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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Sunday, December 18, 2005


In a few short days, I am off to Minnesota. As you might recall, Jon and I spend every Christmas in the coldest fucking place on earth. I'm a really good daughter-in-law.

But I need your help. Because fuck me if I have any idea where to eat there this year. I usually visit epicurious for a little advice, but they just decided to leave the twin cities out in their reviews this year. Not a good sign, my friends, not a good sign.

Any and all advice is welcome. And anyone that wants to pack for me is welcome, too.


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous so I don't get banned from zagat for life - here is their top 9 rated by food. Ooh, it will be fun to see how whacky this table data displays:

Restaurant Name Neighborhood Cuisine Food Decor Service Cost Dist.
Bayport Cookery
328 Fifth Ave. N.
(Rte. 95)
Bayport, MN
Bayport American (New) 28 20 25 $51 -
La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave.
(Lyndale Ave.)
Minneapolis, MN
Loring Park French (New),
Mediterranean 28 - 27 $51 -
D'Amico Cucina
100 N. Sixth St.
(2nd Ave.)
Minneapolis, MN
Warehouse Northern 27 25 27 $52 -
1100 Nicollet Mall
(11th St.)
Minneapolis, MN
Downtown French (Bistro) 27 23 24 $48 -
Manny's Steakhouse
1300 Nicollet Mall
(Grant St.)
Minneapolis, MN
Downtown Steakhouse 27 20 25 $53 -
4762 Chicago Ave.
(48th St.)
Minneapolis, MN
South Minneapolis American (New) 27 17 22 $50 -
528 University Ave. SE
(6th Ave.)
Minneapolis, MN
Dinkytown American (New) 27 21 24 $39 -
Oceanaire Seafood Room
1300 Nicollet Mall
(Grant St.)
Minneapolis, MN
Downtown Seafood 26 23 25 $51 -
1432 W. 31st St.
(Hennepin Ave.)
Minneapolis, MN
Uptown American (New) 26 20 24 $35

12/18/2005 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cozmos. Hands and legs down one of the best meals I've had outside SF in ages. HIGHLY recommend it. And if you care what F&W think, they named him Best New chef (or whatever) this year. Or maybe it was Gourmet. Anyway, this is the one meal I'd want to have again in Minn.

12/18/2005 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read anonymous, and I back up Lucia's, but if you go to MN every year I'm sure you've eaten there before.

12/18/2005 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just moved to SF from Minne a few months NOT miss 112 Eatery. Make a reservation now. Seriously. Vincent - worked with him years ago - he is fantastic, the restaurant a bit stiff, try eating at the bar. Lucia's - always amazing - my friend just helped her open a fantastic take-out cafe attached to the wine bar - gorgeous roast chicken to take home. Five is new and very ambitious. In Uptown. Pane Vino Dolce and Cave Vin are sister restaurants in South Minneapolis - both quaint, noisy, charming neighborhood places, only open for dinner. Enjoy the vibe in Minneapolis and try not to freeze!

12/18/2005 6:31 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Cat -- How funny! Jon and I are spending our last two nights sans family and we are staying at the Graves 601 where Cozmos is!

Anonymous deux -- I've heard good things about 112. Can you believe I've never been to Lucia's? We don't often get time alone in the city to do as we please...

12/18/2005 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out Dara Moskowitz at City Pages . She's an engaging food writer who knows the Twin Cities food scene quite well.

12/19/2005 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! We're heading home to Minneapolis too. Haven't been back during frozen tundra season for some time.

I'd second Lucia's. Great great place.

12/19/2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

OK, kids. I have reservations for 112 and Lucia's and I'm going to play the lunches by ear. Thanks for all the great advice!

12/19/2005 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you can report on eating that local Minnesota delicacy - lutefisk. It's cod cured in lye.

12/20/2005 9:59 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Oh, anonymous, you have no idea. I know very well what lutefisk is as it is served at every Christmas eve dinner we've had in Minnesota.

I will not touch it with a ten foot pole.

12/20/2005 10:02 AM  

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