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    Island Hopper looks good

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    Zwak wrote:


    Here is your list of the new State Fair foods coming this year

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

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    Sidecar Sandwich

    Thick-cut cognac-infused bacon smothered with Cointreau and citrus marmalade, layered with melted havarti, smoked Gouda and aged cheddar, served on toasted sourdough bread and garnished with fresh orange slices.

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    The Naughty Biscuit

    Smoked pork belly topped with beer cheese sauce, arugula, pickled red onions and candied jalapeños served on a buttermilk biscuit.

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    trixR4kids wrote:


    Island Hopper looks good

    Not my type of thing, but people certainly go nuts for those hollowed out pineapple drinks at that one place in the Food Building.

    Tipsy Pies are pretty awesome. I usually get the blueberry-lemon one, but I might try the new one this year.

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    Tipsy Pies are pretty awesome. I usually get the blueberry-lemon one, but I might try the new one this year.


    A good friend of mine knows the gal that run’s the Tipsy Pies. He always tells her to try to be on ‘Shark Tank’. Btw… the blueberry-lemon is the best one!!!

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    gator wrote:


    Maize wrote:


    Tipsy Pies are pretty awesome. I usually get the blueberry-lemon one, but I might try the new one this year.


    A good friend of mine knows the gal that run’s the Tipsy Pies. He always tells her to try to be on ‘Shark Tank’. Btw… the blueberry-lemon is the best one!!!

    If someone wants to put vodka in a pie I won’t stop them. The cotton candy is weird, but I can pull that off (like a pickle in a hamburger).

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    Zwak wrote:


    Here is your list of the new State Fair foods coming this year

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

    We may have jumped the shark. Nothing on this list sounds great to me. It seems with each dish, the vendor adds some odd ingredient that screws it up. And with several of them they just go full on add more ingredients until it’s so gross, people have to talk about it.

    They put cotton candy on top of a fruit pie that is infused with vodka. People over the age of 7 don’t eat cotton candy….because it’s gross. Maybe this is meant for the Carnies.

    I think this is fair criticism (no pun intended). I will say there is a lot that goes into what they are going to sell at the fair. I worked at The Blue Barn three years in a row. I talked to the head chef about how they came up with what they were going to sell.

    Cost and availability of ingredients is an issue. Since they own several restaurants in town, they want to try to use ingredients that they can use at their other restaurants. I joked with the chef once that they should sell saffron encrusted king crab legs. :D

    Another is preparation. There are several different “stations” at The Blue Barn (deep fryer, griddle, etc). They don’t want to sell something that makes them have to run all around the kitchen to prepare it. The first year I worked there, EVERYTHING was made right on site and since everything was made from scratch the kitchen area was crazy and crowded. For the second year I was there they had since purchased Mercury in downtown Mpls which also had an event space. They were able to make a lot of the products off site and then deliver them each day. Not sure what they will do this year as Mercury has closed. For those smaller spaces they really need to be creative with what they they sell.

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    I think some day (maybe as retirement comes into the horizon) I’d love to see the fair through the lens of one of the food booths like you’ve done. Just the experience of it would be interesting and getting a perspective of just how hard the work is would intrigue me a lot

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    davescharf wrote:


    I think some day (maybe as retirement comes into the horizon) I’d love to see the fair through the lens of one of the food booths like you’ve done. Just the experience of it would be interesting and getting a perspective of just how hard the work is would intrigue me a lot

    My wife used to do food fests fairly often. Even doing one for 3 days was just short of a nightmare and never with a crowd approaching that of the Fair. I can’t imagine doing that for 10 days for several reasons.

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    I think some day (maybe as retirement comes into the horizon) I’d love to see the fair through the lens of one of the food booths like you’ve done. Just the experience of it would be interesting and getting a perspective of just how hard the work is would intrigue me a lot

    My wife used to do food fests fairly often. Even doing one for 3 days was just short of a nightmare and never with a crowd approaching that of the Fair. I can’t imagine doing that for 10 days for several reasons.

