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Bakery on Grand

george | Jun 28, 2004 10:22 PM

We spent this past week-end in Minneapolis and stayed at the Nicolllet Island Inn. Thurday night we ate at Big E's on Nicollet. Excellent. Fried catfish was perfect, not greasy and the whiskey flavored baked beans were very tasty. Sweet potato cornbread an interesting combination of flavors. Met lower case e while there. Friday lunch at Lucia's in Uptown. Very good but too frou frou for my taste for lunch. Good service and tasty food but not special. Friday night went to Udapi in Columbia Heights. Vegetarian Indian. Mulligatawmy soup average and a small portion. Samosas and Pakoras very good. Dosa with potato and onion good. Eggplant dish, benigan barthi, was superb. Overall, very good. Saturday night at Bakery on Grand. Outstanding. Superb, non-trendy atmosphere. Very good service. Nice wine list. All four of us raved about our appetizers and entrees. Pork tenderloin, hangar steak, striped bass were cooked to perfection by their 22 year old chef, Elizabeth Streeter. Wonderful sauces. Of course, the desserts are worth the caloric indulgence. We had a strawberry cheese cake. I hope Minneapolis appreciates what a treasure they have in this small, neighborhood restaurant. The next day we went to brunch at the Nicollet Island Inn. Again, outstanding food and very good service. Tables that overlook the Mississippi. Bacon as good as we have ever had anywhere. The only misstep was Sunday night at Azia. I do not get that place. Overpriced, non authentic asian food. The smallest lamb chops I have seen served but not the smallest price. About enough for one bite. Tuna was below average. Spinach chicken salad had to be sent back as it was inedible due to the heavy use of the salt shaker. We have had much better Asian food at P.F. Chang's. Overall, very impressed by your restaurant scene.

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