BEST RESTAURANT TREND - 2002
There was a time in this town when cheap wine meant just that: plonk. Suddenly, though, we live in a golden age of half-price wine nights. All credit goes to the Modern Cafe (337 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612.378.9882) for starting the trend, with their lovely half-price Tuesdays. But get this: At the French Meadow (2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.870.7855) we've got half-price Saturdays; Marimar (5001 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.728.1123) hosts half-price Mondays, and at Zinc (1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.904.1010), with its dazzling 250-bottle list, Wednesdays see any bottle from the regular list offered at half price. Spend the rest of the week sipping from the underpriced wine lists at Chiang Mai Thai (3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.827.1606) and Café Barbette (1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.827.5710), and boy oh boy--when did we all relocate to Europe?