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Great place near Minnehaha Falls!?

MinneapolisMiss Sep 1, 2010 07:03 PM

I live right across from the main entrance to Minnehaha Falls, and while my boyfriend and I love going to Dominguez, Matt's, and the Baker's Wife- (and Fat Lorenzo's- but that's not exactly "near by") we're trying to find new places that are in this general area- maybe between 35W, Hiawatha, 94, and 62! (A big area, but that gives the idea!)

Anyway, if anyone knows of anything we sure would be grateful! Cheers!

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Fat Lorenzos
5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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  1. NugarifiK RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 1, 2010 07:14 PM

    Sea Salt Eatery is in Minnehaha Park. Tasty seafood at fairly reasonable prices.

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    Sea Salt Eatery
    4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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      KTFoley RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 1, 2010 07:57 PM

      Have you tried Al Vento, a few doors down from Dominguez?

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      Al Vento
      5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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        rockyd RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 1, 2010 08:50 PM

        You are missing a lot of close places across the river in Highland. Some on these boards do not like the Highland Grill, but I have always been happy with it, and I do like their breakfast. We also love Punch (better on week nights as weekends can be crazy. The Cleveland Wok has some wonderful things on the menu (but also some standard chinese.)

        Also, try the Citizen Cafe, I have mixed feelings, but they do have some really nice items.

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        Highland Grill
        771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

        Punch Neapolitan Pizza
        704 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

        Citizen Cafe
        2403 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

        Cleveland Wok
        767 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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          comfort foodie RE: rockyd Sep 1, 2010 09:37 PM

          If you are going to St. Paul, check out Cecil's Deli on Cleveland just north of Ford Parkway. It's the neighborhood kind of deli that you used to find in New York City.

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            faith RE: comfort foodie Sep 1, 2010 10:49 PM

            Rockyd, what do you recommend at Citizen Cafe, I won a $15 gift cert for them....?

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              rockyd RE: faith Sep 2, 2010 09:36 AM

              Any of the slow cooked meats--the pulled pork, or the 3 day pork. Generally, they know their way around meat.

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            kevin47 RE: rockyd Sep 2, 2010 02:59 PM

            What's wonderful on the Cleveland Wok menu? Their buffet is pretty lousy.

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            Cleveland Wok
            767 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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              scoopG RE: rockyd Sep 2, 2010 05:23 PM

              Cleveland Wok is nothing more than the usual American-Chinese, deep-fried buffet place. It used to be decent 30 years ago when it was Willow Gate and did not do buffet.

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                rockyd RE: scoopG Sep 3, 2010 02:42 PM

                I have had few things off the menu (I am not a fan of buffets, but will not discount a restaurant that has them), that I have personally enjoyed and not found elsewhere. I have been thanked for ordering off the menu and not getting the buffet.

                The other things I have ordered have been standard fare, but well prepared, fresh and tasty. I wish I could remember names, there is something with smoked black beans (I have not been there recently. ) Would I race over to have dinner tonight? No. But, are there are no other Chinese places in the neighborhood I would race to any faster.

                MinneapolisMiss asked for some ideas nearby. That's what I gave her; places I would dine, when I need dinner, not when I am looking for the perfect, fabulous meal. I figure if she likes Fat Lorenzo's and Matts, good fare is what was looking for and that is what I offered up.

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                Fat Lorenzos
                5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

            2. leeniebeanie RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 2, 2010 06:25 AM

              Hi Neighbor! I hope that you have tried Busters. Avoid the fish tacos (much better at Sea Salt) but I've like everything else that I've tried on the menu.

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                Brad Ballinger RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 2, 2010 06:47 AM

                Ditto the Buster's recommendartion right next to A Baker's Wife.

                Colossal Cafe at 42nd and Cedar for breakfast or lunch.
                Hot Plate at 52nd and Bloomington also for breakfast or lunch.
                Turtle Bread Company at Chicago and 48th anytime.
                Cafe Levain also at 48th and Chicago for dinner.
                Midtown Global Market at Lake and Chicago.
                The Craftsman at Lake and 43rd.
                Town Talk Diner at Lake and Minnehaha.
                Ghandi Mahal and Lake and Minnehaha.
                Riverview Wine Bar (serves food) at 38th and 42nd, catty corner from Riverview Theater.

                There's probably even more. Those were top of head and took one minute to type.

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

                Town Talk Diner
                2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                Hot Plate
                5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

                Riverview Wine Bar
                3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

                Cafe Levain
                4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                Riverview Cafe
                3753 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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                  BigSal RE: Brad Ballinger Sep 2, 2010 09:51 AM

                  Midori's Floating Island is in the same general vicinty as Talk Town and Ghandi Mahal. Craftsman restaurant is not too far from their either.

