Mall of America & US-61/WI-35 south?

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Re:Mall of America? 2012/04/12 14:51:31 (permalink)
And just to mention,  we recently spent several nights in that area, and stayed at the Hyatt Place, Minneapolis Airport South, at 7800 International Drive in Bloomington.  Very nice and good size room, for just 99.00 a night, and tax of course.  We liked the price very much, but it's sad that they don't offer a microwave in the room.  They have a small fridge and etc, but no mike.
 
But they are just a few blocks away, and a nice straight shot, to the Mall.  Location for the Mall is super.  
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/04/13 10:37:21 (permalink)
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But it sounds like you are interested in making time to get home.  Instead of chicken pot pie to take home for dinner that night, how about barbeque?  We have a very good place in La Crosse, Train Station Barbecue.  It's very well done by an accomplished chef, and leaves Famous Dave's way back in the dust.  


Speaking of barbecue, have you ever been to Pier 4 Cafe & Smokehouse in Alma?  It popped up as I was Googling my way down WI-35 and it looks interesting, although I suspect we might still be pretty full from breakfast at that time.
 
I was planning on visiting La Crosse last fall and The Train Station had been suggested to me, but the trip fell through.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/04/13 10:56:10 (permalink)
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Brad-
If you do drive down along the Mississippi River, can I convince you to drive along the Wisconsin side?  The reason is to visit the Stockholm Pie Company, which very well may be my favorite pie shop in the country.


Let's see...we could hit Bev's in Red Wing, cross the river on 63, and drive down 35 on the Wisconsin side so that's certainly possible.  I see that SPC sells frozen homemade chicken pot pies so I could pick up a couple to have for supper when we get home that night.  That just might be a plan!

Brad, if it works out with your schedule, I hope you do get a chance to stop in Stockholm.  I would be very curious how their chicken pot pies are. 

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Re:Mall of America? 2012/04/13 14:10:55 (permalink)
No, Brad, Ive not even heard of Pier 4, but their menu looks good.  I am going to have to get in there, but BB's description of the pies in Stockholm, plus Pier 4, means a little drive up the beautiful river is in the very near future.
 
My wife is a true chicken pot pie lover, so we know what we'll be buying.
 
Just for info, with everyone talking about how good the KFC pot pie is, she had one yesterday, and was quite happy with it.   I got a platter with breast and wing, and beans and slaw.  It was OK, but local places do better.  Some of them, anyway.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/04/13 15:15:36 (permalink)
We are in La Crosse about once a month but we rarely go out to eat since our grandsons are 3 and 6. We end up babysitting while the beleaguered parents get a night out.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/04 14:43:38 (permalink)
Looks like our plans have changed a little and we're going to be staying downtown within walking distance of Target Field instead of out by the Mall.  Hopefully we'll still be able to make the drive home on 61 and hit a few places, but the lodging relocation has also given us some additional options.  Gluek's has a Friday fish fry that sounds pretty good and Firelake would be nice place for dinner on Saturday.
 
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/04 14:57:32 (permalink)
The Train Station BBQ is closed and listed on Craigslist for sale.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/04 19:05:41 (permalink)
Never been there but both those places sound great. Very interesting menu's
 
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Looks like our plans have changed a little and we're going to be staying downtown within walking distance of Target Field instead of out by the Mall.  Hopefully we'll still be able to make the drive home on 61 and hit a few places, but the lodging relocation has also given us some additional options.  Gluek's has a Friday fish fry that sounds pretty good and Firelake would be nice place for dinner on Saturday.

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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/04 20:04:08 (permalink)
Gluek's is plain and simple bar food. Good place to hang out. When I worked downtown I had many a lunch there. For hanging out downtown in a bar I preferred The Local, an Irish Pub; Brits, an English Pub or Lyon's on 6th, where the bartenders actually knew my name and I influenced and introduced the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich to be put on the menu. :)
 
But I am pretty much 5 years removed from the downtown scene. My bar haunts now are on or near Lake Minnetonka - Hazellewood Grill & Pub, Jake O'Connor's Publik House, Maynard's on Excelsior Bay, McGarry's Irish Pub in Maple Plain, etc.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 00:55:46 (permalink)
A sincere and hearty second to The Tap. We ate there in May. It was good. It was better than good. If you can swing this [pun intended], please go.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 02:57:30 (permalink)
You can skip anything further about the Train Station Barbecue, they closed down two weeks ago due to a lack of business.  After six years of trying, the town did not support them.  Yet, Famous Dave's is doing fine.  This town does seem to love bland food.  Although I really feel Train Station problem was picking the wrong location.  They needed to be near the biggest mall, where the money is.
 
