The rest of the money will be spent on such things as appetizers and if people are not eating, beer or other drinks.
The Date is September 18th, and we are meeting at 7:00. I recommend that you eat in the neighborhood before 7:00, if at all possible, and below I make specific recommendations.
The Black Forest Cafe is so typical of Whittier, Eat Street and Minneapolis. The only thing Analiese and the other folks at this restaurant want to do is to make sure we have a good time and don’t spend too much money. Many other locations are asking for huge payments just to drink their beer, or minimums we should not have to agree to, or don’t have any space available other than first come first serve.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GO, PLEASE DROP ME A LINE BY SENDING A QUICK EMAIL. THIS WILL HELP IN PLANNING. But if you don’t send an email, don’t let that stop you from coming!!!!
Hand guns are no longer allowed in the building.
Where to eat before the meet:
The most obvious place is the Black Forest Inn itself. This is authentic German cuisine. Thursday’s special (and Monday’s as well) is Konigsberger Klops (a kind of meatball swerved with spaetzel). This is one of those German foods that is both very German and very edible for those not used to German food. There is also a sausage and sauerkraut hot dish on Thursdays. That would be more intense. Other than the special I strongly recommend the Jager Schnitzel. Be hungry.
Kitty corner from the Black Forest is my favorite resturant: Azia. Azia is really like two or three different resturants combined with a shared menu. The main (and original) resturant is Azian fusion. The Phad Thai and any of the Bow Tie Pasta’s are good, filling, reasonable price, etc. The Green Curry is the favorite food of half the people I know who eat there regularly. The best single thing on the traditional menu may be the Char. My strongest recommendation is to share among two or three or even four people a Char of the appropriate size. (A Char is a fish, with meat resembling salmon but better.) If you are four and the Char is smallish, order more other stuff.
Azia has an excellent wine list and I recommend a David Bruce (you pick the grape). If you are not sure of the wine, ask Thom, the owner to suggest one, and if you know what you are doing, ask for the reserve list.
Azia also has a major sushi restaurant glommed right on to it.
South of the Black Forest on the west side of the street is Christos, an excellent Greek Resturant. There are three excellent Greek Resturants in Minneapolis and people fight over which is the best. They are all very similar in the overall quality of their food, and very very different in their atmosphere. Today, Christos wins because it is down the street.
Do you know what Pho is? Do you like Pho? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you already know that Eat Street is the home of a number of Pho resturants, and you alread know what to do.
There are three Mexican/Hispanic/Taco places within sight of the Black Forest, ranging across a spectrum of price/fanciness (none are expensive or fancy). The cheapest and best cultural experience is Little Tijuana. (That cultural experience is NOT going to be Mexican… more Anarchist.) The Most Mexican of the choices is Pancho Villa, just to the north, and the third is La Loma, which is in the same block as Azia.
The Rainbo is a Chinese restaurant south of Black Forest that is said by Minnesotans to be an excellent Chinese Restaurant. It is fine. If you are from California or the East Coast (sorry Minnesotans…) go to Azia or a Pho restaurant. To the north a few blocks is a Dim Sum resturant that I cannot remember the name of, and all up and down Nicollet are small Asian (mainly “Chinese”) restaurants each representing the food peculiar to some region of China where the food may be either great or not so great. If you need to have an excellent experience every time you eat out or you yell at everybody, go to Azia. If you want to take your chances and see what happens, to into the basement or back room of any one of these places.
Deserving special mention is Harry Singh’s Caribbean Restaurant. This is in a new location that I don’t think I’ve visited (or maybe it’s an old location and I forgot…). Harry’s used to be in Uptown, and I think it’s moved a couple of times.
I swear to you: Harry Singh’s is the ONLY actually hot food I’ve had in the Twin Cities to date. And it is over the top. This will be an experience you will not forget. Harry Singh’s is to the south of the Black Forest.
From 94 “eastbound” (really, southbound) into Minneapolis, take Lyndale. Go down Lyndale to Franklin and make a left. Go East on Franklin to Nicollet and make a right. The Black Forest will be on your left just past 26th. Cruise the neighborhood for a parking spot. If you are smart (and you are, I”m sure) you’ll NOT turn at Nicollet, and turn a block or two later, and pick up any spot you find between Franklin and 26th.
Westbound on 94, I would do the same thing: Take the “Lyndale Hennepin” exit, and keep picking your turns until you are on Lyndale South (left), and go down Lyndale to Franklin, left on Franklin and right on Nicollet (or vicinity).
35W does not really have exits in the neighborhood! So, if you are coming to the restaurant from any direction in the city, all you have to know is this: The corner of 26th Street East and Nicollet Avenue South is almost dead in the middle of a square formed by Franklin on the north, Lake on the south, Lyndale on the west, and Portland/Park on the east.
If you come to the neighborhood around 5:30 or 6:00 you might have trouble with traffic, but you will find a parking space easily, eat somewhere, and join us for beer at the Black Forest.