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Jul 21, 2007 01:15 PM

Looking for Duck in Twin Cities

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.

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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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

          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

        2. 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. 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

              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.

              1. re: bob s

                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

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