Archive for October, 2011

Dakota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Thanks to a commenter on my first ever Minneapolis post for a recommendation for my second dinner while visiting. I’m at Dakota, Jazz Club and Restaurant. Unfortunately the live music is happening later tonight but the food is still a reason to come. They’re clearly proud of the food as equally important to the music as a reason to come. I think they’re right. Also… Lobster Rolls are on the menu. So yeah. The roll btw is the best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten. Evah. Buttery warm perfection. The bread and lobster were like a gradient of smooth warm flavors. On the side was the most intense lobster bisque I’ve ever tasted. It was EXTREME!!!

1010 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 332-1010, website

Solera, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I’ll admit my expectations were low. I’m in the dead downtown area at night. I went to the front desk of my hotel and told them I was hungry. The lady asked me what I wanted to eat. I told her, “something not depressing.” She asked me if I wanted to stay in the hotel to eat, while she pointed at the ultra-depressing sports bar behind me. I looked at it and them turned back to her with a look on my face that said “you’re joking of course as we can both see that the place is sad with a capital K for Kevorkian.” She looked back at me as if I was insane. I promptly ignored her advice on the nearby places with good atmosphere and cabbed over to Solera.

I was worried as it looked a little overly concerned with decor and was situated across from the aptly named Rock Bottom Brewery chainbaremporium. But shockingly, the food is stand out delicious. Solid, creative, restrained. Scallops seared to perfection and the lentils with soft boiled egg are standouts. The Brussels sprouts were great too.

900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 338-0062, website