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Dinner suggestions for pre & post-3Day 60-mile walk

I third the Ciao Bella rec. in the Galleria, I think Pittsburgh Blue is the best restaurant. The loaded mashed potatoes are incredible.

Jul 16, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

I think you're right that the cafeteria setting isn't authentically European, but the food definitely is. The varenyky is as close to my mom's sauerkraut pierogi as I've ever found in MSP. The food is the real deal.

Jun 24, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Worst Restaurants in Town

Yes, I meant paying for guacamole and being charged extra for the chips. I'm not talking about a side order, either.

Jun 23, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Worst Restaurants in Town

Barrio DT Mpls - awful service every time I've been there. Unfortunate, because I actually think the food is pretty good (if overpriced). But I also can't stand that they charge you extra for getting chips with the guac. Who does that?!!

The News Room is another one I avoid. Service is fine - food is bad. Same for Crave. I know everyone seems to love Crave, but I'm just not excited by anything on the menu. And anything that I order just doesn't measure up to the description. Totally meh.

Jun 23, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ten top MSP breakfasts

Yes! Love Hot Plate!

Jun 18, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ten top MSP breakfasts

Colossal Cafe, Grand Cafe

Jun 18, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Real Authentic Chinese Food In the Area

Grand Szechuan in Bloomington is still my favorite. Little Szechuan in SLP-West End is a close second.

Jun 06, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis Marriott City Center, not to miss places walking distance from here?

For dinner, I'd say Cosmos, 112 Eatery and Saffron are all great bets.

For lunch, I don't know of anything DT that's really can't miss but I really like La Loma (great Mexican but zero ambiance), Vincent, Masa and Ike's.

Jun 03, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

tastiest option for a sheet cake with a printed photo on it?

I'm not sure if Costco does photo cakes (or if you have a membership), but every cake I've had from there has been awesome.

May 29, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Buttered Tin cupcake vs. Cupcake vs. ?

I'm loving just about everything from Angel Food, including the cupcakes.

May 25, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Cheap Dining / Dinner Deals Around Town?

Al Vento $20 date night on Tuesdays. Same owners as Rinata.

Apr 29, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good takeout near mall of America?

Las Teresitas at Hwy 62 and 34th Ave S

Three Tiers at 50th St and 34th Ave S

Apr 29, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Host/Hostess gift

What about a subscription to a food/wine/whiskey box?

Apr 10, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Alternatives to the Lenten fish fry?

I'm with ibew292, I'd go with palak paneer. My fave version is at Himalayan Restaurant. They have lots of other delicious veggie options.

Mar 29, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Boneyard in uptown

Went last night and it was good, but not amazing. I was hoping for a great southern food location in Minneapolis and this isn't it, but they have some tasty stuff. And I'm happy to find a good collard green in the cities.

Great: chicken and biscuits; chicken and waffles (these are chicken strips, while the fried chicken is bone-in, go figure), collard greens; cornbread; beans w/burnt ends; pork chop; deviled eggs

OK: fried chicken (sort of flavorless without the hot sauce that comes with it); drinks (good concepts but mostly too sweet); mac and cheese (the peppers give it a kick, but it's mostly bland)

Not good: cole slaw was completely bland

The service was really fast and attentive. We arrived during happy hour and were seated in the dining area, near the bar. When we asked about HH specials, we were told that HH only applies to the bar and high-top tables near the bar. This is one of my biggest pet peeves with bar/restaurants. Especially when they tout a HH on their website but make NO MENTION of that little disclaimer. We debated whether to move to the bar area, and the server decided to check with the manager. He came back and said apparently they were allowing HH throughout the restaurant, and apologized for not knowing that. So I think in that aspect, they need to figure things out. But the server was really knowledgeable about the menu and those items that he recommended were the ones we liked best.

Mar 26, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Who's firing out the best food right now?

I had a great dinner at Borough last weekend, and I'd always recommend Corner Table, Alma or Meritage.

Mar 24, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Going to be in Minneapolis for our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Restaurant recs?

Saffron, Corner Table, or Alma would be my first choices for romantic + amazing food.

Feb 17, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bombay Bistro downtown Minneapolis

There's a (new-ish) La Loma location across the hall from Bombay Bistro in the Medical Arts bldg. Maybe they're sharing advertising space? That's the only Mexican connection I can think of.

Feb 14, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need Advice Selecting Fine Dining for Bachelor Party

I'll pile onto everyone else and recommend the Strip Club. Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Let them know you're a (classy) bachelor party, and I'm sure Tim and staff will make you feel especially welcome.

Jan 06, 2014
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

Jax Cafe for sure. Maybe Erte?

Dec 27, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Would you pay $7 for a gallon of milk if we fall off the dairy cliff?

Gross, no. But I'd die if I couldn't have cheese! I'd prob have to settle for Hickory Farms or Velveeta - since it's not real cheese.

Dec 12, 2013
drew13000 in Food Media & News

Need a few suggestions for lunch downtown mpls

Cosmos, Zelo or Mission. But Cosmos would be far and away my first choice.

Dec 10, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where are the donuts?

I'm a big fan of glazed donuts and filled donuts, so my favorites are Mel-O-Glaze, YoYo Donuts and Angel Food Bakery. The glazed at Mel-O-Glaze can't be beat, IMO. And Angel Food has a blueberry glazed that I really love.

Nov 11, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Happy hour(s) before T-Wolves game suggestions please

I'd do some cocktails and maybe small plates at Bradstreet. But mostly cocktails. ;)

Nov 06, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Indian/Thai in Mpls between airport and Mpls

While Himalayan Restaurant isn't exclusively Indian, it has a lot of traditional indian dishes, like the best palak paneer I've ever had, lamb tikka masala, and naans. I'd take Himalayan over either Ghandi Mahal or Dancing Ganesha.

Oct 24, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Where can I go to dinner right now?! Well, an hour from now: 6:30pm on a Saturday

Citizen Cafe

Oct 05, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #1 - 10/02/13 (Spoilers)

Was anyone else sad that Tom wasn't eliminating chefs as they were prepping? Or are the competitors this season just so good that they didn't commit any unforgivable offenses?

Oct 03, 2013
drew13000 in Food Media & News

Small (tiny) wedding dinner in Downtown Mpls

As much as I like the food at Hell's Kitchen, I've noticed the last few times I've been there that it smells like pee. Yes, pee. So yeah, I think I'd avoid celebrating my marriage there.

I'd do Red Stag, Zelo, Solera, Saffron, and I wouldn't count out Alma. 9-year olds are pretty well-behaved and I think just about any restaurant would be fine for them. And it sounds like you'll be doing an early dinner, which is prime family time. Congrats!

Oct 02, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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St. Paul Restaurant before Concert

Pazzaluna is close. SeƱor Wong's is about five blocks away.

Sep 07, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Lunch on South Nicollet

Agree with the others: Sun Street or Blackbird would be better bets.

Aug 30, 2013
drew13000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul