Top Lists

Here are my top lists.

Minneapolis/ St. Paul Restaurants
JP’s American Bistro (RIP)
Restaurant Alma
Chambers Kitchen
Lucia’s Restaurant
La Belle Vie
Bayport Cookery

Restaurants Outside of Minneapolis
Tru – Chicago
Gramercy Tavern – New York
Chanterelle – New York
Alain Ducasse Essex House – New York
La Giostra – Florence, Italy

Favorite Beers
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale/ Bell’s Amber Ale
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Full Sail Amber Ale
Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale
Paulaner Hefeweizen
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Anchor Steam Beer

Wine Producers Napa

Joseph Phelps
Clos Pegase
Peter Franus


3 responses to “Top Lists

  1. Okay, I just have to add a few restaurants:

    – Birchwood Cafe
    This place can do no wrong. I’ve been going since they opened in 1995. Their standards are higher than ever for locally-grown, fresh food. And their baked goods are riot-inducing.

    – Zander Cafe
    The last few times we’ve been, the service has been slower than we would have liked. However, their food is still spectacular, and the wine list is always a crowd-pleaser. (Stop by Solo Vino on your way in or out for one of the best wine selections in the area.)

    … Can I also ask … what is the big deal with 112 Eatery? I DON’T GET IT. Am I just ordering the wrong things? Please discuss.

  2. I have not been to 112 eatery in a while (over a year). The 4 times I went it was quite good and I have heard rave review about their burgers. I have also been hearing rumors about a decline in quality…so I am removing them from my “top list” until further investigation.

  3. Hello,

    I recently came across your blog and noticed that you have a passion for food, beer, and even wine (according to your top lists)! As a result, I thought you might be interested in enjoying a glass of wine and grabbing a bite with Alison Sokol Blosser on Wednesday, February 25th at “The Living Room” located at the W Hotel from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Best of all, the event is free!

    Sokol Blosser Winery has a long history in Oregon (there were only five or six wineries in the Willamette Valley when they started in the early ’70s!). Alison is part of a second-generation that is now leading the winery. She will be offering her perspective on organic and sustainable viticulture, Pinot Noir in Oregon, fun blends like Evolution and Meditrina and anything else you and the other guests are interested in chatting about.

    Please note, this is an informal gathering, however an RSVP is required by Friday, February 13. If you are interested, feel free to e-mail me.

    Thank you for your time and attention. We hope you can make it!

    All the best,

    Anna Miranda
    Terlato Wines International

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