Just back after a mad dash to the Twin Cities. Dinner at Restauran Alma (University at 6th) was, in my uneducated opinion, outstanding. Appetizers were a tomato & bread soup with basil and chicken liver bruschetta. We both like the soup but, since my wife doesn't like liver, you have only my opinion to go by: delicately spiced, not a true pate but with some bacon to compliment the liver.
For her second course my wife had the crab & rice; they don't call it a risotto, but it sure looked like it to me. My wife swears it was delicious, but I was too busy wolfing down the Portugese stew to notice. We followed this with the pork and veal. The pork was melt-in-the-mouth tender, the veal cutlet a little less so but still the best veal I've had in years.
The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. It took a little time to get the first glass of wine, but after that they were always attentive but not overly so. In their defense, it was U of MN homecoming weekend, and there was quite a crowd. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Uptown Diner (Hennepin at 26th) for breakfast the next day was a lesson in overeating. I'm sure 3 potatoes died just for one serving of hashbrowns. My wife had the kamikaze waffle with maple syrup, while I somehow made it through almost half of the cajun breakfast with Andouille sausage. Good food, and quite a counterpoint to Restaurant Alma. But next time, I'll know to order a half portion. Thanks to Minneapolis 'hounds for steering us there.