Meanwhile, as if we didn't have enough already, Mexican and Asian places are popping up all over.
 
Can also skip anything about Happy Joe's pizza, we no longer have a franchise.  The manager had some falling out with corporate.  He is still running the place in similar fashion, but it is now called Pizza Pros.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 09:30:12 (permalink)
Actually Famous Dave's is almost a local place for you. Dave Anderson opened his first restaurant not all that far away in Hayward Wisconsin in a resort on Big Round Lake.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 09:44:05 (permalink)
Thanks for the updated suggestions.  If Google Maps can be trusted there's a wide variety and ample quantity of eateries within walking distance of our hotel, so we're not going to go hungry.  We've even discussed leaving Friday morning and picking up some cheap tickets to the Friday night game, which would allow us to make a lunch stop as well.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 09:46:30 (permalink)
Easy, I never had a chance to try TS BBQ.  Everyone who tried that I talked to said it was good. Sorry that I missed my chance.  Now as far as Happy Joe's that isn't really much of a loss.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/05 10:48:05 (permalink)
Famous Dave's was indeed started in Hayward, WI which is a good  6 hours or more away from La Crosse. Famous Dave's corporate offices are now in Minnetonka, MN and their flagship restaurant now is just down the road from me a mere three hours away from La Crosse. I wouldn't consider Famous Dave's as being "local".
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/06 13:57:03 (permalink)
pineyhill, too bad you didn't get to the Train Station.  It was really good, and in my opinion, many steps above Famous Daves (although I like Dave's just fine, as far as it goes).
 
They had a thinner sauce, and more vonegary, which, I have learned here, is more like a North Carolina sauce than the so many others.  And, from looking at Roadfood menus from everywhere, TS prices were very reasonable.
 
The only thing about Happy Joe's is that, yes, it's a chain, but a well done one, and people seem to get excited about their 'famous' taco pizza.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/06 13:58:08 (permalink)
I mean vinegary....if that's a word.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/11 09:07:42 (permalink)
Things are starting to round into shape.  It looks like we're going to be able to take WI-35 to get there and then US-61 to get home, which should allow us to stop at both Stockholm Pie Company and Bev's Cafe (and/or any other interesting places) without having to do so on the same day.  Thanks for all the help!
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/11 10:54:11 (permalink)
Maybe we'll pass you on the highway. We are heading into Wisconsin tomorrow.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/11 13:04:24 (permalink)
Davydd,
How long will you be in Wisconsin?  Are you aware that the biannual Cheese Days celebration is taking place this weekend in Monroe, Wisconsin?  We'll be there on Sunday looking for artisan cheeses, deep fried cheese curds, bratwurst from the local Turner Hall, and The World's Longest, Worst Parade Ever!  Also, a Limburger sandwich or two from Baumgartner's, and a couple of fresh from the spit al pastor tacos at the bodega just off the main square.
 
We're hoping to get there in the early afternoon.  Monroe is almost due south and just slightly west of Madison, about six miles north of the Illinois border.
 
Maybe we'll see you and Nancy if you're in a cheesy state of mind.
 
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/11 17:19:21 (permalink)
We will be near Tomah at the Hixton/Alma KOA through Sunday for a Class B camper van RV social with people we know from all over the country. We will probably come home via La Crosse to stop off and see our son and grandsons.
 
Last spring our group gathered in Van Buren, MO. Last fall in Lake o' the Pines, Texas; and spring last year, Tombstone, AZ. We do this a couple of times a year. I waylaid all the way over to Pewaukee for that Contingent brat cookoff before heading up to Grand Marais, MN to host a B Social. Been on the road a lot this year. Just got back from a two month trip to Alaska and back. 35,000 miles in just a little over a year so far. This coming social is like being in our backyard.
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/11 18:33:29 (permalink)
Sounds like a nice trip.  Doesn't seem like Monroe will be part of your plans though.  Have fun!
 
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/25 01:30:20 (permalink)
Is Piggy's still open in LaCrosse?
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Re:Mall of America? 2012/09/25 14:58:52 (permalink)
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Is Piggy's still open in LaCrosse?

Yep, sure is.  Open each evening, and also Monday - Friday for lunch, where they have an abbreviated menu, but a teriffic soup and salad bar.  There are several very full office buildings within a couple blocks, and at noon the place is always packed. 
 
They have a nice website, too, if you wanted to check out their stuff.
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