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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. 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