    I really liked working at The Blue Barn for several reasons (besides that the owners were acquaintances). (1) I knew it was going to be busy and time would go by really fast (2) It was a larger setting so there would be lots of different people and different jobs to do. I would hate to work in one of the Pronto Pup stands or something of similar size. Would just get boring and redundant.

    Another aspect of menu items that I forgot to mention was the need to have different items to accommodate the many different dietary needs (gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, etc). Blue Barn had one set of fryers that was clearly marked that only one specific item was to be made in it as it was vegan and could not cross contaminate. They also did not have a single ingredient in the kitchen area or any menu item that contained nuts.

    One thing I found interesting about the fair in general was the the apparent rarity of food safety issues. When the health inspector would come by I would ask how often they would find food safety issues. She said it was really rare as businesses were extra precautious as they could not afford any kind of shut down or bad publicity.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    Zwak wrote:


    Here is your list of the new State Fair foods coming this year

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

    We may have jumped the shark. Nothing on this list sounds great to me. It seems with each dish, the vendor adds some odd ingredient that screws it up. And with several of them they just go full on add more ingredients until it’s so gross, people have to talk about it.

    They put cotton candy on top of a fruit pie that is infused with vodka. People over the age of 7 don’t eat cotton candy….because it’s gross. Maybe this is meant for the Carnies.


    You might want to re-read the description on the Tipsy Pie. It’s topped with cotton candy SUGAR, not cotton candy. That’s akin to sprinkling coarse sugar on a blueberry muffin.

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    The Esquites sounds awesome. During the summer you can get a version this at a stand in El Burrito Mercado’s parking lot, they roast the corn and serve it on the cob. It is really good and grab A LOT of napkins!

    Elote (Mexican street corn) is awesome. I have even made it at home. The Esquites looks like it corn that is swimming in mayo. I like Mayo, but :puke:

    Because it’s kind of messy (nothing wrong with that in the right situation) I have a great recipe where you cut off the kernels, sauté the corn and then toss with dressing made with Mayo, grated cheese, lime zest and juice, and a dash of chili powder. Tastes exactly like Elote grilled corn but easier to eat!

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    Zwak wrote:


    Here is your list of the new State Fair foods coming this year

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/new-this-year/food/

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    Sidecar Sandwich

    Thick-cut cognac-infused bacon smothered with Cointreau and citrus marmalade, layered with melted havarti, smoked Gouda and aged cheddar, served on toasted sourdough bread and garnished with fresh orange slices.

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    The Naughty Biscuit

    Smoked pork belly topped with beer cheese sauce, arugula, pickled red onions and candied jalapeños served on a buttermilk biscuit.

    https://media.tenor.com/images/b5ac49a97879393d0b053e6d79680c7b/tenor.gif" />

    I have to say the Sidecar (my personal favorite cocktail) Sandwich and the Cucumber Jalapeño Limeaide would be my top picks.

    I’m not a big sweets person so most of those desserts look disgusting to me, but I’m all in for pork and something tart.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Because it’s kind of messy (nothing wrong with that in the right situation) I have a great recipe where you cut off the kernels, sauté the corn and then toss with dressing made with Mayo, grated cheese, lime zest and juice, and a dash of chili powder. Tastes exactly like Elote grilled corn but easier to eat!

    Willing to share? Would love to try it when you have a chance – and you’re willing. :)

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    During the summer you can get a version this at a stand in El Burrito Mercado’s parking lot, they roast the corn and serve it on the cob. It is really good and grab A LOT of napkins!

    I’m going to have to go back and give this another try. Stopped a few years back with the youngest son. Thought the add ons were very interesting, but the corn itself was not good. Almost like field corn.

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    The street corn at El Burrito is likely made with Crema and not Mayo like most places. Yumm

    If you’re going to go to El Burrito you might as well also stop and get some Cora’s chicken wings around the corner.

    A little Asian/Mexican fusion never hurt anyone.

