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Best Place for Mussels?

SpicySara Feb 29, 2012 10:19 AM

I am looking for suggestions on the best mussels you have had in Minneapolis or St. Paul. For this next weekend I am looking for somewhere over by the Lakes in Minneapolis, but in general anywhere across the metro would be good too as I love mussels!

  1. bob s Feb 29, 2012 12:57 PM

    Barbette's mussels have been excellent in the past. I think that they're probably your best bet near the lakes. They serve them in a traditional wine sauce or with a coconut lime preparation.

    1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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      kevin47 Feb 29, 2012 02:21 PM

      Cave Vin makes very good ones.

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        splatgirl Feb 29, 2012 02:33 PM

        +1 on Cave Vin's. Obsession-worthy. They're the best I've had since Figlio circa 1990.

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          MayrMN Mar 10, 2012 06:16 PM

          I 3rd Cave Vin!!

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            Musky_Hunter Apr 2, 2012 06:21 PM

            +1 on Cave Vin

      2. Db Cooper Mar 2, 2012 08:45 AM

        If you ever eat at Ngon and they are on the appetizer menu, order them.

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          SpicySara Mar 2, 2012 08:57 AM

          I have been there, but not had their mussels - will definitely give them a try next time as I love this place.

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            Db Cooper Mar 2, 2012 11:03 AM

            Their app menu changes so they aren't always on there. I am quite sure you won't be disappointed.

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          semanticantics Mar 2, 2012 08:53 AM

          I would imagine Meritage should be in your investigation.

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            latte4me Mar 2, 2012 08:43 PM

            +1 for Meritage. Best Moules Frites I've ever had.

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            soupkitten Mar 2, 2012 09:33 PM

            i like the mussels in white wine broth at 112 eatery. it's on the app menu but i've been known to make a meal of the dish, extra bread to sop up the broth, of course...

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              SpicySara Mar 3, 2012 12:33 PM

              We went for lunch today and where by the lakes so Barbette was the logical place to go. I have had them there before and the lime coconut did not disappoint, but thanks for all the other suggestions as now I have a list to focus my next adventures!

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                yttri Mar 6, 2012 07:58 AM

                I haven't had mussels in restaurants here for a while, but I noticed whenever I did get them last summer and fall they were not very plump. The taste was fine, but really skimpy-looking things. Just had a few from a friend's order at Eat Street Social though and noticed they looked plumper. Maybe it was a hard season for them previously?

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                Kldwsp Mar 10, 2012 10:55 AM

                In St. Paul, Muddy Pig, where you can order as a n app or with linguini. Second choice, Salut Bar Amercain, ESP. On Mondays with one of their $10 bottle of wine selections.

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                  chazmo Mar 12, 2012 09:20 AM

                  When they have them as a special, the mussels at SeaSalt were the best I've had in the twin cities. Very large portion and the fries were equally good. I can't wait for them to open for the season.

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                    Royboy1256 May 17, 2012 03:29 PM

                    Blue Point in Wayzata. Go for Happy Hour and enjoy reduced prices in the small but always hopping bar.

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                      Haricotsv2 May 17, 2012 07:53 PM

                      Oops! I meant to reply to the original post. I love Meritage--the mussels are always great and I love the frites with béarnaise sauce.

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