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qajohn Jul 30, 2013 01:21 PM

I will be hosting a large group of people from a sister plant in India in the next few weeks and am looking for recommendations on where to take them. I'm not sure how many of them have actually traveled outside of India, so I am looking for a place where they can feel at home a bit. In Woodbury, we have India Palace which I like, but I am hoping there are some good alternatives elsewhere in the Twin Cities I could take them of guide them too while they are here.

Thank you for your help!!

  1. Michael Florey Jul 30, 2013 01:26 PM

    Go to Copper Pot in downtown Minneapolis. The food is superb.

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    1. re: Michael Florey
      Rowdy Jul 30, 2013 04:54 PM

      I second this recommendation. I've eaten a lot of Indian food here over thirty years, have been to most of the Indian restaurants, have cooked it quite a bit, and love it. I've been to Copper Pot three times, and each time it has been outstanding, as determined by the nine palates that have sampled it in my presence. They have many things that you just don't find on the standard Indian menus throughout the Twin Cities.

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      robe0341 Jul 30, 2013 02:48 PM

      India Spice House in Eden Prairie is an Indian grocery story and restaurant. I've only eaten there once, but I thought it was pretty good. It's target demographic is the Eden Prairie Indian community, so it might be one of the more authentic options you'll find.

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        Lincster Aug 1, 2013 03:57 PM

        While I am thankful the India Spice House exists way out here on the Prairie, and agree it is very good, the ambiance is certainly lacking. I'm in the Copper Pot camp as well.

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          GutGrease Aug 2, 2013 12:38 PM

          My only issue with the Copper Pot recommendation is that I don't remember it being very big. If qujohn has a large group, that may not work out too well. Of course, I only have been able to go once so someone may correct me. I'd suggest calling them to see if they can accommodate a group of your size.

          1. re: GutGrease
            qajohn Aug 2, 2013 02:37 PM

            There will be 6 people or so each night that they are here. I may have to do some reconnaissance with my wife this week just to test any recommendations. Its a tough job, but that's what a good host does:-).

            1. re: qajohn
              Rowdy Aug 2, 2013 06:30 PM

              Oh, yes! I pity the suffering you'll have to endure at the Copper Pot. LOL You will see that they can easily accommodate you.

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          JimGrinsfelder Aug 2, 2013 12:54 PM

          I gotta say it: If you were travelling to India, would you want your host to take you out for the best hamburger they could find? Or would you rather have some amazing local food?

          I'd consider taking them to Bachelor Farmer or Alma or La Belle Vie or a good vegetarian place or someplace that's about the US or Minnesota.

          The other thing to consider with colleagues from India is how many are Vegetarians? Or non-beef eaters?

          If you gotta go Indian, consider Indian Zayka in Eagan in addition to Copper Pot downtown.


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          1. re: JimGrinsfelder
            qajohn Aug 2, 2013 02:35 PM

            While I agree with you in concept, I don't believe many of these people have traveled outside their region, let alone outside India. We will see when they come. If I feel like they are more adventurous than I am giving them credit, I will probably do what you say. I’m trying to cover my bases here. Also, they will be here in some cases for 12 days. That’s plenty of opportunity to try new stuff if they start thinking outside the box.

            In my experience with people from India, just the smell of cooked meat gave them a problem. I’d like to make this trip as easy as possible for these visitor, even if the food gets boring for me.

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              AnneInMpls Aug 2, 2013 09:05 PM

              I like the idea of taking them to an Indian grocery - they can have some (very casual) food, and pick up supplies for their hotel rooms. When I travel, I love trying the local food for lunches and dinners, but really like a bit of familiarity for breakfasts and snacks.

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            JulianEmery Aug 3, 2013 11:01 AM

            I love Indian cuisine and have tried every place I can find in our twin city area. Many have minor flaws and are generally good but my* favorite (flawless) is the Bombay Bistro downtown Minneapolis at 9th and Marquette.

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              Enso Aug 8, 2013 07:02 AM

              I also liked Bombay Bistro quite a bit the 2 times I've been there.

              I most regularly eat at Bukhara in Mtka/Wayzata. They have a buffet at lunch time so I can select several dishes that are my favs.

              1. re: JulianEmery
                bob s Aug 11, 2013 08:26 PM

                I think that the Bombay Bistro in the Medical Arts Building is head and shoulders better than the Bombay Bistro on Marquette. That one is only open for lunch though.

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                stepawayfromthetable Aug 4, 2013 04:53 PM

                Great thread.

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                  Rowdy Aug 20, 2013 12:12 PM

                  So, qajohn, have you anything to report from your inquiries?

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                  1. re: Rowdy
                    qajohn Aug 20, 2013 01:48 PM

                    Well sort of. The area of India that they come from is different that others I have been exposed to. All the visitors eat fish and chicken (one was actually eating bacon cheeseburgers :)). That opened up our list of local restaurants to take them to lunch. We went to Bonfire, Ruby Tuesday and El Burrito Mercado as lunch examples.

                    For dinner they have mostly been on their own, but we went to Pier 500 in Hudson to spend time along the river one night. We had a great dinner there. It was the first time I had been there and will definitely go back.

                    Since they had a more open mind regarding food, I actually had them to my home for dinner. I thought a home cooked meal of fresh veggies from the Farmers market and grilled chicken would be nice. They could also get a better glimpse of how we live in the US. It turned out pretty well.

                    They leave on Thursday, so for the last dinner we are going to Fogo de Chao. Two of the visitors are from Brazil and drool at the potential of eating there, Again, the Indians can have chicken and salad bar. Two of the Indians will eat Lamb in addition to chicken so we are all good.

                    The recommendations are not in vein though because my wife and I love Indian food, and now we have some more places to explore. So thank you everyone for your input. It will be fun trying some new places.

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                      Rowdy Aug 20, 2013 02:06 PM

                      Thanks for the report. Interesting how it turned out, isn't it. One never knows! I hope you'll come back once you've tried some of the recommended Indian places, and let us know what you think.

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