A short visit to Minneapolis (perhaps an omen of moving there soon ) yielder the following results:
Aquavit - a clone of the NY aquavit (or is it the other way around?) served a superb foie-gras ganache, a great loin of lamb, an interesting, if somewhat odd, beef ravioli (where the raw beef was the ravioli), nice (but too sweet) caramelized lobster and some other dishes that I cannot recall but that were overall too sweet. Service was confused but well meaning, $200 including a $60 bottle of wine, tax (11% as this is somewhat near a hotel) and tip.
The Local - On the upside, we got our dinners for free. On the downside, we didn't want to eat them. I mean, it's one thing to get a well done sirloin when you asked for medium rare, but it's a completely different thing to get it like that twice...
Briant Lake Bowl - the food in this bowling alley/pub/theater combo is nothing to write home about, but the beer menu is most definitely inspired (and attached).
Yes, I know we missed Manny's steakhouse, Oceanaire and Auriga, will try them next time.