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faith Jun 13, 2007 02:29 PM

FireLake just started a new menu with red trout on it, a first for me. I had lunch there
today and really enjoyed their succotash, a new veg. side on the menu- nothing like the
corn and limas in goopy sauce of my childhood- just a nice hash of fresh corn, bacon,
peppers, onions and who knows what else, served in a little cast iron pan. Also really
liked a new dessert- and ice-cream cake connoisseurs, take note- this is a blueberry/pistachio ice cream cake, totally from scratch , no fake colors. Beautiful
layers of lavender(blueberry ice cream) and light green (pistachio ice cream) with yellow
cake, and a raspberry layer as well, and of course a layer of whipped cream because
it wanted to be there. Served on raspberry coulis. This is not your chocolate cake/vanilla
ice cream cake of childhood, although I loved that back in the day. I didn't have the trout,
but will report back when I do.

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    MayrMN Jun 15, 2007 06:07 AM

    I don't have anything to add in the way of food, b/c it has always been excellent, but I wanted to add a comment about Firelake as a great place for a rehearsal dinner.

    I had mine there, and they were so accomodating and the location could not have been better with all of my guests staying downtown.

    You can narrow down the menu, but of course my guests all chose the most $$ items. Ah well, you only get married once, right! :)

    1. AnneInMpls Jun 14, 2007 02:46 PM

      Corn and peppers? In early June? In Minnesota? That doesn't sound very local to me. But maybe there's a MN farm with a huge greenhouse over a corn field...

      Anne

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        faith Jun 14, 2007 02:50 PM

        The chef there told me that about 80% of the food they use there, including sodas,
        is from Minnesota. I think that's pretty admirable.

        1. re: faith
          AnneInMpls Jun 14, 2007 03:07 PM

          You're right - 80% is really great! I take back my snarky comment. :-) And I add a big "thank you" for posting this review. If you try the red trout, I'd love to hear what you think.

          Anne

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            faith Jun 14, 2007 03:23 PM

            I love trout, and will definitely be trying it (officially called 'crimson trout' on the
            menu) soon. Snark retraction accepted.

        2. re: AnneInMpls
          Foureyes137 Jun 15, 2007 06:48 AM

          It's funny you mention corn. We saw the cutest little MN grown corn cobs at the Farmers Market last weekend. I'm all for buying local, but seriously, I can wait till July.

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            JimGrinsfelder Jun 15, 2007 01:07 PM

            Anne,

            There's a guy selling local hothouse tomatoes and cucumbers at the St. Paul Farmer's Market. I was skeptical, but when I tried them they were pretty good. Much better than the fresh tomatoes at grocery stores...about 3 years ago, I gave up completely on grocery store tomatoes and switched canned, dried, or St. Paul Farmer's Market.

            1. re: JimGrinsfelder
              AnneInMpls Jun 15, 2007 02:21 PM

              I'm OK with hothouse tomatoes - a hothouse is just a bigger version of a backyard greenhouse. And now I'm craving those tomatoes...

              Is someone really selling tiny corn-on-the-cob? I love tiny corn, but didn't think anyone would actually sell fresh ones! (I grew my own corn one year, but ate them all before they got over 2 or 3 inches long.)

              Foureyes137, was this at the Mpls or the St. Paul farmer's market?

              Anne

              1. re: AnneInMpls
                Foureyes137 Jun 15, 2007 02:26 PM

                By tiny corn I do not mean those little corns that come in chow mein or whatever, I mean actual sweetcorn that is very small.

                1. re: Foureyes137
                  AnneInMpls Jun 15, 2007 02:37 PM

                  So it's not just regular corn picked when still immature, but a very small variety that's already mature? I gotta get me some! Which farmer's market?

                  Thanks,
                  Anne

                  1. re: AnneInMpls
                    Foureyes137 Jun 15, 2007 02:59 PM

                    MPLS Lyndale. We did not try it, but it is there.

          2. Foureyes137 Jun 14, 2007 01:31 PM

            We really like Firelake. Despite it being inside the Radisson, it feels like they have complete control over their product (they source locally) and we love it. Sounds like it might be time to get back over there.

            Did you notice if they still have the lamb ribs on the menu?

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              faith Jun 14, 2007 01:36 PM

              most definitely the lamb ribs are still there. It's not really a totally re-done menu, they've
              just added some new things. The online version is up to date:
              http://www.firelakerestaurant.com/

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