This restaurant, with its hand-blown glass chandeliers, large faux marble tables and fifteen-foot murals of Matisse's frolicking nudes, embodies sophistication. The Palomino is always packed and pulsating with energy. As its name would imply, it features a Mediterranean and southern European menu. The wood-roasted meats and hearth-baked cracker crust pizzas are big hits. The spit-roasted chicken or crab meat crispy crust pizzas are favorite appetizers among most diners. Mediterranean mussels with lemon butter, wood-oven roasted fresh fish or portabello salads are highlights. A variety of pasta dishes, seafood, fowl and steaks are featured. Layered chocolate pound cake or cheesecake are the perfect ending for any meal. An excellent selection of wine, beer or liquor is available from the cozy bar.
100 North 6th Street Historic Butler Square Minneapolis, MN 55403
D'Amico Cucina is the crown jewel in the D'Amico brothers establishment. Stylish, discreet and very high-end, D'Amico Cucina serves northern Italian cuisine in lavish surroundings. From the marble floors to the candlelight flickering off the beige walls, this place is elegance personified. On weekends, diners can enjoy live music over dinner. The culinary delights here include pan-roasted free-range chicken and gnocchi with Taleggio and parsley sauce, as well as the cracker-crusted pizza appetizer. Grilled leg of lamb, fettuccine with chanterelle mushrooms, Vidalia onion and asparagus or grilled Atlantic salmon are just a few of the many delicacies on the rotating menu. The wine list is probably the most notable in the upper Midwest. Cocktails, beer and soft drinks are also served.
Peter's serves a scrumptious selection of crispy salads, home-made soups, burgers, sandwiches and steaks. Wednesday evening's quarter chicken dinner is the Twin Cities' best blue plate special. Top it off with a slice of legendary pie. Soft drinks, mineral water, coffee and hot or iced tea are available. One of the oldest restaurants in Minneapolis, the place is packed at lunch. Many a celebrity or high-powered CEO have been seen nursing a cup of coffee; of course, none bigger than President Clinton who dropped in while campaigning in 1995.
Large carved statues of elephants and traditional Thai figures decorate this authentic restaurant. White linens and candles adorn the tables. The menu is extensive, offering tasty appetizers and hot, spicy entrees. The fried calamari appetizer easily serves four. The grilled shrimp or sa bai nang (fried noodle balls filled with pork, shrimp and beef) will start your meal with a bang. Entrees are prepared with the meat or seafood of your choice and range from mild to 'on fire.' The pad ped ta lay features abundant portions of shrimp, scallops, crab, and mussels, all stir-fried with tomatoes in a spicy curry sauce. The chicken with tomato and cabbage in a coconut cream sauce is a little tamer.
Crowded and sparsely decorated, this is like a noisy upscale mess hall. Sometimes noisiness has its charms and here, it is quite captivating. The short menu features Italian antipasti, salads, pastas, appetizers and main courses. Start with a Scampi, then move on to the spaghetti or Grilled Berkshire pork. Top off your meal with lip-smacking desserts. The wine list is mostly Italian and very extensive. Beer and soft drinks are also available.
7465 France Avenue South (Centennial Lakes Plaza) Minneapolis, MN 55435
This large restaurant, located in posh Edina, is just the place for a hungry family. The decor is very bright and the layout allows freedom to move about. The menu is just too long to describe. In a nutshell, it offers a huge variety of different foods from around the world. Some days are themed, such as Mexican Day, Chinese Day, and Italian Day. Along with hot entrees, there is a salad and soup bar, a dessert bar and an assortment of beverages.
The ancient art of paper folding is called origami. In downtown Minneapolis, origami translates to fine Japanese cuisine. Origami is located in the city's vibrant Warehouse District. The surroundings are colorful, bright and comfortable. Noted for its excellent and classically prepared sushi bar, it also specializes in tempura, teriyaki and Japanese noodle dishes. If sake is not your thing, try a Japanese beer or a French or American vintage from the short, distinctive wine list. Cocktails and soft drinks are also available.
From 1947 until the mid-1960s, Oak Grill was the prime meeting spot for Twin City power brokers. In fact, women were not allowed to dine in the oak-panelled confines unless escorted by a gentleman. Although the restriction ceased during the Kennedy administration, the rich décor of years gone by remains. The comfortable leather chairs, fireplace and red walls still ring of an exclusive men's club. The Mandarin chicken salad smothered with bacon, crispy pea pods and water chestnuts is a staple of the menu. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetables is real home cooking. The Oak Grill is known for its complimentary, fresh-baked and flaky popovers. Beer, wine, cocktails or soft drinks are served.
The Local has become the place to meet and greet friends and business associates in downtown Minneapolis. The high ceilings, huge carved bar and large windows give the feel of being in an Old Irish castle. Choose to eat in the white linen dining room or the less expensive adjoining pub. The dinner menu features delights such as braised lamb, beef tenderloin, roasted quail and salmon. The pub serves burgers, sandwiches and deep-fried fish and chips along with Irish stew and salads. The wine selection includes more than 300 vintages; beer and cocktails are also served.
One could describe a dining experience here as "the best-tasting show in town." Knife blades glisten and diners "ooh" and "ahh" as they watch the chef chop and twirl his utensils while preparing the meal tableside. While watching the show is a great part of the dining experience, the food matches the show. Teppenyaki, sushi and a tempura bar are featured, and a sushi bar buffet is featured Wednesday and Sunday. The place was also voted Best Japanese Restaurant in the Twin Cities, three years in a row.
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