Business dinner. No more than four of us. Pick two of the following: Marx Fusion Bistro, The Kitchen, Domacin, Phil's Tara Hideaway.
Of the four, I've been to Domacin. Food was fine and prepared very well and safe. Wine list, incredibly extensive, but a little disappointed that a vast majority of options are priced above $50. I'm not saying they are overpriced, but that wines of a lesser price are under-represented on the list. It's definitely a destination restaurant for the wine list. The food could take a bit more risk, and offer a bit more complexity to also put it in the destination category.
Enjoyed Mark Hanson's cooking when he had the restaurant in the Victorian Inn. I assume he's still at the helm of Marx.
Is Jim Kyndberg (Bayport Cookery) still at The Kitchen?
Would Phil's be too loud?
Colleague staying at hotel in Oak Park Heights without car. So not going to go to St. Paul or White Bear Lake only to have to backtrack to drop of colleague before driving myself home to St. Paul. Limiting myself to Stillwater.