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Mar 19, 2008 11:16 AM

Otho on Portland and 10th (Minneapolis)

I keep passing this restaurant on my way home. I think the sign says Pho, but the font is very hard to read. It looks like they have a full liquor license, and had a grand opening recently, but I can't figure out anything else. Anyone know anything?

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  1. i think you mean otto, at the skyscape first floor?

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    1. re: Moroco Topo

      The sign actually says "OTHO" which makes me think of garden products. I was thinking of asking if anyone has been there yet. It was highlighted in the DT Journal

      but with a name like that it's sure to be gone soon.

      1. re: mnitchals

        It's named Otho after the first name of its owner/chef, Otho Phanthavong. There was a writeup about it in the MSP Mag that just came out. Can't find it on the website to post a link to it. Apparently, his family owned Pad Thai Grand Cafe in St Paul, and he worked at Zander Cafe and duplex. According to the writeup, apps and dessert are good, entrees need a few kinks worked out.

        1. re: cheeseguysgirl

          Here's the link:

          Also, RedPepper went, and this is what she has to say:

          And, a link to the establishment's site:

          edited to add: Mock Duck Wellington! How cool that sounds.
          wild mushroom, bean sprout, grilled asparagus, cauliflower, tofu relish, saba

          1. re: cheeseguysgirl

            My apologies for commenting as I did on the name. Still it may not be good business sense to have a sign that is so hard to read.

      2. Ah, thank you everyone. I definitely would not have known that was the name from the sign.

        1. This place got reviewed in the Star Tribune this week, and there's an accompanying photograph. Looks like Otho painted his name on the back of the trike seat -- and yes, I mistook it to say "pho" as well!

          949 Portland Av. S., Minneapolis

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          1. re: KTFoley

            Places link:

            Otho Restaurant & Street Lounge
            949 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN

            1. re: KTFoley

              Wow-- it really DOES look like "Pho!"

              1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                Wow! It does look like it says PHO---thanks for the link with the photo.


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            1. I've been to Otho several times (ranging from the first week it opened in Nov to just a couple nights ago), mainly because it is so close to where I live. I think Otho has a lot of potential. The atmosphere is fun, but not pretentious. All the cement can make it feel a little on the cold side, but with summer coming up soon (hopefully!) I don't think this will be as big of a problem.

              As far as food, it is good, maybe even great. But, I never feel I have received the amount of food for the price. That could be just me though. I've had the mock duck wellington twice (the only vegetarian entree, unfortunately) and it has wonderful flavors and textures. My husband has had the Sweet Curry Coriander Chicken breast (twice as well) and has loved it both times. We've tried three of their desserts, all have been devine. The goat cheese puffs are also WONDERFUL, although, again, I was dissapointed in the number of puffs I received; not really enough to split. Service is a little on the slow side, but very friendly and relaxed. The bar tenders are great, however. We've gone in for a couple of drinks a few times and they have a fabulous tap beer selection and their martini menu is great. Plus, on thursdays they have half-priced martinis. It is rarely crowded and the noise level is low, so it is a great place for a quick, quiet drink. I would eat here even more often if the menu had more vegetarian options and was more reasonably priced. But, it is a fun place for a few drinks. :)