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French Onion Soup in the Twin Cities?

cleanyerplate Jan 23, 2008 11:55 AM

It's winter. The air hurts my face. The darkness makes me sad. Does anyone know where I can get a great bowl of French onion soup in the Twin Cities? Made with great cheese? Preferably big enough to wade in?

  1. bivouac Jun 12, 2010 02:01 PM

    Ruth's Chris has, without question, the finest FOS in the Twin Cities. I know, I know, it ain't French and it's a chain and blah blah blah, but taste it.

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      yummers612 Feb 1, 2008 10:25 AM

      I like the French Onion Soup at the Times in Northest. I had for the first time about 10 years ago and had it again a couple of weeks ago, still the best in my book.

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        liney714 Jan 25, 2008 09:21 AM

        One of the best in my mind is the Lake Elmo inn's. The broth is not too salty with a light hint of herbs. The cheese and bread are top notch as well

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          mplsmike Jan 24, 2008 10:27 AM

          Salut @ 50th/France has a mini crock with a good layer of cheese and a crouton. They also have a french onion soup burger (which sounds better than it is -- end up being a basic burger with gruyere, onions and a side of jus)

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            reggie1465 Jan 24, 2008 10:13 AM

            I like the onion soup at Pierre's Bistro at W 50th & Penn in SW Mpls. I also think Cave Vin nearby (56th & Xerxes) does one....

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              ajs Jan 23, 2008 06:48 PM

              here's another vote vote for the onion soup at Meritage. Bowl of soup, maybe some frites and Bearnaise, glass of big old red, and you with those big windows, you can look out at Winter gnashing his teeth in vain and laugh with delight.

              They can't make a Manhattan though, but the Saint Paul is just down the street.

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                babaoriley7 Jan 23, 2008 01:52 PM

                What about CHEZ COLETTE? I remember going there with French class and I certainly enjoyed it. It might not be fancy schmancy but if you are looking for no nonsense french onion soup then it might be a good place to go. It is near La Fugaise and part of Hotel Sofitel in Edina/Bloomington/Minneapolis (not sure where it actually lands)

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                  KTFoley Jan 23, 2008 02:10 PM

                  A clarifying detail:

                  La Fougasse is the restaurant at Hotel Sofitel (along with Chez Colette). Fugaise is the restaurant on Hennepin Ave near Surdycks.

                2. cleanyerplate Jan 23, 2008 01:00 PM

                  Oh, thanks all. Good suggestions. And yes, Churchka, while Lunds/Byerly's make decent soups, French Onion is something that could get really screwed up via mass production.

                  I''ll have to make plans for either Meritage or Cosmos. I've also emailed Cafe Barbette to see if they make one. They seem like they'd be a prime candidate. I want a French onion soup that has a thick, browned crust of cheese/gratin on the top.

                  I love Cook's Illustrated. My mom calls it her "Anal Retentive Cooking Magazine." Maybe I can bum her copy and give it a shot.

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                    dahlsk Jan 23, 2008 12:35 PM

                    The new Meritage in St. Paul (where A Rebours used to be) has what I think is really excellent Fr Onion soup. I've tried it twice now and the broth is super beefy and intense, and not salty.

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                      churchka Jan 23, 2008 11:59 AM

                      I promise you, the answer is not Lunds. I had it from their deli the other day and it was not good. I'm really interested too in finding a good place. It sounds super good right now.

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