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2000 Stories by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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  • The Appearance of Value

    published July 5, 2000

    Oysters are supposed to be one of the world's most powerful aphrodisiacs. And those oysters are the best thing available at this new downtown... More >>

  • Tweaking the Natural Order

    published June 28, 2000

    We need more places devoted to the wholesome and the real, places where everything on your plate is identifiable and attached to the natural... More >>

  • Flamenco Finger Food

    published June 21, 2000

    It's effortless to find lap dancing with your burgers, and rare to find flamenco dancing with your squid. La Bodega Tapas Bar, Minneapolis More >>

  • Pita Accord

    published June 14, 2000

    I'm glad I found them--or at least, refound them, in that way you do with unflashy, easily taken-for-granted restaurants. Sinbad Café... More >>

  • Udon Utopia

    published June 7, 2000

    People are waiting and waiting, I feel bad, I feel terrible. Is there any way you could not write about us? Tanpopo Noodle Shop, St. Paul More >>

  • The Head Cheese Stands Alone

    published May 31, 2000

    Make this restaurant an after-theater or post-opera destination, because that's when it's at its best. Glockenspiel, St. Paul More >>

  • Won't You Be My Diner?

    published May 24, 2000

    Crowds relish the highbrow, pan-Western chow and the sort of core comforts that defined "suburb" before it became a dirty word. Edina Grill,... More >>

  • Pie to Thai

    published May 17, 2000

    There's something about sliding into a red-vinyl booth--and then ordering chile-laced green papaya salad. It's, like, so 21st Century.... More >>

  • Stillwater Runs Deep

    published May 10, 2000

    This 152-year-old Greek revival mansion offers the best upscale Caribbean cooking in the region. Who knew? Harvest Restaurant & Inn,... More >>

  • The Chino Syndrome

    published April 26, 2000

    Waiting for a table at Chino Latino is about four times as entertaining as eating an entire meal at nearly any other restaurant in town. Chino... More >>

  • Roger and Me

    published April 19, 2000

    I have long been nursing an impression that the Bryant-Lake Bowl does better with liquids than with solids. Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis More >>

  • Drive In, Eat Out

    published April 12, 2000

    The drive-in is a city kid's answer to a duck blind--a chance to sit outside and do nothing, with snacks. Vali-Hi Drive-In Theatre, 65 Hi... More >>

  • Little Jack City

    published April 5, 2000

    I am prepared to tell you about a place that has the visual appeal of Goodfellow's, the bartender talent of the Monte Carlo, the... More >>

  • Eat or Be Eaten

    published March 29, 2000

    As far as lunch goes, it was fine. As far as lunch among motionless wildlife goes, it was the best I've ever had. Cabela's Northwood Cache... More >>

  • Pattern Recognition

    published March 22, 2000

    I guess the tendency to forgive weakness is what separates neighborhood favorites from destination restaurants. Sahib's Gateway to India, ... More >>

  • Pastrami Divine

    published March 15, 2000

    Looking beyond toaster oven kosher hot dogs. Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant, St. Paul and Zaroff's Delicatessen Restaurant, ... More >>

  • Better Driving Through Chocolate

    published March 8, 2000

    I swung gaily from lane to lane on West Seventh Street, whooping in appreciation of the chocolate-malted truffle. Just Truffles, St. Paul More >>

  • Give the People Bread

    published March 1, 2000

    Not every cordon-bleu trained chef establishes himself as a trendy nouvelle cuisine tastemaker before striking out as the two-dollar gourmet... More >>

  • Patrick's Magic

    published February 23, 2000

    Chef Patrick Atanalian would so much rather pull off an improbable, nearly dangerous assemblage of ingredients than merely coast on his French... More >>

  • Where the Skyway Ends

    published February 16, 2000

    Eureka! There's a restaurant in the middle of downtown that serves real fries, real malts, and real turkey melts! Hamlin's Coffee Shop,... More >>

  • Cold Seat, Warm Heart

    published February 9, 2000

    Here's every restaurateur's nightmare: The critic shows up to research her first review of your newly opened spot and she gets the very worst... More >>

  • Buffet, Brooklyn Center, Wow

    published February 2, 2000

    This is the rare restaurant that can accommodate every taste, from the very young to the very interested in eating shrimp heads. New King's... More >>

  • And Forty Bottles of Rum

    published January 26, 2000

    How many gallons of rum do you figure you put away last year? Chez Bananas, Minneapolis More >>

  • Hey, Beer Woman!

    published January 19, 2000

    Making lawn-mower beer for the masses. The Herkimer Pub & Brewery, Minneapolis More >>

  • The Best of Times, The Worst...

    published January 12, 2000

    Whatever else you say about the Times, it's inarguably the best spot in town for hot cheese, hot marshmallows, and cool jazz. The Times Bar and... More >>

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