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                  alpa chino RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 2, 2010 11:55 AM

                  Oh, south minneapolis. Yeah, matt's is great. But some people like 5/8 tavern for the other juicy lucy.

                  Buster's on 28th is not bad. And Ted Cook's ribs on 38th and hiawatha is awesome.
                  If you can make it to Lake St, then gandhi mahal and Los ocampos.

                  Chris & rob's chicago, for some decent dogs and Italian beef. (take out really)

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                  Buster's on 28th
                  4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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                    ksioux RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 2, 2010 12:21 PM

                    Just across the river in Highland Park is Highland Cafe and Bakery. It's a great breakfast joint- your standard eggs and hashbrowns kind of place.

                    I also really like Pizza Biga (next to Turtle Bread Co. at 48th and Chicago) and Singapore which is approx. 6 blocks south of Dominguez on 34th.

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                    Highland Cafe and Bakery
                    2012 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN 55116

                    Pizza Biga
                    4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                      foreverhungry RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 3, 2010 08:08 AM

                      Head - quickly - to Sea Salt while it's still open for the season. It's a gem.

                      Al Vento is one of my favorites, but a bit pricier than some of the other options. They have a good deal on a weekday special - half priced bottle of wine, or something like that. Can't remember the details.

                      Definitely second Buster's on 28th. Best burger in the twin cities, paired with an excellent beer selection.

                      Right next door is the Angry Catfish, great morning coffee place - especially if you're into cycling.

                      Citizen Cafe is a solid choice for either breakfast/brunch, or dinner.

                      Turtle Bread / Pizza Biga is also a great place close by. Biga's menu is a bit limited in terms of pizza choices, but it's good stuff. Turtle Bread has one of the best bruches in town, with excellent soup, salad, omelet, and sandwich choices. Their desserts are not to be missed (Mexican brownie, their pie, and their carrot cake are fantastic).

                      Lastly, there's a new Mexican place that went in at the end of 34th St., in the same tiny strip of store's between the market-gas station and the laundromat. Haven't been there yet, just opened a few weeks ago, but might be worth a try.

                      If you're looking for a good meat market in the neighborhood, look no further than Everett's (Cedar and 38th). Excellent source of meat (and other things) at a very reasonable price. The folks there are very knowledgeable.

                      As for Highland... personally, I wouldn't cross the river for Cecil's, Highland Grill, or Cleveland Wok. The Tea place across the street from the Wok is a great source for tea. Punch is very good, but not worth an hour wait, not with Biga in your neighborhood. Cecil's is a perennial disappointment for me, but on the other hand, it has its supporters. One exception, though, it Tiffany's. Thursday and Friday nights, it's college-kid hell, but they have a solid beer selection, excellent sandwiches, and very good burgers. It's a great place to watch a football or basketball game.

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                      Highland Grill
                      771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

                      Buster's on 28th
                      4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                      Pizza Biga
                      4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                      Cleveland Wok
                      767 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

                      Al Vento
                      5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                      1. MinneapolisMiss RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 4, 2010 07:39 PM

                        Holy smokes! Thank you for all of these awesome recommendations! We've been to Buster's, Punch, and Highland (which we loved, loved, and loved)- so the others listed will give us plenty of new places to try when we find ourselves in the mood for food adventure! This was my first post on Chowhound and I'm counting it hugely successful! Thank you all again! (And if anyone has anything else to add, feel free!)

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                          Jilliams RE: MinneapolisMiss Sep 11, 2010 08:47 AM

                          We live about 3 blocks from the Falls, and have been in the area for several years now. A lot of people have mentioned some of the great places around here that I second. I want to give a special push for Singapore, which someone mentioned, because it is very near where you live. Al Vento is also great for a special evening - I'm not usually one to eat Italian out because I generally feel I can make pasta better than most restaurants, but I can't beat theirs! We also love Highland Cafe and Bakery for breakfast. Another place previously mentioned that we love are Ghandi Mahal up near Lake St. On a whim, we also ordered take out from T's Place last weekend, which is primarily a bar, but serves Ethiopian food too, and we were impressed. T's Place is up right next to Ghandi Mahal.

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                          Highland Cafe and Bakery
                          2012 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN 55116

                          T's Place
                          2713 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                          Al Vento
                          5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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                            kevin47 RE: Jilliams Sep 11, 2010 09:32 AM

                            I wouldn't say that T's is primarily a bar. They serve a full menu until 11p, though they do have live music late.

                            But if you like curry, you can't do much better than T's. Awesome stuff.

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