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Hey everyone first time poster I just wanted to say hi. I have been a lurker for a while but I guess it's time to chime in. I have lived in Minneapolis for 15 years and love to dine out around here. Hopefully I can be a good contributor to the forum!

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  1. Welcome! Where do you weigh in the on the great Luce vs. Punch vs. Nea vs. Black Sheep debate? Just kidding.

    For fun, would you like to tell us your top 3 spots in the Twin Cities? Use whatever criteria you want: high end, low end; for the food, for the personality; doesn't matter. I'll name mine (and maybe others would like to chime in, too)--it's been awhile since we've had one of these kinds of threads.

    1. Meritage, St. Paul
    2. Manana, St. Paul
    3. Izzy's St. Paul

    (Gee, now I wish I'd allowed for more than three. But, rules are rules!)


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I'm just amazed that the handle "Chowsound" was still available.

      My favorite three right now (tipping my 40 to the memory of Heidi's)

      1. Heartland
      2. Quang
      3. Victory 44

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Fun! Though I am horrible at making favorite lists... especially with such a small number! You did help me out by mentioning MaƱana, since this early in the thread, I don't want to repeat anything. So that's out (though it might be in otherwise).

        In no particular order:

        Brasa St. Paul
        Ngon Bistro (St. Paul)
        The Strip Club (St. Paul)

        Can you tell which side of the river we live on?

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Greetings, chowsound! I, too, am a new poster. Top 3 without repeating? That's a tough one with Heartland, Alma, and Brasa already taken!

          1. The Craftsman
          2. Victor's 1959 Cafe
          3. Good Day Cafe

          Looks like I have a thing for cafes....

          1. re: The Dairy Queen


            Bangkok Thai Deli
            Kim Binh
            Godita el Gordo

          2. Welcome chowsound.

            Two of my top three (Brasa and Victory) already got taken. In the interest of not repeating...

            1) Alma (Minneapolis)
            2) Bar La Grassa (Minneapolis)
            3) Saffron (Minneapolis)

            1. Yall are making it hard, what with the not repeating....

              I'll go with, in no particular order,

              1) Dariette, St Paul
              2) Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis
              3) Pumphouse Creamery, Minneapolis

              (If I was repeating it would be 1) Alma, 2) Ngon Bistro, 3) Al's Breakfast. There, I cheated.)

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              1. re: turtlebella

                So many of our favorites have closed, and many have already been mentioned, so I'll add
                1. Cafe Barbette
                2. Jasmine Deli
                3. Modern Cafe
                While we are always trying new places, it seems we keep coming back to old familiar places like these.

              2. Besides those great places already listed?
                1. Sea Change
                2. Corner Table
                3. Sanctuary

                1. howdy yourself!

                  wow agreed that some stellar places have already been mentioned, but i'll call with:

                  los ocampos

                  1. I love eating in this city...
                    1. La Belle Vie
                    2. Grand Cafe
                    3. Cave Vin

                    1. Welcome CS.

                      A couple of restaurants not already listed:

                      - Cafe Levain
                      - Buster's for a burger
                      - Bulldog for a burger and dog
                      - Black Sheep pizza

                      Jfood would have also added Heidi's prior to the unfortunate fire.

                      1. I love to eat out and shop for great ingredients...so I might take it in a different direction. Three of my favorite shops - Golden Fig, Surdyks cheese shop, Buon Giorno for great Italian ingredients. Welcome chowsound.

                        1. Yay! My three have not been mentioned yet. I went with the first places I would pick if someone offered to take me out for lunch.

                          1. Cheeky Monkey (St Paul)
                          2. Hell's Kitchen (Mpls)
                          3. Saigon (St Paul)

                          And welcome.

                          1. Lots of my favorites have been taken too, but I'd add:

                            1) 112 Eatery
                            2) Little Szechuan
                            3) D'Amico Kitchen

                            1. I'm a first time poster too - I love a lot of the restaurants that have been mentioned, but since baking's my thing, I'll add that my favorite bakeries are:

                              1) Rustica
                              2) Salty Tart
                              3) Turtle Bread

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                              1. re: bakedbyliz

                                No particular order

                                Los Ocampo
                                Little Szechuan

                              2. Chowsound, you have inspired me to post for the first time as well. I moved to the twin cities several years ago and you all have given me great advice on the local scene. Thanks!

                                I'm not sure I can name a top three without repeating, but here's three places I like that are not yet mentioned:

                                1. Fasika (SP)
                                2. Chimbarazzo (Msps)
                                3. Sen Yai Sen Lek (Msps)

                                How about a new question . . . I'd love to hear everybody's top three new dishes or places to try. I'd like to try:

                                1. Victory 44's new kitchen
                                2. St. Paul Cheese Shop for lunch
                                3. Meritage

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                                1. re: buffalo alice

                                  Jfood had the cassoulet at meritage a few weeks ago, it was over the top great. he onlyhopes he can getthere next week when he is back in town.

                                2. The Wienery
                                  Colossal Cafe

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                                  1. re: MSPD

                                    Some of my tops have all been mentioned. (Alma, Grand Cafe, Brasa (sans grits), and Ngon Bistro.

                                    So I'll add:

                                    Frost & Company
                                    And since I'm a freak for a good breakfast/brunch - Bon Vie (best eggs benedict in the entire area, if not state.)

                                    1. re: snoboardbabe77

                                      Three restaurants I need to try:

                                      1. Alma
                                      2. LBV
                                      3. Meritage

                                      Three dishes I need to try:

                                      1. Charcuterie at Craftsman
                                      2. Flintstone ribs at Big Daddy's
                                      3. Ribs at 128

                                      No, I am not a vegetarian.

                                  2. Another newbie here. I figured somebody had to rep Be'Wiched. Their pastrami sandwich showed me what a sandwich could & should be. Two more that haven't already been used? Tricky. I really liked The Anchor's fish & chips. And I'd say Mac's Industrial for their Bacon & Eggs Burger, which has been my favorite burger in town so far.

                                    1. Hi, thought I might finally get on the board. So much good stuff already spoken for!
                                      How about Pineda, Hoban, and the Italian Beef at Chris and Rob's.

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                                      1. re: Moacin

                                        I'm a newbie as well. Many of my top favorites have been mentioned, but I'll throw in Sea Salt Eatery, especially on a nice summer evening with a pitcher of Surly and some calamari to start.

                                        Sea Salt Eatery
                                        4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417