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pistachio peas Apr 18, 2011 07:16 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm going on my third date with someone I like a lot, who is outside my social circle (and age group). He likes food a lot but I think I'm more adventurous. His tastes run to the fancy. He suggested the Calhoun Beach Club restaurant. I just looked into it and the food doesn't seem very good. Any suggestions? It will be a weekday lunch date. It doesn't really matter where it is as long as it is not out in the suburbs. Our first official date was at a very nice, old school restaurant downtown (don't really want to say on here); second date was an amazing home-cooked dinner. Thanks!!!

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    soupkitten RE: pistachio peas Apr 18, 2011 07:55 PM

    haha you are right about cbc-- the food is spendy but pretty boring! in that same area you'd do better/more interesting at barbette or lucia's.

    for "fancy lunch date" i think cosmos downtown would be a top pick. he may also go for the atmosphere at sea change or spoonriver. unfortunately a lot of the more "dateworthy" places i can think of aren't open for lunch. are you open to sushi restaurants for your lunch date?

    if st paul restaurants, or more downmarket/funky restaurants would be okay, let us know!

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      pistachio peas RE: soupkitten Apr 18, 2011 08:07 PM

      Barbette or Lucia's would be okay except that I go to those places often and think this could be a good/fun opportunity to go somewhere else. Plus, don't you think Minneapolis is tiny? Not really ready to bump into (my) friends or colleagues yet.

      definitely open to sushi and haven't found anything good here yet, so do tell!

      i think st paul is out. we both work in minneapolis and have to get back. downmarket/funky works for me...i could try introducing him to something.

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        soupkitten RE: pistachio peas Apr 18, 2011 08:51 PM

        see, now we're gonna have to start humming "secret love" at you over the interwebs in a pathetic attempt to embarrass you :) just kidding. so, no bumping into the colleagues yet, got it!

        for sushi/japanese, you could try the brand-spankin new (this week) masu in NE-- check out current thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742433
        or the smaller obento-ya in SE (super cute, good bento boxes and robata
        )and, i've had good experiences at sushi tango in calhoun square, but haven't been there recently, and maybe it's in the area too traffic-ed by the folks you know. . .

        other interesting places: victory 44. . . hmm. oh hey-- vincent may be a good one, too.

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        Vincent A Restaurant
        1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        Sushi Tango
        3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
        1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        Victory 44
        2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

        Masu Sushi and Robata
        330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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          pistachio peas RE: soupkitten Apr 18, 2011 09:06 PM

          Hahahaha....it'll take more than that to embarrass me! :)

          Masu sounds AMAZING and I've got my eye on it for a friend-hangout....or a chowhound meetup? Obento-ya is in the danger zone, so to speak. Or, a little too close. Same for Sushi Tango. You're good, soupkitten.

          Vincent's a usual haunt for him. I'm thinking I'm gonna suggest Sea Change. Have you eaten there? After looking at the menu, I really want the shrimp and grits with poached egg. YUM. Plus, I've never been to the Guthrie (only been here for under 2 yrs) and it could be a fun spot to be at together.

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          Sushi Tango
          3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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

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            soupkitten RE: pistachio peas Apr 18, 2011 09:26 PM

            sea change itself is a beautiful room and eric anderson is one of this town's great underrated chefs imo, he's vastly improved the food at the former CUE space. . . but i get the feeling he still has to have "safe" things on the menu for the guthrie's clientele-- so imo more adventurous preparations would be the way to go here. service can be. . . fine, or actually kinda weird, sometimes. maybe they have a lot of turnover there. maybe they employ too many out of work actors-- it's usually fine, though! i highly rec the grilled octopus app. i sat at the raw bar once because i thought it would be much more entertaining to watch the folks working, opening oysters, etc. . . it just wasn't as fun as i thought & in future i'd just get a nice table for conversation w no distractions.

            the nice thing about the guthrie is you can wander the whole building without a ticket-- so you can look at the architecture, take the world's longest elevator up to the 3rd or 4th floor, then go out on the "endless bridge" and look at the mississippi river (gads the water level is *so* high right now), take pictures together. . . have a bit of a field trip while you are at it. that's what i'd do! enjoy!

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        pistachio peas RE: soupkitten Apr 18, 2011 08:41 PM

        I just looked at the lunch menu at Sea Change. It looks fantastic!

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

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          MSPD RE: pistachio peas Apr 19, 2011 08:30 AM

          Yeah, I'd go to Sea Change before Erik Anderson departs (end of May).

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

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            soupkitten RE: MSPD Apr 19, 2011 12:46 PM

            doh! and. . . it looks like that's when my rec for sea change may change, though i am by no means shocked by this news. do you know where anderson is headed, or who's helming sea change when he leaves? (hello! btw)

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              MSPD RE: soupkitten Apr 20, 2011 06:09 AM

              Here's the skinny from where I heard about it (I think):

              http://blogs.mspmag.com/foodiefile/20...

              Doesn't say much about the future of Sea Change.

              And hello to you too.

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

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                Brad Ballinger RE: MSPD Apr 20, 2011 06:46 AM

                I know this conversation is a bit of a departure from the thread the OP started, but the following fits in with this sub-string...

                Ate at Sea Change for dinner on April 10. They were out of two entrees, down to one serving of another, down to eight servings of yet another. This pretty much limited us to half the entree selections on the menu. It was only 7:00. I just took that as not a good sign for the future.

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                  soupkitten RE: MSPD Apr 20, 2011 11:18 AM

                  lucky bastard. also, a big loss for msp dining. that guy never got the cred he deserved imo-- not terribly surprising he's leaving us.

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                  pistachio peas RE: soupkitten Apr 21, 2011 03:31 PM

                  So we went to Sea Change. It was... just okay. I had the shrimp and grits with a poached egg. The shrimp was excellent...if sparse. The grits were completely bland. I mean, really terrible. I had to add a lot of salt and pepper and I never, EVER salt my food at restaurants. The poached egg was a very weak poach. The ratio of shrimp to grits was less than desirable too. My friend had arctic char that came with white bean puree and pickled vegetables. His was good but nothing to write home about. We had some good wine. The service was excellent. We got complimentary desserts. The location was stunning too, and very romantic.

                  OH - and we were the only people there for most of our meal... ha ha. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

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

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                    soupkitten RE: pistachio peas Apr 21, 2011 09:02 PM

                    sorry that didn't turn out better! :(

                    fwiw my experiences at dinner and late theater hour have been pretty good & i don't think i've ever been there for lunch. at least you didn't run into the hordes of colleagues and acquaintances you were trying to avoid ;-P

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            kevin47 RE: pistachio peas Apr 18, 2011 08:05 PM

            Barrio would be a fun choice. They have a lunch option that includes guac and salsas (which are delicious) and a couple of tacos for $10 per person. Good compromise between adventurous and fancy.

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              Alsama RE: kevin47 Apr 19, 2011 08:33 AM

              Barrio has a cool atmosphere but other then good drinks and the table side guac, the food is very sub-par imo. I think Sea Change would be a great option in a cool location.
              There is also Zelo's right on nicollet, which has a fantastic lunch menu.
              http://www.zelomn.com/

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              Zelo
              831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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

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              Brad Ballinger RE: pistachio peas Apr 19, 2011 07:42 AM

              Victory 44. You could very well be the only people in the joint, and it would appeal to both your tastes. Not far from downtown. www.victory-44.com

              Sen Yai Sen Lek. Excellent Thai place in NE (24th and Central). www.senyai-senlek.com

              Red Stag Supperclub in NE closer to downtown. www.redstagsupperclub.com

              Brasa in NE for a more casual spot. www.brasa.us

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