Let’s set the record straight: Some restaurants slip through the cracks—the great neighborhood eateries that oftentimes cook food that can compete with the better restaurants in town for quality and composition. No excuses, but in the rush to chime in on current crops of new restaurants, the space problem (some magazines like ours only come out twelve times a year and only write about a relatively limited number of eateries) and the ongoing “best of” listings that websites, newspapers, weeklies, and monthlies churn out, which are sometimes restricted by subject, good restaurants that should be talked about sometimes are not. For example: Our August food issue cover story was about steak houses, our March issue was about local/fresh/best, and so on. So who gets hosed in all this? One of my favorite restaurants does! JP American Bistro is owned and operated by a chef who has set a standard of excellence in this town for more than a decade. J. P. Samuelson and his team do a fantastic job day in and day out despite the road construction outside their front door, which would have closed any other restaurant long ago. And every time we talk or write about another restaurant in town, the folks at JP chime in and voice their displeasure—so noted and corrected.
FYI, another restaurant in this category is Sapor.
Any others that you can think of?
You know how much I love press releases, especially the ones that make me laugh. The last two I got that fit the bill are excerpted below.
Opening Thursday December 13, the Twin Cities Premier Gentlemen’s Club Schieks Palace Royale and Stone Management Group, LLC. will officially launch “The Kitchen” at Schiek’s serving dinner seven nights a week and lunch on Wednesdays thru Fridays.
Dinner selections will include 42oz USDA Prime Porterhouse, Kobe beef hotdog, colossal shrimp, lobster tails, burgers, lobster tacos and calamari; all affordably priced. Patrons can also choose from a variety of steaks, chops, seafood, appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. The Kitchen will use the freshest ingredients and the menu will be diverse as to appeal to a large guest base.
Mike Stone, of Stone Management Group says “There’s a real opportunity to create the whole package for a true gentlemen’s club. Approximately 40% of our guests are couples and they have been suggesting this type of food concept for some time and the timing is perfect with the new ownership.” Mr. Stone adds “We wanted to create a safe and profession environment for our guests who want a gentlemen’s club experience and food is one part of that. The new owners have invested in everything from new furniture, new lighting, new sky suites, to community involvement. They have shown a commitment to serve our guests and the city of Minneapolis.”
Wow. Kobe hot dogs and community involvement? No way! And my all-time favorite BS press-release gimmick that I read approximately five times a week is, “the kitchen will use the freshest ingredients and . . . try to appeal to a large guest base.” Holy crap. Does someone actually get paid to write that junk? Is that the best point of difference the owners can come up with? Oy vey.
I am pleased to introduce Zahtar by Fhima, a new fine dining destination designed especially for our members. Located within the Eden Prairie Life Time Athletic Club, this new restaurant boasts the rich, beautiful finishes found within our health and fitness centers and offers a wide range of culinary delights and impeccable service.
I've personally designed each menu item, applying particular focus on creating exquisite meals that delight all of the senses. All items are zero trans fats and are made using the highest-quality ingredients.
From starting your day with organic eggs Benedict and a cup of fair trade organic coffee, to grabbing a bowl of lobster bisque or the absolute best sushi in town to enjoying a candlelit dinner over a Kobe beef filet mignon complemented by a vintage Bordeaux—Zahtar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Over 200 wines and specialty micro brews are also available.
Designed specifically with the comfort of you and your guests in mind, Zahtar by Fhima features both open and private fine-dining areas. Book our Chef's Room—complete with a full wall of organic wine - for your intimate gatherings.
Zahtar by Fhima is available to ALL Life Time members and their guests.
While our official Grand Opening will be in January, I invite you to experience our beautiful new restaurant beginning this Friday, November 30. Reservations are recommended.
Double wow! All five senses will be delighted? I can’t wait to hear my dinner. Does anyone ever read these things before they are sent out? Does anyone really want to brag about having the “absolute best sushi in town” before they are open? And there is that persnickety “highest-quality ingredients” phrase, which is backed up by the allure of the Kobe beef and vintage Bordeaux dinner that I always feel like whenever I am at the health club.
As my friend Dan always says, you can’t make this stuff up.