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Aug 6, 2007 11:51 AM

Minneapolis--Looking for a dinner suggestion

My wife & I are coming to Minneapolis this weekend and staying at Towne Place Suites on 2nd St (Warehouse district?). We are meeting some friends at Solera after a play on Friday night, Saturday daytime will be spent in Kimball at my wife's family reunion, and we will probably check out Hell's Kitchen before leaving on Sunday. But we are at unaccustomed-to loose ends for Saturday Night, and we are looking for some suggestions.

We are not looking for Asian (unless someone knows of some superlative Korean). French or Italian would be nice as we tend to like a bistro/brasserie type of atmosphere and food. But we're open to any suggestion that is on the casual side.

We are driving and have a fair knowledge of the Uptown area, so suggestions in that area in addition to downtown are welcome.

Can anyone help?

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  1. Vincent is a pretty good place.

    Vincent A Restaurant
    1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    1. French Meadow Bakery is delicious and casual, on the edge of Uptown. Usually it is cafeteria style but at night they have table service, also serve wine and beer so it's not just a "bakery" despite the name, full menu focusing on good, "natural" ingredients

      French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
      2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      1. TownePlace is in what is now called "The Mill District". Coffee at Dunn Bros, Spoonriver is 2 blocks away as is Cue and the Target Lounge at the Guthrie. Also, your hotel (or the one next to it) has make your own waffles for breakfast. My parent's stay there when they visit and I always meet them there to pig out on free waffles.

        Across the Hennepin bridge on Hennepin East, try Brasa for unconventional "brasserie". Alex Robert's from Alma's new place is terrific though new and still working on some timing items. Try the fried sweet plantains and cheese grits if you go.

        Toast is in the warehouse district in a little out of the way place. Somewhat "bistro-y" Best prices on glasses and bottles I think ($10 less for a bottle of the same Duoro served at Spill the Wine and the former Willies). Terrific light food. We love it.

        Can't go wrong at 112 for a late-night nosh. Same with LBV Lounge. Fugaise is our favorite "French" restaurant, and Vincent is also excellent.

        Your best bet for "Asian" downtown is likely Japanese with Origami or Nami. Great Thai in West Bank at Chai's next to the Cedar Cultural Center on Cedar. Quang, Pho 79, Peninsula or Jasmine Deli (among many others) on Eat Street (Nicollet). If your definition of Asian is broad enough to cover India, Bombay Bistro on Marquette is good.

        For Italian I like Cucina and Campiello. People can hate on the D'Amico's all day, I do not care, they run a tight ship with consistantly outstanding meals and terrific service. I wish there was a good spot for a traditional Italian mid-day feast, but as far as I know, it can't be had here yet. What I wouldn't give for some freshly brined sardines.

        Enjoy your visit!

        Have you had Punch yet? Great lunch option. Warning: some do not like the traditional sloppiness of the pies.

        1. If you haven't been recently, you might enjoy Cafe Barbette. They have a new chef and their usually-good bistro fare is getting the attention it deserves.

          1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          4 Replies
          1. re: KTFoley

            French, bistro atmosphere, casual, in Uptown: only Barbette meets the definition. Great choice.

            1. re: Jordan

              i like barbette quite a bit too, but lucia's edges it i think.

              Lucia's Restaurant
              1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

              1. re: soupkitten

                Lucia's would work, too, if they like the menu. It's such a small menu that you can never be certain if the nightly offerings will appeal.

                1. re: Jordan

                  true-- they BOTH have small menus actually, Lucia's is a little smaller, and changes weekly. i think both restaurants are comparable in quality, style, atmosphere and price, and they're quite close to each other. either would be a good choice for the op-- i'd look at both meus online and make a spontaneous pick, myself.

          2. The new Bank restaurant was fantastic at lunch, made me want dinner for sure. Cool atmosphere, open kitchen so you can really see how it works. Food was wonderful, I loved it.