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[MSP] Seeking best 'joints' in the Twin Cities

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[MSP] Seeking best 'joints' in the Twin Cities

Laurella | Sep 26, 2005 05:30 PM

The fiance and I are going to be in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend from Seattle for a wedding. He went to Carleton, so knows the city a bit and has friends in the area. However, we like to have a few chow destinations in our back pockets just in case.

I've tried to do my homework, but I'd like to know if I'm going wrong somewhere. We're staying at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St Paul and won't have a car, but we have friends who will. We're very willing to explore public transport, too.

I took careful note of all the breakfast places mentioned--breakfast is our favourite meal so all those recs were good news. We'll also check out some of those ice cream recommendations.

Mainly, we're looking for good joints as opposed to more high-end food or even upscale casual. We love this kind of food, but we find that it tends to be quite similar no matter where you go (though the local ingredients change some). I've already got 112 Eatery, Heartland or A Rebours on my list if we want a 'nicer' meal--if anyone has strong feelings about which of these is better, please let us know. We're definitely willing to focus on lunch rather than dinner, both in terms of menu and keeping the prices down, if that helps any. Though it might be tough given how much we love breakfast--might not be ready for another meal!

I hope you know what I mean by a joint--it's not as if we will want to eat burgers for all meals. We're simply looking for more everyday places with quality food that set Minneapolis-St Paul apart from other cities. We eat pretty much all types of food. Oh, and good local beer is a plus, too. Given that a Jucy (or Juicy)Lucy is not in my future, should we go to Matt's or the Nook or the Groveland Tap? What about Tanpopo Noodle shop or Jasmine Deli? Red's Savoy Inn and Pizza?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give us. I'll be sure to report back!

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