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By: | Posted: 02/27/2009
This Fresh Forkin' Friday has me working out my dates for next week's Restaurant Week.
My strategy is dine hard, dine often. I'm using this thrifty
opportunity to go back to some of the places I haven't been to in a
long time (life of a food editor, always eating in new restaurants, wah
wah, I know). So far I'm planning lunch at Cosmos for the green tea poached chicken, dinner at Sanctuary for the smoked pork shank with chorizo, lunch at Barbette for the artichoke-stuffed portobello with chevre fondue, and snacky happy hour at Saffron for crispy mussels
Last week, I noted that India House from Eat Street was planning to open in the Grand Asia space. Done! Open! After some initial confusion regarding its website, which was listing Indonesian cuisine a la Bali, it now seems clear that it is sticking to the naan, rogan josh, tikka masala equation that made the first one popular.
It seems that OM is on the books for the old Nate's Clothing space on First Avenue. It looks like investors are bringing in some hired guns to set up the upscale Indian restaurant, (unofficially) tapping Raghavan Iyer to do the menu. Maybe a bit more questionable would be the choice of controversial restaurateur Randy Norman, of the not-so-fabulous r. Norman's, to build the culture and operations of the place. Hmmmm.
France 44 Cheese Shop is one year old! To celebrate, it will offer its best-selling item, the Signature Chevre, at a 20 percent discount all March. That's $4 off a pound of some pretty nice goat cheese, which I've been known to eat with a spoon. Follow the shop on Twitter to see more specials all month. And BONUS, free Paradise coffee there this weekend!
Trocaderos has upped the happy hour ante by offering a free pizza buffet from Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. with the purchase of a drink. It also has a wild party planned this weekend with Brazilian Carnival on Saturday featuring music, masks, and Brazilian food.
Pazzaluna has smartly jumped on the Sunday supper trend. The three-course supper can be had for a mere $15.95 and features Caesar salad, lamb lasagna, and creme brulee between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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