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La Bodega Tapas [Minneapolis]

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omrtp Aug 26, 2008 08:41 AM

I went there with a friend recently and had one of the worst meals of my life. We were the only people in there, yet the meatballs came out *cold*, everything else was in a pool of grease and over cooked. If anyone is thinking about going there, I would stay away from the pork loin and the mussels. I had to spit out a rancid mussel. I heard decent things about this place before I went (authentic Spanish food, great atmosphere). Was it just a bad day?

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    Brad Ballinger Aug 26, 2008 01:19 PM

    La Bodega in Minneapolis is indeed not very good. Surprised to hear it was empty, though. Usually there's enough of a crowd there. The tapas at Solera (although not so much authentically Spanish -- I've spent a month in Spain), are head and shoulders better, and not that much more expensive.

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      omrtp Aug 26, 2008 03:37 PM

      Sorry! Yes, it was La Bodega in Minneapolis. And, yes, it was terrible. Solera has been good in the past. I think I'll stick with them when I want tapas.

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        Loren3 Aug 28, 2008 08:45 AM

        And don't forget Saffron for mezze!

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      ChrisKC Aug 26, 2008 09:32 AM

      If you are talking La Bodega is KC, I have never had a bad experience there. In fact, I love the place! Definitely go for happy hour though when it is half price. Can be a bit spendy.

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        snoboardbabe77 Aug 26, 2008 10:21 AM

        Hmm...I went there quite some time ago--just once for a girl's night out. We had more drinks and wine over tapas but the few we had were mediocre. Tapas can be a spendy evening but I can tell you that the tapas were not memorable. Solera is a much better choice-both for the view, the prices, and the service. When we went, the place was packed but the service was very very slow...ungodly slow. Not busy slow and can give some leeway-slow as in misplaced orders, not coming around to take another drink order..etc. Usually I'll try a place more than once, will not go back.

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          soupkitten Aug 26, 2008 10:36 AM

          more proof that the midwest board is trying to cover too much ground-- i'm sure there is a "la bodega" that serves tapas in most midwestern cities over 100k. :(

          la bodega on lyn/lake in mpls is not a good value imo. not terribly well composed or executed food, uninteresting ingredients, high prices. i haven't been in a few years, either-- i would stop in for an occasional cocktail, the food was so bad that once was enough. has anybody been there recently?

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            heatherkay Aug 26, 2008 12:23 PM

            Just double-checking -- La Bodega and Solera in MPLS ?

        2. bob s Aug 26, 2008 09:22 AM

          Are you talking about the La Bodega at Lyndale and Lake in Minneapolis?

          I have not been impressed with their tapas. I've not been to Spain so I can't comment on authenticity, but the few times I was there I felt that things were overpriced for what I've gotten. In Minneapolis, I much prefer Solera.

          To be fair, though, I have not been to La Bodega in a couple of years, so I can't say anything either way about the current state of affairs. I'd love to hear what others think about either the tapas part of the menu or the other part of the restaurant on the corner.

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