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princebaal Apr 19, 2012 06:59 PM


What do you guys think of the picks?

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  1. mitch cumstein RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 07:03 AM

    Coupla thoughts....
    Best restaurant when someone else is paying should go away...what a backhanded jest if I've ever heard one. It's minnesotan for too expensive for what you get.
    Also, how Pat's tap inconsistent mediocrity gets acknowledged for anything other than something that soaks up whiskey? I don't get it.
    Other than that, these lists seem like the same old thing...it's a pretty small dining scene when you boil it down, and this list ain't that chowish...

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      astadtler RE: mitch cumstein Apr 22, 2012 06:23 PM

      Pat's Tap sucks period, it's a low rent Muddy Waters.

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      kuan RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 08:55 AM

      There should be fewer categories. The "best" in some of the categories like Indian, Korean, and Thai are best only because there's no competition.

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        BigSal RE: kuan Apr 20, 2012 12:41 PM

        I was thinking the same thing when I saw Solera won for best tapas.

      2. Db Cooper RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 11:46 AM

        If anyone thinks Heartland is outdoing Meritage these days, they haven't been eating out. Then again, I'd probably give the Lenny the award too just so I didn't get a 6,000 word missive directed my way for not picking it......

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          semanticantics RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 01:02 PM

          Our best restaurant is known for their toast.

          Heartland wins on idea / ideals, but not on food.

          Maybe the readers should request a "Best Food" category?

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            kuan RE: semanticantics Apr 20, 2012 02:43 PM

            OMG! Ain't that something?

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            mull0263 RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 01:38 PM

            Agree with most of the sentiments above. Also don't understand the appeal of Big Daddy's - I have never been at all impressed (though I know we're not a municipality with much to brag about when it comes to BBQ).

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              Bobannon RE: princebaal Apr 20, 2012 06:02 PM

              Same old same old. And I too agree with most of these comments, Many categories have little competitiion, A couple things that bugged me.

              Lindey's is our best steak place? Ummm...that's sort of embarrassing. I giant hunk of steak and an iceberg lettuce salad is the best we can do? I strongly disagree. The one time i went I left and had to immediately throw my clothes in the wash and send my coat to the dry cleaner because you can't escape that place without smelling like whatever it is they marinate their meat in.

              It bugged me that the pictures they used don't match the category. For example, the best desserts award goes to Victory 44 and they display a picture of a sandwich. The best meatloaf displays a pic of fish. It kind of seems like CityPages didn't put a lot of effort into this one.

              I haven't been to Spring Street in awhile but I was kind of expecting to see DSpot win the best wings category.

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                AnneInMpls RE: Bobannon Apr 20, 2012 09:03 PM

                >> It kind of seems like CityPages didn't put a lot of effort into this one.

                Woo, boy - you can say that again. CP has been phoning it in for years. This is a tweet.

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                keg RE: princebaal Apr 21, 2012 05:25 AM

                CP should expand to include:

                "Best Placement of 'Best Of' Award Montage"

                "Best Disagreement Between a Cartoon and a Chef"

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                  zfwp RE: keg Apr 22, 2012 02:56 PM

                  isn't that citypages thing just advertisements for prostitutes and escort services?

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                    Haricotsv2 RE: zfwp Apr 22, 2012 05:40 PM

                    No. City Pages reports on all sorts of things from a different perspective than the Strib or PP. An overall very good thing IMO. How one feels about their "best of" choices for food may be different.

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                      Lincster RE: Haricotsv2 Apr 22, 2012 08:56 PM

                      I agree with Hari.....City Pages now breaks as many stories a year as the Strib and the the PressPatch. They are a real asset to the town.

                      The best of edition will always have critics. I'm glad they still do it, and the edition looked great this year. Plus it was free! Come on folks....see what MPLS/STP mag charges you for a single copy.

                      I don't work for them, just reading since the Twin Cities Pages and beyond....

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                  BigE RE: princebaal Apr 23, 2012 07:50 AM

                  The biggest laughers for me...

                  1) Lindey's - I'm sorry, but you can't give best steakhouse to only offers one type of steak and doesn't even do that in any noteworthy way.

                  2) Skinner's - I love me a good dive bar, but that place is a dump.

                  Other thoughts:

                  -I can't speak to the best restaurant MPLS choice, since I haven't been, but it seems like the consensus is still very much up the air about that place.

                  -Thumbs up for the Tilia/Steven Brown picks, though they are obvious. Also thumbs up for A Baker's Wife and Buster's. I love both of those spots.

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                    namabiiru RE: princebaal Apr 24, 2012 09:52 AM

                    I like reading CP but I've never been impressed with their Best Of rankings. It seems like often the picks are just the trendiest places, not the best ones.

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                      Enso RE: princebaal Apr 27, 2012 06:33 AM

                      The publication is not really on my radar. I notice it once in a while when I'm out, and about once a year glance idly through it when I don't have anything more interesting to engage my attention. Can't say it's impacted my life in the least.

                      1. Latinpig RE: princebaal May 4, 2012 11:08 AM

                        Best Steakhouse is a farce.

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                          Db Cooper RE: Latinpig May 8, 2012 11:37 AM

                          Not the one on Rice next to the old StarGate. I've know Chief for over 15 years now, even when he was up on Lexington back in the day. He puts together a good steak, baked potato, and Texas Toast Dinner for under $10. It's not the greatest meal ever, but for a quality cheap steak dinner, he's almost impossible to top.

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                            Bobannon RE: Db Cooper May 8, 2012 03:09 PM

                            Nope...that's not the same place.

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