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Looking for quality cocktails and great local food

mark r Apr 20, 2011 12:30 PM

NYC hound in town tonight and looking for someplace great.
Price isn't an issue.

Any help is much appreciated.

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    Brad Ballinger Apr 20, 2011 12:34 PM

    Bradstreet Crafthouse if you are in downtown Minneapolis.

    1. mtullius Apr 20, 2011 12:46 PM

      Bradstreet definitely has the cool cocktails right now, though some consider them a bit too "precious." Most of the good local food places have good quality and interesting cocktails. Restaurant Alma and The Inn come to mind if you're in DT Minneapolis; Meritage or The Strip Club if in St. Paul....

      Restaurant Alma
      528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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

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        AnneInMpls Apr 20, 2011 03:21 PM

        Quick correction: Restaurant Alma serves only beer and wine - no hard liquor, so no cocktails, alas. But the food is great.

        Restaurant Alma
        528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        1. re: AnneInMpls
          mtullius Apr 21, 2011 07:50 AM

          That's funny-- in my memory, we've had cocktails there, but that just goes to show that memory can be faulty!

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        kevin47 Apr 20, 2011 01:32 PM

        Saffron has outstanding cocktails that are very much out of the box, and the food is stellar.

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          LauraB Apr 20, 2011 01:43 PM

          I like many of the recommendations above, but my favorite place in the Twin Cities for a combination of cocktails and delicious food would be La Belle Vie (you can order off the whole menu in the lounge if desired or they have a lounge-specific menu - including a tasting menu option).

          La Belle Vie
          510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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          1. re: LauraB
            mark r Apr 20, 2011 03:55 PM

            Thanks for the reccs. Is la belle vie fancy?

            Looking for cool vibe too if possible. Not white table cloth

            1. re: mark r
              parallevar Apr 20, 2011 04:35 PM

              Definitely La Belle Vie. Sit at the bar, not fancy. Well, it's fancy for Minneapolis, not for NYC. The restaurant side is white tablecloth, the bar is usually full of interesting people.
              Great cocktails, awesome food. Rabbit pappardelle is my can't-miss recommendation.

              La Belle Vie
              510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

              1. re: mark r
                LauraB Apr 20, 2011 04:58 PM

                The lounge side has a "cool vibe" in my opinion and is a jeans fine sort of atmosphere (this is not true in the dining room part which definitely is more dressy). In the lounge you can sit at the bar (which I would recommend if that is your sort of thing) or at a table.

                1. re: LauraB
                  mark r Apr 21, 2011 12:44 PM

                  Started my night at bradstreet and actually ended my night there as well. Great cocktails for sure. Went to 112 eatery and had a terrific meal.

                  Those guys know why they are doing and food and service was excellent.

                  Minneapolis sure did deliver. Thanks for the help!

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