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Looking for Duck in Twin Cities

golferjl Jul 21, 2007 01:15 PM

I am trying to find a restaurant that has Duck a l'Orange on its menu in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. When I go out to dinner I like to order things most people would not prepare at home (Porterhouse or Filet Mignon, Scallops, Lobster and DUCK A L' ORANGE as examples). Any help would be appreciated.

  1. golferjl Aug 7, 2007 07:02 PM

    Just wanted you all to know, 4 of us went to Chamber's Kitchen the other night and guess what? All four of us ordered the Duck and it was outstanding. The service, the presentation, the dinner was suburb, and the room was set up so we visit with our friends from Florida who have not seen for a couple of years without shouting at each other. After dinner we took the elevator to the 5th floor to their bar called "Red, White & fucking Blue" which overlooks downtown Minneapolis. Unusual name to say the least, but it is the bar's name. Hopefully the picture of the bar's sign will attach.

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      truffle_rebellion Jul 29, 2007 07:11 AM

      Lowell Inn in Stillwater has it on the menu!

      I was just looking at menus of Stillwater restaurants for a place to eat with some friends and noticed they had duck a la orange on the menu. I remembered reading about your quest for duck on chowhound and thought I'd pass the info on.


      1. AnneInMpls Jul 22, 2007 10:31 PM

        Does Jax Cafe still serve duck a l'orange? They used to have it, and it was wonderful. Even if they don't, you should try Jax anyway - they have a lovely retro menu and very good food.



        Jax Cafe
        1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        1. golferjl Jul 22, 2007 05:21 PM

          Thanks for all the suggestions. This week I had dinner at The St. Paul Grill and Axel's at Prestwick and to be honest there was not a whole lot difference in those menus other than at the Grill everything is ala carte. I will try Chamber's. Their reviews have been very good. And o.k. maybe I am an antique, although not that much of an antique, but I still like Duck. Keep those suggestions coming. One other thing. A couple of years ago I bought a package of Duck a l'orange at either Costco or Sam's. I am going to check with those stores this week.

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          1. re: golferjl
            bob s Jul 22, 2007 10:25 PM

            I don't think anyone was saying you were an antique. Just the duck a l'orange.... I personally love duck and will usually order it if i think that the preparation will be good. i wish i could make a suggestion of a place where duck is served regularly besides Chambers. I've also had good duck at Heartland and, if I remember correctly, Lucia's, but I don't know if they have it on the menu regularly.

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              katebauer Jul 23, 2007 07:49 AM

              True Thai had duck as a new item on the menu the last time I was there. You had to navigate around the fatty skin but the flavors were excellent.

              I also had a delicious duck at WA Frost about 2 years ago - no idea if it's still on the menu. I believe it had a berry sauce with it.

              1. re: katebauer
                St Paul Susie Jul 23, 2007 03:11 PM

                I had the duck at WA frost a few months back & it was excellent.

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            Musky_Hunter Jul 22, 2007 07:04 AM

            No A L'Orange but they have real Peking duck at Mandarin Kitchen and it is quite tasty! I was surprised to find ducks prepared without a reservation when we arrived too.

            1. mcgeary Jul 21, 2007 06:00 PM

              Chambers Kitchen in Minneapolis has Duck a l'Orange on its menu, but it assuredly won't be a traditional preparation. Salut in Edina has it sometimes, as does Muffuletta in St. Paul. Jordan and MarkG are right that this is an antique dish, so if you find it on a menu somewhere it's likely to be prepared by a chef looking to offer a cheeky new take on an old item.

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              1. re: mcgeary
                bob s Jul 22, 2007 05:33 AM

                The duck a l'orange at Chambers Kitchen is definitely not the traditional preparation, with a lighter sauce than is the traditional preparation and with an Asian twist. It's one of the better dishes I've had at Chambers.

                I've taken a quick look at the menus online for Murray's, The Lexington, and Forepaugh's. None of them lists duck on its menu. Perhaps it's a special sometimes, but you'll have to check it out.

                As an aside, duck a l'orange is not a difficult dish if you have had some cooking experience. If you've really got a jones for it, your best bet may be your own kitchen.

                Good luck and report back if you find what you're looking for.

                bob s

                Places mentioned so far that have duck:

                Chambers Kitchen
                901 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                MarkG Jul 21, 2007 05:37 PM

                this is a menu item that is almost extinct in the restaurant world

                1. Jordan Jul 21, 2007 05:29 PM

                  Those are certainly things people would not prepare at home ... in the 1950s. You might be able to find a restaurant with an antique menu that still prepares duck a l'orange. (My guesses would be Murray's, the Lexington, or Forepaugh's.) However, you will much more easily find delicious and interesting preparations of duck at local restaurants such as jP American Bistro, La Belle Vie, and Vincent. Others can chime in with who else is serving duck these days.

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