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  • MarkG Sep 23, 2011 11:19 PM
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it seems to have become a restaurant hot spot nabe, at least relatively speaking

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  1. There is a very long list of restaurants in NE. I have lived here for 6 years and still trying to make it to every bar and restaurant!

    Here are my favorites:

    - Gorkha Palace for Nepalese and Indian. Good momos.
    - Adelitas for Mexican - the kitchen is open late night on weekends.
    - Chimborazo - Ecuadorian. Much reviewed restaurant on this board.
    - La Colonia for Ecuadorian/Colombian - the spicy salsa is absolutely addictive. More items to choose from than Chimborazo.
    - Pizza Nea - casual but more intimate than Punch.
    - Sample Room - I love this place when you want to meet friends, drink and nibble.
    - Anchor Fish and Chips - because they are delicious
    - Jax Cafe for brunch - I love the chicken salad
    - Brasa for the meat. Lately I prefer take out vs dining in.
    - Masu for the noodles - pork belly ramen is my hubby's fav.

    Have fun exploring!

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    Jax Cafe
    1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

    Pizza Nea
    306 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Sample Room
    2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

    The Anchor Fish and Chips
    302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    Gorkha Palace
    23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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    1. re: MNLawGirl

      Adelita's is awful. El Taco Riendo is a vastly superior.

      Crescent Moon makes awesome Afghani pizza.

    2. My favorites are:

      Butcher Block - Underrated, meat-forward Italian
      Crescent Moon Pizza - Genuinely unique pizza.
      Red Stag Supper Club - Delivers as promised.
      Modern - One of my favorites. Great American food across the board.
      Emily's Lebanese
      Punch Pizza - Multiple locations, but I prefer it to Nea.
      Chimborazo - Best Ecuadorian in town.
      Masu - I actually like the sushi and robata.
      Anchor Fish and Chips - Best fried fish in town, I think.
      Erte - If you're looking for an affordable steak, this is your place.
      Holy Land - Both as a grocer and deli.

      I'm not a fan of Adelitas, the Sample Room or Jax. Jury's out for me on Brasa and Nea. I've not been to Gorkha.

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      Jax Cafe
      1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      Sample Room
      2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      Erte
      323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

      Red Stag Supper Club
      509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

      Punch Pizza
      1313 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391

      The Anchor Fish and Chips
      302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

      1. The Butcher Block
        Brasa
        Northeast Social
        Sample Room
        Erte
        Red Stag
        Jax, especially for brunch

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        Jax Cafe
        1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        Sample Room
        2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        Erte
        323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

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

        1. Northeast is a great eating destination, from the river all the way up to 29th (Chimborazo).

          In addition to what has already been posted, I'd add:

          -Alma, since it is still one of my favorite spots in town.
          -Bulldog for the beer selection and good burgers (great tots too).

          Add me to this list that would steer you away from Adelita's and toward El Taco Riendo.

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          El Taco Riendo
          2416 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

          1. I'm a fan of:

            Adelita's for the Al Pastor (not tried anything else)
            Alma (still good after all these years)
            Brasa
            Chimborazo
            Diamond Cafe (in the white building on west side of Central by the railroad tracks around 14th)
            Dong Yang (excellent Korean)
            El Taco Riendo (for the burritos)
            The Modern
            Punch
            Sen Yak Sen Lai (I'm no thai purist, this is way better than Sawatdee and Pad Thai on Grand, only guys that are better or in the same boat are On's Thai and Bangkok Deli)

            I really miss Bombay 2 Deli. I heard she moved to the skyway.

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            El Taco Riendo
            2416 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              When did you hear that about Bombay 2? When the place was closing down she said she hoped to get something going in the Skyway in a matter of months. She even had a big list of email addresses for updates. I never heard anything since. Man that place was the best.

              1. re: ike.

                I completely agree. That really was the best (and spiciest) Indian food I've ever had to this day.

            2. My list:

              - Jax Cafe .. steak, trout, crab rolls, patio
              - El Taco Riendo .. EXCELLENT Tacos and also excellent staffs
              - Amici Pizza and Bistro .. I love love love their signature braised beef
              - Uncle Franky's .. really good italian beef sandwich and pretty good dogs
              - Ideal Diner .. quaint little diner for your basic greasy breakfast
              - Chin Dian Cafe .. decent India-Chinese food
              - Obentoya .. gotta love their bento varieties
              - Pizza Nea .. Rucola Pizza!
              - Durango Bakery .. really cheap and pretty good mexican bakery right next to el taco riendo
              - Que Viet .. their huge egg rolls will fill definitely fill your tummy
              - Emily's Lebanese .. the best tabuleh ive ever tasted.
              - Zakia Deli .. their falafel sandwich is pretty amazing
              - Crescent Moon .. Afghan football pizza with that heavenly spicy green sauce!!!
              - Marina Grill and Deli .. decent buffet and their normal menu food also have generous portion
              - Psycho Suzi's .. drinks, drinks, drinks and also awesome patio
              - Chimborazo .. really burst full of flavor ecuadorian food
              - Brasa .. for their chicken

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              Jax Cafe
              1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

              Pizza Nea
              306 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

              Zakia Deli
              2412 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

              Ideal Diner
              1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

              Marina Grill
              4755 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

              Uncle Franky's
              1316 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

              El Taco Riendo
              2416 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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              1. re: moomon

                Forgot about Obento-Ya. That's on the list for sure.

              2. My top faves in NE are:
                - Holy Land (their hummus keeps me alive)
                - Brasa
                - Chimborazo
                - Emily's
                - Kramarczuk's Deli
                - Zakia Deli
                - Gorkha (though I prefer The Himalayan in SE)

                As for Adelita's, count me as a fan. I've had nice food and drinks there - nothing out-of-the-world great, but I like the full bar. (Still haven't tried Taco Riendo; the call of booze always lures me to the other side of the street.)

                Me, I'd pass on Psycho Suzi's except for happy-hour drinks on the patio. I found the food to be mediocre, but you can't beat the view.

                Has anyone been to Marrakech? I've been meaning to try it.

                Anne

                P.S. Technically, Alma and Obento-Ya are in SE Minneapolis, but what's a few blocks when the destination is so wonderful?

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                Zakia Deli
                2412 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  I just drove by Marrakech and was wondering how it was.

                  1. re: kevin47

                    I checked it out a year ago. Haven't been there lately.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734875
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                    While it's not technically in NE, but a few miles up on central is Filfallah--pretty awesome chicken shwarmas.

                    And I'm surprised nobody mentioned legend's bar. That used to be our go to place for cheap eats.

                    1. re: alpa chino

                      I may be wrong, but isn't Marakesh, just a half a block south or north of the new(er) Falafal King on Central, which would be heart of NE. Have been wondering about Marakesh, so thanks for the input. Will check out Legends.

                  2. re: AnneInMpls

                    To each their own of course, but beyond the food, during my visit a TV in Adelita's was airing a show depicting graphic dog fighting pictures and the other a movie in the "Blade" series.

                    1. re: semanticantics

                      We were treated to borderline R-rated music videos. Also, no A/C in the summer. Blech.

                  3. I would recommend checking out Ginger Hop for their happy hour (Mon-Fri, 4-6pm, and Mon-Thu 10-12pm). My personal favorites there are the "hop wings" and calamari. They have tons of food items on their HH menu. Great drink specials, too. It's been one of our favorite happy hour stops for a while now.

                    Just tried Masu for the first time the other night, too. We will definitely be going back soon!
                    Pork belly = happy belly.

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                    Ginger Hop
                    201 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414