The day before Thanksgiving, MSPD and I hit up an absolutely phenomenal Indian buffet in Burnsville for lunch. At a little under $8 for lunch, this 15+ item spread was an absolute surprise given its nearly invisible location and total lack of attention elsewhere in the local food-related blogosphere. The flavors were incredibly sharp for the usually muddied buffets seen elsewhere around town and the fresh ingredients and ever-changing menu have me clamoring to return again and again. A second more recent visit showed several repeat items on the buffet but several new including one “Bangladeshi Fish” dish that was seriously so good that even though I was stuffed to the gills (har har) I went back once more to make sure it wasn’t a fluke (har har again).
Well, it was through the original review that I got some attention (an e-mail, an e-card, and a phone call) from the owners of Ramadan who invited me back to see them again (full disclosure: on their dime) and eat lunch with them. After some discussion and a tour of the market next door they agreed to offer up a $40 gift certificate to their restaurant for one lucky Lazy Lightning winner. The rest of you cronies get a 10% discount just for mentioning our good name.
While in the review of Ramadan Restaurant and Grill I didn’t give much attention to the Halal market next door, after the private tour I had a much better appreciation for everything they have to offer there:
- 1. Bulk spices for far less than you’ll find at any of the local stores. While they’re no Penzey’s, I’m sure for your day to day needs you won’t be disappointed with selection or volume for the price.
2. A huge selection of teas.
3. Minnesota grown honey for at least 50% less than you’ll pay at the local farmers markets but sourced from the locals just the same.
4. A full service meat market with locally grown animals purchased farm-direct on Tuesdays and butchered in-house less than 24 hours later
While I’m all for the hyperlocal grown meats and especially the butchering, the biggest draw for me which has made me a 100% convert to shopping for all my beef at Ramadan’s Halal Market is the price. I ordered hyperlocal, freshly butchered filet mignon for $9.99/lb. No, you’re not reading that wrong, there’s no “1″ in front. I said $9.99/lb. Aged for 8 days when I picked it up this was some of the better filets I’ve ever made in my home for less than half the price I could get it elsewhere. Cut to order and local, I will never shop anywhere else again for my steak and the best part is I can now afford filet mignon twice a month instead of twice a year. If you’re looking for good meat, this is the place for you. If they can impress me by sourcing some amazing filet for my own holiday meals (I now have 4 good sized steaks instead of two!), I guarantee you won’t be disappointed for the price either.
However, I’ve lost sight of the real reason for the post. We have a $40 gift certificate to give away for all of you foodies out there looking to hit up their ~15 item lunch buffet or their incredibly detailed 30+ item Sunday brunch buffet (which is only $10.99)!
Even though many of you already know the drill (as we’ve done this many, many, many times before) here it is again anyway:
- 1. Post a comment below to enter. Nothing fancy required. However if you note you’ll promise to head over to Ramadan and at least hit up one of their buffets and tell them you heard about the site for your 10% off I’ll throw in an extra entry for you.
2. Like the Facebook post about this contest.
3. RT @SouthMetroNews’ tweet including the URL pointing to this post on Twitter.
Each of those three things are worth one entry each (well, unless swear up and down that you’ll visit them and mention Lazy Lightning, then it’s two for the first). You can only have up to four entries total regardless of how many reminders may be posted to any of the social networking sites or how many comments you write below.
The contest will run through Saturday 12/31/2011 at 11:59:59 PM (happy new years!) and one lucky individual will be chosen at random by my patented SQL methodology. The winner will be notified by e-mail as well as a post on here, Twitter and Facebook. Please note that I have made arrangements to make this gift certificate much easier to obtain than prior contests and no in-person or mailed certificates are required. So for those of you scared about meeting a hairy-faced blogger, you’re in the clear on this one.
Have you been to Ramadan Restaurant and Grill in Burnsville? If so what did you think? Are you an Indian food fan? What is your favorite dish to order? If you were going to win the gift certificate what do you think you’d order off Ramadan’s menu? Whatever you have to say about the $40 gift certificate giveaway from Ramadan Restaurant and Grill, and especially to get an entry, go ahead and comment on below!