I have had a list of places that I need to get around to going to for a while. I usually try to keep this limited to the South Metro but occasionally I get the chance to move outside the home area and explore what other areas have to offer.
A couple of weeks back I followed through on a link provided by Lifehacker to a deal from restaurant.com which offered a deal where you could get $25 gift certificates to restaurants for $2. Kim literally scraped together loose change around the house, put it in the bank, and purchased a couple of these gift certificates for us to use. Because we waited until the last day possible and some of the fine print sucks, the options were limited. We ended up choosing two places that we have never been before (Everest on Grand and DeGidios). While you have to spend at least $35 to use the $25 card, we figured it was a pretty damn good deal. If you’re interested, the Lifehacker commenters mentioned that they offer deals like this frequently so keep your eyes peeled.
Next on the list is Applewood Rustic Grille which I hope to visit before Thanksgiving. I’m really hoping that the “soft opening” will end by then so that I can offer a useful review for others. I wanted to try something new with ARG and offer the owner a chance to give us a preview of what was to come before they opened but my numerous phone calls and e-mails went unanswered. Perhaps I just had the wrong contact information.
After reading Sank’s mention of Evergreen Chinese and also seeing it mentioned today on Reetsyburger’s Refuge via post entitled Dumplings for Lovers, I knew I’d have to get out there and try it. It looks like I will be there sooner rather than later!
Then there’s the list of local places that I have really wanted to get around to but just never seem to find the right time (what I really mean here is I can’t get Kim to agree to go with me) such as Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine in Burnsville, Taste of Thaiyai in Apple Valley, or the chain Salad Creations in Minneapolis whose owner asked me to come in and review them after reading my other downtown Minneapolis skyway reviews.
I’m always looking for new restaurant suggestions and people are constantly e-mailing me with them. If you know of a new place, old favorite, or just something you’d like to see reviewed feel free to post it below or send me an e-mail. I usually rank “the list” by location (South Metro gets priority), how long it’s been open (the newer the better), and whether or not the food interests *us*. While I am happy to eat anywhere, I do usually like to bring Kim along to get a more balanced opinion of the place and she just isn’t as adventurous as I am.
Got any suggestions, questions, or comments? Let’s here ’em!