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!
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!)
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 Mañana, 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?
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)
wow agreed that some stellar places have already been mentioned, but i'll call with:
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.
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.
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)
Lots of my favorites have been taken too, but I'd add:
1) 112 Eatery
2) Little Szechuan
3) D'Amico Kitchen
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
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.