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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 09:39:21 (permalink)
    And it's located DIRECTLY across the street from Nye's....I grew up on their hot dogs (probably had a fancier name-Dogwurst?!) & I had almost no idea that crappy versions of hotdogs even existed! lucky me.  
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 09:59:49 (permalink)
kaszeta-
Thanks for all the info on Kramarczuk's.  From your description and looking through the website, it sounds wonderful.  It will be a must stop for me on my next visit to town.
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 10:43:07 (permalink)
Kramarczuk's is a wonderful place. It smells great! We liked Nye's quite a bit, too. Our daughter and other art kids would go there to hang out with the older people and listen to polka. A waitress got mad at us once because we only wanted pierogies and cocktails, not complete dinners. It was something like 3:30pm!
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 15:42:28 (permalink)
For breakfast on Sunday, TTM and I met outside of Hell's Kitchen,

also within an easy walking distance of both our hotels.  As you descend the stairs, you are warned that you best behave!

 
When I ate here last year, it was a wonderful experience.  One of the reasons was that it was as part of a group of six and we were able to order many dishes  and sample them all.  Not that TTM isn't wonderful company, but it is harder to do with just two people.  Also, last year we had wonderful service.  This year, TTM and I had a surly waiter, who didn't like us and we're not really sure why.  We saw him be friendly to other tables, but not us.
 
TTM got the lemon ricotta pancakes,

which are wonderfully light and delicious.  Dusted with lots of powdered sugar and fruit, this is a really good dish.  On the side was an order of flavorful, thick cut bacon.

I started off with a fine mug of hot chocolate,

the chewy pit ham,

covered with grill marks and Bananas Foster French Toast.

I normally love anything bananas, but I tired of this too sweet entree quickly and only ate about half of it.
 
After our food was set down, I realized we didn't have any peanut butter on the table.  The waiter said we needed to order a side of toast, so that is what we did.  Here is the three way container

with the peanut butter, orange marmalade and (I think) blackberry jam.  Everything you have heard about this peanut butter is true.  I normally prefer the creamy style, but this is simply the best peanut butter I have ever had.  Actually, this was the best part of my meal.
 
I still like Hell's Kitchen and would absolutely go back.  But having someone like that wait on you made it a much less fun experience than it should have been.
 
Hell's Kitchen
90 S. 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN
612-332-4700
 
[link=http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/3141-3087/hells-kitchen]http://www.roadfood.com/R...141-3087/hells-kitchen[/link]
 
Since we were downtown, we took advantage of a photo op:

You're gonna make it after all.....
 
From there, it was straight to the airport.  I landed in Pittsburgh a half hour before the girls, returning from the Philippines.
 
TTM stayed in town long enough to have one more meal. 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/04/28 10:35:44
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 15:47:34 (permalink)
I hate spunk!
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/27 16:20:28 (permalink)
I'll always remember Hell's Kitchen for one of the oddest recommendations I got from a friend: "Get the peanut butter.  No, really, get the peanut butter".

Since then I've been back several times, and had some stunningly good breakfasts (one of the best benedicts, a perfect huevos rancheros, and the most excellent lemon ricotta pancakes).  And I always get the peanut butter (actually, have several jars of it here in NH)

(Sorry for the blank message earlier, something seems to be wrong with my Windows 7 laptop and the editor box came up empty) 
post edited by kaszeta - 2010/04/27 16:25:31
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/28 08:45:44 (permalink)
buffetbuster

This year, TTM and I had a surly waiter, who didn't like us and we're not really sure why.  We saw him be friendly to other tables, but not us.


Perhaps he's anti-camera and this was his way of letting you know?
 
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/28 08:47:34 (permalink)
Brad-
I guess that is possible, but it started when he first walked over to our table. 
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/28 09:08:57 (permalink)
Well, I guess TTM can turn the world on with his smile!
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/04/28 10:27:54 (permalink)
zataar

Kramarczuk's is a wonderful place. It smells great! We liked Nye's quite a bit, too. Our daughter and other art kids would go there to hang out with the older people and listen to polka. A waitress got mad at us once because we only wanted pierogies and cocktails, not complete dinners. It was something like 3:30pm!



I always thought that waitresses were supposed to be cranky at Nye's.  It's part of the charm.

Any in St Paul remember The Manor on West Seventh?  That place was a shrine to red leather and old-style supper clubs, and also had entertainly cranky waitresses ("What do you have on tap?"  "Hon, do I look like the sort of person that's gonna remember all that?")
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Re:Feeling Minnesota 2010/05/11 19:45:16 (permalink)
Hey, I can link now.

Review and pics from Kramarczuk's here
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