Sunday August 22
This would be my last full day in the Twin Cities before I head to points north.
After another coupla cups of coffee at Bun Aisle, I decided to head to St Paul for a real breakfast at the original Keys Cafe
is a local chain in the Twin Cities. The original location that I went to opened up sometime in the 1970's. I told Davydd
of my breakfast option a few days earlier when we met and he gave me his seal of approval. Keys
offers both counter and booth seating.
I decided to go with the Loon Omelet.
Not only was this omelet enormous but it was also
every bit amazing. Basicallly a breakfast hotdish in an omelet, it contained wild rice, turkey, mushrooms, onion, tomato, swiss cheese with creamy mushroom sauce ladeled on top. My only regrets was that I was unable to finish this gargantuan masterpiece. Asides from Hells Kitchen
, this was my favorite breakfast of the trip and it will find itself on a top 10 list for 2010.
After breakfast, it was such a beautiful day, I decided to stroll around some of the urban neighborhoods in Minneapolis. I started with the West Bank located near my hotel and then drove to uptown and walked around there.
I stumbled upon an indepent bookseller called Magers and Quinn
and found this book.
mentioned there are even books written about Hotdish and this one came out about 4 years ago, as I remember Michael Stern
mentioned it in a previous thread, however for those who are curious, I did not purchase the book.
Afterwards I headed over to Lake Calhoun to take a stroll around the lake
Even the ducks seem perfectly content!
After strolling around, I deliberately planned on having a light lunch. (not Chi Town Diner lite) but a legitimately light lunch since I already an enormous breakfast and knew I was going to have a big dinner.
I went over to the Midtown Global Market
a newish indoor market with several stalls and international offerings including
I decided to go with
You guessed it, Cafe Finspang
, a Scandinavian gift stop, bakery and deli. I believe they may even have Lutefisk there but I didn't get any.
I decided to go with their Smorgasbord.
Small open faced sandwiches on dense dark bread
(from left to right- herring, salmon and jarlsberg cheese)
These little sandwiches really hit the spot- just enough to carry me over til dinner.
For dessert, I got a lingonberry bar.
I wish I could say something favorable about the Lingonberry bar as I did the sandwiches but I can't. I've had lingonberrys before and although the bar was moist and sweet, it really didn't taste like anything remotelely resembling lingonberries and was surprisingly bland. The meal itself was relatively inexpensive about 6 bucks and change.
After lunch I walked around the market some more, soaking in the atmosphere and listening to the live band they had there that afternoon.
I then drove back downtown and headed to ...
The Mill City Musuem. A museum celebrating Minneapolis' history as one of the biggest flour manufacturers of the nation in the first half of the twentieth century.
As some may know...
This guy got his start here!
and here is the old building.
And of course
gold medal flour aka general mills..
The museum was really interesting being greeted by an unusually monster sized box of bisquick
and other interesting contraptions
Inside the flour tower you are taken inside a freight elevator and are taken to different floors which were amazingly duplicated to look like different areas of a working mill and the computer generated animitronics were just out of this world. Eventually I was taken to the observaton tower with a great view of St Anthony's Falls.
After the museum my final stop for the evening was the place that no one can leave the Twin Cities without stopping at...
Although there is extremely heavy sun glare on the sign- this is Tavern on Grand i
n St. Paul.
Several days earlier Davydd
mentioned that Buddyroadhouse
had been there recently and it had changed. Apparently renovations had been done and the place was not as good as it used to be. I sent Buddy a pm before going and he indicated that the renovations changed the atmosphere of the place and that it now looked more like a sports bar versus a northwoods cabin. Also there are items that are no longer on the menu but the Walleye is still good.
Just as long as the wild rice soup and Walleye are on the menu- that's all I care about.
Anyway, I may not be the most observant person in the world, but it appeared to me when I walked in the northwoods cabin atmosphere still appeared intact...
I started out with the chicken wild rice soup.
This used to be my benchmark for wild rice soup. Still good and was better than the wild rice soup at Cornerstone Cafe
, however it fell short of the wild rice soup at Kafe Stuga
When I visited Tavern on Grand in the past, I usually ordered the walleye sandwich. This time I ordered the Walleye Entree. You have the option to order one or two fillets. Of course I chose two
It came with a choice of potato, the only logical option to me was the potato cakes. Both the Walleye and Potato Cakes were outstanding, however I'm not sure if its my imagination or not but it seems that they use a lighter batter for the walleye sandwich than they do the entree. I didn't ask but when I checked some of the yelp reviews others had mentioned the same thing.
That's about it for Sunday. The next day I will have an early start so I returned to my hotel after dinner.
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