Mpls-Northern Burbs-Any Decent places?
I live in Southern Fridley/New Brighton area and I'm not going to pass judgement on what we have up here, but we don't have much.
I'm desperately searching for something new that doesn't take 20 mins to drive to. It doesn't have to be fancy, just worth my time and money.
For instance, has anyone tried some of the places off of Central south of 694?
To give props to some places we frequent, make sure to try Great India near Brookdale. Dara Moskowitz got it right! Also, love the unique brew and the J Pizza at Barley John's in New Brighton. Make sure to check that place out if you like interesting beer.
re: MplsM ary
It is, yeah -- the menu has that in common with the old one. I was eavesdropping on the table behind me, when the patron asked whether the gobi manchurian was prepared according to the same recipe . . . the server said, "no, but it's better. You should try!" I didn't have the nerve to ask my fellow diner whether that was true, for I am a shy chowhound, but just know that some of your old favorites might be different.
Mr. Tastebud (the hubby) went to Udupi last week for the buffet lunch. He didn't realize that the place had changed hands, but he did see some different people behind the cash register. He said that he didn't notice any major differences in the food.
So there's hope that the goodness will continue.
I was at Udupi two nights ago for the first time since it was closed earlier this year . . . it has changed hands and there's a new name (which I can't remember -- starts with an "N") that the owners seem to be using interchangeably with Udupi. The menu is different, the staff is drastically reduced (all the super-efficient guys in the white shirts and black vests are gone), and the food wasn't as good as I remembered. It was still okay, but I'm sad that the old Udupi is no more.
King's Fine Korean (1051 East Moore Lake Road) in Fridley is very good, if you like Korean food. Dara Moskowitz's review from a few years ago is a good guide on ordering: http://citypages.com/databank/24/1153... (My personal favorite is the bi bim bop served in a hot stone bowl. After you stir everything up, be sure to let the rice around the edges sit for a while. Once it is crispy, peel it off the stone and enjoy.
You're on the right track wondering about Central Avenue. Udupi has already been mentioned, but there's a treasure trove of places waiting to be discovered. Holy Land Deli is only about 4 miles south of Central, and is great. The the Korean Food window in Dong Yang Grocery is also supposed to be wonderful, although I haven't tried it myself.
Try some of the others and report back. Central Ave is another one of the great food corridors in the Twin Cities, and most of it is closer to the burbs than you'd think.
I am in Lino Lakes and agree with you whole heartedly. I LOVE the area, but as a chowhound it does not jibe well with my need to chow down.
Eat at Udupi Cafe on Central if you haven't already. Not open for Monday dinner, but other nights are fine. Best vegetarian Indian food available, hands down. Shop across the street at the Middle East Bakery for some unique Indian foods and the best pocket bread available in a store.
I like Barley Johns too, any kind of brew pub is two thumbs up in my book.