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Hells Kitchen has also relocated to more upscale digs. I used to frequently go to the original location on 10th also in a grungy old building since it was a half block from my work place. I haven't been to the new location and wonder if it too will have lost something for me.
Swiss Chard Souffle, pickled onion, smoked portabella, parmigiano
Marinated Chickpeas & Squid, farro, rosemary soffrito, chili pepper
Grilled Quail, fresh ricotta, roasted scallions, vin cotto
Bucatini Pasta, fennel & garlic sauce, bottarga, breadcrumbs
Gently Cooked Trout, king crab sauce, sauteed green tomatoes, summer beans
Pan Roasted Beef Strip Loin, vegetable fricasse, thyme, black truffle dressing
trpt2345 wrote:The Minnesota State Fair is always an event. Even now decades after having left I still like to find an excuse to go visit the week or so before Labor Day. Last time we watched a cow judging contest: who knew the importance of the straightness of the back and "teat placement"?
What can't I find? A good Italian deli. BBQ that isn't slathered in sweet sauce. Still looking for a decent Chinese take-out, Thai take-out, or any decent take-out for that matter. Pizza is not great but there are some decent places that gives me my "fix."
LO wrote:What can't I find? A good Italian deli. BBQ that isn't slathered in sweet sauce. Still looking for a decent Chinese take-out, Thai take-out, or any decent take-out for that matter. Pizza is not great but there are some decent places that gives me my "fix."
Although I haven't been, I have heard several friends recommend Marino's Deli http://www.marinos-deli.com/
We have good takeout from Chiang Mai Thai http://www.chiangmaithai.com/
Pizza Luce has great thin crust pizza and now has several locations http://www.pizzaluce.com/.
Santander wrote:Ngon is a Vietnamese restaurant concept I'd covet for Chicago, a spacious, lofty rehab with great art, family chefs, and locally-sourced meats and produce, including some succulent Fischer Farms pork. Appetizers and soups/noodles are traditional; "big plates" are French (and Minnesota) influenced, including steak frites, elk medallions, and duck cassoulet. The shrimp-yam croquettes with fresh herbs and sauces were stellar, and I don't think I've had better lettuce wraps thanks to that grill-charred pork. The pho was irresistible on a 4 degree night, and tasted just as slowly and lovingly cooked as the menu promised, with ideal garniture, whole spices, and rare carpaccio-quality beef. This place was a steal, with most substantially-portioned dishes well under $10, and a full list of $5 brews from Surly, Summit, and Brau Brothers (the single batch Ring Neck Braun was a revelation, I thought about airmailing a sample to nr706 for analysis since we're not likely to get it here for a while).
Rene G wrote:chezbrad wrote:(VI, The name of the Somali place is "Safari", though I think you went to "Safari Express.")
I don't think VI went to Safari Express (or Safari) but I did. If you look at his post in another thread you'll see that the restaurant he went to is (was?) across the street from Midtown Global Market. Safari Express is in the Market.
Mitch Cumstein wrote:Tyrus,
I've been here for 2 years after being in uptown(chicago) for 7. It's a bit of a re-adjustment, but there is hope. RE: LO's reco's, chiang mai is abysmal ameri-thai. Thai is rough up here, just not the authentic stuff like at spoon and tac quick. Bangkok Thai Deli will get as close as you can, on university ave in st. paul.
Pizza Luce sucks. If hard pressed for thin crust, I go Red's Savoy. They have a couple locations, but the downtown st paul is the original and best. There is some decent neapolitan style, being Pizzaria Nea, Black Sheep(coal fired) and Punch(wood fired) There is a great newcomer in southwest minneapolis called Pizzeria Lola, with a beautiful Le Panyol woodfired oven. Broders is the closest NY style I have found.
The Nook just had a devastating fire, so they will be gone for a few months, but Blue Door Pub, and Matt's bar on cedar are adequate replacements.
Chinese, there is some decent sichuan in mpls and st. paul. The Tea House restaurants are pretty authentic, but don't expect the depth of lao szechuan or the price. Little Szechuan in st. paul and Szecuan Spice in uptown are both miles ahead of the rest of the roster of neighborhood chinese.
I really like the vietnamese options for shopping and pho, both university ave in st paul and nicollet(eat street) in minneapolis.
the farm to table movement here is more developed than in chicago, with more producers in proximity than we had there. Alma, Heartland, are front runners in that category. Travail amusements and eatery in robbinsdale is definetly a good spot. Young chefs letting it hang out. Closest I've found to Mike Carlson at Schwa in mn. HIgh end is lacking, but I would be hard pressed to open high end here. Bar la grassa will fix your pasta itch...
bjackson wrote:I'm going to be working up in the Minneapolis area for a client out in the Edina/Hopkins area starting Monday. I'll be there Monday-Thursday for the forseeable future, but won't have my own car (I'll be sharing with one other).
Any 'must-go-to' places, especially with an eye to convincing other non-LTH'ers that they should go as well?
tyrus wrote:There are only a few small breweries here now but that is changing. Surly is here and is everywhere and it's a good thing. Fulton Brewing has my new favorite beer - Sweet Child of Vine an IPA, and 612 Brewery has just opened shop in the warehouse district downtown.
Ursiform wrote:Nice piece in the NYT travel section on bakeries in the Twin Cities:
Schad wrote:Going there for a weekend coming up.
Any general suggestions on places to eat in addition to those in thread would be appreciated (ie new places that may have popped up within the last year.