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Ms. Fennelbulb Dec 15, 2009 06:01 PM

I am supposed to meet some people for a very casual business meeting over dinner in a couple of days. I just learned that Kramarczuk's, where the group agreed to meet, closes at 8 pm during the week, and this will not give us enough time. I would appreciate recommendations in the area near Kramarczuk's that are casual and moderately priced. Thank you!

  1. jfood Dec 16, 2009 11:39 AM

    Too bad Brasa closes at 9PM, it is the best of the bunch in that neighborhood.

    Of those mentioned, for a business dinner jfood would recommend Red Stag. Keep it simple though. The caasoulet should be avoided and the fries and onion rings were not that great when jfood tried. The chicken looked very good though and that is always a safe bet.

    Bulldog is more casual and good burgers, truffle fries and dogs. Jfood like Nea for Pizza.

    Ginger Hop should be avoided for many reasons as well as the place next to Bulldog off Hennepin for many of the same reasons.

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      Ms. Fennelbulb Dec 16, 2009 01:06 PM

      Thank you all for detailed and informative recommendations. MSP Hounds always come through! I plan to recommend to the group Butcher Block, Nea, Black Sheep, Toast, Modern, and Wilde Roast and see what they say. If Mpls Brasa is anything like the one in SP, I am afraid that the noise level is too much. I think Red Stag is bit pricey for this very casual work meeting. Again, thank you!

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      meljohns Dec 16, 2009 10:12 AM

      I work in this area so I eat around here a lot.
      The Bulldog or Whiteys are both good options. The Bulldog has a room in the back which a group can use if the tables up front are too full. Their burgers are very good as are most of their other options.
      The Red Stagg is also good but call ahead to reserve a table. The dining room is pretty big so you can comfortably seat a group. Definitely pricier than the Bulldog or Whiteys.
      Some of the other places mentioned are great but less group friendly. Except for maybe Gardens of Salonica, which has a bigger main room.

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        Brad Ballinger Dec 16, 2009 07:33 AM

        Butcher Block. You will have a better atmosphere for business discussion , if you need that. Everything is under $20, even though I'd pay more than that for the entrees.

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          BigE Dec 16, 2009 07:03 AM

          -Brasa would be my first choice, but getting more than 4 in there will be tough.
          -Bulldog might not be a bad choice. Good burgers, nice beer selection.
          -If you can drive a little ways, Modern Cafe and Anchor Fish and Chips are only about a mile away (on either side of University and 13th).
          -Punch and Pizza Nea are two other possibilities.

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            karykat Dec 16, 2009 06:27 PM

            I love Punch. In fact we went to the one on Grand Ave. tonight.

            I wouldn't recommend it for a meeting though. I tried to hold a meeting for an organization I'm involved with there a couple months ago. The place attracted people, as I thought it would. That part worked. There were about 10 - 12 of us at the big long table in the middle and it was really noisy. The place was not really even full and it was just really hard to hear. Part of it was the banging of pans, I think. I don't remember the Grand Ave. St. Paul one being quite that loud, but that one definitely was for us, that night.

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              Ms. Fennelbulb Dec 16, 2009 06:48 PM

              Thank you, karykat. It really helps to know about the noise issue.

          2. bob s Dec 15, 2009 09:51 PM

            In addition to the great suggestions that were already made, I'd also suggest Toast as an alternative. It's right over the river in Heritage Landing and I assume you'll be able to get a table.

            http://toastwinebarandcafe.com/

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              soupkitten Dec 15, 2009 09:01 PM

              tossing out a few ideas close by.

              red stag supperclub-- local/sustainable, perhaps not moderate prices?
              nye's polonaise room-- kitchy, "fun," can be quite expensive
              butcher block-- new (former fugaise space) open late night, chicken wings plus italian menu
              keegan's-- irish pub, food not recommended
              ginger hop-- food not recommended
              whitey's-- neighborhood bar, bigger than average menu, moderate pricing
              mac's industrial-- ditto with smaller menu, better tap selection than whitey's
              bulldog-- better-than average burger bar, moderate prices
              brasa-- closes 9 pm, alex roberts' place, moderate plates, good family style meals
              wilde roast-- closes 10 pm, coffee/wine bar with menu, desserts, above average offerings, nice atmosphere, gay friendly.
              taraccino-- coffee shop, no food
              non-independents-- there is a panera bread right there, also a chipotle, and across the street is a breugger's bagels
              plus-- any of the places on st. anthony main, your choice of nonchallenging mass-appeal pseudo-ethnic menus, cocktails, perky staff freshly stepped up from an appleby's, generally below average food.

              other than that you're crossing the river to downtown, or going to dinkytown, or getting a little off the beaten path into southeast or neighborhood northeast or north. not necessarily a bad idea but will require driving and parking and crap. . .

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                soupkitten Dec 16, 2009 07:20 AM

                forgot to mention mairin's table and gardens of salonica, but they may close too early for your party

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                  kevin47 Dec 16, 2009 07:26 AM

                  Mairin's closed, unfortunately.

                  Emily's Lebanese or The Modern would have my vote. I don't know that Brasa is as conducive to a business meeting, especially if it is busy.

                  If you need something that is walking distance, I would go with Red Stag, which can be formal or informal, depending on what you want out of the experience.

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                LauraB Dec 15, 2009 08:19 PM

                The first place that comes to mind is Brasa. A quick check of their website says they close at 9pm. They fit your criteria of casual, moderately priced (and delicious), but I am not sure how easy it would be to fit 8 people since it is small and generally popular. Beyond that idea, I do not tend to eat in that area very often so you will have to rely on other posters.

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