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(MSP) New places since the summer?

chadradchad Dec 21, 2007 06:17 PM

I am a student returning to the city for a while and curious if any new places of note have opened since August. Anything worth visiting while I am back?

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    Maggie19 Apr 22, 2008 09:01 AM

    Nick & Eddie, major attitude problem with the staff. A number of friends over the weekend all agreed. Red Stag, a must go.

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      discus Jul 27, 2008 10:56 AM

      My wife and I dropped into Heidi's on their third day in business at 5 pm and managed to snag a table. I understand they've been SRO ever since.

      Tge food is great! It's for people of a certain age (ahem) whose children have left home and can now enjoy themselves. The setting is very romantic, so I'm sure there will be nightly proposals for people of a much earlier age.

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      andre5 Apr 21, 2008 03:40 PM

      The newest place is the new upscale Mexican restaurant called Indio that just opened in the old Pizza Nea space in Lake Street...menu looks interesting, haven't tried it yet though. I always thought upscale Mexican was needed in this area

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        chadradchad Apr 21, 2008 04:49 PM

        Sad to see Pizza Nea go. I looked at their menu, a little pricey for the area. We should see how it goes.

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          cheeseguysgirl Apr 21, 2008 08:00 PM

          Owned by the same team of El Meson and Cafe Ena, that one is. I'm not sure if their food always justifies their prices-- their mofongo is terminally dry. I will likely try it once-- but for upscale Mexican, it's not all that far from Masa on Nicollet in downtown.

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            maureen73 Apr 22, 2008 07:07 AM

            We tried Indio on Friday night and I was not impressed. The service was weak and the food was not that great. We were sad about it since I LOVE Cafe Ena and Indio is just a walk away for us. I will give it another chance to see if they can work out the kinks but the first impression was not good. The waiter forgot our appetizer. When we got our entrees we asked about it and he said he didn't hear us order one. huh? It was loud in there but I saw him writing something down.

            Ok - no biggie - he did offer to pay for half our dessert. I had chile rellenos which were just ok. Nothing special at all especially for the price. For dessert I had vanilla carmel cake that was really dry and again, not great.

            Just my thoughts after one visit!

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          chilepastor Apr 21, 2008 03:27 PM

          Strip Club Steak is getting all the buzz I read/hear.

          1. bob s Dec 23, 2007 08:25 AM

            There are 3 places that seem to have some buzz in SW Minneapolis: Cafe Maud (may have been open when you were here), Heidi's, and Blackbird Cafe. I've only been to Blackbird where I've had pleasant but not extraordinary meals. Heidi's is supposed to be very good. Cafe Maud is very busy, but I don't know anything about the food.

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              chadradchad Dec 23, 2007 02:45 PM

              Thanks! I went to both Cafe maud and blackbird before I left in August. I enjoy the neighborhood aspect of Blackbird, however friends said it has gone down. I went to Red stag last evening. The food was pretty good, service was awful. We had a 2 and half hour dinner. I think the price points could be lower. The lightening was the worst I have ever seen.

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                chadradchad Apr 20, 2008 02:38 PM

                Hey, I am coming back through again. Anything new and noteworthy?

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                  cheeseguysgirl Apr 20, 2008 02:56 PM

                  Porter and Frye. Saffron. Run, don't walk.

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                    tex.s.toast Apr 20, 2008 07:44 PM

                    Meritage and The Strip Club, if you swing that way. (and by that way i mean st paul)

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                      chadradchad Apr 20, 2008 08:46 PM

                      I went to Saffron last summer and loved it! I also went to Meritage for a New Years Day Brunch and it was excellent. Porter and Frye, is that in the Ivy?

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                        bob s Apr 20, 2008 10:47 PM

                        That's the one.

                        Porter and Frye
                        1115 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                          Db Cooper Apr 21, 2008 11:54 AM

                          If I were to ran these for you based on my experiences, I'd go with:

                          Porter and Frye
                          Nick and Eddie

                          I'm interested to try Aronas. It just opened in the old Vino 610 space on Lake/Lyndale. I am planning to catch a movie at the Lagoon on Thursday so I'll post a mini-review on Friday. I always loved that room as it reminds me of some of the smaller cafes/wine bars/restaurants that I've seen while traveling on the East Coast and in Europe. Hopefully, the food will be better in this incarnation.

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                        Uisge Apr 21, 2008 12:06 PM

                        Awww...you made me snort my veggie sandwich. I swing that way (and I think I'll steal that phrasing.)

              2. MSPD Dec 22, 2007 11:57 AM

                Nick & Eddie, Red Stag Supper Club and Meritage come to mind.

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