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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/27 09:03:25 (permalink)
A likely conflict has just been brought to my attention.  Sorry to be THAT guy, but I am changing my vote again:
 
1) April 25-28.
2) April 11-14.
3) May 2-5.
4) May 23-26.
5) May 16-19.
 
To avoid confusion, I deleted my earlier vote.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/27 10:11:52 (permalink)
Please see Post #530 for my revision.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/27 23:48:39 (permalink)
1) May 16-19
2) May 2-5
3) April 25-28
4) April 11-14
5) May 23-26
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 15:57:00 (permalink)
Just FYI:
https://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2018/08/state-fair-sizzlers-and-fizzlers-what-new-food-becomes-classic-and-what-doesnt
 
Big Fat Bacon started with much fanfare 11 years ago in a tiny shack across from the Star Tribune booth and now has its own building on Dan Patch Avenue. A quarter pound of bacon with maple glaze on a stick — of course it’s still around.
“We had a big first year, with all the publicity,’ said Manager Tina Jordan. “We knew bacon was going to be big, so we crossed our fingers and now we have a big group of regulars.”
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 18:13:10 (permalink)
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Contingent members may be aware that our annual Smoke/Pie Day Party will be held during Memorial Day weekend. We will not be changing our plans to accommodate attendees of the crawl if that weekend is chosen. Sorry in advance for my dickishness, but this is the one day each year the world does revolve us.



Oh crap!  Editing now!
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 20:51:42 (permalink)
FYI, all votes have been recorded and adjusted per the voters wishes up to this point.  Still need to hear from CNW, chickenplucker & Linda, Sundancer & Roz, Ralph Melton & icereamchick, and JRPfeff & Pie Diva.  Your vote WILL make a difference if the date matters to you.
 
Buddy
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2018/08/30 15:55:27
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 21:10:52 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/08/30 06:55:05
Thank you for your diligence Buddy. I did vote, I think (unless the vote gremlins have reemerged).
 
Just doodling here, but it's too bad there isn't a website or an app that allowed people to vote online & automatically tallied the results.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 21:57:01 (permalink)
Dang dude, I some how missed that, but situation rectified.  Can I assume Pie Diva will match your vote?
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 22:01:41 (permalink)
My work dictates our availability especially with the weekdays. Just put me down as the calendar goes. Memorial Day is out 100%
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 22:17:07 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/08/30 17:14:07
Keith, thanks for your reply.  I'll just assume that however the vote turns out, you'll either be there or you won't, depending on work conflicts and the Memorial Day Holiday.  The main thing was, I wanted to hear from you so I could start wrapping things up and let folks know how to mark their calendars.
 
I'm REALLY hoping you and Brad get together on this Crawl so we can all say we spent the weekend with a ScreamingChickenplucker.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/29 23:19:10 (permalink)
BuddyRoadhouse
Dang dude, I some how missed that, but situation rectified.  Can I assume Pie Diva will match your vote?
 
Buddy

I do not speak for Bobbi. Nor vote either.

Please see my revised vote.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 07:32:10 (permalink)
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BuddyRoadhouse
Dang dude, I some how missed that, but situation rectified.  Can I assume Pie Diva will match your vote?
 
Buddy

I do not speak for Bobbi. Nor vote either.

Please see my revised vote.



I DO vote for Sandra but that's because you will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER find her on this forum.....EVER.....
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 07:37:51 (permalink)
BuddyRoadhouse
I'm REALLY hoping you and Brad get together on this Crawl so we can all say we spent the weekend with a ScreamingChickenplucker.

Been watching some Wheel of Fortune lately?
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 07:59:22 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/08/30 17:15:58
Next up: Jax Café in Minneapolis.
 



 
Pros:
1) The backyard patio is absolutely gorgeous!  Mariton was especially dazzled and couldn't stop taking photos.  And one of things they are best known for is eating trout that you netted from the tiny stream.  
2) For those who want to try Scandanavian food, the lefse appetizer here is pretty darn good, although I don't know how traditional their preparation of baked parmesan lefse really is.
3) Our lunches of Polish sausage and sauerkraut for me and golabki for her were certainly satisfying.
 
Cons:
1) There are three dining areas, none of them ideally suited for our group: a dark bar, a surprisingly elegant dining room and that gorgeous patio that doesn't have very many tables.  
2) The place is expensive.  My plate of one sausage link and sauerkraut was $14.95.
3) Service was fine, but our waiter looked shockingly like my mechanic.  Nice enough guy, but every time he approached the table, I was expecting him to tell me I needed new brakes and rotors.
 
Even though Jax Café is something of an iconic Twin City restaurant, this would not be a good choice for the Crawl.  My advice would be if you need a break from all the food, go to Jax Café, sit out on the patio and relax with a drink.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2018/08/30 14:07:11
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 08:12:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby wanderingjew 2018/08/30 08:54:56
Next up: Tavern on Grand in St. Paul.
 


