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New to MSP--great mid-priced date food near Uptown?

Moved here from Portland. I've seen a lot of Italian (Rinata, Loring Pasta Bar, et. al.), but would rather have new American, if that means anything. I'm basically game for anything nicer, but would rather not pay mid-range prices for ethnic food, and my wife doesn't really enjoy an Italian experience unless it's meat- or fish-centric (i.e., not solely pasta).
Thanks for your tips!

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  1. Not necessarily great, but good, good for a date and mid-priced american: Duplex meets most of your criteria.

    1. Well, Loring Pasta Bar is nowhere near Uptown, so that loses out twice. Not too far away from Uptown is Grand Cafe (38th and Grand, Mpls) and Corner Table (43rd and Nicollet, Mpls). For Italian that's not pasta-centric, consider Trattoria Tosca (44th and Beard, Mpls).

      1. I would go to Lucia's - the wine bar side. I'd advise you to look at the dessert tray first, so you can pace yourself!

        1. Have you been to either one of Lucia's places (next door to each other - restaurant and wine bar)? The wine bar has a cheaper menu and you can always order off of the restaurant's menu.

          Another favorite of my better half and mine is Barbette.

          Here are places links for the suggestions so far:

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          Lucia's Restaurant
          1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          Corner Table
          4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

          Barbette
          1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          Grand Cafe
          3804 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

          Duplex Restaurant
          2516 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

          Tosca
          3415 w 44th St, Minneapolis, MN

          1. Duplex is a great choice. Cafe Heidi is an outstanding choice about 2 miles south. Cafe Maude is not much further to the Southwest, and is nearly as good as the aforementioned (though the service is a bit touchy).

            Given your aversion to mid-priced ethnic food, you might be interested in heading west to St. Louis Park. McCoys, Tryg, Burger Jones and Granite City are a pretty quick drive West on Lake.