I'm a New Yorker making a weekend trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul. I am looking for advice about where to find the local delicacies. I know that the Twin Cities have a reputation for excellent Southeast Asian food, and I'd LOVE to find some great Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, Cambodian, Indonesia, or other food. Any suggestions? Somali? Any other ethnic foods I should check out? I can get great Chinese in New York, and some good Vietnamese, but from what I understand there's a larger Vietnamese population in the Twin Cities. Are there a lot of Mexicans or Central Americans, like in Chicago? And if so, where do they eat?
Also, I was hoping for recommendations for other local specialties. Venison? Scandinavian food? Does anything come to mind? I've been looking through the boards, and I've heard recommendations for Birchwood Cafe, Quang, Amazing Thailand, Peninsula Malaysian, Mai Village, Saigon, Heartland.
I'd love to hear any advice, thoughts, suggestions, and so on.
Also, are the Twin Cities places where I can just walk through the whole city? I love to walk for five or eight miles on a sightseeing/eating extravaganza.