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Mar 18, 2008 12:20 PM

MSP- Splurgy celebration!

Today I found out I am getting a really nice bonu$ from work. CG and I have a tradition of spending a portion of any windfall on "gum and candy" which for me, means a really nice Mont Blanc pen and a totally splurgy decadent dinner out. I am wondering where you would choose to go for your "money-is-no-object" meal? We're not big drinkers, so the size/quality of the wine list is not really a big draw for us. But if it is for you, then by all means recommend away!

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  1. For me it is always La Belle Vie. I choose it every year for my birthday. I love the 3 hour dining experience where every course looks beautiful and tastes better. I looks forward to it every year and always try to find a celebration excuse to go more often. My favorite place in the city!

    1. I'd second Maureen's recommendation of La Belle Vie. Other top choices that pop into my head are the tasting menu at Vincent, or dinner at Cosmos or D'Amico Cucina.

      There are lots of pretty good choices on the high end - I'm sure others will add to this list.

      Vincent A Restaurant
      1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      La Belle Vie
      510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

      D'Amico Cucina
      100 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Cosmos Restaurant
      601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      1. I'll third La Belle Vie.

        But, if money was abundant I'd do sushi. My prefered sushi place is the St. Paul Fuji Ya. I'd let the chef pick everything (what's that called again?) as long as a lot of uni was involved.

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        1. We're headed to Cosmos on Friday (followed by a night at the Graves) for our "we didn't go anywhere for spring break" splurgy celebration. I can't wait.

          1. Me, I'd probably go to Heartland. I haven't been there yet - it would be a big splurge for me - but the menu has been looking glorious lately. I'm a wine drinker, so I factor in the cost of wine for my splurges. (Wine can double the bill, even though my husband doesn't drink!)

            La Belle Vie would be my second choice. In fact, this place might be downright affordable (in a manner of speaking) if you don't have wine.

            I love Alma and Vincent, too, but we "always" go to one or the other for my birthday. Price-wise, they're not quite as splurgy as La Belle Vie and Heartland (not counting the wine bar, which seems like an excellent value).

            Have a great celebration!


            Restaurant Alma
            528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            1806 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I would also throw in the tasting menu at Fugaise. We went there for valentine's day and it was super yummy as well.

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                I can never second AnneInMpls enough when she mentions Alma.

                I love it - my 100% fave in Mpls/Stp. I enjoyed LBV but when I got the bill I spit out "that's 3 alma's"

                Heartland oddly enough isn't on my radar since its almost "too close" to me for me to consider it for a fancy night out. we've dined at the bar and after a looong run wine drinking and snacking there we were treated badly and have never eaten dinner there. Someday.....

                1. re: St Paul Susie

                  upon second thought

                  I've had amazingly outstanding meals at D'amico over the past 6 months.

                  Highly recommended. And now my mouth is watering thinking of it.