Since I Love the Twin Cities So Much....
posted April 23, 2012 6:37 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Wed May 30 at 7:15 PM, Cafe Ena
4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Map & Directions)
I am returning. The meet-up last year was grand, so I figured I would call another. Wednesday 30 May, 7pm, Cafe Ena in Minneapolis.
I will try and make reservations about a week in advance, so hit that "I will attend" button, so we can get a good headcount. If festivities are still going on at 9, I understand we can go across the street to King's.
posted by GenjiandProust to Meetup (49 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The Chatterbox in Highland? Merlin's Rest on Lake?
posted by Demogorgon at 7:36 AM on April 23, 2012

I'm in. 23rd is better for me. I like the Chatterbox suggestion (it is good for groups) but I'm open to others.
posted by cabingirl at 8:17 AM on April 24, 2012

Groveland Tap on Cretin and Farview?
posted by nathan_teske at 8:17 AM on April 24, 2012

The Chatterbox looked like it had a better menu than Merlin's Rest. The Groveland Tap looked OK, too. Anybody not able to make the 23rd?
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:29 AM on April 24, 2012

I can probably come on the 23rd. Chatterbox is awesome.
posted by miyabo at 1:05 PM on April 24, 2012

The food at Merlin's Rest really isn't that good, at least not for the price.

(Chatterbox's menu irks me only because they mark some things as vegetarian and don't mark some presumably vegetarian things, like salads that don't mention meat. Makes me wonder what scary thing they've done to it.)
posted by hoyland at 5:06 PM on April 24, 2012

woah hey I could conceivably do a thing
and ze boyfriend could even probably come, either day


I do not really enjoy the chatterbox, but I've only been once. And it did not look like the picture on that website, it was cramped and dank and dark. I think there are two locations of it, maybe one location sucks and the other is good?

Gosh you'd think I'd have tons of suggestions, but most of my dining-out has been small-scale (sunstreet, wise acre) or fabulous birthday dining (travail, midori's floating world).

I have found cafe ena to be tremendously delicious and also affordable, at least at lunchtime. They take resos and have beer.

said BF and self impulse-lunched at muddy waters a while ago and it was god damn good, not sure if they do resos. They're also pricier.

butcher and the boar just opened and local foodies are going nuts over it, but it's downtown and doesn't seem likely to really cater to the vegetarian crowd

Regardless of decision, I think I'm almost certainly in, no preference for one day over the other, but I do like doing W or R.
posted by kavasa at 7:49 PM on April 24, 2012

Upon website review, I would like to advance Cafe Ena as a really solid recommendation. Their food is awesome, good prices, it's a really comfortable/cute space, easy parking, the menu specifically states that they're happy to prepare vegetarian food, etc.
posted by kavasa at 8:00 PM on April 24, 2012

23rd is better for me. No preference on where, I'm open.
posted by supercapitalist at 7:19 AM on April 25, 2012

it was cramped and dank and dark

You probably went to the Midtown or Linden Hills one. The Highland location is a lot more spacious.

I love Groveland Tap, but I think it would be hard to do a meetup-sized group in there. That's always been the issue with finding a venue for meetups.
posted by Demogorgon at 9:08 AM on April 25, 2012

The Highland location rents Atari and NES games, has free board games, makes its own homebrews, and prepares Jewish treats that you can't get elsewhere in the cities. It's kind of the perfect bar. Admittedly, the food is expensive and not all that great.
posted by miyabo at 9:13 AM on April 25, 2012

I'd go if it ends up being in Minneapolis.

George and the Dragon should be open soon (50th & Bryant)
posted by zombieApoc at 12:42 PM on April 25, 2012

George and the Dragon should be open soon (50th & Bryant)
This is literally just down the street from me and I am VERY EXCITED about it, which is why I'm sadly aware of the fact that's not opening until June.
posted by kavasa at 9:20 PM on April 25, 2012

I could do the 24th, maybe could stop by later-ish on the 23rd if it's not too far from south MPLS. St. Paul Chatterbox is kind of blah IMO but is a pretty practical choice, and I would rock some NES for sure.

Other Location thoughts: Wilde Roast or Aster Cafe in Northeast?
posted by substars at 7:30 PM on April 26, 2012

Of all the suggestions, Cafe Ena and Aster Cafe look the most promising to me. Looks like the 23rd is the day. I am assuming around dinner -- 6pm? 7pm? This may depend on reservations. Any final comments, thoughts and questions.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:42 AM on April 27, 2012

I like Cafe Ena a lot. As far as that goes, the place across the street, King's, is quite good.
posted by COBRA! at 7:33 AM on April 27, 2012

I'll be coming with GenjiandProust. I agree with substars that the Chatterbox is likely the most practical suggestion so far, if unexciting food-wise. The other suggestions also work for me, I'm good as long as veggie food is available.

