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Jul 7, 2008 07:25 AM

Summer in MSP!!!

What are your favorite spots in the TC in the summer? The rooftop at Joe's Garage? Breakfast at Sunnyside? Are there new spots worth exploring?

I haven't been living in MSP for a few years, but have always enjoyed cocktails at Pracna's and hanging out at Bryant Lake Bowl, munching on my TAB (turkey, avocado, bacon) sandwich and sipping Summit PA.

I'm going to be in town for about a week. Dear MSP hounds, please help me with new places and old favorites I need to check out!

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  1. My absolute favorite is to take a short walk down to the Tin Fish and enjoy some fried clams (or fish tacos if I'm feeling more virtuous). If I lived closer to Sea Salt, that might be my choice, but the Tin Fish is close enough for spur of the moment. Other lovely choices in Uptown include outside tables at Lucia's or Barbette. Lucia's has a menu full of interesting drink choices, and both have great wine and beer selections.

    1. I love the patio at the Black Forest Inn. The pate there is great. Most of the food is ho hum. The beer is great, and Dara says they have a great hamburger. So get beer, pate and hamburger.

      Otherwise, the Sea Salt Eatery at Minnehaha Park is the place to go. Oysters, po boys, and beer is my favorite meal.

      1. I like all the places mentioned. I was recently at 20.21 dining on the rooftop patio (we just went for the spoonbridge and cherry dessert), and that was really nice, too.

        Just had a shrimp taco at Tin Fish yesterday. Too hot to really enjoy the scene, but I just love sitting there, and hearing the employees yelling out the names of people's orders as they become ready.

        Service at Joe's Garage has become a real issue lately. 3 trips in a row - bad, bad, bad.

        1. I like sitting out on the wharfs of Lord Fletchers and Maynards on Lake Minnetonka. Last week we did same at Lola's Lakehouse on Lake Waconia. This week we may go to the Caribbean in Tonka Bay on Lake Minnetonka. It re-opened this year after being closed for four years. Other than Lola's we have the option of boating to those places.

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          1. re: Davydd

            What are the restaurants on Lake Minnetonka like? I imagine a cross between a suburbanite haven and a frat party. Perhaps because all the radio stations do happy hour events out there. I would be nice to go sit by the lake and have a relaxing meal. Is that possible at these places?

            1. re: katebauer

              Outdoors it is extremely casual boating attire and bar food. Inside it is more upscale at Maynard's and Lord Fletchers. Lord Fletcher's is kind of three tiered. Inside upstairs is upscale dining, inside downstairs is more sports bar dining and outside is bar food burgers in a basket kind of dining. Sunset's in Wayzata has an outdoor seating area but it is not right on the lake. Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia has a full menu outdoors and is pretty decent. You can also go to Northcoast in Wayzata. Northcoast would be your most upscale restaurant right on the lake. Being right on the water is so comfortable and relaxing.

          2. WA Frost patio, hands down.