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[MSP] 3/50 Project: Grassroots Economic Stimulus--which three local restaurants will you chose?

I'm feeling it for Midtown Global Market too. But being a bread addict, it would be remiss of me not to mention Rustica Bakery (Baguettes!).

[MSP] 3/50 Project: Grassroots Economic Stimulus--which three local restaurants will you chose?

Gangchen has a tasty cranberry curry that's fairly addictive. Dara Moskowitz wrote about it sometime last year in City Pages. Restaurant ambience is more of a 70s nightclub lounge which makes for an not-your-usual experience. Love the other Tibetan meat dishes too, can't remember specifics though.

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MSP- Hell's Kitchen - What to order

Maybe I should give it another try!

MSP- Hell's Kitchen - What to order

I weep for Hell's Kitchen! I went to the new space for the first time yesterday, and although I was impressed by the decor and the service, the food was bad. Both my favorites, Mahnomin porridge and the peanut butter were watered down, the former literally and the latter ... Well, I don't really have the words. One of the world's best peanut butter concoctions has been turned into peanut butter that tastes grainy with some sugar thrown in. Sigh.

MSP- Best Croissant?

I second the proposition that Rustica is the BEST bakery. Love their croissants. Haven't been to Trung Nam but I'm eager to do so.

MSP: Kikugawa Christmas & NY Buffet

Would anyone else be interested in trying it out on NY's Day?

MSP: Kikugawa Christmas & NY Buffet

Has anyone been to a Kikugawa sushi buffet? It is advertised as 34.95 for adults and a sliding scale for 3 - 15 year old children. The sushi listed includes lobster, scallop, tuna, salmon, yellow tail, water eel, shrimp, fish eggs, and red snapper. Kitchen items such as shrimp tempura, beef, etc. are also available. Just wanted opinions from 'hounds who have more experience with Kikugawa. Thanks.

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kikugawa at Riverplace
43 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

[MSP] Dreadfully overexposed photos from Aribel's Chowdown (Richfield, MN)

Oh, these photos make me want to cry! Everything looks yummy - I'm sorry that I missed the bus :(

hosted business dinner in MSP, U of MN area

I agree with churcka that Kafe 421 has much, much better food than the Loring Pasta Bar. Good selection of wines and well-prepared lamb entrees.

Kabobs Minneapolis

Thanks Isfahani. I have yet to go there but your review is very encouraging.

[MSP] Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, University Ave. St. Paul

Too bad we didn't order the pho. Dara raves on and on about it in her review today: http://citypages.com/databank/28/1386...

Next time, eh?

[MSP] Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, University Ave. St. Paul

Thanks DQ, for such a detailed report.

The standouts for me were the roasted chicken - crisp glazing on the skin and moist tender ginger-infused flesh on the bone; ginger glazed tofu (#51) - the crunchiness of the fried tofu reminds me a little of crackling, yet one can taste the tofu-goodness on the inside and the lightly sauced mushroom and bok choy enhanced the dish; mussels with red wine (and definitely a bit of spice and strong infusion of ginger) made the broth very drinkable. Hmmm, I think I have to confess a strong partiality for anything gingery.

Another pleasant surprise were the mung bean cheesecakes - not as buttery as a conventional cheesecake, but I thought that the combination worked. Someone mentioned that "it's certainly not cheesecake, but it was good." I echo his sentiment.

Ordering every appetizer was a stroke of genius - thanks to all who agreed.

DK

MSP Is anyone doing Dining Out For Life on Thursday?

I highly recommend Kafe 421 in Dinkytown!

Kabobs Minneapolis

Point noted, Loren3. I'll keep my fingers crossed when I get there and will definitely have a look at India Cafe. Good Indian food is just this side of blissful. DK

Kabobs Minneapolis

Thanks. Sounds like there are other promising options if Kabobs is having an off day! DK

White Rye Flour - MSP

I am looking for it too to make a honey cake! Fellow Chowhounders, please let us know!

Kabobs Minneapolis

Hi, Thanks for the report on the spiciness of the food and the good naan. Do you think they need time to get their act together? I am definitely going to check it out and report back here. DK

Kabobs Minneapolis

Hi katebauer, Thanks for posting about your experience. It sounds like the food is very varied in quality and temperature! Or maybe Dara caught them on a really, really, really good day. I'll have to drop by sometime - maybe not as soon as I was planning to - just to give them more time (if that's what it takes) to iron out their kitchen idiosyncrasies. DK

Kabobs Minneapolis

Hey, Has anyone been to the new Kabobs Restaurant in Bloomington? Dara, the City Pages food writer, gave it such a rave review this week and I'm itching to and get some Hyderabad-inspired food, but want to know about other chowhounders' opinion about the place. Thanks!

Good Ethnic Food at a Reasonable Price in Twin Cities?

I found almost everything I had at Jun Bo about a couple of weeks ago not to my taste. I am part of a group who prefer dim sum made delicately, i.e. wrappings that are made as thin as possible (especially for the Shanghai bun, har gow, all the different "funs"), and the use of young baby kai lan steamed until just al dente and remaining a vibrant green and crispy. The many steamed dim sum plates that we ordered had thick glutinous wrappings with very little filling and the steamed kai lan came looking brownish and dissolved to mush in the mouth. Moreover, most had stalks close to an inch in diameter. It's not what I am used to for dim sum.

Top Five TC Eateries

My first restaurant meal in the twin cities was 112 Eatery (lucky me!) and I will always have 112 at the top of my list. The charm, the service, the gorgeously spicy almonds, the cauliflower and the lamb, and the sandwiches, ... Yum.

My second and third choices are in dinkytown - where I spend a lot of time - Al's and Kafe 421. What can I say about Al's? Oh yeah, it feels like a second home and the pancakes, omelettes, and sizzling bacon never fail to please. Kafe 421 is seldom on the radar for top restaurants because it is so well hidden - just a couple of doors down from Al's. Georgia's mezze platter is refreshingly challenging and delightful and there is usually a pleasing lamb dish. Do save room for dessert. The cannoli-like pastry is filled with a creamy and luscious custard.

My last two would have to be my neighborhood places (well, close enough): Lucia's and Quang's. Quang's phos are revivifying and feel fresh on the palate while Lucia is not afraid to serve adult sweets and bold salads.

But I would also need a lifetime supply of Hell's Kitchen's peanut butter. :-)

[MSP] Chowdown report: Midtown Global Market II

A big thank you to TDQ who organized this event and provided utensils and the "money" bowl.

DK

[MSP] Chowdown report: Midtown Global Market II

I had the mango lassi from Everest Cafe. Found it amazingly spicy - hints of nutmeg and cinnamon (and possibly cardamom). A bit too rich for me - well, the 12oz serving anyway. Some chowhounders mentioned that at the previous outing, the sample cups were just the perfect size.

The Danish Kringla (elsewhere, I have seen it spelled kringle) from Cafe Finspang was awesome. Buttery, flaky pastry with a deliciously fatty custard filling.

I second all the shout outs for the sambusi: served piping hot from Starlight Cafe, it's hard to beat.

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