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debbie421 Sep 9, 2010 08:56 AM

Hi all,

I haven't heard anyone talk about a few restaurants lately, are they still good?

Northeast Social
Citizen Cafe
Cafe Levain
Trattoria Tosca

Thanks!

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Cafe Levain
4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Northeast Social
359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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    faith RE: debbie421 Sep 9, 2010 12:07 PM

    I've heard pretty good reports on Northeast Social, not much lately about the others. I did win a $15 gift card to Citizen Cafe, will report back when I use it.

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    Northeast Social
    359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

    1. drew13000 RE: debbie421 Sep 9, 2010 12:55 PM

      Visited Northeast Social during the art crawl a couple months ago and it was awesome. Love the food, the staff, the atmosphere. If I lived in NE this would be my regular hangout.

      I actually live closer to Citizen Cafe, and I visited last summer and really liked it, but haven't had a chance to go back. I'll try to do a lunch there soon and report back.

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      Northeast Social
      359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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        Josie RE: debbie421 Sep 9, 2010 01:20 PM

        I love Citizen Cafe. Basics & comfort food done well & with a twist. House-made mustard so good I finished it plain...

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          debbie421 RE: debbie421 Sep 9, 2010 01:36 PM

          Good to hear! I made a reservation for Northeast Social this weekend, I'm no longer apprehensive. :)

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          Northeast Social
          359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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            BigE RE: debbie421 Sep 10, 2010 07:28 AM

            I haven't been to Levain in a year or so, but it was pretty good last time I was in.

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              The Dairy Queen RE: BigE Sep 10, 2010 07:31 AM

              If it's really been a year since you've been there, then Levain has had some chef turnover in that time.

              ~TDQ

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                BigE RE: The Dairy Queen Sep 13, 2010 08:24 AM

                I'm aware, which is why I didn't give a more thorough review.

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                  debbie421 RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 6, 2011 05:16 AM

                  Didn't they just get their old chef back?

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                    BigE RE: debbie421 Mar 8, 2011 08:28 AM

                    I didn't hear anything about it, but I guess you're right. According to their FB page, Adam Vickerman is back at Levain.

                    Nice.

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                      fendel RE: debbie421 Apr 6, 2011 08:11 PM

                      Adam's back! We've been back a few times since then and he's breathed new life into the place again. Love the prix fixe on Sunday nights. Had a really nice hanger steak with barley risotto last weekend.

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                  jdzahniser RE: debbie421 Mar 11, 2011 12:28 PM

                  Trattoria Tosca has closed.

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                    KTFoley RE: jdzahniser Mar 11, 2011 01:19 PM

                    Are you thinking about the Trattoria Tosca that is adjacent to Turtle Bread on W. 44th Street in Minneapolis?

                    I just called and they are open, taking reservations for the weekend. Where did you get your info?

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                    jdzahniser RE: debbie421 Mar 11, 2011 01:23 PM

                    Sorry--was thinking of a similarly-named restaurant in St. Paul which closed last year.

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                      KTFoley RE: jdzahniser Mar 11, 2011 01:53 PM

                      Trattoria Da Vinci? Also open and taking reservations.

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                      Trattoria Da Vinci
                      400 Sibley St Ste 190, Saint Paul, MN 55101

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                        jdzahniser RE: KTFoley Mar 12, 2011 08:25 AM

                        Yes, that's true. Il Vesco Vino used to be on Selby and then moved to W7th with the name Trattoria something and I was thinking of that now-closed endeavor. Another restaurant has moved into that space.

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                        Il Vesco Vino
                        242 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

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                          steve_in_stpaul RE: jdzahniser Mar 12, 2011 02:12 PM

                          The newest entrant in that restaurant space is Moe Sharif's Burger Moe's (he owned the other places, too).

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                            foreverhungry RE: steve_in_stpaul Mar 13, 2011 09:36 AM

                            Speaking of Burger Moe's, I've had consistently good burgers there every time I've gone - including cooked exactly how I order them, which is a rarity in the Twin Cities.

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                              aguynamedbob RE: foreverhungry Mar 13, 2011 03:11 PM

                              I went to the one in St. Paul and thought it was pretty so-so. It was cooked well (medium rare), but my friend I went with was raving about how good their burgers are.

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                                foreverhungry RE: aguynamedbob Mar 13, 2011 04:17 PM

                                Is there more than one Burger Moe's?

                                I certainly don't think it's the best burger in the Twin Cities - but it's one of the best (on a very short list) in St. Paul.

                                That space seems to be cursed. I hope it does well, I think it's a good addition for that area.

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                                  steve_in_stpaul RE: foreverhungry Mar 14, 2011 04:46 PM

                                  There's only one Burger Moe's. But between Burger Moe's and Burger Jones and R. Burger and Smashburger and all the rest, confusion does not surprise me. :-)

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                                  Burger Jones
                                  3200 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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                                    The Dairy Queen RE: foreverhungry Mar 30, 2011 12:23 PM

                                    I love that patio Burger Moe's has. I haven't been there yet, but I'm going to head there as soon as it's REALLY spring!

                                    ~TDQ

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