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  • Post #151 - May 29th, 2019, 7:44 am
    Post #151 - May 29th, 2019, 7:44 am Post #151 - May 29th, 2019, 7:44 am
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    Just returned from a long weekend in Minneapolis (with a smidge of St. Paul) -- better weather there than Chicago: until the Monday rains hit, we had cloudless skies and mid 70's, just perfect.

    I'd already talked about our Friday evening Jucy Lucy -- enjoyable experience, worth doing, not earth-shattering.
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    Saturday morning we went to the Mill City Farmer's Market, which was a nice way to browse through some local vendors: A ham-and-cheese croissant from Salty Tart was perfectly balanced on salt, grease, crisp and creamy; turkey and veggie momo from Gorkha Palace were fun steamed dumplings -- like big potsticker size, good texture, nice tomato chutney; and pancakes with local maple syrup from Black Cat.

    Mill City Farmers Market
    704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
    (between the Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater)
    Saturdays May-October

    (more vendors under the roofs in the back there)
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    Saturday evening we scored a table at Eater-recommended Hai Hai, labeled vietnamese but definitely skewing Thai. Spring rolls (not pictured) had great flavors and texture, with crisp egg roll wrapper inside the chewy rice paper. Tapioca gnocci (think big bubble-tea pieces) with pork belly, shrimp and chile jam were fantastic. The crispy rice salad I think was better than Rainbow Thai's (I know, sacrilege), with lots of heat, sour and herb, and Hanoi Sticky Rice was sort of a Vietnamese bibim bap with ground pork and pork floss. Dessert was a Racines cake (flourless chocolate) with a quenelle of creme fraiche.

    Tapioca Gnocchi
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    Crispy Rice Salad
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    Hanoi Sticky Rice
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    Racines Cake
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    Bar, lots of fresh herbs
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    Sign outside
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    Hai Hai
    2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
    Phone: (612) 223-8640
    www.haihaimpls.com

    More later
    Last edited by JoelF on May 29th, 2019, 3:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #152 - May 29th, 2019, 12:47 pm
    Post #152 - May 29th, 2019, 12:47 pm Post #152 - May 29th, 2019, 12:47 pm
    Were you there May 11-12th? If so, we missed each other at Mill City by minutes apparently.

    I was very impressed with MSP. My son is living and working there and I am happy for him.
  • Post #153 - May 29th, 2019, 3:49 pm
    Post #153 - May 29th, 2019, 3:49 pm Post #153 - May 29th, 2019, 3:49 pm
    Octarine wrote:Were you there May 11-12th? If so, we missed each other at Mill City by minutes apparently.

    I was very impressed with MSP. My son is living and working there and I am happy for him.

    No, we were there Memorial Day weekend -- we left Thursday evening and stopped in Madison, then onward to mpls after a stop at the Mall of America.

    Continuing onward - Sunday Morning we stopped at Butter Bakery, highly recommended for their biscuits. Goal was a light breakfast, since we had reservations for lunch. We split a sausage-egg-cheddar biscuit, which was outstanding. Also very good coffee, but no pix.

    Butter Bakery Cafe
    3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
    Phone: (612) 521-7401

    Lunch was at Handsome Hog, a tough place to get into for dinner, so we decided on lunch, not realizing it would be an egg-centric brunch menu. Oh well, no more eggs, right? (hah, see below). Food here was stellar. If it hadn't been so early, I'd have had a cocktail, their selections looked very good, with several smoked bourbon items.

    I had the Cajun Benedict, with house-cured Canadian bacon, collard greens (which should really make it Cajun Eggs Florentine), Cajun hollandaise, and pickled green tomatoes, which added a nice sweet-sour bite to the dish. Only criticism is I'd have liked the english muffin a little toasty-crisp, otherwise perfect. The green salad helped foil the rich dish.

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    Sue had the Hot Brown with house-cured ham and bacon, mornay sauce and an egg, with home fries and marinated tomato. Really, really nice, and I normally am not much of a ham fan (it's a texture thing -- Canadian bacon is fine).

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    Handsome Hog
    203 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
    Phone: (651) 340-7710
    http://www.handsomehog.com

    At dinner time the weather was just perfect, we walked over to Nicollet Mall (a street, not a shopping center), and ate at The Brit's Pub, which has rooftop bocce (but a smaller menu on the rooftop) in a beautiful building from the 20's. We ate at a table out front, a caesar salad and the Royal Sampler, which, as you could guess, had more eggs -- Scotch, to be exact. In addition there were chicken fingers, cod nuggets, and fried mac and cheese, with ketchup, chipotle aioli, barbecue sauce and tartar for dipping. A cold lemonade (for me) and red wine (for her). Nothing really special, but a gorgeous night.

    The Brit's Pub
    1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Phone: (612) 332-3908
    http://www.britspub.com

    Last meal was, of course, more eggs, as the storms started to come in.
    Our Kitchen is a classic old diner. Their motto is "14 stools, one counter, no bathroom." Just breakfast and lunch (close by 3PM, 2 on weekends). The guy at the griddle is a machine, cranking out pancakes, hash browns, eggs, and breakfast meats. The cakes are plate-sized, you can (and should) sub your toast for one at no upcharge -- in fact, they let me sub OJ for coffee on the Special: two eggs, hash browns, a hunk of sausage bigger than a typical griddled burger, pancake or toast and coffee. The hash browns are perfect: crispy shreds surrounding a creamy middle. Eggs were just as I liked them (over medium). They keep a selection of national and local hot sauces -- the Crybaby Craig's was very tasty, not very hot.

    Sue had a short stack (2 pancakes) and bacon. Sorry, no pix, but definitely a place worth going back to.

    Our Kitchen
    813 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Phone: (612) 825-3718
    www.ourkitchenmn.com
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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