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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 15:04:57 (permalink)
joerogo & buffetbuster, thanks so much for posting your pictures.  Special thanks to bb for including me in so many of them.  I now need to face it: I'm officially old.  It might nave been the planning of this trip that turned the corner for me.  I don't remember as much gray hair or heavy bags under the eyes before I started.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 15:11:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2019/05/13 15:25:46
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joerogo & buffetbuster, thanks so much for posting your pictures.  Special thanks to bb for including me in so many of them.  I now need to face it: I'm officially old.  It might nave been the planning of this trip that turned the corner for me.  I don't remember as much gray hair or heavy bags under the eyes before I started.
 
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It has been suggested that you stand next to the former-Guest in all photo taking situations to appear more youthful.
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 15:33:06 (permalink)
Sounds like a good temporary solution, but I never know when the paparazzi are going to jump out of the bushes to grab a shot.  That means I'd need to carry him around with me at all times.  A situation neither I, or Sandra, would find very appealing.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 17:25:39 (permalink)
For food and experience, Hell's Kitchen was fantastic!  I ordered:
Huevos Rancheros
Our #1 customer favorite 13 years in a row, this is a crisp flour tortilla layered with buttery hashbrowns, spicy black beans, soft-scrambled eggs and a 3-cheese topping baked to a golden brown. Topped with hand-chopped salsa and a dollop of sour cream. With Bison sausage.  

The Co-Owner was so gracious, I think she enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed her.  Especially when ChiTownDiner took out his spreadsheet.


 
BuffetBuster and his lovely wife Mariton.

 
For down home stick to your ribs home cooking....Kaffe Stuga was Great!  I had the sampler platter. Best Swedish meatball I ever had....but I never gave them much respect.  Figured they should be called Swedish balls of meat. There can only be 1!


 
I tried the Hot Dish......they can keep this one in Minnie-Soda. Next time a certain Guest recommends this....I may ban him!

 
I also had my first taste of sour cream raisin pie here.  I am not a big raisin fan, but this pie was delicious.  Did I mention that a certain group of people ordered a pie flight as an appetizer? 
 
The only pic I have from the Hmong Market is a group photo.  I was I had a video of ChiBear ordering in the Hmong language.  He was well prepared for this stop and did a bang up job ordering for the table.

 
Al's breakfast was a good stop.....hit and miss on the food, but great on character.






 
ChiBear getting a shot in front of his favorite stop.

 
Another spot-on breakfast, Keys Cafe.  I went against my "no Italian Food pledge" and went with the Italian Hash.  The house made sausage stole the show.  This rivals any breakfast place anywhere! I think CNW was trying to order some sausage to take home.

 
Cliff showing off his Julekaka!

 
Dining alfresco in Minnie-Apple-Less?  Not a problem when the director of operations brings his own table.

 
Mac's Fish and Chips was another stellar stop!  The atmosphere allowed up to mingle and meander while enjoying the fried walleye.



 
The final dinner at Lion's Tap offered great food and a chance to relax and say goodbye......til next time!


 
 
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 17:48:00 (permalink)

 
This is absolutely true...mostly.  There was the pink shirt guy incident. 
 
Overall, Minnie was a great crawl location.  The highway system is top notch, people were accommodating(for the most part), food was regional, appropriate and very good.  But....this all didn't happen by accident.  Buddy, your hard work and dedication to these crawls does not go unnoticed.  Also, the ChiTownGuy, along with his research on the five extra breakfast stops every morning, is an excellent driver.  Finding ALL these RoadFood worthy stops, making reservations, mapping them out, etc., is time consuming.  Someday I hope to do more than show up and eat.
 
It was a pleasure seeing everybody again, especially Sundancer and Roz after almost ten years. Let the planning begin!!!
 
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 18:10:20 (permalink)
Joe, where are we going next year?
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 18:24:07 (permalink)
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The only pic I have from the Hmong Market is a group photo.  I was I had a video of ChiBear ordering in the Hmong language.  He was well prepared for this stop and did a bang up job ordering for the table.

For realsies?
 
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Joe, where are we going next year?

Madison, WI has an excellent dining scene and I'm sure someone other than myself could put together a good tour.
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 19:08:12 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2019/05/05 21:03:23
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Well done Joe & Danny. Your ruse to get buffetbuster to post his photos was successful.
 
buffetbuster - Was the angry driver in the pink shirt named Joe Rogo?


Nope, Joe remained cool under pressure.  In fact, I'm guessing once the other guy spotted the consigliere in the passenger seat, he thought that would be a good time to get back in his car and leave.
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 19:09:41 (permalink)
Great job with the photos abe_froeman and Joe Rogo!
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 19:37:27 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiBears15 2019/05/05 20:04:16
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I now need to face it: I'm officially old.  It might nave been the planning of this trip that turned the corner for me.  I don't remember as much gray hair or heavy bags under the eyes before I started.

