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Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying Minneapolis 2013 - La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55403


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Everyone should get to experience Tim McKee's exquisite La Belle Vie at least once, but as you can imagine, a night of silver service and dry-aged beef doesn't come cheap. This is a place where you shouldn't let time or money or anything else distract you from what's sure to be a memorable meal, and the best way to do that is to let someone else pick up the check. So when your guilt-ridden ex or rich aunt comes to town, make a reservation and go for one of La Belle Vie's tasting menus, available in five, eight, or 13 courses. The mid-level menu is $85 a person, but includes the best of the best: poached lobster, pata negra (the ham equivalent of wagyu beef), a beautiful cheese course, a cleansing sorbet interlude, and an extravagant dessert. So what if it's a one-night fantasy? You'll have no regrets, and presumably no debts, the next day — just a full stomach and a food happy place you can always retreat to in your mind.

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Frankly I'd rather take them to Oceanaire... $85 is pocket change when there are "add-ons" that are over $30 each.  Not to dis on La Belle Vie but I could run up WAY higher a tab at Oceanaire :-)


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