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MSP Restaurant Week Fall 2009

Restaurant Week is coming up again! It is Sep. 7th through Oct 2nd, 2009. Participating restaurants and menus are at:

http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wher....

Last restaurant week, during the Spring of 2009, I went with my boy to Chamber's restaurant and had the most amazing dinner! I think, this time around, I'll try Cafe Lurcat or Campiello. OR maybe even moto-i... I was hoping that Saffron would be participating, but according to this list, they are not this time around?

Thoughts? Where do you plan to visit?

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  1. Love it. Lots of good choices this time too, including a handful of new ones.

    1. That would be the 27th to the 2nd, correct?

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      1. re: mitch cumstein

        Whoopsie! Yes, Restaurant Week for Fall 2009 is Sep 27th through Oct 2nd.

      2. The link seems to be broken - I think there is an extra (.) at the end so I figured I put link again;

        http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wher...

        1. This will be my first year experiencing the restaurant week so I wanted to get some feedback from fellow chow hounds on my possible dinner choices;

          Oceanaire
          Bradstreet craft house
          Capital Grille

          Also, I was wondering if anyone has seen the restaurant week menus for Barrio and La Belle Vie. I couldn't find these within the msp magazine.

          Thanks in advance for your help!

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          1. re: rjayasuriya

            Of those three, I've only been to Bradstreet. Delicious food, small plates, big price. So the $15 dinner menu is a real value. The BLT is awesome.

            1. re: rjayasuriya

              I went to Oceanaire for the spring Restaurant Week and I will probably be returning. The food is excellent and a heck of a value at $30.

              I can't speak to Bradstreet or Capital Grille, but it looks like drew gave Bradstreet a thumbs up.

              Barrio looks like it would be a pretty good deal as well, with 8 courses. I like the fact that the two locations are doing somewhat different menus (it looks like half of the courses are different).

              I've heard pretty good review of LBV from this event, but I've never done it.

              Others I've done during past restaurant weeks:

              -Masa - Highly recommended for excellent Mexican food. Their restaurant week menu is quite good.
              -Vincent - Was a little underwhelmed with the Coq au Vin, but I absolutely love this place. I might have to try the skate this time around.
              -Oceanaire - Great experience last time, will definitely do it again.
              -Chambers (RIP) - Always enjoyed it, might have to try D'Amico this time.
              -al Vento - Can be a little crowded, but really enjoyed my meal there.
              -Cosmos - Maybe the best overall experience I've had. Love the room, great meal with great flavors and flawless execution. If you've never been, I'd highly recommend going during this week.

              Of the choices this year, those are the ones I've been to.

              1. re: BigE

                Do you recommend Cosmos or al Vento? The beau thought al Vento upon reading the menu, but Cosmos is usually so overpriced, it seems like the better way to take advantage of the $30 fare...

                1. re: linfr21

                  They are VERY different experiences.

                  Al Vento is a classic small, somewhat dimly lit neighborhood place. It can be quite loud and cramped if busy, or nice and cozy if it isn't. Food is nicely done with a home cooked feel to it.

                  Cosmos, on the other hand, is super chic...nice open space, bright and vibrant yet not loud. Expertly prepared food, impressive presentations, impeccable service.

                  It all depends on what you're looking for, but given the normal menu prices, Cosmos is a much better value.

                  1. re: BigE

                    Hmmm...okay...Will I walk away feeling full then? Some places I've been to make the plates much smaller, so I never feel full after a restaurant week meal.

                    1. re: linfr21

                      The portions weren't huge by any means, but I recall being satisfied by the end of the night.

                      Full, maybe not. But like you said, most places dial it back a bit.

                  2. re: linfr21

                    Cosmos, for sure. The food at Al Vento is nice, but nothing extraordinary. The food, the experience at Cosmos is something special. And as BigE said, a much better value. Al Vento has Tuesday date night specials year-round. Choose Cosmos for restaurant week and visit Al Vento on any other Tuesday.

              2. I tried to get a La Belle Vie reservation for Friday, 10/2 and they're already booked!