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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
Himalayan Restaurant

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.

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.

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.

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.

ten top MSP breakfasts

Yes! Love Hot Plate!

ten top MSP breakfasts

Colossal Cafe, Grand Cafe

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.

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.

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.

Buttered Tin cupcake vs. Cupcake vs. ?

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

Cheap Dining / Dinner Deals Around Town?

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

Good takeout near mall of America?

Las Teresitas at Hwy 62 and 34th Ave S

Three Tiers at 50th St and 34th Ave S

Host/Hostess gift

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"Old fashioned" Steak House: Where?!

Jax Cafe for sure. Maybe Erte?

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