I like great chow. I also like local places that are just comfortable for the whole family. Places you can go to on a Thursday night when you really don't want to cook, and where you know you can just drop in for good stuff in a comfortable atmosphere.
I noticed since moving to Minneapolis there seems to be a number of "malt shop/ice cream shop" type of places, more than I'm used to. Have not seen the "coffee shops/diners" I loved in Chicago (if you know the "Golden Cup" in Lincoln Park or the Salonika in Hyde Park, you know what I mean.)
Just checked out "Snuffy's Malt Shop" on Valley View in Edina and was vastly disappointed. Mediocre service, lackluster atmosphere, and the hamburgers were terrible (as were the onion rings - all greasy batter, no flavor!) And the Chocolate Malt did not have enough malt powder.
Somewhat better is the Convention Grill, in Edina right at France and Sunnyside. Very imited menu but the burgers are better than Snuffy's. Fries are so, so, despite the big baskets. The ice cream is pretty good. The chicken sandwich is excellent. But my biggest complaint is the place is too loud - lots of hard surfaces that reflect sound so that we are still reluctant to go back.
Best so far has been the Malt Shop at 50th and Bryant. Good menu selection, friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Not too loud, and the chocolate malt actually tasts like a malt!
Still, no coffee shops yet (Zumbro's does not count - great place but too upscale.)
Minneapolis chow hounds: Where else should I try? I'm really thinking about Southwest Minneapolis because, by definition, such a place should be close by.