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2009 PGA Championship (Minneapolis)

Hello everyone,

A friend and I will be visiting the Minneapolis area from Montreal next year for the PGA championship. We are staying in Minneapolis for 4 nights and would like to sample the best food that the city has to offer. Price isn't a main concern, and we typically go for French, Italian, Steakhouse kinds of places - but we ,like a decent winelist.
I realize that this is way early, but any recommendations would be appreciated. I've taken Chowhound advice on my last 3 trips (especially to Buenos Aires where I ONLY went to places suggested by Chowhound and have yet to be disappointed).
I know this may be a little early, but I figure I'll have to fight with 100,000 other visitors for reservations.

Thanks in advance,
Chris

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      1. Porter & Frye in the Hotel Ivy
        La Belle Vie www.labellevie.us
        Fugaise www.fugaise.com
        And 112 Eatery for a more casual evening. www.112eatery.com

        Enjoy and welcome!

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        1. re: MSPD

          Welcome!

          Well, it's hard to argue with MSPD's (as always fantastic) advice.

          But, don't forget breakfast! Try Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis where nearly everything is made from scratch, including the condiments. If you want to try some unique dishes featuring local ingredients try the wild rice porridge (very rich, just a cup will do) or the toasted sausage bread. The lemon ricotta pancakes are great, too, though be forewarned that everything is very (deliciously) rich. http://www.hellskitcheninc.com/

          Or, for a "classic" Twin Cities experience, at Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown (Minneapolis). Al's is just a 14 seat counter with great pancakes and great hollandaise.

          Or, for what's super excitingly "local" right now, The Strip Club Steakhouse in St. Paul (I'm afraid I can't comment on how good the wine list is as I'm not knowledgeable enough...I) http://www.domeats.com/ Manny's Steakhouse in Minneapolis is probably "the best" steakhouse by conventional standards, but if you want to try something very good with a local flair, then The Strib Club would be a good choice, as long as you don't mind if it gets a little loud.

          The Twin Cities has fantastic Southeast Asian food. Since you mentioned you like French, I'm going to recommend Ngon Bistro in St. Paul (they have a wine list!) for French-leaning Vietnamese. http://www.ngonbistro.com/

          And, I really adore Izzy's ice cream. Quirky and fun. http://www.izzysicecream.com/

          Have fun! Please do report back.

          ~TDQ

        2. Hopefully your friend will be staying close to downtown Minneapolis, which is where (or close to where) all of MSPD's suggestions are. If so, to that list I would add:
          Heartland in St. Paul, www.heartlandrestaurant.com
          Alma in Minneapolis, www.restaurantalma.com
          Nick and Eddie in Minneapolis, www.nickandeddie.com

          But the PGA is being played at Hazeltine in Chaska, a far SW subrub. If your are staying in a hotel on the south or west side, it will be a long night and a lot of driving. Out west in Wayzata are:
          Gianni's Steakhouse, www.giannis-steakhouse.com which is very expensive
          Chez Foley (no web site).

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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            Brad, I haven't heard much about Chez Foley. Would you mind expanding on this a bit, especially since there's no website?

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Thanks for bringing this up, TDQ. I meant to come back to this thread. Chez Foley is what the place used to be. It is now Patrick's Bistro (the same Patrick as Patrick's Bakery). If you go to the Patrick's Bakery web site (below), and click on the link at the top for Patrick's Bistro, you will find more information.

              www.patricksbakerycafe.com

          2. Though not mentioned as one of your preferences, I think it would be a shame to miss some of MSP's Mexican food. You will not find the quality or variety of Mexican food anywhere in Canada, so unless you are a frequent visitor to Mexico (or areas with large Mexican populations), it could be a rare opportunity for you to sample some very good Mexican food.