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18th birthday celebration in Minneapolis

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We are celebrating my daughter's 18th this coming friday. She is inviting several friends for a nice celebration dinner. We are trying to find a restaurant that everyone can find something they like. My daughter is vegetarian but eats fish and seafood. There is one pure vegetarian and several picky eaters. Could you recommend a good seafood restaurant(no chains) that would also have pastas and such. thank you.

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  1. How about a restaurant that specializes in terrific vegetarian food and also does fish & a few meat dishes? How about two?

    I'm thinking of Cafe Brenda and its new sister restaurant Spoon River. Both are owned by Brenda Langton. Both should meet your needs.

    Spoon River opened recently and has been well received. It's a small place so it might be wise to call for reservations asap.

    1. I'd second Cafe Brenda. Another option is the Birchwood Cafe in south Minneapolis. They have great food and are vegetarian/vegan friendly.


      1. I love Brenda, I do. But neither of those places says 18th birthday to me. I recommend Joe's Garage for the good food and the slight hipster factor. What picky eater wouldn't want to order mashed potatoes with a wide choice of toppings for dinner? Or for the total picky eater they have mac and cheese.

        Or maybe Loring Pasta Bar. Anybody in the group going to the U of M next year? Be waited on by your future fellow students!

        For my 18th I was taken to Chez Colette. 25+ years ago. I was a vegetarian by then and had the ratatouille which I'll bet is still the only vegetarian option. Still I did get a glass of wine out of the deal and felt very grown up.

        1. 18 is supposed to be fun!! Loring is a good idea and I would suggest Chino Latino. Loud vibe, both vegetarian and fish options, plus I am pretty sure they will make the young ladies some fancy "mocktails" too.

          1. I thought about recomending Chino Latino - picky eaters beware!

            1. I think Spoonriver would be a great choice for that "grownup" feeling. The room is both fun and sophisticated, I bet they'd be willing to do no-alcohol versions of some of their amazing cocktails, and the menu has many vegetarian options.

              I love the atmosphere at the Loring Pasta Bar and have never had good food there, for what it's worth.

              1. Let's throw that key point back to Rheta. There are plenty of places with fish and veggies on their menus, so a good choice will need to be more than that.

                Aside from their menu constraints, what are YOUR GUESTS really looking for? A party? Chino Latino or Joe's Garage. A dining experience? Lucia's or 20.21. A rather grownup outing, short of the martinis? Spoon River.

                Along the same vein, "picky eater" can mean vastly different things in describing a teenager. Is it "has eaten one brand of mac & cheese for dinner every night since she was eight?" Door #1 -- Joe's Garage, Loring Pasta Bar, McCormick & Schmick if we all agree to forget anyone ever mentioned a chain. Or is it more along the lines of "local organic vegetarian shade-grown fair-trade grass-fed humanely-killed gluten-free non-dairy antioxidants blessed by monks and high in Omega-3 fatty acids?" Door #2 -- Lucia's, Spoon River, Cafe Brenda.

                1. I can't heap praise upon Signature Cafe for their brunch anymore (they're no longer offering it) but it certainly would fit the bill for this. (I really enjoy Brenda, but the menu isn't a "something for everyone" affair.)

                  Here's signature's menu: http://www.signaturecafe.net/dinner.cfm