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Dec 23, 2008 05:20 PM



I will be in Minneapolis for New Years Eve - going to a show at the Hexagon or the Varsity Theater later in the evening but looking for a great meal beforehand --we have eaten at and loved 112 eatery, but looking to try something new. In the running is Spoonriver or Barrio (although the price fixe isn't super appealing). There will be 8 of us - and we'd like good food, drinks, but on the affordable side and hopefully not a crazy scene. I know this is sort of late notice, but figured a few suggestions might point us in the right direction!


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  1. Consider Saffron, right across the street from 112. Fantastic food, and if they have the beef tartare with browned truffle butter, order as many as you can handle.

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    1. re: cheeseguysgirl

      I also like Saffron. Of the two places you mentioned, Barrio is superior to Spoonriver and a lot more fun. With a party of eight, though, you might just end up with whatever place can still give you a reservation.

    2. Piling on... Saffron has a special NYE menu (5 course, $65), according to Open Table. It's an extra $25 per if you want wine pairings. And a vegetarian option is available. The description on Open Table says groups are welcome.

      Somewhat nearby is Sapor, also doing a NYE menu (4 course, $60). $30 more per if you want wine. Meat, fish, a veggie options available for each of the four courses.