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MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Need to visit Minneapolis in 3 weeks. Does anyone have restaurant recommendations. Will be there for 4 days. Or anything else that is a must see. Have only been there once before about 15 years ago.

Carole's picture

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Mean, I was in Minneapolis about 3 years ago for a conference. We always tried to pick one restaurant to dine and talked to the locals. They recommended the Restaurant 510. It is an old home now turned into condos. The meal was great, as was the service. I don't know if it is still there. There was also a great Vietamese restaurant, sorry can't remember the name. Didn't make it to any restaurants in St. Paul. Minneapolis/St.Paul is a very cosmopolitan city. Let us know what you find.

Carole's picture

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Mean, be prepared, Minneapolis is a very laid-back city. Will you have your own transportation or will you be using the local transportation? The people are VERY friendly, but the transportation service is lacking.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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rental car.

Carole's picture

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Mean, sorry, I can't seem to get my thoughts together. The best way to get around Minneapolis is to walk. Be prepared for that great Midwestern hospitality and that great "Fargo-like" accent.

Carolina's picture

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Carole:

Here's a really stupid question,
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exactly which states do you consider to be Mid-Western? Also, what exactly is Mid-Western hospitality? (Please keep in mind that these questions are coming from one who considers any state north of Virginia, and west of the Mississippi River to be Yankee territory.)

Carole's picture

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Hey, Carolina. Hope everything is fine with you. My sister-in-law in Virginia had quite a lot of water damage from Floyd. Now, the question. I sort of divide the U.S in half and anything west of Ohio is Mid-West until you get to Nebraska! Seriously, I have heard this expression all my life. Having grown up in Ohio, I consider mid-western hospitality to be the same thing you probably consider southern hospitality to be. People in the Mid-West(Ohio, Indiana, Illinois Wisconsin, Minnesota) are very practical and friendly. I think this is the same for all regions of the U.S. And who you callin Yankee?

Jean_'s picture

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Hey, Carole, you left out Michigan. Go Blue!!

Full-fledged's picture

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funny..we always said anyone who lives north of I-10 is a yankee. Or was that.could not be cajun?

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Yeah, go blue.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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When you grow up on the East Coast everything is different.

East Coast= anything touching the Atlantic and North of Washington D.C.

South= Anything South of Washington D.C. and as far West as the MIssissippi.

Midwest= Anything West of the East Coast to the Mississippi and North of Washington D.C.

Far West= Everything West of the Mississippi.

If you are raised on the West Coast it is another story altogether.

Far West= Anything West of the Rockies.

South= Same as above

Midwest= Anything East of the Rockies and West of the Mississippi.

East Coast= Anything East of the Mississippi and North of Washington D.C.

Carolina's picture

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Not you, Miss Carole, ma'am, no way! I ain't callin' you no Yankee. No ma'am! ;-)

The difference in how people from different parts of the country view themselves, and how others view them is very interesting.


I've heard exactly what you said about Mid-Westerners not thinking of themselves as being Yankees before. In fact it was from friends from Ohio. They said they only consider New Englanders to be Yankees.

Thanks for the insight. BTW, we only got some high winds and plenty of much needed rain. It's the folks in the eastern part of North Carolina who were really devastated by Floyd. The flood waters should crest today, but unfortunately, more rain is expected tomorrow and Wednesday. Doesn't quite seem fair, does it?

Full-fledged's picture

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I have a whole new respect for the weather channels' dudes and dudettes with bad hairdos.

Carole's picture

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Jean, did not mean to leave out Michigan. How do you feel about those Ohio State Buckeyes?

Mean, are you going to the god-awful Mall of America? Also, just thought of the Art Center in downtown Minneapolis-worth seeing.

Carole's picture

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Carolina, when I saw the devastation on TV, it made me think how I would cope with my house being underwater. BTW, I really don't mind being called a Yankee. I have been called worse things. Consider Mid-Western hospitality as hospitality without "grits".

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Buckeyes=BAD

Jean_'s picture

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Well, I have a bottle-brush buckeye in my back yard that I just love--re. the other kind you said--I plead the fifth.

Dutchess_'s picture

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Mean Chef, I live in Minneapolis, "The City of Lakes." The fall weather should be gorgeous here for your visit, I know the trees will be. A trip around the lakes; Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles; either by car or by foot, would be one of my recommendations if you have the time.

Grand Avenue in St. Paul has a number of interesting shops and restaurants --- Cooks of Crocus Hill is a wonderful kitchenware shop, there is a Penzey's Spice Shop on Grand, and my daughter recommends a restaurant called Cafe Latte for their desserts.

My husband and I have tried a few of the Minneapolis restaurants for special occasions, and four favorites are Kincaid's Restaurant in Bloomington, their Creme Brulee is to die for, Table of Contents, D'Amico Cucina, and Palomino Euro Bistro. The last three are downtown Minneapolis.

For restaurant reviews and up-coming events, go to www.twincities.sidewalk.com. Enjoy your visit!

Carolina's picture

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Me, too, fledg. Those folks did an unbelievable job covering the hurricane. Glad I was home, hunkered down.

Carolina's picture

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Re: Blue-----You do, of course, know why God made the sky Carolina blue, don't you? Because God is a Carolina Tarheel!! So there! Ha!

Jean_'s picture

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Ya, right!

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Mean, will you be going to an intersection, looking skyward with your fresh innocent face, twirling about and then tossing your
i toque
in the air as high as you can?

Anyone who would like to share this picture should watch an old episode of
i The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Have a great trip ;)

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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I'm going to look up The Artist formerly known as Prince.

Rebecca's picture

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When he was KAP his club was downtown, Glam Slam. Maybe you'll be lucky & it will still be there & you can make a pilgrimage.

As for restaurants, I know my brother likes Tejas. More recommendations later - gotta go make the donuts (bad joke, its actually going to be rice pudding for my daughter's school lunch).

Wolverine's picture

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Hail to the Victors! That's me too!!

Carolina - Why did God make the sky blue and the sun Maize - because he is a Michigan fan!

And to Carole - How do you like those buckeyes this year - got your 1 in 10 last season - get ready for a draught!!

Jean_'s picture

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I never would have guessed by you name. ;-)

Rebecca's picture

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Here are the restaurants that my brother recommended (he's been living in Minneapolis for 10 years+ & says that there really aren't many great restaurants there):

1. There are no good Italian restaurants.
2. Tejas - pretty good Southwestern food, started by Stephen Pyles, quiet atmosphere, seems to be on the slight downhill lately.

3. Bar Abilene, another Stephen Pyles restaurant; more casual, less $, & more lively than Tejas, & better food.
4. Decent steakhouse = Manny's (the only GREAT steakhouse is in Milwaukee, WI).
5. Aquavit - branch of the NYC restaurant, good.
6. Cafe Un Deux Trois - good French food, started by former chef?/manager? (someone like that) of Le Bernardin in NYC.
7. Best food in Minneapolis is at Goodfellows - very $$ (for Minneapolis), started by Stephen Pyles it is American food with a Southwestern flavor (but not a Southwestern restaurant).

We are also visiting Minneapolis in the near future, so please report any good and/or bad restaurants or "attractions". The only time we've been there, we were snowed-in at my brother's for Christmas. The food was great there, though...

Carolina's picture

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Wolverine, darlin', you must remember that God made the CAROLINA BLUE sky
i before
He the made the sun.;-)

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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You mean before he made the floods.

Jean_'s picture

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Carolina, you sweet li'l ole sothern belle you. What color do you think the sky is in Michigan??

Carolina's picture

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I won't even dignify your comment with a comeback because I don't want to stoop that low.