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    Greyeagle wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    Because it’s kind of messy (nothing wrong with that in the right situation) I have a great recipe where you cut off the kernels, sauté the corn and then toss with dressing made with Mayo, grated cheese, lime zest and juice, and a dash of chili powder. Tastes exactly like Elote grilled corn but easier to eat!

    Willing to share? Would love to try it when you have a chance – and you’re willing. :)

    Mexican Elote Corn

    3-4 ears corn, kernels cut off

    2 T Mayo

    1/2 lime, zest and juice

    1/2-1 tsp chili powder to taste

    1/2 cup finely grated parmigiana cheese

    Sauté corn in 1 T olive oil, until cooked but still crisp.

    Mix Mayo, lime zest, lime juice and chili powder in small bowl.

    Toss with the corn.

    Add cheese and toss again.

    Serving size depends…this will easily be consumed by my husband and I in one sitting.

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    Duke’s on Hwy 7 opened up this past week. Used to be Christo’s (by the Famous Dave’s).

    170-seat patio. :shock:

    I hope to check it out this weekend. Owned by the same group that owns Pub 819 in Hopkins, etc. I think this is their 5th place in the business family.

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    Anyone eaten at Dehn’s Country Manor in Maple Grove? It was the last place we had a team dinner before things got shut down for work travel. At first I thought it was hokey, but the meal was like a I grew up with and the place just felt like being at my grandma’s or old aunt’s house for a holiday dinner when I was a kid.

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    The Strib is getting a new restaurant critic soon, Rick Nelson is changing roles within the paper. I really enjoyed his reviews but it sounds like he will be writing about architecture and I suspect those will be really good reads.

    https://www.startribune.com/star-tribune-restaurant-critic-rick-nelson-shares-why-he-ll-stop-reviewing-restaurants/600073501/

    From the article

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    Q: Many people believe you have one of the best jobs on the planet. Why give it up?

    A: I do think I have the best job at the newspaper, for all kinds of reasons. But I’m getting close to retirement and before I leave, I want to do something different. My role model is our former colleague Claude Peck. We did the Withering Glance column together for 10 years. And then, shortly before he retired, he switched from working for the A&E [arts and entertainment] section to the news side at night. I saw how happy and revitalized he was taking on a new challenge. That inspired me.

    Q: A big part of your new role will be covering architecture. Why that area?

    A: Someone reminded me recently that when I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect. But when I got to college, I was sort of lured away from it when I realized how much mathematics and physics were involved. I’ll also be contributing to the Homes section, which I’m really looking forward to.

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    We went to Revival in SLP tonight for dinner. They’ve got a lot of space and a nice outside seating area.

    This is also the first time I’ve been since they put Chicken and Waffles on the menu. The Tennessee Hot mixed with the waffles are great and it’s huge given you get 3 pieces of chicken.

    Great Eats on BTN was also filming there tonight so I chatted with the crew for a minute on the way out. I told my 3 year old that maybe he’ll be on TV and he was really excited about that.

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    davescharf wrote:


    We went to Revival in SLP tonight for dinner. They’ve got a lot of space and a nice outside seating area.

    This is also the first time I’ve been since they put Chicken and Waffles on the menu. The Tennessee Hot mixed with the waffles are great and it’s huge given you get 3 pieces of chicken.

    Great Eats on BTN was also filming there tonight so I chatted with the crew for a minute on the way out. I told my 3 year old that maybe he’ll be on TV and he was really excited about that.


    You must have been there the same time I was. Got there around 5:30 or so. They had a camera crew taping as we waited and then seated again.

    Great space and good drinks. The food was excellent. I got the shrimp and grits and we got a whole chicken. I’ll have to check out the chicken and waffles

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    gopherguy06 wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    We went to Revival in SLP tonight for dinner. They’ve got a lot of space and a nice outside seating area.

    This is also the first time I’ve been since they put Chicken and Waffles on the menu. The Tennessee Hot mixed with the waffles are great and it’s huge given you get 3 pieces of chicken.

