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New Restaurants - MSP?

My wife and I had our third child last spring and have out of the restaurant loop for almost year. Now that we're able to get a sitter it's time to see what we've been missing. Looking for great food & wine, along the lines of 112 or the Craftsman.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Alma, jfood's favorite, when mrs jfood finally joins him on one of his trips this is a must for the two of them.

    1. I'm trying to think about the last year. Russell Klein's Meritage (in the old A Rebours space in downtown St. Paul) would have been newish then, no? Have you been there yet? Their sidewalk seating on a warm summer evening is very charming.

      Speaking of summer, is it coming back anytime soon? Golly, where did it go. I have my list of restaurants with patios that I need to visit before the season is out and I am not making any progress at all.

      ~TDQ

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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Jfood absolutely agrees with DQ and Meritage. Klein is a great chef and his wife tends the restaurant. When jfood ate there a few months ago it was slow and he had a nice conversation with both. Really liked the place and the owners.

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Jfood is thinking of Hells Kitchen tonight. Worth the trip?

          1. re: jfood

            Only for breakfast, in my opinion. I don't know if they serve breakfast at dinner hour, but if it's something you'd consider, you might call them and ask.

            ~TDQ

              1. re: jfood

                If they do serve breakfast (I bet they do, since it's what they're known for), go for the huevos rancheros and/or the lemon ricotta pancakes.

        2. Porter & Frye (haven't been, and haven't heard recent reviews. Early reports were good.).
          Nick & Eddie (I've had mixed experience, but others seem to rave. Haven't been there since the refugees of other fine restaurants have surfaced there).

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          1. re: bob s

            jfood really enjoyed nick and eddies a few weeks ago and when he posted a review others had very different experiences. you may want to check the other thread.

          2. Tosca -it's almost put my terrible Nick and Eddie's experience out of my mind.

            1. I've been trying to figure out for the last ten minutes what the hell "MSP" means. Please enlighten!

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              1. re: berbadeerface

                It means Minneapolis. It also the airport code for the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.

                Hope that helps!

                1. re: berbadeerface

                  MSP is the airport for Minneapolis-St. Paul.

                  On the Midwest board especially, useful discussion titles include a location: a city, metro region or airport code help readers skim the topic list for local threads, and inquiries get better responses.

                  1. re: berbadeerface

                    That's funny.

                    Signed,

                    MSP (Minneapolis St. Paul) D (Dave)

                    1. re: MSPD

                      That's funny. I always assumed you were a cop.

                      1. re: Foureyes137

                        I get that question pretty often.