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Andrew Zimmern - Spoon & Stable

I noticed yesterday that he tweeted "Best brunch in Twin Cities opens today. gavinkaysen @spoonandstable @pastrydiane" Thought it was a little weird - if the brunch has not yet opened, is it really possible that it's the best in the TC? Just seemed suspicious to me given his involvement with the restaurant. But who knows? Maybe it really is the best.

Andrew Zimmern - Spoon & Stable

I'd add the Strip Club and Brasserie Zentral to that list, too!

ISO Artichoke Hearts jarred in plain Olive Oil

Maybe Cost Plus World Market?

Quieter breakfast spots

Agree. I was there at 11 on a Saturday and it was quiet.


Nope, now there's a french bakery opening in their old spot. Their new spot is on E. Lake St.


I love the momos at Himalayan Restaurant. I'm excited to visit their new location!

Dinner near Marriott City Center Minneapolis

Brasserie Zentral or Cosmos would be my top choices. Great food and cocktails (esp. BZ).

future planning: restaurant w/party rm & open 12/25?

As far as hotel restaurants go, BANK is pretty good, and they have swanky private rooms.

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

The ambiance is great. Service is great. Drinks are fantastic. The food was good, but not amazing. Best thing we had was the truffle arancini, with the chocolate dessert close behind. The risotto and the bucatini were both good, but no better than many other restaurants in town.

I'd like to go back and try a few more things that others have recommended in this thread. Others have said that the bison tartare and the pot roast dinner are awesome.

When we went, the dining area was full, but there was plenty of space in the bar area.

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area for "Best of 2014."

The Strip Club


Best service staff in the TC and the food and drinks are incredible. The menu changes often and features local ingredients. I'd eat here every night if I lived closer. Since I don't, I'll just drool over the photos Tim and JD share on Twitter.

One night in Saint Paul

I'd second Meritage. Or if you want to cab it a little further, The Strip Club is awesome, too.

WA Frost

Plans changed so I didn't go.

WA Frost

Great timing - I'm planning on going tonight!

Less than 24hrs to spend in the Twin Cities

I second this. I ate at Travail recently and it was incredible. One of the most amazing experiences I've had in a Twin Cities restaurant. Delicious food, but so much more than that.

Solo diner, near UMN or downtown

It might just be me, but I've never found Salty Tart to be that great. All the cakes and pastries I've had have been dry.

Now Patisserie 46 and Rustica? soooooo delicious and both worth a trip. Angel Food is really good, too, but mostly focuses on donuts and cupcakes.

Travail/The Rookery

Planning to visit Travail tonight and wondering if they still have long wait times, especially on a weeknight?

Solo diner, near UMN or downtown

Of your choices, I'd choose La Grassa, 112 or Alma. And add Brasserie Zentral to your list. It's new and it's amazing. And they have both a bar area and a great little counter that overlooks the kitchen.

Two nights in Minneapolis

Good question - no, I haven't been to Porter & Frye for a while. It sounds like it's gone downhill.

I agree, Cosmos is a DT gem!

Two nights in Minneapolis

I think Vincent or Porter & Frye would be good options, close to the Convention Center. And of course La Belle Vie, as ibew recommended.

The Best of Nordeast Minneapolis

I love Butcher Block and I'm surprised that it doesn't get more press.

35W - What are your can't miss gems?

I believe it's called the "Lazy Moose" now. They seem to change their name every few years.

35W - What are your can't miss gems?

I wouldn't classify anything along 35 as can't miss, but a few that I think stand out a bit ...
Cassidy's in Hinckley
Art's Cafe in Moose Zoake for good diner food
Mexico Lindo in Cloquet
And I really like the steakhouse at the casino in Hinckley. The surf and turf is as good as anything I've had in steakhouses down here. But you said you have meetings there so you probably already know about that.

Top Chef Duels, 9/17, Jen vs. Nyesha

We're the diners meant to eat the charcoal tuille? Because that sounds vile.

Sep 21, 2014
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My faves: Juicy Nookie at the Nook and the cheeseburger at 112.

Restaurant for 3 30-somethings

Of those in your list, I'd go with either Bar la Grassa or Eat Street Social. BLG has the better food.

I'd add Haute Dish to your list. Great food, great cocktails. Or do food at Haute Dish and walk over to Marvel Bar for even more amazing cocktails.

Elk Meat - Recommendations/Experiences?

I feel like I may have seen some at Von Hansen's in Richfield. But I may be confusing it with something else. Worth a call?

Heavy Table's Out of Towner's Guide.

I agree with Mel-o-Glaze, and I'm also a big fan of Angel Food, in DT Mpls, and YoYo out in Minnetonka.

Heavy Table's Out of Towner's Guide.

My issue with this (and others' issue as well, based on the comments) is that it's touted as Minneapolis-St. Paul guide, but it's like 95 percent Minneapolis. I'm very Minneapolis-centric, but even I know that there are so many amazing St. Paul restaurants missing from this list!

But if you wanted an out-of-towner's guide to Mpls, I agree this is a great start!

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

It's strange - I find both Stefan and CJ to be complete assholes. but I actually like Stefan, I think, because he owns his assholedness. Whereas CJ wants to appear to be tge nice guy, but is just a passive-aggressive, undermining turd. I guess as far as assholes go, I'll take the one that owns it.

Non State Fair Cheese Curds

Red Stag, The Nook, Blue Door Pub, Grumpy's and Hell's Kitchen all have good versions. But I'm of the belief that even the average versions are pretty awesome.