Thanks for all your ideas!!!!!
We started out with Dim Sum at Yanktze in St. Louis Park, great food, excellent service. My friends from Chicago say it is every bit as good as what they were used to in Chicago. They used to go for Dim Sum every sunday. I loved the food, a bit pricey but well worth it. Four Stars (****)
We then went to Central Avenue in Mnpls. First to the Cresent Moon Bakery, a favorite of mine, we had the tour of Afganastan, just about everything on the menu and a great low price. I love the meat and cheese pies too. (*****)
Next we went to Cedar Valley Deli and Bakery. I think Cedar Valley is one of the hidden treasures in the Twin Cities. Great imported foods and if you visit Roger in the deli, he will delight you with some of the best food I have ever had. (*****)
We slowed down a bit and hit the New French Bakery at 2605 26th Ave, for a roll and bread and coffe. A great place and excellent breads. I have to comment on the service, the counter help was superb, she answered every question and even with only an hour left at work she still was gracious and helpfull. (****)
My friends have told me for ages about tapas bars in Chicago, so we searched high and low for one in the Cities, the only one we could find was La Bodega on Lyndale at Lake St. We were all a bit dissapointed with the experience. Very expensive and bland food. After experiening what was considered the best tapas in the Chicago area I could understand my friends dissappointment. I found it to be less than acceptable, the food was very ordinary, like lets opent a can of tuna and boil some eggs then lets charge $8.00 for it. The service was OK, but they tried to seat us at the bar with a bunch of smokers, stink, stink. We will be going to Chicago some time soon, so I will try Emilo's there so I have something to compare it with. (-*)
To finish the evening, we hit Buca de Beppo in Burnsville. I know this is not everyones favorite Italian but it was a special request. The food was very good, I love family style places. The atmosphere was very loud, but also fun. Our server Kelly was especially good, I give her kudos for an excellent job. Over all I love Buca, but I know Saturday evenings are a nightmare there so a little too loud is OK. (****)
Over all the next time we do this, we will be going to St. Paul too.