet and savory crepes. I ordered a smoked salmon & chevre crepe, which was seasoned with capers and dill. The toppings were well proportioned to each other and to the size of the crepe, so the flavors and textures were well-balanced in my opinion. (I'm not a crepe expert by any means; I usually just order one with Nutella.) The chef put down fresh batter when I ordered rather than reheating one from a stack of pre-mades.

Base price for a classic crepe with sugar was in the $4 ballpark. Highest price was about $8. They also serve an assortment of sodas, juices and hot drinks. No seating, only a stand-up counter, however there are benches outside on Nicollet Mall where one could sit and eat.


100% agree.

Jul 03, 2008
StPauliGirl in General Topics

MSP-Wedding cakes?

I can't believe no one has mentioned Wuollet Bakery yet. Their lemon souffle cake is especially divine. They did my cake and even delivered it to the reception for free.

MSP-Almost have been to every restaurant in Uptown....

Embarrassing confession: I have never been to Campiello because I can't figure out where the front door is. Is the entrance on Lake Street, or do you have to enter through the parking lot?

In response to mahlerii's question, Crema is good for solo dining. Old Chicago can be pretty boisterous. May not be book friendly.

The food at Chiang Mai Thai is fine, in my opinion. I'm sure you could get a seat at the bar, but Friday nights in the restaurant tend to be busy so you may have to wait for a table.

I agree with bob's suggestion of Common Roots (but maybe you've already been there and are looking for something new.)

If you're willing to go as far down Lyndale as Crema, you could go just one block more to El Meson.

MINNEAPOLIS - Suggestions for business lunch near Wells Fargo Center.

But it doesn't involve going outdoors, which still qualifies as being connected to the skyway. The elevators to the Graves Hotel / Cosmos are opposite the movie theater box office.

One week in Minneapolis

Instead of Panera for one of your breakfasts, I would recommend Cafe Patteen. It is a lovely, independently-owned coffee shop in the International Centre. Go on a weekday for great coffee, espresso, scones and quiche.

From your hotel, take the skyway through the Convention Center, then follow the signs towards the Hilton Hotel and Int'l Centre.

Here's a link to a skyway map:

Cafe Patteen
920 2nd Ave S # 295, Minneapolis, MN

MINNEAPOLIS - Suggestions for business lunch near Wells Fargo Center.

Try Mission, BANK or Zelo first. If you can't get into any of those, try Atlas Grill, The Dakota, or Cosmos. They are a little bit farther away from the Wells Fargo Center than the first 3, but are still accessible by skyway.

Solera is not open for lunch.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55403

831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Cosmos Restaurant
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Atlas Grill & Clubroom
200 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Common Roots Cafe - MSP

I agree with everyone's positive reviews of the bagels and cream cheese at Common Roots, and now that I've finally had a whole meal there I can finally add to this thread.

My cappuccino was delicious. The coffee flavor was smooth yet distinct, which is what I'm looking for. My experience has been that many chain coffee shops serve espresso that is quite acrid because it needs to hold its own versus 16 oz of milk. Not so with Common Roots.

I had a cup of tomato squash soup served with multigrain tortilla chips instead of crackers. Divine. Absolutely divine. Paired it with a beet sandwich on pumpernickel, which also came with multigrain chips and a slice of grapefruit. I thought it was spot on.

Husband had curry chicken salad sandwich on sourdough, another winner.

The only possible negative about Common Roots Cafe is that with free WiFi people tend to set up camp for a long time, which can sometimes make it hard to find a table.

Here's a recent Star Tribune review as well:

Msp - Heidi's vs Alma?

I'm not going to try to convince you to have one of your dinners at Cosmos, but I do recommend you try it for breakfast or lunch if it fits into your schedule.

I've had all of the items on the breakfast room service menu, so if you're feeling decadent you could always go that route. From the lunch menu, I've had the salmon and the sea bass -- both excellent. The soups, salads and sandwiches are top-notch as well. A bargain it ain't, but quite tasty nonetheless.

Simple Poached Cod

Utterly bland and flavorless. What a waste of cod.

Jan 12, 2008
StPauliGirl in Recipes

New Sawatdee Skyway location - Mpls

I went to Sawatdee Express for lunch today, and even though drew13000 mentioned the truncated menu I was surprised by how little they were offering. Maybe only a dozen items, as listed above. (Chicken wings, wontons/egg rolls, curry wraps, salad, pad thai, fried rice.)

I had the pad thai, which was $4.95 including tax. They put the green onions, bean sprouts and peanuts on at the end, so you do get some fresh, crunchy texture mixed in which is nice. It wasn't bad.

Would I go back? Maybe, because it is very close to my office. And cheap. Would I rave about it to other ChowHounds as a place not be be missed? Not really.

Have you ever "trained" yourself to eat something?

I grew up on a dairy farm, and once I moved away to college I had to train myself to drink store-bought milk because I no longer had access to farm-fresh milk. To me, store-bought milk tastes like the packaging and has a bitterness to it. I still don't really like it, but I've trained myself to use it on cereal.

Jan 04, 2008
StPauliGirl in General Topics