You're not old, you're friggin' big-time decrepit.  You need to hang up your pencil and green eyeshade because your next tour will probably consist of nothing but 4pm stops at Sizzlers and Golden Corrals.
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 20:36:24 (permalink)
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I now need to face it: I'm officially old.  It might nave been the planning of this trip that turned the corner for me.  I don't remember as much gray hair or heavy bags under the eyes before I started.

You're not old, you're friggin' big-time decrepit.  You need to hang up your pencil and green eyeshade because your next tour will probably consist of nothing but 4pm stops at Sizzlers and Golden Corrals.


There's a story here waiting to be told. Am I right?
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 22:24:18 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2019/05/06 13:52:39
The pictures are wonderful, BB and Joerogo!  Danny, I wish I could see yours!
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/05 23:02:56 (permalink)
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I now need to face it: I'm officially old.  It might nave been the planning of this trip that turned the corner for me.  I don't remember as much gray hair or heavy bags under the eyes before I started.

You're not old, you're friggin' big-time decrepit.  You need to hang up your pencil and green eyeshade because your next tour will probably consist of nothing but 4pm stops at Sizzlers and Golden Corrals.


There's a story here waiting to be told. Am I right?


Probably.  I wish I knew what it was.


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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/06 13:50:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2019/05/06 13:51:54
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The only pic I have from the Hmong Market is a group photo.  I was I had a video of ChiBear ordering in the Hmong language.  He was well prepared for this stop and did a bang up job ordering for the table.

For realsies?
 

 
Yep!  Danny pulled out his cheat sheet and ordered like Hmong Champ!  If he ever learns how to post pics correctly, maybe he will enlighten us with his choices.  The food had a nice spice kick that got stronger as you went further into the bowl.  Yet, we couldn't stop eating it!
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/06 13:52:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby abe_froeman 2019/05/06 15:13:57
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Well done Joe & Danny. Your ruse to get buffetbuster to post his photos was successful.
 
buffetbuster - Was the angry driver in the pink shirt named Joe Rogo?


Nope, Joe remained cool under pressure.  In fact, I'm guessing once the other guy spotted the consigliere in the passenger seat, he thought that would be a good time to get back in his car and leave.


I think he saw Gregg looking for the release for the Trunk Monkey!


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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/06 17:06:16 (permalink)
LOL, Trunk Monkey! Man, I wish those existed.

Beautiful photos, buffetbuster and joerogo!  Makes me ponder a weekend trip before the end of the year...though, I have a friend from Minneapolis visiting Chicago later this summer.  I bet she'd bring me some Cafe Latte cake and stop in Stockholm for a pie. 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/06 18:21:24 (permalink)
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...I have a friend from Minneapolis visiting Chicago later this summer.  I bet she'd bring me some Cafe Latte cake and stop in Stockholm for a pie. 


Keep us posted.  You might have some local "investors" if she's willing to deliver the goods.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/09 07:54:17 (permalink)
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The pictures are wonderful, BB and Joerogo!  Danny, I wish I could see yours!





You need special glasses to see Danny's!
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/09 08:05:27 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2019/05/09 14:52:08
Guess I'll order some off the back of my cereal box...
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 15:30:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2019/05/10 15:48:30
While ChiBears15's pictures are absolutely outstanding, I sometimes view things from a different angle...like someone with sight!  We met early, rocked the start and we were off.  First stop, Madison WI.  We hit Madison at the peak of rush hour which added 34 seconds onto our travel time.  Both exhausted and hungry, our story begins! 
 
Tuesday April 23, 2019
 
Mickies Dairy Bar
 
While the usual suspects populated the breakfast menu, a last second re-glance at the wall menu and I spied "Coffee Cake".  I inquired as to whether it was homemade and received an affirmative answer.  
 

 
 
So I went with the flavor of the day...apple cinnamon.  A few minutes later I found myself on the other side of the serpentine counter looking over memorabilia and saw our waitress bring a large square pan out of the kitchen.  I said, is that the coffee cake and she replied, yep, right from the oven.  I requested a center cut and as she cut in, a large release of steam showed just how fresh this was.
 
Arriving back at the table simultaneously before Danny could be left alone with this treasure, one forkful told me this was one for the ages.  This was the highlight of the restaurant and one of the trip's highlights....that good!  
 
I asked if they ever had Rhubarb and she gave me a knowing glance and said yep, just a bit early in the season.  Never thought I'd like rhubarb, but a Firecakes Rhubarb Fritter or a Hob Nob Hill Rhubarb Coffee Cake stand out in my mind.  
 
This was delicious...and absolute A!  The rest of the meal a C+.  
 
Another item setting Mickies apart....
 

 
...and while it has plenty of chemicals, it still was a nice diversion.  Danny's dashes and O's tell the rest of the story...
 
Next up....
 

 
...yep, you guessed it, Eenbush Bakery or more commonly called Greenbush.  This guy...
 

 
...wasn't in, and neither were the donuts.  All I read about was the rectangle old fashioned donuts filled with various fillings.  When I couldn't find them, I asked and was told they are for special occasions.  Like a visit from the ChiTownDiner happens often?  This would never happen to The Sultan...
 

