First, for my penny-pinching pals, some happy hours and other cheap treats!
Saffron (Downtown Minneapolis) Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 4:00-6:00. Cool vibe and the Lamb Bacon ‘BLT’ is house-made and delightful. Perhaps this spot is worth a full-blown dinner experience 🙂
Nami (Downtown Minneapolis) Affordable eats 4:30-6:00 weekdays or grab an early bite between 9:30 and 11:30 on Saturdays. Their sushi is nothing special, but they do have a large variety of rolls on the HH menu. Their sake mussels were tasty, but I don’t see them on their current menu 😦
Origami (Northloop Minneapolis) I’ll say it again: BEST sushi in the Twin Cities. Happy hour is EVERY DAY from 5:00-6:30. Chef’s choice!
Tangiers (Northloop Minneapolis) Stop in Monday or Wednesday-Friday from 4:00-7:00, but make sure you are dressed to the nines. We were told the pork tacos were delicious and they were, but the same server informed me “We have Pinot Grigio…both red and white.”
E Noodle Cafe (St. Paul/Roseville) Pass.
Sandcastle (Lake Nokomis Minneapolis) Although the season is over, it’s nice to have another alternative to Sea Salt. The food is fresh and yummy and the atmosphere on a Friday night has an air of romance.
And for your once-a-month dates…
Vincent A Restaurant (Downtown Minneapolis) We went here for restaurant week. While it didn’t necessarily remind me of any restaurants I’ve been to in Paris or Nice, both our steelhead and short ribs were the quality I would expect them to be. One and done.
Sapor (Northloop Minneapolis) Best parts? The mashed potato taquitos (loved the textures) and the beer-cheese gravy and chorizo fries (incredibly addicting!).
Tum Rup Thai (Uptown Minneapolis) I can’t remember anything about the meal. What does that tell you?
The Green Room (Stillwater) The best Stillwater has to offer 🙂 The mussels were scrumptious and bountiful, the ‘small’ portion of my pasta lasted three meals and got better every time I ate it. Next time I’ll order from their ‘From the East’ section.
India Palace (Roseville) Even though we couldn’t hear a word our server said and the service was terrible, the food (from the naan to the samosa to our main courses) was good. There may be better Indian out there…
Ward 6 (East St. Paul) Yes, I’ve raved about it before. But it is SO amazing! The fall menu features a duck gnocchi that caused me to make inappropriate noises with every bite. I have never had gnocchi that was so light (an oxymoron, no?). And might I venture to say that their fish and chips are BETTER than Anchor‘s? I need to try their brunch!!!
Up next…Up north, ya!