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Minneapolis- your favorite downtown restaurant,$65 per person please- thanks-any cuisine

intrepid Oct 13, 2009 09:32 AM

Minneapolis- your favorite downtown restaurant,$65 per person please- thanks-any cuisine

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  1. mitch cumstein RE: intrepid Oct 13, 2009 09:53 AM

    Does the $65 include food, bev, tax and tip?

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    1. re: mitch cumstein
      intrepid RE: mitch cumstein Oct 13, 2009 10:06 AM

      no excluding that

    2. MSPD RE: intrepid Oct 13, 2009 10:39 AM

      5 course tasting menu at La Belle Vie. $65 per person exactly.

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        intrepid RE: MSPD Oct 13, 2009 10:56 AM

        hi thnaks for la belle vie, im looking for something more rustic pls-thanks

      2. Michael Florey RE: intrepid Oct 13, 2009 11:08 AM

        have dinner in the bar at Belle Vie. Not "rustic," but more casual.

        Beyond that 112 eatery is the logical choice. A little loud, but great food and fun atmosphere right in that price range.

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          soupkitten RE: intrepid Oct 13, 2009 01:18 PM

          if lbv is a no-go, i'll second 112 eatery, or saffron. they are across the street from each other. you should have change left over from $65/pp excluding drinks & tip, and they are the best restaurants downtown imo, and are less formal than lbv.

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          1. re: soupkitten
            St Paul Susie RE: soupkitten Oct 13, 2009 02:36 PM


            Alma is a good option as well

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              soupkitten RE: St Paul Susie Oct 13, 2009 07:41 PM

              totally! is it downtown though?-- it's just over the river. also a favorite.

          2. jfood RE: intrepid Oct 13, 2009 08:01 PM

            Alma would be jfood's choice

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              intrepid RE: jfood Oct 14, 2009 07:06 AM


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              Gr8Marlys RE: intrepid Oct 14, 2009 12:42 PM

              I'll add a third vote for the 112 Eatery. The most expensive entree on the menu is $28. Food is creative and fantastic.

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                tex.s.toast RE: Gr8Marlys Oct 14, 2009 02:18 PM

                Just in case the OP doesn't do their own research, while the most expensive "main" at 112 isnt over 30 bucks, the portion sizes are definitely geared more towards ordering multiple plates per person - not that this should dissuade her/him, but i think if you just ordered one plate of food you could end up quite hungry.

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                  intrepid RE: Gr8Marlys Oct 18, 2009 04:37 AM

                  hi did 112, it was darn good, thanks to all

                2. The Dairy Queen RE: intrepid Oct 14, 2009 01:20 PM

                  112 Eatery.


                  1. clepro RE: intrepid Oct 18, 2009 01:15 AM


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                      JimGrinsfelder RE: intrepid Oct 20, 2009 09:32 PM

                      My 3 favorites (disclaimer, I haven't been in at least 6 months...In this down economy, I'm surviving on $6 burritos and $2.75 Bahn Mi so $65 is my meal budget for like a week):

                      #1 Alma
                      #2 Vincent
                      #3 La Belle Vie (finer dining than either #1 or #2, but I don't enjoy formality so much).

                      Alma and Vincent both do well thought out food and they deliver it consistently over the years. La Belle Vie is a huge step up from what at that address previously and McKee was doing it well in Stillwater for years.

                      I think 112 is fun and their wine selection is good and reasonable. Their food is definitely out there. Sometimes the food is very good, but sometimes they swing for the fences and miss and sometimes they just plain miss. I had some horrible mussels there one night and another dish was a clear loser. In my experience it's been clearly a step below the three restaurants listed above in terms of food, if not fun.

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                        Latinpig RE: JimGrinsfelder Oct 22, 2009 12:38 PM

                        Heidi's, Alma or 112.

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                          bob s RE: Latinpig Oct 23, 2009 08:34 AM

                          Note for those (including the OP) who are looking for downtown restaurants, Heidi's is nowhere near downtown. Also, as previously noted, Alma is near downtown but is on the other side of the river.

                        2. re: JimGrinsfelder
                          stepawayfromthetable RE: JimGrinsfelder Oct 23, 2009 08:38 AM

                          Could you share your burrito and bahn mi choices, please?
                          thank you!

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                            The Dairy Queen RE: stepawayfromthetable Oct 23, 2009 11:24 AM

                            MSP isn't much of a burrito town, but Manana restaurant in St. Paul makes a darn good burrito. The best thing at Manana, though, is their pupusas. It would be shame to not get one while you're there. Also, if you're willing to steer away from burritos, I love the huaraches at Taqueria Los Ocampo, locations in both St. Paul & Minneapolis. You can't go wrong, really.

                            For banh mi, Saigon on University Avenue in St. Paul is my pick.


                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                              jfood RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 23, 2009 12:23 PM

                              There is another dish at Manana that jfood still dreams about. Their fish soup with tons of calamari, crab, shrimp, etc. in a red broth. For $12 it is a meal itself. Of course it also goes real well with the Papusas TDQ mentioned.

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                                The Dairy Queen RE: jfood Oct 23, 2009 12:27 PM

                                jfood, is that dish available on weekdays, too, or is that the one that is only available on weekends?


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                                  jfood RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 23, 2009 12:34 PM

                                  must be during the week as jfood never in town on the weekend.

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                                    The Dairy Queen RE: jfood Oct 23, 2009 12:35 PM

                                    That's what I thought. I had heard of this seafood stew or soup or something that was a speciality of theirs, but I thought it was weekends only. Now I'm wondering if they are two separate things or if I was completely mistaken on the weekend-only thing. Sounds like a trip to Manana, which is never a bad thing, is in order.


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                                      RRobertaR RE: The Dairy Queen Oct 23, 2009 03:42 PM

                                      I'm partial to Solera and Masa, but agree with those who mention 112 and Saffron. If you're willing to go to Minneapolis (47th & Chicago) , but not downtown, I just ate at Cafe Levain this week and thought it was wonderful and very good prices. It's a nice room as well. I think this meets the "rustic" criterion as well.

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                                        jfood RE: RRobertaR Oct 23, 2009 07:21 PM

                                        jfood is a BIG fan of Cafe Levain. From Burger to Hangar to Short Ribs, all perfect. The corn chowder as well. He was not a big fan of the Adam-Onion Soup or the Gnocchi post-Adam. Well worth the trip.

                            2. re: stepawayfromthetable
                              JimGrinsfelder RE: stepawayfromthetable Oct 23, 2009 06:35 PM

                              I second TDQ on Saigon. I really like their Bahn Mi the best. The takeout counter. They make them right there in front of you.

                              I think I need to go to Manana. For burritos, I've been going to El Taco Riendo on Central, just south of Sen Yak Sen Lai.

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