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Aug 16, 2010 04:50 PM

Calamari in downtown MPLS area?

We will be visiting in early November and my brother has requested calamari. I have done searches on this board, but like the Los Angeles board, something strange has happened to the MPLS-St Paul board in which this big box blocks half of whatever comes up and I cannot access the golden nuggets of information that I am certain are lurking behind it.
So, I was wondering which restaurants you count as your favorites for calamari?
We had great luck with sushi when we visited a couple of years ago - we did the happy hour at Origami (downtown) and ate til we could eat no more! My brother is still talking about it! Are they still good or are there new sushi places to be tried? Breakfast recs and somewhere to go before the game would be great as well.
We will be staying at the Westin Downtown and attending the Vikings game on Sunday, Nov. 7. We will have a car, so distance is not a problem (or walking or public transit for that matter).
We also enjoyed Hell's Kitchen for breakfast when we were there previously. This time, I am hoping to try Al's. Also, the Pho at Quang was pretty good as well. We found Palomino open late one night (everything else had closed) and had a nice selection of very good appetizers.
Thank you in advance!!

Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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  1. My favorite calamari is from Solera. Fried bits of lemon and olive throughout. I highly recommend Solera for calamari.

    900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    1. Bradstreet has a very different take on calamari, and a nice selection of appetizers. I'm not sure the calamari itself is 100% successful, but for late night appetizers and drinks, Bradstreet is an outstanding choice, and an upgrade over Palomino.

      As for sushi, I prefer Nami, and they have a nice happy hour as well.

      251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      1. Thank you both! If you think of anything else we *need* to try, please let me know. I think we may also try to get over to St Paul to have Ethiopian at Fasika (unless there is better Ethiopian to be had). Thank you again!

        1. D'Amico Kitchen has excellent fried calamari, and they give you a rather large amount of it too.

          D'Amico Kitchen
          901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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          1. re: Quince

            I just had the Calamari last night at Capital Grill. It was really good. Best I have had in the city in some time.

          2. I second the calamari at Capital Grill. It's the best rendition of the traditional fried calamari I've had in a very long time.

            For a completely different take on calamari, the calamari tacos at La Sirena Gorda in the Midtown Global Market are phenomenal. The best "non-traditional" (meaning not breaded and fried) calamari I've had in a very long time. (Their octopus tacos may be even better than the calamari tacos...)

            Midtown Global Market
            920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407