What hot new pasta-ria slated to open yesterday and owned by proprietors of Town Talk Diner is now rumored to be on the back-burner? Answer: Tim Niver’s and Aaron Johnson’s East Lake Pasta Shop. That’s what my real-estate mavens told me a few weeks ago. True? Anyone speak to Tim or Aaron lately?
And what can’t-miss concept is currently missing from the Twin Cities restaurant scene? We just got back from a killer weekend in Montreal, celebrating Jazz Fest and Canada Day with a big Zimmern-Laporte-Jessup-Coburn family reunion. The camera battery wasn’t recharged, but I have these cell pix of my newest favorite cousins, James and Christoper, who stole us away from the all-night party on Saturday to grab a bowl of poutine (French fries, gravy, and cheese curds) at Pataterie La Belle Province, a joint that makes theirs from scratch. Heaven. A poutine stand in the skyway and at the Fair would mint money, would it not?
And speaking of great ideas, the night before, we had four-star Chinese at L’Orchidee Chine (2017 Rue Peel), around the corner from the Ritz-Carlton, a delicious high-end Chinese experience that was practically flawless when it came to the food experience—begging the question once again, why no high-end Chinese eateries in this town? And no, 20.21 does not count. It’s Cal-Chinese . . . awesome food, but I am talking about a restaurant like Shun Lee Palace or Mr. Chow in NYC. I think it would rock here.
The other pic is of the family strolling down the quai in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, just outside the city. Walking the wharf on Canada Day was a real treat. The restaurants were packed, and the boats were out in force. Lovely.
RIP: Krua Thailand. Many people thought this was the Twin Cities best Thai restaurant, and by the time you read this, it might already be closed, as Dave commented last week:
“A convoluted death spiral . . . . Krua Thai is for sale and has been for some time. The owners have built a new home in Los Angeles (where they are originally from, post-Thailand) and are waiting anxiously to move there. This Saturday we went there for dinner at 8 p.m. and the place was hopping (the first element of the convolution), and the owner's mother told my wife (who is also Thai) in Thai to 'go some place else for dinner tonight. I don't want to work this hard' (the second part of the convolution). Nothing like trying to kill your own business. We spend a $100 a week there. Jeez . . . ”
Several people have chimed in to my e-mail box that they are closed; others say it is still open. Call first before heading over there. I got no answer there last night, but that doesn't mean anything . . . and if you have eaten there before, you know what I mean. So now the big question, with Ruam Mit and Krua closed or closing, where is the best Thai in town to be found? True Thai?? What am I missing? And do not suggest Chiang Mai to me, or the hybrid Viet-Thai joints—I am looking for pure Thai bliss.
Tomorrow is the fourth, so no Body Counting until next week. Sad, isn’t it? Go on, admit it . . .