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Jul 7, 2010 09:14 AM

Restaurant Week - August 1-6

The menu's aren't up yet, but any places where I should get my dinner reservation in now?

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  1. Is this done twice a year now? I swear it was just restaurant week a few months ago.

    1. I should harness the power of the internet before asking questions.

      They just did this Feb 28th - March 5th.

      1. I will always recommend Cosmos. I absolutely love the room and the food is as well executed and creative as anything in MSP.

        I've never seen Heartland on there, but I assume they are trying to give their new spot some business. I'll probably give that one a look.

        Most of the other places I like (Vincent, Oceanaire, Saffron) have ongoing $30-35 3-course menus year round.

        1. We reserved Meritage and Sea Change. Haven't eaten at Cosmos yet, thanks for the tip!

          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          Sea Change
          806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

          1. Heartland is on there frequently. They just do their regular tasting menus though. Nothing special for restaurant week.

            +1 for Cosmos. We tend to always end up there for holiday meals. Their tasting menus are fabulous.

            All that said, I never make RW reservations until I see the menus. Menus are my ultimate deciding factor.

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            1. re: Seige

              I agree with you, Seige, looking at menus are a must! I usually start out by writing down all of the restaurants I would be willing to go to, then slowly eliminate choices.

              I also need to put in a positive word for Cosmos. I went there Feb. 2010 Restaurant Week, and it was to die for.

              Also, it is a much better deal than others, since the prices on the normal menu are significantly more expensive in comparison to some of the other restaurants offering RW $30 tastings.

              I have been thinking about giving some of the $15 dinners a try. Any place that is worth taking the risk? I thought Bradstreet or The Garage looked good...(cannot remember the name of the Garage place, but it's off of Hennepin/Lyndale?)

              1. re: linfr21

                I'll put in a strong second for Cosmos. I went there a year or so ago on RW and it is still the best dining experience I've had during this hallowed week. The room is super chic and the food is as creative and well executed as anywhere in town.

                1. re: BigE

                  Really? Cosmos? This winter I ate at Vincent (close to Valentines) and then Cosmos (RW). Cosmos was good, but I thought my food at Vincent was much more impressive - much more balanced and "wow". Not that the two are so similar, it's just that I was underwhelmed with Cosmos, when I figured it was going to be the other way around...

                  PS- "The Garage" = Joe's Garage, same area as Lurcat. I don't know what their RW menu is, but I love their ratatouille risotto. :)

                  Joe's Garage
                  1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                  1. re: lfiske29

                    I'm a huge fan of both places and I've eaten at both during RW and at other times (I've been to Vincent a half dozen times or more, actually).

                    If I'm going somewhere strictly for restaurant week, I'll pick Cosmos. Vincent has a 3 course dinner menu for ~$35 that changes weekly, which means you can get pretty close to a RW priced dinner at all times.

                    Cosmos doesn't offer something like that and like I said, I think the quality they put out is as good as anywhere right now.