    Great Eats on BTN was also filming there tonight so I chatted with the crew for a minute on the way out. I told my 3 year old that maybe he’ll be on TV and he was really excited about that.


    You must have been there the same time I was. Got there around 5:30 or so. They had a camera crew taping as we waited and then seated again.

    Great space and good drinks. The food was excellent. I got the shrimp and grits and we got a whole chicken. I’ll have to check out the chicken and waffles

    Yes – we sat down about 5:15

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    [media]https://twitter.com/kare11/status/1417741130108739585[/media]

    Ooof. They’re going to be closed during football season and heading into the holiday’s. Not good after dealing with COVID losses.

    I know’ they’ve historically been busy for Vikings and Gopher football games. I hope they can pull through. My wife and I very much like Jax.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    frozen4champs wrote:


    [media]https://twitter.com/kare11/status/1417741130108739585[/media]

    Ooof. They’re going to be closed during football season and heading into the holiday’s. Not good after dealing with COVID losses.

    I know’ they’ve historically been busy for Vikings and Gopher football games. I hope they can pull through. My wife and I very much like Jax.

    Was always my favorite Gopher Hockey Blue Line Club venue. And one of the best Sunday bunch venues as well.

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    Don’t laugh… Cajun Life at the MPW Mall is really good. Plus you get plenty of food for what you pay for. I’ve made and paid for seafood boils (shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes). So it can get expensive real fast. So I was very satisfied with the amount of shrimp they gave for the price.

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    Looking for recommendations on a restaurant to treat roughly 15 family members to during my return trip to MN. I’m thinking roughly $50-$75 per head pre-tax and tip. Metro only but if extended at all then west. Open to any cuisine and dress code.

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Looking for recommendations on a restaurant to treat roughly 15 family members to during my return trip to MN. I’m thinking roughly $50-$75 per head pre-tax and tip. Metro only but if extended at all then west. Open to any cuisine and dress code.

    Lat14, Bar LaGrassa, 112 Eatery, Restaurant Alma, Smack Shack, WA Frost, And Tilia are some that come to mind.

    Some of these are pretty small places and may not be able to accommodate a party of 15

    Edit: at this price point you could look at Manny’s or Murray’s steakhouses if they are open. Pittsburgh Blue could be an option too but it’s not nearly as good

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Looking for recommendations on a restaurant to treat roughly 15 family members to during my return trip to MN. I’m thinking roughly $50-$75 per head pre-tax and tip. Metro only but if extended at all then west. Open to any cuisine and dress code.

    The Downtowner Woodfire does a great job and had a private room. I’ve done a few events there and all were tremendous.

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    Greyeagle wrote:


    Slap Shot wrote:


    Looking for recommendations on a restaurant to treat roughly 15 family members to during my return trip to MN. I’m thinking roughly $50-$75 per head pre-tax and tip. Metro only but if extended at all then west. Open to any cuisine and dress code.

    The Downtowner Woodfire does a great job and had a private room. I’ve done a few events there and all were tremendous.

    I agree with this. They also have their own parking lot right next door and across the street next to Burger Moe’s (same owner)

    p.s. let me know if GPL/Facebook friends you’ve never met in person are invited. :mrgreen:

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    Smack Shack or Freehouse could be great options downtown. Otherwise, you could try Lat14

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Looking for recommendations on a restaurant to treat roughly 15 family members to during my return trip to MN. I’m thinking roughly $50-$75 per head pre-tax and tip. Metro only but if extended at all then west. Open to any cuisine and dress code.


    For that number of people and price point you can probably arrange a private room and menu at quite a few places. I’ve done it for 10 and 24 people. Ask if they’ll make a limited menu at $$ per head, give people a choice of 3 things. You get space, a dedicated wait staff, the menu is pre-set, it’s great. I’ve done it several times, unfortunately at places that are now gone (Chino Latino was one), but you’d be surprised how many places would be happy to do this.

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    I’m seeing a lot of friends and businesses posting on Facebook for employees to work the State Fair. Since last year’s fair was cancelled I think we will see record setting crowds this year. I hope staffing goes okay as I can only imagine how much longer lines will be if short staffed.

