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Otho on Portland and 10th (Minneapolis)

katebauer Mar 19, 2008 11:16 AM

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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    Moroco Topo RE: katebauer Mar 19, 2008 11:32 AM

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

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      mnitchals RE: Moroco Topo Mar 19, 2008 12:32 PM

      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 http://www.downtownjournal.com/index....

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

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        cheeseguysgirl RE: mnitchals Mar 19, 2008 12:38 PM

        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.

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          MplsM ary RE: cheeseguysgirl Mar 19, 2008 04:18 PM

          Here's the link: http://www.mspmag.com/dining/restaura...

          Also, RedPepper went, and this is what she has to say: http://twincitieseats.blogspot.com/20...

          And, a link to the establishment's site: http://www.othorestaurant.com/

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

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            mnitchals RE: cheeseguysgirl Mar 20, 2008 02:04 PM

            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. katebauer RE: katebauer Mar 19, 2008 02:20 PM

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

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          KTFoley RE: katebauer Mar 20, 2008 02:27 PM

          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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            KTFoley RE: KTFoley Mar 20, 2008 02:30 PM

            Places link:

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

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              cheeseguysgirl RE: KTFoley Mar 20, 2008 02:43 PM

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

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                The Dairy Queen RE: cheeseguysgirl Mar 20, 2008 02:52 PM

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


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            veggiesgalore RE: katebauer Mar 21, 2008 10:20 AM

            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. :)

            1. Foureyes137 RE: katebauer Jun 3, 2008 10:11 AM

              Went into Otho for drinks and small plates last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kap was a terrific host, very entertaining, and gave us a good run-down on the menu as we sat at the bar.

              We had the spring rolls with shrimp and basil, beef carpaccio, goat cheese croquettes and shared the short ribs. Presentation was terrific, we ate with our eyes and loved what we saw, the carpaccio and croquettes in particular were fun to look at. Sauces with the beef were strong without being overpowering (loved the bite in the chinese mustard). Beet salad accompanying the croquette's was light and earthy and matched well. Ribs were perfectly cooked, falling apart and smelled as good as they tasted.

              Cocktails were fun, sweet and summery and I love any place with Furious on tap. Our server was also bartending and did an admirable job considering she was the only person working.

              Definitely a fun spot and we hope to bring a group to the round lounge next time we stop in.

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                soupkitten RE: katebauer Jun 4, 2008 01:09 PM

                hmm. we stopped in several weeks ago and got 2, or was it 3, starters, which were very uneven, and we decided not to stay for mains. thought the goat cheese puffs with fruit sauce would better serve as a dessert than a starter. we also got at least 1 pork starter, i think we got the empanadas, for sure? shoot i don't remember now. the space is very fun-- i think if i was making an msp movie there would have to be a scene about "meet me in the otho bathroom-- last stall, at 2 pm". . .otho would be the type of lounge-type place to stop for a cocktail or 2 and some food before hitting the nightclubs. the food sounds like it's gotten stronger since i visited. for our visit, the presentation was nice (otho was definitely cooking, though staffing was weird--odd time of day), but the food lacked something. i'd write off some opening jitters and give it another try, the place has a lot of potential, as Veggiesgalore says.

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