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Nominate your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area for "Best of 2014."

The Strip Club

http://domeats.com/

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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NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

Best Indian/South Asian in the Twin Cities: Please Nominate

Himalayan Restaurant is not only an amazing South Asian restaurant, but one of my favorite restaurants in the cities. I've loved everything I've tried there.

Update to Italian restaurants in Twin Cities

i Nonni would be my top rec, but Al Vento or Butcher Block would be close, too.

Your Favorite Bakery

For luxe pastries (tarts, macarons, eclairs) Patisserie 46. For bread, Rustica. For doughnuts, Mel-O-Glaze.

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

So she doesn't want people eating a lot? Seems counter to running a successful restaurant.

Aug 13, 2014
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Top Chef Duels

did anyone catch the Watch What Happens Live after show? Ilan Hall was the guest bartender. Andy asked him if he was still in a feud with Marcel and Ilan replied that they were actually really, really close friends. Andy asked Ilan if he was being sarcastic and Ilan insisted that they were friends. Wonder how that came about?

Aug 07, 2014
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Top Chef Duels

I'm right there with you. As a personality, I prefer Richard to Marcel, but his tortured facial expressions were so distracting and inauthentic, I found myself rooting for Marcel.

Really interesting that both competitors lost and their own challenges. I wonder how much time they're given to think up their challenge?

Aug 07, 2014
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Carrot Cake: Who has a good one to buy?

I've liked the French Meadow version. I'd also check out Yum! Bakery. I've never tried their carrot cake, but their cakes, in general, are delicious.

Parents 50th anniversary

Cosmos is a great rec. I'd also consider Corner Table.

Your Top 5 Restaurants in Town

The Strip Club
Sea Salt
Burch
Himalayan Restaurant
Borough