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Good Places To Eat in MSP

Hi everyone! Newbie here, I've been lurking for a while, I like what I see! I'll be visiting my brother in the cities in a couple weeks and I would like to take him and and his family out for a nice supper. There will be 5 of us and I'd like to do it for 150.00 or less if its possible. We will also have our 2 kids (10 and 13) along so it should be kid friendly. The kind of food doesn't matter, just looking for something GOOD! This will be on saturday if that makes a differance. Many thanks in advance !!!!

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    1. re: MSPD

      My brother lives in White Bear Lake. But a little drive is no big deal. Thanks!!!

    2. My two cents:
      Brasa- Relatively inexpensive, locally sourced pork and chicken, made southern style, delicious and kid friendly, located on East Hennepin in Minneapolis.

      Loring Pasta Bar- Very good atmosphere, often live music, fresh pasta, located in Dinkytown.

      1. I 2nd Brasa, but i dont think they take reservations and the place is very small... but the food is amazing. I've personally not had the best of experiences at loring, good atmosphere but I've had some really sub par food there, in fact, it was the only dish I have ever sent back.
        There was also a place featured on Diners drive in and dives called something like victors 1959, has anyone ever been there?

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        1. re: saintfirky

          I went to Victors 1959 a couple weeks ago for lunch. Fun place - very small. I had a breakfast dish, friend had a cubano sandwich. Both good for a diner place - very reasonable prices - tab for 2, no alcohol, $18. don't think i recommend it for a nice place.

        2. If you ordered moderately, you could probably stay within your limit at the Strip Club in St. Paul. It's the first place I think of when the criteria are good food, friendly (to kids and all), and fun for a big group (could share a bunch of small plates).

          Check out the website and see what you think:

          http://www.domeats.com

          1. I recommend Axel's in Mendota Heights. You'll be towards the top of your budget, but the food is wonderful, great menu selection, salads always fresh, soups homemade (try the french onion - my favorite place for it), service superb, popovers to die for, steak and walleye are specialties. Must have order of onion rings - we call them Donuts. Fireplaces in both great rooms, children are very welcome.

            http://www.axelsrestaurants.com/menus

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            1. re: rp1760

              In the spirit of "hate the chow, love the chowhound" I felt a need to reply to this in case anyone else is reading this posting after the fact. I have eaten at Axel's only when forced to by relatives. The food is maybe a step better than a Chili's or Applebee's, but it is the same quality--large portions of bland food, cooked adequately, but not well.

              1. re: Reluctant Foodie

                I agree with you completely, RF. There are such better places here.

                1. re: Reluctant Foodie

                  I will admit that I have affection for their popovers, although, I don't think I'd ever had popovers before that, so, I didn't really have a point of comparison.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I am going out on a limb here, I suppose. I think most of you will be cool with that. I am going on the record as strongly recommending this restaurant. To be fair, all I ever order is the walleye or the steak The sides are beautiful - crispy green beans, potatoes any way you want. My nephew and nieces loved it. My foodies from Cincinnati loved it. My chef sister from San Francisco loved it. It's a classic. Like Mancini's, but in our family's opinion, better. Note: All other Axel's I feel are sub-par. Go to the one in Mendota Heihgts.

                    1. re: rp1760

                      I will codify my objection with the fact that I've only ever eaten at the Axel's Charhouse attached to the hotel in Roseville.