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MSP - End of the month Update for your fellow chowhounds!

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Where have you been since mid month?

Or the beginning of the month if you didn't post in the prior thread.

Give updates, ancedotes, recomendations, cheers, jeers, etc.

Happy groundhog day everyone!

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  1. I'm thinking I should start to note on my calendar where we ate every night so I can remember.

    We haven't been very creative this month but have had some wonderful meals. Here are the places I remember:

    Alma - went last night and it was fantastic, such consistently good food and friendly and helpful waitstaff. I have to get there more often.

    Oceanaire - we had a gift certificate so we went earlier this week. Everything was very good - I had oysters to start and walleye stuffed with crab, shrimp and brie as my entree. Besides the fact that it's a hotel restaurant, I really like this place. I just wish it wasn't essentially a chain.

    Bryant Lake Bowl - husband's office party was there this week. Great beer selection and delicious and plentiful shrimp cocktail party platter. The group also ordered pizzas - I thought the crust was so bland and unexciting it really made the whole pizza boring.

    Little Szechaun - we went there with a group in order to be able to taste a lot of things. I posted our night elsewhere, food A, service D.

    Holy Land - we got takeout from Holy Land one night when husband's cousin and her husband were over. Everything was excellent and the veggie platter for 2 and rotissere chicken dinner more than fed the 4 of us for under $30.

    Lucia's - we went to Lucia's after trying to squeeze one last Auriga trip in. I had a small salad to start and mushroom risotto with truffle oil. Both delicious and the service was friendly and quick.

    I also got takeout sandwiches from Lucia's bakery one day. One was smoked salmon and cream cheese and the other brie and proscuitto. Both very good, and some of the best takeout you'll get, but would have been slightly better made fresh.

    Pho Tau Bay - we went there on a Sunday night after husband got back from a week of camping. It was tasty as always but something wasn't completely satisfying. I think because we both got pho we left with a need for more solid and less liquid in our bellies :)

    I also think since the last roundup we've been to Midori's and got takeout from Peninsula. While the takeout was okay, it didn't differ too much from good Chinese takeout . I think eating in the restaurant you're able to get a much better feel for the uniqueness of Malaysian food. Midori's was same as usual, we really like it there. It's not flashy but consistently good.

    My god, we've eaten out a lot!!

    1. I also wanted to add that we had a delicious banana beer at Town Hall Brewery last week. Was similar to a heffeweissen in its lightness and had the slightest hint of banana, and not that fake banana flavor. We got a growler and it was gone in 2 days. I hope they still have it this weekend!

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      1. re: katebauer

        Kate-Amen on that one.When I heard the name,I was skeptical and knew I had to try it.Its good-no artificial nanner taste.And-if you like dark coffee like beers,their Retreating Darkness is REALLY delicious!

        1. re: Gastron

          My husband got a growler of the Retreating Darkness and enjoyed it a lot. I'm trying to cut back on alcohol (for the extra calories mostly) but it's hard when such good beers are only available in limited quantities!

      2. We *finally* tried Town Talk Diner for the first time. Great place, lots of life. I need to go back to form a better opinion about the food, but I liked the variety of price ranges and the atmosphere. We were expecting it to be too loud to hear each other (based on previous comments here), but found the noise level to actually be mostly reasonable.

        Also tried Barley John's for the first time. Awesome brew-pub experience, really one for the books. While we were waiting for a table (~1 hour) we sat at the bar and met an out-of-towner who was here for a conference -- who was carrying around four books on beer(!) and apparently was sampling all of the brewpubs in the Twin Cities on his nights free. He was also planning to hit Town Hall -- we recommended the Gnome (yeah, I know, not a brewpub, but still), and he wound up buying us a Barley John's sampler. What a friendly guy! The bartender was great, too. We tried everything... really, really nice.

        1. Wow, you waited an HOUR for a table at Barley John's?

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          1. re: Mill City Modern

            Heh, yeah, but I didn't realize how much time had passed until we sat down. I guess we must have hit it at the wrong time.

            It must have been filled with all the chowhounds reading these threads!

          2. Check your debit card or credit card statements as a reminder!

            Ristorante Luci - Had an excellent tasting menu. Made our own selections & was very pleased with the portions and the items. Great service and reasonable. Had forgotten about this gem!

            Town Talk last night - we were a little loud & that is a good place to go. Food excellent - hubby had the fried egg sandwich and it was amazing. Service with a smile. No one indulged in the adult malts which is a shame. Dang New Year's Resolutions!

            Nami - Hadn't been in years - had a great meal, very fresh, good service. I was freezing in there!

            Chambers Kitchen - Had a great table downstairs, Food was excellent, wine great, service was good to great. It was recommended that we put our main course order in with our appy order since the kitchen is so slow. Huh? Had drinks in the 5th floor lounge after and found that overrated. And we were not presented with the tasting menu? Perhaps the kitchen was not able to accomodate it that night for the same reason(s) that caused the slowness?

            Italian Pie Shoppe - quick early dinner with the kiddos. It was pretty good. That place is tiny.

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            1. re: St Paul Susie

              my first time at Chambers was back in November. we also were not given the tasting menu, but our server said: "let me check with the kitchen to see if they can handle it." and he came back with the tasting menu. pretty weird all in all.

              1. re: Pip

                Hmm... we didn't ask - we were going to have a late night w/out the tasting menu so I didn't bother asking.

                Plus we had a table for 6 - and I don't like to do a tasting menu like that unless everyone does it.