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2000 Stories by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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  • Machine for Drinking

    published December 27, 2000

    What kind of architect would do such a thing? Why, a brewery-house architect, of course. Grumpy's Bar, Minneapolis More >>

  • The Story of the Place

    published December 20, 2000

    Probably no one knows it, but Peter's Grill does more actual cooking than lots of restaurants that charge twice as much. Peter's Grill,... More >>

  • Continental Drift

    published December 13, 2000

    A friend who spent time in Liberia says fufu is an acquired taste: "It's Liberian lutefisk." Pan-African Restaurant, Brooklyn Park... More >>

  • Everything But the Kitchen: Zinc

    published December 6, 2000

    That mussel broth is so good, so rich, so bright and clear, it's tempting to consider raising the bowl to your lips to gulp it down. Brasserie... More >>

  • A Frosted Fantasy

    published November 29, 2000

    I'm not an artist-- I'm a cake decorator. Let's keep the feet on the ground, shall we? Gateaux, Plymouth »Also in Tablehopping:... More >>

  • BOP Till You Drop

    published November 22, 2000

    It's my opinion that all you really need at a brewpub, after the beer, is a good burger and fries, and everything after that is icing on the cake.... More >>

  • Meet Miss Ratafia

    published November 15, 2000

    Imagine something halfway between a ruby port and a mulled wine, and you'll begin to get the idea. Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Hastings More >>

  • Chairmen of the Gourd

    published November 8, 2000

    For every competition pumpkin that makes it to the spotlight, countless more die anonymously in the fields--bitter, lonely deaths! Turtle Bread... More >>

  • Rec Room Resurrection

    published November 1, 2000

    No matter how many years I spent in front of the TV, I'd never have gotten Mom to bring me pitchers of beer and baskets of fries. Chatterbox... More >>

  • The Whole World in Their Hands

    published October 25, 2000

    Ever want vegetarian Indian food while the old ball and chain wants a steak and mashed potatoes? Sapor Cafe and Bar, Minneapolis... More >>

  • Ave Maria

    published October 18, 2000

    It's deeply counterintuitive to go to Maria's Café and not order the corn pancakes, like going to Rome for the Chinese food. Maria's... More >>

  • Barbaresco in the Barrio

    published October 11, 2000

    I figured I would wait for the buzz to burn off on this restaurant without a sign, without a wine list, without a reservation policy. But I can... More >>

  • Master of the Maki Maze

    published October 4, 2000

    How long have we been waiting for this sushi bar? Café della Vita Sushi Bar, Minneapolis »Also in Tablehopping: Bon... More >>

  • The Spice Channel

    published September 27, 2000

    Uptown became a great place to buy ersatz French Beaux Arts patio furniture, and the Sri Lanka Curry House bit the dust. Sri Lanka Restaurant,... More >>

  • The Land of Sauce and Honeys

    published September 20, 2000

    When someone calls you honey and offers you spumoni, take it. Delmonico's Italian Foods, Minneapolis More >>

  • Nirvana for the Sippy-Cup Set

    published September 13, 2000

    It's the only place I know of, besides a McDonald's, where you can regularly see tables of kids and gatherings of senior citizens side by side.... More >>

  • Homing In

    published September 6, 2000

    This Lyn-Lake coffee shop is like some kind of cosmopolitan Biosphere: It contains within its walls everything necessary to support grown-up,... More >>

  • Muddled and Slightly Bitter

    published August 30, 2000

    The dining experience is so well-oiled that if you were cocktail-saturated you might never notice how mediocre the food is. Kincaid's Fish,... More >>

  • Bodacious Boneyards

    published August 23, 2000

    It just screams joint--specifically manly, utilitarian joint--the perfect place to go between digging out an old stump and buying a used car.... More >>

  • Beef à la Mode

    published August 16, 2000

    This something-and-potato reverie feels like the God-given right of anybody who's spent the day messing with a sledgehammer. Erté,... More >>

  • The Ground Zero of Bánh Mì

    published August 9, 2000

    If layer cakes and roasts are the cupolas and mantelpieces of our national house of cuisine, sandwiches are only the nails, innumerable and often... More >>

  • Sawatdee on a Roll

    published August 2, 2000

    You could have just chucked our entire table, rainbow roll and all, into a time-capsule: Gen X, the flush, content-providing years. Sushi... More >>

  • Pollo Magnifico

    published July 26, 2000

    The last time I had chicken this good it was at a street market in Paris. Restaurante Puerto Escondido, Minneapolis »Also in... More >>

  • Nowhere but Here

    published July 19, 2000

    This Cedar-Riverside coffee shop-cum-hair and tanning salon-cum-ice-cream parlor, is a place with such a dramatic Minnesotan sense of place it's... More >>

  • Long Live the King

    published July 12, 2000

    "We know people are downtown-leery, so we wanted a situation where they could just pull up and get out of their car, and enter the restaurant." More >>

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