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Minneapolis Dish of the Month (Dec 2012) - Nominations

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It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for Minneapolis for December 2012

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the Minneapolis area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! In SF, the dish of the month inspired a few Chowdowns so people could try the dish together....hopefully this can happen in Minneapolis too!

This is the nomination thread for December 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on November 29), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until November 28th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for MSP:

Omelets: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875926
Pho: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871697

Another note: If anyone in Minneapolis is interested in taking over this nomination/voting/counting process for Dish of the Month, I'd be happy to pass the reigns. Just shoot me an email (listed in my profile) and we can be in touch. Thanks!

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  1. NON-STUFFED BURGER

    1. Any other ideas besides burgers? Are Minneapolis hounds still excited for this idea! Hope we can keep the momentum up, though sadly I'm not in MN to join in the fun......

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      1. re: Dave MP

        Sorry about that...the burger idea was just me trying really, really hard for an idea of food that people would likely eat, and that there are always new developments/places to be unearthed.

        My thoughts on this echo my philosophy on MSP dining as a whole. In NYC, San Francisco, LA, etc. you can name practically ANY food item and there are dozens and dozens of places offering every possible iteration and hundreds of people that rarely eat at home that will jump all over whatever food is picked. Threads like this in those cities will help unearth a host of new options for people.

        After living here for 23 years now, it's become apparent to me that a food enthusiast's life here is such that when you want a certain food, there are probably 1-5 places in the entire metro area that are going to be your go-to spots. Example would be something like borscht or mole or cassoulet or bagels or something. I feel like I've tried virtually every single one of the very few places that have notable versions and have settled in on Russian Tea House and Homi and Meritage and Common Roots respectively.

        Plus, the Twin Cities are so spread out....a 'Hound out in Stillwater may not have even had a chance to think about pho in October, much less eat several and report a new find to the board.

        Finally, you likely won't have more than a few people that love less-common foods that in a given month there will be enough people to go out and order it and have a lively discussion.

        There are broader categories like omelets, but then you are going to get everything from soup to nuts without anyone explaining what it is that they actually love about an omelet (one of my two major pet peeves about this board...nobody gives any context). From the omelet thread, you had fans of everything from Mickey's Diner to Vincent labeling whatever they had as great without really helping people understand why they should travel all the way from Burnsville to White Bear Lake for an omelet.

        Maybe this is all just a symptom of me getting old and my lost enthusiasm for Minnesota and having run out of interesting things to say. Hell, I've even been on Chowhound for 10 years now.

        Yikes.

        1. re: MSPD

          MSPD, I didn't get the impression that Dave was challenging your nomination of burgers, just that it was November 29, the day after nominations were to close and there only had been one nomination, so he was asking if anyone else wanted to chime in.

          I had half a mind to nominate cheese-stuffed burgers, just to be ornery, but I'm not really that ornery.

          I do understand your point that M-SP may not have the breadth of choices larger metro areas have, but there are still many options to try for any given dish. For instance, we did a taco crawl/chowdown on Lake Street a number of years ago and we had so many options for antijitos and horchata within a mere four blocks it was mind-blowing. You could do the same with banh mi or pho on University Avenue or Eat Street and be similarly amazed. KTFoley, uisge, and Kate Bauer organized a tres leches cake and BBQ chowdown around the same time as the taco crawl and, again, the number of contenders was amazing.

          The idea is to fan ourselves out and see what there really is to uncover. Sure, you may kiss a few frogs, but sometimes it's nice to get out there and turn up a bunch of new rocks and see what you find. (sorry for the mixed metaphors.) My worry is that December is going to be a distracting month and people may not have a chance to run around town and turn up new rocks.

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I would have thought it was hilarious if you said stuffed burgers.

            You make great points.

            It looks like ramen will be the choice. I'm curious to see what there is beyond Obento-ya, Moto-i, Tanpopo, Masu, Zen Box Izakaya and UniDeli (I feel like I'm forgetting one) and how many people jump in.

            1. re: MSPD

              Obento-Ya?

              I'm curious, too.

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Whoops, I saw that you already said Obento-Ya, and then got the blue screen of death. I"m not sure what that portends.

                Tanpopo on Mondays?

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  That's how it had been according to their Twitter feed, but I quit most social media in the run-up to the election, so my info is only as good as early October or so.

              2. re: MSPD

                Fuji Ya, Origami, Midori's and Nami all have Ramen on their menu (Fuji Ya and Nami are lunch only it appears).

                And yes, I believe Tanpopo is still only on Mondays.

        2. Chili

          1. Ramen

            1. + 1 Ramen

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              1. re: docfood

                I caps RAMEN

                1. re: ibew292

                  I also caps RAMEN

                  (a gentle reminder to steakhound, mull, and doc, Dave asks that we put our nominations in all caps.)

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Much obliged DQ.

              2. I created a voting thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879929

                Please vote for your choice....seems like ramen may be the stronger contender, but I want to make this fair, so I created the voting thread.

                One vote per person, and please vote in ALL CAPS for it to count!

                Thanks
                Dave MP

                P.S. Glad to see that this is going to keep going in MSP!!