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If you are looking for good ethnic food in Minneapolis, just head over to Nicollet Ave between 24th and and 29th. You can eat almost anywhere on the planet.

 

And Bucca is crap. Much better then Olive Garden, but still crap.

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Okay, I've been dating a lot again recently, so I've expanded my local restaurant knowledge as of late.

 

Goodies-

The Chambers- Jean-Georges Vongerichten's newest restaurant, and a REAL gem.

Also, the lounge upstairs- Red, White, and Fucking Blue (yes, its real name)- has, IMHO, the best mixologists in the Midwest. The ambiance is downright 'coastal', so dress appropriate for either.

The Loop- Good food, creative takes on classics, and a flair for new dishes every week. Been twice.

311 Club has great music, and decent food.

Enjoy!- The best place (I've seen so far) on the south side of the Cities. A not-terribly common menu, and decent service, in a very nice location (they built their own lake, it has outdoor fireplaces, and beautiful artwork).

 

so-so:

Manhattan's- decent food at 'good food' prices. The feel and vibe is nice though, as was the service.

Saji-Ya- Decent but not incredible sushi bar. Good selection, and decent prices. Worth going, but not my favorite in town.

 

Total shit:

Acropolis- The worst Greek food I have ever had, at double typical prices for average Greek food.

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For Greek food, there is a place on Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue called "It's Greek To Me" that's decent. It has a spectacular patio so go when it's nice out.

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Total shit:

Acropolis- The worst Greek food I have ever had, at double typical prices for average Greek food.

I made the mistake of eating there, too. Terrible! As is Buca EXCEPT for the pesto salmon dish. One of the best I've had and I've had plenty.

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Good heavens, where are the other TC local foodies here?

 

IF you haven't already:

 

- Restaurant Alma

 

- Vincent

 

- La Belle Vie

 

- St Paul Grille (great cocktails too)

 

PM me and join us for drinks...

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A gal I've been dating swears by Alma. And La Belle Vie. I am going to HAVE to try those two out now, for sure. Perhaps I will send you that PM, haha!

 

 

I'm not a fan of SPG. Nothing struck me as all that inventive.

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La Belle Vie hasn't been in town all that long but I do want to get over there. I went through it just before it opened and it's spectacular inside.

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I just hit up r. Normans last night and I gotta say, it is a far better-then-average steakhouse. The ambiance and atmosphere alone are worth the (admittedly steep) price of a meal. Service was above average as well.

 

 

 

(and a quick edit to my above post on Alma. Went there back in the Fall, and I sadly found nothing redeeming about it. Uninspired food, UGLY design, and an unknowledgable staff. C-, but lower due to them pricing themselves as an elite restaurant. I say avoid.)

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Not a restaurant, but can anybody tell me if the The Front/Ground Zero is still around? I used to hang out there many years ago, back during the tiki craze days.

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They are still around. They have bondage nights where people get all dressed up in their best leathers and they have staged S&M shows. It's pretty tame though. Halloween is the best night to go, seems like anything goes that day.

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I remember the first time I went to The Front. I walked up to the bar, ordered an Edisonian and they knew exactly how to make it.

 

Plus there were cigarette girls. That night started my very short life as a smoker.

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One of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities is the Oyster Orgy at Stella's Fish Cafe/Prestige Oyster bar in Uptown. It is normally a really expensive high-end seafood place... but on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there is an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet... for FREE. Plus 2-for-1 beers! I'll never forget the first time I walked in there. I was expecting, you know, a handful of limp shrimp and faux-crab a'la drab, and an oyster that coulda been moister, etc. But I walked in, and there was a WALL of seafood on ice -- crab legs, raw oysters in the half shell, bowls of ceviche, gigantic shrimp, and fried cod nuggets -- all you can eat, and 100% FREE. I had 58 oysters my first time there! It was crazy. I got there right at 3:00 p.m. and there was nobody there. By 5:00 p.m. though it was pretty packed, so go early. Anyway, best kept secrets are best kept secret! So... shh! :paperbag3:

 

ADDENDUM:

 

Actually I think they charge 50 cents for the raw oysters now, maybe because they're out of season? A $0.50 oyster is still a good deal in the midwest -- but they definitely used to be free! Maybe they will be again.

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Back in the day I went to college not far outside the Twin Cities but my good friend lived in Minneapolis and would always take me to this dive called Little Tijuana. It wasn't fine, and it was questionably dining, but for a stoned college kid from California at 3 in the morning, a marginal Mexican restaurant with the entire staff dressed in goth was just what the doctor ordered. I think it was on 26th street, anyone happen to know if it's still around? Good times :twitchsmile:

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Yeah, Little T's is still around! I almost went there last night, actually... it's a standard gathering spot for friends after late-night events. Total dive, true, but as long as you're not there thinking you're in for authentic Mexican food -- rather, you are there for decently priced late night snacking -- it's great. I love the punked-out waitstaff. And their dining music consists of choice retro morsels like Devo and the Circle Jerks. It's at 26th and Nicollet.

 

[edit for typo]

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Manny's Steakhouse

This place is my personal favorite. It's consistently been rated in the top 10 steak houses in the Country by the Zagot restaurant guide. The last Zagot reviewer wrote "this is the place for my last meal on earth." They also have one of the best wine lists you'll find. I wouldn't make a weekend reservation past 7:00 though, as they get so busy your reservation will likely get pushed back. Weekend reservations should be made a week or so ahead of time. Dress is business casual to formal.

 

The Oceanaire

This place is just across the way from Manny's. It's a 1930's oceanliner styled fine dining seafood restaurant. All seafood is flown in daily from the best suppliers from around the world. Everything on the menu was swimming in the ocean within the previous 24 hours.

 

Moscow on the Hill

This is easily the best authentic Russian resaurant around. They also have the largest selection of Vodkas in the midwest.

 

Theres alot more out there, but these are among my favorites.

Edited by jeffalso

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Oceanaire is a very good chain restaurant. There are quite a few, but they are usually quite decent.

 

 

I'll vouch for Moscow on the Hill, in Saint Paul. And their bartenders (the ones I have come across) are really quite good.

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