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Moving back to MSP


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Moving back to MSP

John | Jun 2, 2005 09:50 AM

It has been a long journey - we left MSP in 1984 for Chicago, then St Louis, DC, and finally Milwaukee - and now that the youngest is heading off to college, I look forwad to a quiet retirement on Lake Owasso. However, in the last two years I have only read one positive review of a restaurant in Roseville on these pages, and that was for breakfast at Dean's on Rice St. Things must have changed, because Dean's was a dingy little tavern where it was the custom to have a few beers with Andy the bartender and listen to the Twins game on 'CCO. No food. No tv. The rib joint I used to frequent in South Mpls is long gone, so I'll have to try Pastor Hamilton's until I get my pit smoker installed and find a source of good wood. I look forward to a trip to Matt's - it has been 27 years since my last Jucy Lucy. I'll be able to get a White Castle once again, but it seems the only time you crave a slider is when you can't get one.

The lack of good restaurants in the Roseville area is not a bother to me. I used to write restaurant reviews for a Milwaukee magazine, and after visiting countless joints, I find I can usually cook better tasting food at home. However, I need to know where the good markets are. Latin, Oriental, Ialian, fish, produce, butcher, etc. I see there is a Breadsmith on Grand Ave., so I know I can get decent sourdough, but I need your help with the rest.

I also have a cabin on Lake Superior near Lutsen, but I have only been back there once in the last 20 years, so I am not familiar with the area anymore. Any recommendations for restaurants between Duluth and Grand Marais? Thanks

(Aside to Alice, Josh, et al - Breadsmith was started in Milwaukee in 1993 by Dan Sterling, a 79 Carleton grad. He now has 35 stores in 9 states and is making a fortune.)

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