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    Zwak wrote:


    Since last year’s fair was cancelled I think we will see record setting crowds this year.

    I’ll take the under on that. I’m guessing too many people are still skittish of large crowds with Covid variants spreading. Adding to that, a lot of people are staying away from the Twin Cities right now because of the crime problem (real or perceived). I just don’t see record crowds this year. I think attendance will be down significantly. I guess we’ll see.

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    Appreciate the suggestions folks. Thanks

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    Slap Shot wrote:


    Appreciate the suggestions folks. Thanks

    Being a guy from the western suburbs, you might want to check out Birch’s on the Lake. Formerly Billy’s Lighthouse.

    https://birchsonthelake.com/

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    Zwak wrote:


    I’m seeing a lot of friends and businesses posting on Facebook for employees to work the State Fair. Since last year’s fair was cancelled I think we will see record setting crowds this year. I hope staffing goes okay as I can only imagine how much longer lines will be if short staffed.


    Agree, I think you’ll see record crowds almost daily. Though it’s going to be interesting on how well certain stands will be staffed. I hope for the best, but believe it’s going to be bad for some stands.

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    HockeyBum wrote:


    Zwak wrote:


    Since last year’s fair was cancelled I think we will see record setting crowds this year.

    I’ll take the under on that. I’m guessing too many people are still skittish of large crowds with Covid variants spreading. Adding to that, a lot of people are staying away from the Twin Cities right now because of the crime problem (real or perceived). I just don’t see record crowds this year. I think attendance will be down significantly. I guess we’ll see.


    I see your point and you very well could be dead on. Though I think it’s going to be a record setting attendance.

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    gator wrote:


    Was always my favorite Gopher Hockey Blue Line Club venue.


    :good2:

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    Eating lunch today at Buddy Boy’s BBQ out in Minnetrista. I’m close to a food coma from the brisket and jalapeño cheddar sausage . Highly recommend it

    First time I’ve ever seen Kimchi as a side at a BBQ join.

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    davescharf wrote:


    Eating lunch today at Buddy Boy’s BBQ out in Minnetrista. I’m close to a food coma from the brisket and jalapeño cheddar sausage . Highly recommend it

    First time I’ve ever seen Kimchi as a side at a BBQ join.

    That’s because it sucks.

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    Good kimchi rules. Would fit in well with BBQ. Honestly surprised we don’t see more of it.

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    Karlsson wrote:


    Good kimchi rules. Would fit in well with BBQ. Honestly surprised we don’t see more of it.

    I’m not an expert on it but I liked it. I was pretty stuffed thought from a pound of brisket and sausage

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    Here’s a list of all of the new alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages coming to the State Fair:

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/specialty-brews-and-beverages/

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    So apparently fruit drinks are the new trend…

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    Here’s a list of all of the new alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages coming to the State Fair:

    https://www.mnstatefair.org/general-info/specialty-brews-and-beverages/

    56 New Brews…..

    That is a ton of options. No complaints allowed. Unfortunately, with COVID ramping back up and my Canada fishing trip planned shortly after, I have to skip this year.

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    Is Gastof’s in NE still open? I can’t find anything about officially closing, but that the building and lot is for sale.

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    Is Gastof’s in NE still open? I can’t find anything about officially closing, but that the building and lot is for sale.


    https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/gasthofs-building-in-ne-minneapolis-is-for-sale

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    gopherguy06 wrote:


    Is Gastof’s in NE still open? I can’t find anything about officially closing, but that the building and lot is for sale.


    https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/gasthofs-building-in-ne-minneapolis-is-for-sale


    Yeah, I saw the same thing. The building is for sale, but are they closed for now or until then?

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    Wendy’s breakfast potatoes are lights out… there breakfast sandwiches are sub par like any fast food (McDonalds or Burger King) breakfast sandwiches.

