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Anyone eaten at Ingredients Cafe in WBL or Cafe Twenty Eight in Linden Hills?

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I have looked at this menu online for both of these restaurants, and while they don't blow me out of the water -I'd like to branch of out of all my favorite eateries and give these two a try. Is it worth it?

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  1. Note for others: These restaurants are in MSP.

    I haven't eaten at either, but friends rave about Cafe Twenty Eight. It's on my list of places to try when I need a "splurge dinner".

    And, as long as I'm here, I'll add the links (I love adding links!).

    http://www.ingredientscafe.com/

    http://www.cafetwentyeight.com/

    Anne

    1. We've done lunch at Cafe 28 before. Very much enjoyed it and would definitely go back. My wife really liked the quiche.

      1. I've been to Ingredients three times over the last three years. It's a nice oasis of creative, good food in suburban chainland. I wouldn't make a special trip to go to it, but if you're in that area, it's one of your better options for lunch or dinner.

        1. I've had lunch (on Saturdays) and brunch (on Sunday) at Cafe Twenty-Eight and have enjoyed my meals there. If its crowded, you can end up eating out in the hallway, which isn't as nice, so a call or a reservation would be a good thing. They also have a nice patio in the summer.

          1. I've had dins at Cafe 28. The owner lives in Linden Hills, and her husband makes the Surly beer that they (and other fine establishments in the Twins) serve. The food is fun and creative, and always tasty. I would put it on a par with places like Cafe Brenda or Lucia's maybe, or Barbette. Different ambience, but at least that quality.

            1. We're big fans of Ingredients. They changed hands a couple years back, but they still pay really close attention to the food. It was nice to see that the transition went fairly smoothly. As Jordan stated, it's nice to have a creative, non-chain option in that area. Nice wine list, good specials. There's always something on the menu that looks good.

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              1. re: patnjod

                I had a lovely lunch at Cafe 28 a couple of years ago. It was tasty and imaginative. I'd say definitely worth a try, although we had a devil of a time finding it!

              2. I have had dinner at Ingredients and it's pretty good. The tables can get crowded though and it can be pretty noisy but the food was good, well prepared and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Our 12yo was with us on one occasion and enjoyed a pot roast dinner that made him swoon. But....he is a chowhound jr.

                1. cafe 28 is great. i should go there more often actually... local ingredients. low key, small cute, romantic environment