 
...picked up a blueberry and a cherry old fashioned and they we pretty good, perhaps a B-.   Back to the car for a Return to Campus as we ventured to UW Madison, the Flagship.  While parking is brutal, we found a friendly guy who tipped us off to a legal secret spot with an on-line payment system but only a maximum of some ridiculous time limit like 27 minutes or something.  
 

 
The legendary Babcock Dairy....
 

 
...is right on campus.
 

 
Lots of choices in the ice cream department....
 

 
...and plenty of cheese for the upcoming lunch rush.  
 

 

 

 
Went with New York Cherry and March on Leckrone.  Rich, creamy, nice fat content, no ice crystals...comes in at a solid B.  
 
While there...
 

 
...an opening existed but we were pressed for time.  Besides, we only had 6 minutes left in our parking spot.  Headed out and on towards La Crosse!  
 
 
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 16:00:10 (permalink)
Wow. Great photos and report. Loving those burger and pie photos!
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 16:37:42 (permalink)
phlmaestro,
The best Burger on the trip was Lion's Tap.  For all its history and reputation, Matt's was a disappointment, and The Nook didn't get a fair sampling, being more than a half hour old by the time we tried it.  MSP has a growing Burger Culture, but because I was focused on the Jucy Lucy options, and didn't want to make the Crawl too "burger-centric", I avoided some other, better choices.
 
Ten or 15 years down the line, when we do another MSP Crawl, I'd plan things a little differently based on lessons learned.  Of course by then, I'll be in my 70s, so it'll be all oatmeal, all the time.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 16:39:47 (permalink)
Do they melt the cheese on the ice cream?" /> 
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 16:45:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2019/05/10 21:47:00
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Do they melt the cheese on the ice cream?" />" /> 
 




Yes...Danny has that photo...
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 19:22:23 (permalink)
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phlmaestro,
 
 
Ten or 15 years down the line, when we do another MSP Crawl, I'd plan things a little differently based on lessons learned.  Of course by then, I'll be in my 70s, so it'll be all oatmeal, all the time.
 
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Does that mean that come July I have to start eating only oatmeal? I guess I better make the most of my trip down south a week from Monday.
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/10 20:00:40 (permalink)
David,
My sincere hope is that I, and all my friends and loved ones will be living the same vibrant, active life you do, when we reach that age.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/11 10:41:00 (permalink)
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David,
My sincere hope is that I, and all my friends and loved ones will be living the same vibrant, active life you do, when we reach that age.
 
Buddy


In the next couple of decades.
 
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/12 13:08:14 (permalink)
Tuesday April 23, 2019 - cont'd
 
Next up, La Crosse.  With a scheduled stop at Linda's Bakery in West Salem scratched, we pulled into town.  First thing we spot, a tiny fraction of The Sultan's ever expanding empire.  
 

 
A quick look inside found we were way out of our price range, but I enjoyed the marketing slogan prominently displayed throughout...Sartorial Sultan Spoken Here!  
 
Walking across the street, we encountered...
 

 
...where my pre-trip research found that you could order kolaches the night before.  A small bakery display case was tucked inside, similar to many diner style restaurants.  The Bavarian Creme Poppy-seed caught my eye on pre-order...
 

 
...but were a disappointment.  Gotta kiss a lot of kolaches to find your prince...C+
 
Next up, my usually reliable copilot called an audible and in we went to...
 

 
This was one of life's great mistakes.  Creepy inside, unusual clientele, low level service even though there were no customers within 20 feet of us....
 

 
...and food that sucked!  Had we been in the car, auto-eject would have been activated!  D+ 
 
On to legendary Rudy's Drive-In.  We left the Coney joint which had 4 people during lunch hour, and we were surprised to find Rudy's packed!  
 
The highlight here...
 

 
...was the Root Beer...an easy A-.  Cold, vanilla taste, the right amount of fizz, a great root beer.  The burger was okay, helped by lots of melty cheese but a tiny serving of grilled onions.  Burger = C+ It remained packed throughout our visit which features carhops on roller skates and a process for getting rid of your window trays I have never seen before.
 
You back out, very slowly for obvious reasons, and drive towards the building and they skate to you and remove your tray.  Most places, you honk, flash or push the call button.  It does seem strange driving with the tray and glass mugs affixed to your window.  
 
Next up, over the Mighty Mississippi to Winona...
 

 

 

 

 
...Where once again, more co-pilot difficulties.  My trusty co-pilot wanted crushed peanut topped donuts or long johns.  They don't make them but that didn't stop him from asking a dozen times.  While it was already late in the day on bakery time, we did get a small sampling...
 

 
...of things to try in the car.  B- (might have been higher if we arrived at 8am for the stuff that put them on the map) 
 
Pedal to the metal as we head to one of my two bucket list stops on this trip...
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Re: The 2019 Minneapolis/St. Paul Crawl Trip Report 2019/05/12 13:20:49 (permalink)
You'd be arrested in Cony island for selling that hot dog!!
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rookie copilot........
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