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    Wendy’s breakfast potatoes are lights out… there breakfast sandwiches are sub par like any fast food (McDonalds or Burger King) breakfast sandwiches.

    You opinion is wrong. :mrgreen:

    McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches are delicious. :drool:

    If I had to give up either beer or McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches for the rest of my life it would be the sandwiches, of course. But I’d likely move to drinking beer for breakfast. :mrgreen:

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    gator wrote:


    Wendy’s breakfast potatoes are lights out… there breakfast sandwiches are sub par like any fast food (McDonalds or Burger King) breakfast sandwiches.

    You opinion is wrong. :mrgreen:

    McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches are delicious. :drool:


    They were when they had the steak and egg bagel sandwich. It had heart attack written all over it… but it was delicious!!! :drool:

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    Been wanting to try a beef brisket bowl at Chipotle for several weeks now. Had it set in my mind to have one this past Saturday pregame at the Chipotle on campus. My wife and I go in, she orders some chicken tacos. I ordered a brisket bowl and was told it’ll be 20 minutes. So I went with a steak bowl and well have to wait tell next time… lol!!!

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    Had the Chipotle brisket Sat night, was good but a little too much gristle and fat so I’m not sure what to think. Still like the carne asada the best.

    McDonalds sausage and egg McMuffins rule

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    McDonalds sausage and egg McMuffins rule

    Quite! Love them.

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    Been wanting to try a beef brisket bowl at Chipotle for several weeks now. Had it set in my mind to have one this past Saturday pregame at the Chipotle on campus. My wife and I go in, she orders some chicken tacos. I ordered a brisket bowl and was told it’ll be 20 minutes. So I went with a steak bowl and well have to wait tell next time… lol!!!

    I ordered their brisket burrito when it first came out. I used the app and it gave me a pick up time of 5:40 (20 minutes after I ordered). I got there at 5:40 and my food wasn’t ready and there was a huge line of people waiting for their food. My food ended up being ready 25 minutes later.

    This isn’t a knock on the employees who are working at Chipotle as I know they are understaffed and working their tails off. If they are short staffed and experiencing longer wait times, corporate Chipotle should have the app give more appropriate pick up times. I would have been just fine if my pick up time would have said 1 hour instead of 20 minutes. I know several Chipotles have turned off mobile ordering and pick up because of staffing.

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    gator wrote:


    Been wanting to try a beef brisket bowl at Chipotle for several weeks now. Had it set in my mind to have one this past Saturday pregame at the Chipotle on campus. My wife and I go in, she orders some chicken tacos. I ordered a brisket bowl and was told it’ll be 20 minutes. So I went with a steak bowl and well have to wait tell next time… lol!!!

    I ordered their brisket burrito when it first came out. I used the app and it gave me a pick up time of 5:40 (20 minutes after I ordered). I got there at 5:40 and my food wasn’t ready and there was a huge line of people waiting for their food. My food ended up being ready 25 minutes later.

    This isn’t a knock on the employees who are working at Chipotle as I know they are understaffed and working their tails off. If they are short staffed and experiencing longer wait times, corporate Chipotle should have the app give more appropriate pick up times. I would have been just fine if my pick up time would have said 1 hour instead of 20 minutes. I know several Chipotles have turned off mobile ordering and pick up because of staffing.

    We have the same issue at the Chipotle 3-4 miles from my house. The situation is so bad I refuse to go there.

    Somehow those geniuses thought it was smart to build another location 1 mile from my house. It is currently under construction. If you’re short staffed and cant get a burrito to a customer in under 45 minutes, why are you opening another location nearby?

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    Had a great meal at Ike’s in Minnetonka, and of all the fast-casual burger places I’ve tried through the years I finally found one I’d go back to – MyBurger in Wayzata. My only nitpick is that I’d rather they give you fewer fries and a slightly larger patty, but otherwise both were fantastic. I don’t know what they do to their fries by they’re even better than McDonalds.

