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Jul 6, 2010 06:34 AM

In-Laws in town- suggestions?

My in-laws are hitting the cities on Friday and will be in the area for 10 days (going up to the North Shore for a couple days too). This is their third visit to the cities and In the past we've gone to:

Broders (deli and pasta bar)
Chiang Mai Thai
Sea Salt
Edina Grill
and probably a couple more I'm forgetting......

I'm thinking Colassal Cafe and Dominquez Family so far- any other thoughts? We live in SW Minneapolis but will travel, my in-laws are not into serious ethnic foods or super upscale restaurants and the price should be fairly reasonable.


Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
3001 Hennepin Ave Ste A, Minneapolis, MN 55408

1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Edina Grill
5028 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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  1. Ngon Bistro is a great option-- Vietnamese, but also with Frenchy fusiony type things on the menu. Reasonably priced, great local ingredients, pleasant ambience (even a nice patio), local beer.

    Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
    799 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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    1. re: mtullius

      I think the Modern would fit in nicely; great food at a reasonable price.

      Modern Cafe
      337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    2. In SW I'd recommend Grand Cafe, Ena, Corner Table and Cave Vin.
      Lucia's is always a nice place to take in-laws or parents.
      I second the Modern also.

      Corner Table
      4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

      Cave Vin
      5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

      1. La Grasa isn't too upscale, is it?

        I would shoot down Ngon just cause he said they aren't that in to ethnic food.

        I suppose Piccolo would be the obvious choice based on location but that probably is a little too upscale.

        1. I love Amazing Thailand (Uptown), Pancho Villa (26th and Nicollet or thereabouts), Fuji-Ya (Lake Street), and the Cardinal (38th and Hiawatha) for completely different reasons. Amazing Thailand has great Thai food (their Tom Yum is nearly as good as the Tom Yum at Yupa's in Everett, WA, which is the standard by which I judge all Tom Yum). Pancho Villa is authentic Mexican, and if you're nice to the waitstaff they'll treat you like family (stop in on your birthday and they'll put a sombrero on you, serve you a gigantic (and excellent) Margarita and make you snuff a burning Cucaracha before it sears your lungs). I always get the bento box at Fuji-Ya and I always leave impressed (I also get the big bottle of Onikoroshi (110 bucks or so) and share it with a few friends, so by the time we leave we're full and extremely relaxed). And the Cardinal is just great burgers, cheap, ice-cold beer and all-around excellent service. My food-snob friend from Boston loved the blue-collar ambiance of the Cardinal. Said it reminded her of Southie.

          Pancho Villa Restaurant
          2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404