 
Pros:
1) I make no bones about the fact that I love this restaurant.  The walleye is superb and is served in so many different ways.  And the stealth item on the menu is that ultra-creamy chicken wild rice soup.
2) Plenty of room, it could easily handle any crowd.  And on our most recent trip, we arrived at 7:00PM on a Friday and got right in, so they don't seem to get overly crowded.
3) Maybe more so than any other restaurant I have visited in the Twin Cities (and I am far from an expert), this place represents Minnesota.
 
Cons:
1) The one time I strayed away from the walleye I regretted it.  The tater tot hotdish a couple years ago was absolutely awful.  How good is the rest of the menu besides the walleye?  I have my doubts.
2) Parking is street parking and on our most recent visit, we had to park two blocks away.
 
Definitely recommended, but the people who don't like walleye, they probably aren't going to be happy.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 08:39:07 (permalink)
I vote the same as Jim
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 08:54:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/08/30 09:04:15
I'm with buffetbuster on Tavern on Grand
I would have absolutely no reason to stray away from their wonderful walleye and commendable cream of wild rice soup.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/30 11:02:48 (permalink)
wanderingjew
I'm with buffetbuster on Tavern on Grand
I would have absolutely no reason to stray away from their wonderful walleye and commendable cream of wild rice soup.
 




 
I agree with this assessment.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/31 16:32:54 (permalink)
Thank you for putting this list together:
1 -3
2 -1
3 -4
4 -2
5 -5
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/08/31 17:08:36 (permalink)
That's quite a code you've got there Paul, but I think I cracked it.  Can I assume Roz votes the same as you?
 
You're welcome.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/02 15:50:51 (permalink)
1. 4/25-4/28
2. 4/11-4/14
3. 5/16-5/19
4.  5/2- 5/5
5. 5/23-5/26
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/03 03:55:06 (permalink)
Thank you Mr. Melton.  Will icecreamchick cast a separate vote, or shall I count this one twice?
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/05 00:46:52 (permalink)
1) 5/16 - 5/19
2) 5/02 - 5/05
3) 4/25 - 4/28
4) 5/11 - 5/14
5) 5/23 - 5/26
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/05 16:30:54 (permalink)
My vote is the same as Ralph's...this time! ;-) 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/10 13:49:25 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/09/10 13:58:44
The voting to choose next year's Crawl dates closed last Friday.  After frantically sliding the beads on my Hewlett Packard abacus for the last couple of days, I've finally determined the winning weekend.
 
Rust Belters; wear a light jacket, folks from below the Mason Dixon Line; pack your long johns, Canadians; just wear your Speedos, because the winning weekend is....APRIL 25th-28th!
 
For the record, the final rankings looked like this:
 
1. 4/25-28 - 2.13
2. 5/2-5, 5/16-19 (tie) - 2.63
3. 4/11-14 - 3.13
4, 5/23-26 - 4.50
 
Now the fun begins: planning this adventure.  I've been consulting with our resident experts and reps from the tourism boards from both cities.  So far we've got a list of 50 possible food candidates and another half dozen non-eating activities to choose from.  We'll keep adding to the list through the end of the year, then start whittling down to the final 15-18 stops.
 
The restaurants range from the traditional MSP fare (Scandinavian, Jucy Lucys, and Walleye) to the more exotic (Somali, Hmong, Russian, Kurdish), with some good old fashioned diners and dives (Al's, Mickey's, Band Box Diner) mixed in.  I promise you a solid mix that will delight your taste buds before the weekend is finished.
 
Thanks for voting.  You're continued feedback is appreciated as the process moves along.
 
Buddy
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/10 15:36:20 (permalink)
Maybe we should do Cleveland in June?
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/10 16:04:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2018/09/10 21:26:26
joerogo
Maybe we should do Cleveland in June?


Start a Doodle Poll, Joe.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/11 19:33:53 (permalink)
I'm coming up empty in my photo files, but I say Donatelli's in White Bear Lake deserves consideration. I loved the pizza the one time I went.
 
For better or worse it appeared on a Triple-D episode.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/11 19:51:11 (permalink)
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For the record, the final rankings looked like this:
 
1. 4/25-28 - 2.13
2. 5/2-5, 5/16-19 (tie) - 2.63
3. 4/11-14 - 3.13
4, 5/23-26 - 4.50

I won't be able to attend so it will be up to someone else to make sure there's a lutefisk tasting.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/09/11 19:59:19 (permalink)
For celebrity reviews, this is Andrew Zimmern's home turf.  You can check out all Food TV reviews on mapmuse.com.  Not that our RF Celebrity(Buddy) needs any help.
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