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    Zwak wrote:


    gator wrote:


    Been wanting to try a beef brisket bowl at Chipotle for several weeks now. Had it set in my mind to have one this past Saturday pregame at the Chipotle on campus. My wife and I go in, she orders some chicken tacos. I ordered a brisket bowl and was told it’ll be 20 minutes. So I went with a steak bowl and well have to wait tell next time… lol!!!

    I ordered their brisket burrito when it first came out. I used the app and it gave me a pick up time of 5:40 (20 minutes after I ordered). I got there at 5:40 and my food wasn’t ready and there was a huge line of people waiting for their food. My food ended up being ready 25 minutes later.

    This isn’t a knock on the employees who are working at Chipotle as I know they are understaffed and working their tails off. If they are short staffed and experiencing longer wait times, corporate Chipotle should have the app give more appropriate pick up times. I would have been just fine if my pick up time would have said 1 hour instead of 20 minutes. I know several Chipotles have turned off mobile ordering and pick up because of staffing.

    We have the same issue at the Chipotle 3-4 miles from my house. The situation is so bad I refuse to go there.

    Somehow those geniuses thought it was smart to build another location 1 mile from my house. It is currently under construction. If you’re short staffed and cant get a burrito to a customer in under 45 minutes, why are you opening another location nearby?

    Yep…I’m a member of several neighborhood Facebook groups and in every single one there are complaints about the Chipotle in their city. I have been avoiding Chipotle too but at the time the brisket burrito was supposedly limited time only so I wanted to get one. Definitely not going back to any of them until things get straightened out.

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    Zwak wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    Zwak wrote:


    gator wrote:


    Been wanting to try a beef brisket bowl at Chipotle for several weeks now. Had it set in my mind to have one this past Saturday pregame at the Chipotle on campus. My wife and I go in, she orders some chicken tacos. I ordered a brisket bowl and was told it’ll be 20 minutes. So I went with a steak bowl and well have to wait tell next time… lol!!!

    I ordered their brisket burrito when it first came out. I used the app and it gave me a pick up time of 5:40 (20 minutes after I ordered). I got there at 5:40 and my food wasn’t ready and there was a huge line of people waiting for their food. My food ended up being ready 25 minutes later.

    This isn’t a knock on the employees who are working at Chipotle as I know they are understaffed and working their tails off. If they are short staffed and experiencing longer wait times, corporate Chipotle should have the app give more appropriate pick up times. I would have been just fine if my pick up time would have said 1 hour instead of 20 minutes. I know several Chipotles have turned off mobile ordering and pick up because of staffing.

    We have the same issue at the Chipotle 3-4 miles from my house. The situation is so bad I refuse to go there.

    Somehow those geniuses thought it was smart to build another location 1 mile from my house. It is currently under construction. If you’re short staffed and cant get a burrito to a customer in under 45 minutes, why are you opening another location nearby?

    Yep…I’m a member of several neighborhood Facebook groups and in every single one there are complaints about the Chipotle in their city. I have been avoiding Chipotle too but at the time the brisket burrito was supposedly limited time only so I wanted to get one. Definitely not going back to any of them until things get straightened out.

    I was just going to say, it seems that a simple solution is to not go to chipotle. I have eaten there very few times, the last couple were order out and they severely skimped on product, which for the price you pay is not zesty.

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    Depends on your location. My closest one is good and the order is always ready at the promised time.

    Would skip the brisket though. Carne asada was solid.

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    I was just going to say, it seems that a simple solution is to not go to chipotle. I have eaten there very few times, the last couple were order out and they severely skimped on product, which for the price you pay is not zesty.

    I’ve never understood the Chipotle hype which is good for those of you who like it as I won’t be in your way. :)

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    I was just going to say, it seems that a simple solution is to not go to chipotle. I have eaten there very few times, the last couple were order out and they severely skimped on product, which for the price you pay is not zesty.

    I’ve never understood the Chipotle hype which is good for those of you who like it as I won’t be in your way. :)

    I mean, it’s better than Taco Bell.

    This is NOT a high bar to get over.

