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Hubs and I will be celebrating 2 years on 11/1/10 (though we've been together and happily eating through the TC for more than 11) - but I don't have a clue this year.

411: I'm pregnant - no booze or wine (so sad) - but hubs still enjoys a good martini. This is why I don't want to head to Meritage (simply b/c I like the the wine pairing thing) OR Restaurant Alma.

I'm allergic to shellfish (also very sad) - I will go so my husband can enjoy it but he prefers a place we can both equally enjoy.

In previous years, I've had excellent meals and tasting menus at Grand Cafe (have not been there since chef passed away), LBV, Frost and Nicollet Island Inn. We are open food eaters -

Any suggestions? I'm game for whatever since I'm the sober cab -but I prefer to stick within St Paul or Mpls (sans Uptown).

TIA.

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Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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  1. Not quite sure.... if you eliminated Alma and Meritage because they have too nice wine lists, that might also eliminate others I would recommend....

    But the new Heartland might be nice? We found Vincent to be very romantic, and when we went there for an anniversary a few years ago they were very sweet to us.

    Craftsman is another good option... or Corner Table?

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    Corner Table
    4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

    Meritage
    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    1. My 5th anniversary is on 10/28 and I just made a rez at Bar la Grassa for next Thurs. Not too romantic, but we had a fabulous meal there in May.

      I think Corner Table would be a good romantic spot.

      -MayrMN

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      Corner Table
      4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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

      1. I'd throw Cave Vin in the mix, as well. Nice, romantic atmosphere. Not too loud (which would be my main gripe about Craftsman).

        You'd also have a great experience at Piccolo, especially from a foodie standpoint. The only date night deterrent there would be that many of their 2-tops are awfully close together.

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        Cave Vin
        5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

        1. I just did the tasting menu at LBV and it was fantastic. And had a delicious cocktail before dinner- their martinis are so good so hubby would be happy. They had shrimp course on the menu but I'm sure they'd sub something for you.

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          1. re: meljohns

            La Belle Vie also has a nice nonalcoholic mixed drink menu.

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            La Belle Vie
            510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

          2. Heartland. Beautiful space. Full bar. And they won't have shellfish (unless it's local crayfish).

            1. The last few nice meals that I've had out - generally in celebration of a birthday or anniversary - have been at The Grand Cafe (first time there), Sea Change, and Piccolo. We've enjoyed each one.

              Sea Change will have several fish dishes in addition to shellfish.

              Piccolo was our last venture - just this past weekend - and it was very good. My wife and I went with another couple and we all shared all choices. The new menu is very meat-heavy and, while I enjoyed my choices, it was not the transcendent experience that I had hoped for. Probably unrealistic expectations on my part.

              But I'd recommend each of these places as being good at the moment.

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              Grand Cafe
              3804 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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

              Piccolo Restaurant
              4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

              1. The mention of a good non-alcoholic drink menu also made me think of Saffron. Really good food and a great drink menu for non drinkers (nod to the middle eastern'esque cuisine)

                I'd also second Cave Vin for romance. That's where we celebrated last year, as we wanted some good moules and frites to relive our honeymoon.

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                Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
                123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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                1. re: MayrMN

                  Thanks for the great suggestions-we'll let CHub browse the menus and go from there. And I'm not discounting restaurants b/c of their amazing wine lists-it's more that I'm way more into wine than Chub, and since some of those restaurants are noteworthy for the food/wine pairing aspects, I'd just prefer to stay away until we can go and fully enjoy it - with wine.

                  I'm thinking Sea Change, Cave Vin (I've heard this from some others but never been) or Piccolo.

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                  Cave Vin
                  5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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