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MSP - Valentine's Day $$

I'm looking ahead to Feb 14 and trying to think of a decent romantic place to go.

I'm thinking more Erte (a distinct possibility) more than Manny's as we are newlyweds and probably won't spend a ton of money. (like $$ not $$$$)

I went to a Mediterranean place about 4 or 5 years ago near the U of M (Minneapolis side) It wasn't too fancy but a nice affordable place to go so I'm also hoping someone here can remind me of what that place is called...

edit: Any suggestions for a place that has great rack of lamb would also be appreciated (probably bumping our bill to $$$ :)

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  1. You probably went to Kafe 421, a really great place.

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    Kafe 421
    421 14th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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    1. re: churchka

      has it changed names in the past few years? That doesn't sound right. But that is the right area....

      *** Mangia *** that is the place I was thinking of

      1. re: babaoriley7

        mangia is right, but it's not the same type of place anymore. i think it's some sports bar or something..

        it was pretty nice, but what a terrible location.

        1. re: babaoriley7

          I don't think Kafe 421 has been there for quite five years has it? Mangia is right for the timeframe -- it was tucked into an exterior corner of the Dinkydome building next to the Lodge fraternity house. It is now a bar and I can't remember the name. Menu reads like a Champps or Majors.

          1. re: babaoriley7

            Indeed. It is called Downtime now and it is not good except for $2 pints at happy hour. The inside of the place smells like a fryer exploded.

        2. Was it the Caspian Bistro? It's on University Avenue, just east of Washington. I usually hear people refer to it as Mediteranian, but it's Persian. Great food at reasonable prices.

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          1. re: tart1

            That doesn't sound right either. Although at this point, I'm not sure I'd know it if I heard it.

          2. This is my short list so far (in order):

            112 eatery
            Erte
            Heidi's Minneapolis
            Cafe Maud
            Bayport Cookery

            I've never been to any so if they aren't right for V-Day your input is appreciated. Are the Valentine's menus going to be way more expensive than I think?

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            1. re: babaoriley7

              I love Bayport Cookery! In fact we are going there for New Years. Their tasting menus are yummy and the fact that it is tiny and in a small town that is a little bit of a hike add to the romance for me! I would love to be taken there for Valentines! I believe they do have an ala carte menu but if you are there you should do the tasting menu. It looks like they will have a special 5 course menu on Valentines. Their regular five course is $55 and $20 for wine pairing. I would think for Valentines it may be a bit more. The other places are great too but this is a real destination and you can make it more of an event.

              1. re: babaoriley7

                Erte is sweet, but not terribly romantic.

              2. Though I haven't been there for a couple of years now, I liked taking romantic interests to The Barbary Fig on Grand in St. Paul. Good food, nice environment, fair prices. Don't know if that's too far from Mpls for you.

                1. I'd nominate Signature Cafe in Prospect Park. Nice cozy room, good people, good chow. Beer/Wine only. Could be considered near the U of M East Bank, if that's what you mean.

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                  Signature Cafe & Catering
                  130 Warwick St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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                  1. re: ajs

                    Signature is always great! great price points for food and wine.

                    Heidi's was excellent and reasonable the first and only time I've gone.

                    1. re: ajs

                      How about the decor? romantic type place for V-Day?