    Having said that, from a price/convenience standpoint, I’m probably more likely to get something from Taco Bell anyway. And it’s been many years since I did that, even.

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    It is like Chick Fil A. It is fast food, but it’s solid enough food and that’s why people of all income levels eat there when something easy is needed.

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    Having said that, from a price/convenience standpoint, I’m probably more likely to get something from Taco Bell anyway. And it’s been many years since I did that, even.


    Taco Bell went downhill massively over the past couple years. Menu is a mess and they got rid of a ton of high value favorites.

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    Steve MN wrote:

    Having said that, from a price/convenience standpoint, I’m probably more likely to get something from Taco Bell anyway. And it’s been many years since I did that, even.


    Taco Bell went downhill massively over the past couple years. Menu is a mess and they got rid of a ton of high value favorites.

    Ahhh… as I said, it’s been years since I’ve been to either :D

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    I was just going to say, it seems that a simple solution is to not go to chipotle. I have eaten there very few times, the last couple were order out and they severely skimped on product, which for the price you pay is not zesty.

    I’ve never understood the Chipotle hype which is good for those of you who like it as I won’t be in your way. :)

    I have always disliked the food. Unfortunately my family likes it. I would never go there if it wasn’t for them.

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    I like Chipotle but I have really cut back on carbs so I don’t go there much at all. With the service issues they have been having I likely wouldn’t be going a lot anyway.

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    Bonin21 wrote:


    Steve MN wrote:

    Having said that, from a price/convenience standpoint, I’m probably more likely to get something from Taco Bell anyway. And it’s been many years since I did that, even.


    Taco Bell went downhill massively over the past couple years. Menu is a mess and they got rid of a ton of high value favorites.

    Ahhh… as I said, it’s been years since I’ve been to either :D

    Yup, just letting you know you’re not missing anything

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    Steve MN wrote:


    Bonin21 wrote:


    Steve MN wrote:

    Having said that, from a price/convenience standpoint, I’m probably more likely to get something from Taco Bell anyway. And it’s been many years since I did that, even.


    Taco Bell went downhill massively over the past couple years. Menu is a mess and they got rid of a ton of high value favorites.

    Ahhh… as I said, it’s been years since I’ve been to either :D

    Yup, just letting you know you’re not missing anything

    Fair enough. I certainly didn’t think I was “missing” anything. Taco Bell is to reasonably good Mexican food what McDonalds is to a really good burger. Vaguely recognizable as the food in question, but hardly something to hold up as an example.

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    [strike]Taco Bell went downhill massively over the past couple years.[/strike] Menu is a mess and they got rid of a ton of high value favorites.


    I find this happens at A LOT of restaurants. It’s like they want to fail. Get rid of the the top items and stick with the duds.

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    I’ve gone to the Chipotle near 7 & 101 three times and never had an issue outside of there being a small line in front of me one time. I just get a cup for water and for the amount of food they packed in that thing (even though I go with 1/2 rice, no sour cream and no cheese) it’s worth the price to me. But obviously ymmv.

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    Location matters a lot as does when you go in. I typically just waited until 2 or 3 and never had an issue with lines but if I went at noon it was a gong show. Online ordering was just pointless at some locations like when I used to go to the one in Hopkins, they just basically ignored the online ordering from what I could tell. And quality def varies by location, I always thought the one in Eagan off Denmark or w/e was vastly better than the one off Cliff Rd for example. That said it’s been a while since I’ve been to Chipotle.

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    Location matters a lot as does when you go in. I typically just waited until 2 or 3 and never had an issue with lines but if I went at noon it was a gong show. Online ordering was just pointless at some locations like when I used to go to the one in Hopkins, they just basically ignored the online ordering from what I could tell. And quality def varies by location, I always thought the one in Eagan off Denmark or w/e was vastly better than the one off Cliff Rd for example. That said it’s been a while since I’ve been to Chipotle.

    I am sure location matters – just thought I’d throw that one out there for anyone living in that area. I also hadn’t been to one for a while due to location of another type. :mrgreen:

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