Revival

Revival

Although much later than we anticipated (“Big Deal Neil”, “Jowen” and I had been planning a 2015 Holiday Lunch since Thanksgiving), Revival was worth the wait! Just this week we met at Revival’s front door at 11:00 sharp to garner a premier table at this “first-come, first-serve basis” hopping and very busy restaurant. Soon after being seated the restaurant … Continue reading

Pilgrimage Cafe

Pilgrimage Cafe

It’s mid-December, and we’re winding down a great 2015, but not without first checking out a few of my prior favorites (and some new ones, too). The agenda thus far has included Marla’s, Saint Dinette, Black Horse, Lela, Northbound, Unideli (a future review location), and this month’s hit, Pilgrimage. Located in the Standish neighborhood of … Continue reading

Saint Dinette

Saint Dinette

Saint Paul’s Lowertown, with Mears Park, The Farmers Market and recently completed CHS Field baseball park, home of the St. Paul Saints, has become a thriving diners paradise.   One of Lowertown’s newcomers is Saint Dinette located in the Rayette Building at East 5th and Wall St. The Rayette has been transformed as has much of … Continue reading

Parella

Parella

I recently had the pleasure to dine with a group of great friends at Parella, the key here is the words, “group and dine” which for me says “an abundance of fun food to be shared”. Parella is located in Uptown’s Calhoun Square the home of Libertine another favorite featured in a 2014 review.    While … Continue reading

Pat’s Tap

Pat’s Tap

I completely love urban dining and am continuously amazed at what is missed living in suburbia.  Literally, on many an obscure street corner in Minneapolis and it’s little twin St. Paul there is great food, drink and fun!  “Drive Fast. Take Chances. Eat Cheese Curds.”, this is Pat’s Tap!  I was fortunate to enjoy an … Continue reading

Lela

Lela

For more than 20 years I have appreciated the wonderful breakfast and lunch fare of Colette Bar & Bistro located in the Sofitel at France and I-494 in Bloomington.  In 2013 Starwood Hotels acquired Sofitel with intentions to brand it as a Sheraton.  No worries Colette endeavored, same chef, servers and menu, all is good!  … Continue reading

Moscow on the Hill

Moscow on the Hill

Diversity in dining is a pleasure, but how about Russian?  This review features Moscow on the Hill, located on Cathedral Hill in one of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhoods, which was established in 1994 and features traditional Russian food and Vodka.  The hill is host to some of the finer and most fun dining locations in the … Continue reading

Surly Beer Hall

Surly Beer Hall

As you may have guessed by the beverage segment of my reviews I am a total beer geek and proud of it!  To that end, this month’s featured restaurant is the recently opened Surly Beer Hall.  Tucked in an industrial corridor off of University Ave, Surly will amaze you.  The facility is visually imposing as … Continue reading

Paddy Shack at the Half Time Rec

Paddy Shack at the Half Time Rec

A few years back I happened upon The 1029 Bar in NE Mpls and found that The Smack Shack operated its kitchen to the tune of an amazing Lobster Roll, Bacon Mac and Leg of Lamb Sandwich.  In 2013 their success at the 1029 led to opening Smack Shack in the North Loop with a … Continue reading