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chowsound Feb 23, 2010 08:35 AM

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. The Dairy Queen RE: chowsound Feb 23, 2010 09:42 AM

    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
      kevin47 RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 23, 2010 10:47 AM

      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

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        mtullius RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 23, 2010 11:26 AM

        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?

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          Skizzle RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 24, 2010 01:49 PM

          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....

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            Foureyes137 RE: The Dairy Queen Feb 25, 2010 10:06 AM


            Bangkok Thai Deli
            Kim Binh
            Godita el Gordo

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            BigE RE: chowsound Feb 23, 2010 12:23 PM

            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)

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              turtlebella RE: chowsound Feb 24, 2010 10:49 AM

              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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                wisperch RE: turtlebella Feb 24, 2010 07:40 PM

                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. Reservationsforone RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 04:36 AM

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

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                  soupkitten RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 05:51 AM

                  howdy yourself!

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

                  los ocampos

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                    meljohns RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 06:52 AM

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

                    1. jfood RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 07:16 AM

                      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. mngal RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 08:30 AM

                        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. Uisge RE: chowsound Feb 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                          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.

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                            Seige RE: chowsound Mar 6, 2010 08:27 AM

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

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

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                              bakedbyliz RE: chowsound Mar 6, 2010 02:19 PM

                              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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                                Fudist RE: bakedbyliz Mar 7, 2010 11:45 AM

                                No particular order

                                Los Ocampo
                                Little Szechuan

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                                buffalo alice RE: chowsound Mar 8, 2010 11:16 AM

                                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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                                  jfood RE: buffalo alice Mar 8, 2010 11:30 AM

                                  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. MSPD RE: chowsound Mar 8, 2010 11:27 AM

                                  The Wienery
                                  Colossal Cafe

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                                    snoboardbabe77 RE: MSPD Mar 8, 2010 12:05 PM

                                    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.)

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                                      kevin47 RE: snoboardbabe77 Mar 8, 2010 09:02 PM

                                      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.

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                                    sixinchgoat RE: chowsound Mar 25, 2010 06:56 AM

                                    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. Moacin RE: chowsound Mar 29, 2010 07:55 PM

                                      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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                                        eajohnso2000 RE: Moacin Mar 31, 2010 10:31 AM

                                        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

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