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Restaurants Remembered

Five sought-after recipes from fondly recollected eateries.

McCoy’s Public House

3801 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-224-9494 Review published December 2004CERTAIN THINGS IMPROVE WITH AGE: good wine, Stradivarius violins, Sean Connery. They take on character and grow comfortably into themselves. The authentic neighborhood tavern, or...

Big Buck Roadhouse

17805 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, 952-380-0333 Review published March 2005“BIG BUCK” IS THE SORT OF PHRASE that sounds better grunted. There’s something of a “me Tarzan, you Jane” quality to it. This may seem a rather...

Longfellow Grill

2990 W. River Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612-721-2711 Review published May 2005THESE DAYS, THE CHARM of the greasy spoon is getting a little too slippery to swallow. As much as we love the worn counter stools at...

Canyon Grille

Glass Half Full: Canyon Grille’s sophisticated wine list deserves a menu and service to match

Gigi’s Cafe

Review published June 2005CUSTOMERS PASS THROUGH Gigi’s Café day and night, steady as the No. 4 bus running up and down nearby Bryant Avenue. Do they come for the coffee? For the food? For...

Pastor Hamilton’s Bar-B-Que

1150 E. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-772-0279 Review published October 2005ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON outside Pastor Hamilton’s Bar-B-Que, a handful of people sit on folding chairs, huddled around a couple collapsible tables. They are chitchatting,...

Tangled Up in Blue

425 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-1000 Review published October 2004While Bob Dylan’s actions seem to attract instant attention (did you catch the Slate headline when he appeared in a spring Victoria’s Secret ad—“Tangled up in...

Manny’s Tortas

2700 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-728-1778 Review published September 2004If you’ve been whining about the cost of the Hiawatha Line, hush. You haven’t discovered its best feature—that you can get from downtown Minneapolis to Manny’s...

Modern Cafe

337 NE 13th Ave., Minneapolis, 612-378-9882 Review published January 2005THE MODERN CAFE IS NOT MODERN by contemporary standards: no stark white walls, clean lines, or recessed ambient lighting. It’s 1950s modern, floors covered with checkered...