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Mar 12, 2010 01:01 PM

Restaurants You Love - And Nobody Talks About

Since we have another thread talking about what we don't like, let's start one where we talk about what we do enjoy. Name a restaurant that you love that doesn't get the attention you think it deserves.

Mine is Cafe Biaggio on University. I've been eating there for years now and every time I go, they seem to up the ante. The pastas are fantastic and their Carbonara may be the best version in the Twin Cities. The last few times I've been there, they had a lamb shank dish that also was out of this world good. I've brought dates, friends, family members, and business associates and everyone has left impressed. The room is decorated well and it's always fun to see the owner sitting at the bar enjoying a glass of wine and just surveying the place to make sure everyone is happy and having a good time. I just believe they are doing some good things there and I hope some of you will give it a try the next time you are in the neighborhood or craving Italian

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  1. That is weird! I was just going to post about that place. I had never been there or even heard of it until a couple of weeks ago. I was in the area and met somebody there for lunch. It blew me away! Even for lunch it was awesome. We ended up having wine and dessert with lunch! It just made you want to try everything they had. So, I agree with Café Biaggio and would like to add my place. The Ideal Diner! It is very basic and really good when the mood strikes. Breakfast of champions. Something about the omelets on the grill and the giant pancakes made from neon yellow batter. Mmmmm.

    1. KimBinh, which sadly closed or got turned into some pan-asian joint a couple weeks ago.

      1. I'm a huge fan of Singapore in south Minneapolis. It's a nice little restaurant in a quiet neighborhood. And they have the most amazing curry. I probably get take out from there once every couple of weeks and it has never let me down. I can't understand why more people don't go there.

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        1. re: ksioux

          Hi ksioux- I also think the food at Singapore is delish. It seems that the owner just started a marketing type plan, with coupons in the circular, but before that, I don't think she was doing much in the way of making herself known. And I hate to say but the service can be slow, since it is usually her and maybe one other person. I encourage the Chowhound board to give it a try. The Captain's curry and Singapore noodles are my favorite dishes.

          1. re: ksioux

            Just went to Singapore for the first time. Great food, good portions, good prices. The chicken satay appetizer is almost a meal for two on its own. The curries we tried were great -- robust and complex flavors. We're definitely going back and bringing friends.

            Singapore Restaurant
            5554 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

          2. Cave Vin

            So, this place gets plenty of love from critics and foodies, and it seems that their business is booming. But I still feel it's underrated - maybe because it isn't much to look at from the outside.

            The first time I ate there I came in with moderate expectations, having never heard anything about it. That day represents, by far for me, the biggest blowing away of expectations of a restaurant ever. And I've never been disappointed since.

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            1. re: keithinmpls

              That's so funny, I was going to say Cave Vin also. I love that place.
              So instead, I'll say Rainbow Chinese. The egg rolls and schezuan wontons are delicious. Plus I'm totally addicted to their chowfun.

              1. re: meljohns

                I like Kowloon on the UofM campus. Very popular among the Chinese graduate student set at the U. The duck on taro and steamed tofu are top of the line.

              2. re: keithinmpls

                I love Ruam Mit Thai in St. Paul. I am addicted to their Spring Rolls and Rad Na with chicken. The black bean sauce is so good that I sop up of all of it with sticky rice. Everytime there is a thread about Thai food, I look for a mention and never or rarely see one. Sometimes the service is lacking and the tables not cleaned fast enough...but I love it.

                1. re: leeniebeanie

                  Worst service ever over the lunch hour. It always takes more than an hour to get in, order, eat, and pay. Good food though.

                  1. re: leeniebeanie

                    This used to be our go to Thai place. And then all the changes...being closed, different management(?) all got so weird...but I'll have to try again.

                  1. re: green56

                    +1 on Fasika. Never had a bad meal there and it's the go-to restaurant when I introduce people to Ethiopian food.

                    And, just to add a bit to the thread, I'll nominate Shish over by Macalester in St. Paul. A little heavy-handed with the olive oil sometimes, but just a nice place to enjoy food that's a little different.

                    1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                      +1 for Shish as well - I'm very happy that the last 6 times I've gone there its been packed.

                      1. re: St Paul Susie

                        My own nominee is The Lexington. Stopped in last night for a filet and it was excellent. I hadn't been in a few months.

                        1. re: St Paul Susie

                          HA! I always think of that place as filled with "blue haired babes." But I got invited a while back and had a butternut squash ravioli with crab and it was surprisingly good. Although it could have used a lot less butter. But what would Julia say!

                      2. re: steve_in_stpaul

                        Never had Ethiopian before I tried it at Fasika and I have to say that I've been dying to go back as well as try even more places. Mmm!

                        1. re: Bill Roehl

                          Fasika is my fav restaurant. I haven't been in ages as I've not the funds and don't enjoy eating alone all that much - it is so much more fun to get into the moment when you have someone to chew the fat with...

                          I'm glad you enjoyed it. Took me awhile to get over the clammy, dead flesh like feel of the injera... I love Fasika. Vastly uncommented on and appreciated. Fabulous food.

                          1. re: green56

                            Fasika is especially fun with a group, so you can order a bunch of things and share everything with the injera bread.

                            1. re: green56

                              oh green56! I will not be able to eat injera without thinking of flabby dead flesh now! thanks a lot! :)

                              That aside, I do love Ethiopian food, and Fasika has always been very good.