Feb. 9 Morning Roundup

Zimmern sings a dirge of mourning for the Cozy Cafe in Cyrus, Minnesota, Iggers, writing from Sumatra, weighs in on Indonesian fried chicken, our own Katie Cannon reports on Sanctuary, which she compares to a “best-selling mystery novel,” and the former George’s on Plato on Robert Street in St. Paul will soon become El Toro, […]

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Moto-i in Uptown, Minneapolis

Billed as the first sake brewery restaurant outside of Japan, Moto-i is a bewildering blend of chic neighborhood bistro, genuinely cultured Japanese outpost, and obnoxious nightclub. Newly opened, there’s presumably a fair bit of fine tuning still taking place at this Uptown nightspot, which defiantly refuses to serve sushi and instead serves up classic izakaya […]

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Q Fanatic in Champlin

For Twin Citians, there are only two real downsides to Q Fanatic: no liquor license and the long-ass drive to Champlin. Everything else about this place: the ribs, the beef brisket, the sides — reflects love, sweat and care. Q Fanatic nails what may be the most challenging aspect of producing consistently good BBQ — […]

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Bali on Eat Street, Minneapolis

Editor’s note: Bali is now closed. If you’ve never before tried Indonesian food, Bali is an ideal place to start. Chic decor and a welcoming vibe make this an approachable place to dine; a full bar and some expertly concocted drinks make waiting for a table a rare pleasure. The food itself is novel to […]

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Amazing Thailand in Uptown, Minneapolis

Easily one of the most unusual Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities, Amazing Thailand marries an extremely lush and aggressively chic decor to Thai food with a surprising amount of funk and bite. While quality ranges from dish to dish, most of the entrees on offer are sophisticated and relatively soulful executions of American Thai […]

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