Today's elimination round starts with Hmong & Other Asian Cuisine
. The opening list included Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, Hmongtown Marketplace, Hmong Village, Trung Nam French Bakery, and Tea House.
I'll start with the easiest to eliminate, Tea House. Even though we enjoyed many meals there, Chinese restaurants have become so ubiquitous there really isn't anything new offered here other than high quality. I know that sounds like a good reason to go, but there are so many high quality places on the list offering more unique cuisine. So sadly, bye-bye Tea House.
Next we need to choose between Hmongtown Marketplace and Hmong Village. Both offer great food opportunities, but unless I'm missing something, Hmongtown Marketplace is the only one offering Stuffed Chicken Wings, and that seems like a must do.
Finally, in choosing between Ngon Vietnamese Bistro and Trung Nam French Bakery, my vote goes to the latter. Trung Nam French Bakery seems more down to Earth whereas Ngon Vietnamese Bistro has more of an upscale atmosphere.
So, the Hmong and Asian Cuisine
finalists are Hmongtown Marketplace
and Trung Nam French Bakery
EDIT: Adding Trieu Chau
to the list of finalists. We'll see how it all shakes out.
Our other non-western food category is Somali & Other African Cuisine
. The choises were Karmel Square Mall, Midtown Global Market, and Afro Deli. Only Afro Deli leaps out as an easy elimination. Looking at their menu, it seems like they're trying to please too many masters. Yeah, they've got some African specialties, but they've also got Cheeseburgers, Gyros, and Chicken Quesadillas. It's a tough choice between the other two. Karmel Square Mall offers a more focused Somali and African experience, but Midtown Global Market has a more global selection. For now I'm keeping both Karmel Square Mall
and Midtown Global Market
on the list.
The last category of the night, European Ethnic (Not Mpls/StP “Heritage Food”)
, is an easy one to decide. While Finnish Bistro has some interesting menu items, it all seems a bit bland. On the other hand, Kramarczuk's
both serve bright, flavorful dishes.
Next up for elimination, Italian and Ice Cream.
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2019/03/22 18:05:05