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Sep 16, 2010 11:21 AM

"Unique" Dish?

Can anyone suggest a unique (and delicious) dish in the TC? I'm bored with eating at all of the same restaurants and eating the same chicken/beef/white fish dishes. Any help is appreciated!!

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  1. Travail does all kinds of weird stuff with their food. I had the "tofu" last weekend, and I received some of their house made tofu in a sweet potato broth with sweet potato chips, fried lotus root (of all things), and some other accouterments. If I went in tomorrow it would likely be completely different. Try a google image search on "travail kitchen & amusements", I believe my photos are the first hits. Find their address and their own photos and menu updates on Facebook.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      Failing that, go ethnic. Thai and Vietnamese are my favorite cuisines, with Massaman Curry being my favorite dish. It's a coconut curry with potatoes and a protein, and a few other veggies (which vary). It's spicy and sweet, a favorite combo.

    2. The gnocchi with cauliflower and orange at Bar La Grassa is one of my very favorite things in the world right now. I was delighted to see Heavy Table agrees with me - she says it better than I can.

      Bar La Grassa
      800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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      1. re: keithinmpls

        Oh that is sooo good. Had it once months ago and still think of it almost daily.

        1. re: diesel

          Tasted great in the moment, but I thought it left a cloying aftertaste that lingered far too long. I regret having ordered it.


      2. I tend to gravitate toward the craziest thing on any menu, so I could write an encyclopedia... Some recs:

        Los Andes has a trio of Ceviche, goat stew and tripe stew that is quite good.
        The sheep's brain at Saffron is supposed to be excellent.
        You can spin the wheel at Bangkok Market. As an added bonus, their food tends often to be mislabeled.
        Jellyfish at Evergreen is a low risk investment, though it doesn't match the version Yummy used to serve.

        If you're not feeling quite THAT adventurous.

        Both Travail and Victory 44 always feature items I've never tried before.
        The sausage appetizer at Lemongrass is just outstanding.
        Foie Gras meatballs at 112 are an old standby
        The curry at T's Place is about as addicting as food gets
        Squid at Piccolo is anything but boring.
        Devil's Eggs at TSC.
        Anything ordered "spicy" at Bangkok Thai Deli or Sweet Basil...

        There is a restaurant or two around here that serves Pho. Pho Tan Phat in Spring Lake Park has a duck version on weekends.

        Los Andes
        317 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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

        Victory 44
        2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

        Sweet Basil
        9310 Zane Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443

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          1. re: MplsM ary

            I assume he means The Strip Club.

            The Strip Club
            378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

          2. re: kevin47

            i'll respond here, because i want to say that the sheep's brain at saffron *is* excellent. . .

            the "duck in a can" at haute dish also comes immediately to mind after reading the op-- but there are less-than-usual items on many menus, and many menus that are very outside of the norm. maybe the op could clarify for me-- it seems like i could rec a great mackerel dish somewhere, even though that doesn't seem very unusual, and have it fall into the desired parameters-- or the op could be on a "bizarre foods" type quest.

            1. re: soupkitten

              Yeah, my visits to Saffron have always been with friends who work nearby who would be a bit queasy at my ordering delicious brains. Does Saffron deliver?

          3. Yak momos and goat curry at Himalayan Restaurant. Cuy at Chino Latino. Camel at Safari in the Midtown Global Market (though I'm not sure they offer this past state fair time. The last time I visited MGM was during the state fair.) Pig tongue small plate at Meritage.

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

            Chino Latino
            2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

            1. Just had a wonderful meal at Flamingo.... it's Ethiopian/East African food, and the owners are struggling to stay afloat with the restaurant and the charitable work they do helping their community, so it's a worthy cause as well as delicious food....