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Nov 1, 2007 04:22 PM

Something new in DT Minneapolis?

Dinner with biz/friends in dt Minneapolis? Been to many of the old favs, but any suggestions from you local Hounds? Cuisine and $$ np. Many thanks, houdies.

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  1. Saffron. On N. 3rd St. right across from the (deservedly) iconic 112 Eatery. It's North African-influenced cuisine with a contemporary twist -- phenomenal food, beautiful room, great service. I've had two memorable dinners there in the last month and intend to go back as soon as I can.

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      1. re: mcgeary

        Here's a place link:

        Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
        123 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      2. I love Saffron and recommend it.

        Other fairly new places to consider -- don't know how "new" you need it to be:

        Fugaise (just over the river from downtown - open a couple of years)
        Chambers Kitchen (open for about a year)
        Toast (lighter menu - more of a wine bar than full fledged restaurant)

        Chambers Kitchen
        901 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        Fugaise [CLOSED 2009]
        304 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
        415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

        1. Not so new & not exactly downtown (but dang close!),

          Alma is a fave for many....

          Restaurant Alma
          528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

          1. Thank you all for your help; precisely what I needed and will give you all a report.

            1. I live near, and adore, all of the recs (Saffron, Toast, etc), but if it's not too late, I would also add Vic's on St. Anthony Main. Food is great, bar is hip, they often have a jazz trio, and the old St. Anthony Main is a nice diversion from the usual dt ambience.