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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:37 PM

until 2016, grand cafe in s. minneapolis was a solid neighbourhood spot. i ate there one time with friends, liked my meal but mostly liked that the restaurant was not charging outrageous prices for food that was decent but nothing very special. a little after that there were big changes at the restaurant. new chefs moved in: jamie malone and erik anderson, a pair of local darlings who had been rumoured to be opening their own restaurant for years. the menu moved in a far more haute direction and prices went up. eventually anderson left to helm coi in san francisco, leaving malone in charge. the restaurant has continued to receive plaudits, and malone was recently nominated for a james beard award (for the little that's worth). and so we finally decided to check it out. we ate dinner there this past saturday and thought it was the best fine dining meal we'd had in the cities for a while. herewith the details.

 

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#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 06:49 PM

I was trying to remember what the highly rated (was, anyway) Minneapolis restaurant in the big old bank was called.

 

It's called Bank.



#3 mongo_jones

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:00 PM

never heard of it.


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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#4 AaronS

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:57 PM

doesn’t the cafe bolud guy run the only restaurant in the whole state?

#5 mongo_jones

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 11:18 PM

yes! his tater tot hotdish casserole is amazing!


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
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#6 Orik

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 12:21 AM

I love his walleye pecan crusted steak.


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#7 Wilfrid

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:27 PM

He runs two.

 

I checked yesterday, and the walleye with pecan frangelico sauce is still on the menu at the St Paul Grill.  I wonder if they have refined the dish over the last twenty years. 



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:31 PM

I can't see how. 

 

There's walleye (ok, Sandre) on the menu at Frenchette often these days, but they fail to properly crust it. 


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#9 Wilfrid

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 04:24 PM

And how's their Frangelico cream sauce?



#10 mongo_jones

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 04:35 PM

i do hope you realize that the restaurants that still inform your sense of twin cities fine dining have their analogues in new york too. meanwhile, the menus of the places that have sprung up in the last decade or so are mostly indistinguishable from their new american peers in new york.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#11 Wilfrid

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 05:47 PM

I thought it was clear, but if it wasn't, I am talking about my experiences from the late 90s.  (Which are still seared into my soul.)

 

But I did think it was funny that Grand Cafe has a menu item called "hot sampler."



#12 mongo_jones

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 06:28 PM

yes, but what is the relevance of those memories to a discussion of current twin cities fine dining?

 

also, where on the grand cafe website are you seeing a menu item called "hot sampler"? 


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#13 Wilfrid

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:09 PM

Withdraw the latter.  Was getting my websites mixed up.

 

No relevance. Mere reverie.



#14 SLBunge

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:38 AM

It's weird how this still comes up. Really big chip.


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#15 Wilfrid

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 11:21 PM

It is. Three months of misery. I was sick and not very happy. Sorry. I can not respond on these threads any more.