It seems like starting earlier might be best - a lot of the suggestions named so far have stuff going on that evening. Chatterbox has karaoke at 8:30, Aster Cafe has live music at 9, Cafe Ena closes at 9:30.
posted by mmmtofu at 4:38 PM on April 27, 2012

Especially on a Wednesday, 7pm may be about as early as we can make it, especially accounting for travel time. I'm also sure it's ok if we show a little later.
posted by kavasa at 2:12 AM on April 29, 2012

OK, rereading the thread, Chatterbox or Cafe Ena for 7pm on the 23rd. Let's vote folks!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:50 AM on April 30, 2012

I'm in if we end up at Cafe Ena! Really not a fan of Chatterbox.
posted by anderjen at 11:19 AM on May 1, 2012

I will also vote for Ena. Plus as Cobra pointed out we can bail to King's after Ena closes if we want to.
posted by kavasa at 12:09 PM on May 1, 2012

posted by COBRA! at 5:30 AM on May 2, 2012

Sure, Ena, why not. I hear good things from people.
posted by cabingirl at 12:21 PM on May 2, 2012

BRASA, St. Paul! They have a whole vegetarian menu, good beer/wine/sangria, lots of flexibility on how little/much you want to pay because a lot is offered a la carte, and take reservations. Here's the website.
posted by Betty's Table at 12:27 PM on May 2, 2012

Ena, which I guess means I'm voting for Kings since I would be rolling in after 9.
posted by substars at 7:55 PM on May 4, 2012

Guys, this is live, but note -- I am an idiot -- I will not be in Minneapolis on the 23rd but a week later, on the 30th.....
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:27 AM on May 8, 2012

OK, I think I can go to this.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:00 PM on May 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ena is awesome. I hope I can make this. Mefites are awesome too.
posted by kingbenny at 8:37 AM on May 9, 2012

I'm going to try to come. If I can make it, I'll show up at King's around 9:30.
posted by FrauMaschine at 9:40 AM on May 9, 2012

I'll see if I can make this one, although I'll probably join up after supper. I'll plan to make off-color jokes and general group discomfort for most of the night. It's like my thing baby.
posted by Think_Long at 2:11 PM on May 15, 2012

posted by wheelieman at 2:00 PM on May 17, 2012

What I love best about this is that it's 15 minutes from my house. I hope I can make it.
posted by koucha at 7:43 PM on May 19, 2012

I might be able to come to this!
posted by Zosia Blue at 3:54 PM on May 22, 2012

OK, we have reservations for 12 at 7:15 under Metafilter.. They say we can add more people, but they would like some advance notice, so, if any of the uncertain are definitely coming, switch your vote from "Maybe" to "Attending," and I will correct the numbers on Tuesday. Looking forward to it!
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:38 PM on May 23, 2012

Right, I'm in unless the weather's so atrocious I don't want to take the bus. (Or if there's a risk of a tornado because I am compelled to stay home to take my cat to the basement. Edmund > Metafilter.)
posted by hoyland at 6:12 PM on May 23, 2012

Crap, I abruptly have to work that night. Might be able to swing by afterwards, or the work thing may fall through.
posted by COBRA! at 6:46 PM on May 24, 2012

So I think this is now the third meetup that I've bailed on, but apparently we have guests coming over tonight, so I'm out. I don't know what you guys will possibly talk about without me there, but you'll figure something out I'm sure. Sorry MSPers.
posted by Think_Long at 1:27 PM on May 30, 2012

I'm out. Have (finally) managed to locate their dinner menu and it's just not going to work budget-wise. Perhaps someone post when you know if you're moving across the road to King's?
posted by hoyland at 2:35 PM on May 30, 2012

We are finishing at Cafe Ena, which was delicious, and will be at King's soonish. 9pm
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:49 PM on May 30, 2012

I had some work stuff come up that I am still sorting out and just realized this was happening tonight. Really bummed to have missed it...sorry, guys.
posted by substars at 7:01 PM on May 30, 2012

There's still time to get to King's! We're in a booth toward the back. We'll probably be here until 10 at least...
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:28 PM on May 30, 2012

Was a pleasure meeting all of you.

GenjiandProust, thanks for organizing!
posted by supercapitalist at 7:53 PM on May 30, 2012

Thank you, everyone! It was a grand time. Same week next year?
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:12 PM on May 30, 2012

It probably doesn't show when I'm actually there, but I have huge anxiety in coming to things like these. It was actually physically hard to open the door and then to talk to the person at the counter, but from the second I heard "are you from MetaFilter?" I felt at home. This was a great time for me even of I was only there for an hour or so. Thanks much to all for a great night out. I really do appreciate the kind hospitality. I will most definitely be at the next one.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 8:42 PM on May 30, 2012

So sorry I wasn't able to join you! Glad to hear that it was awesome :)
posted by cabingirl at 9:19 PM on May 30, 2012

It was a lovely time, indeed. Nice to meet you, or re-meet you, in some cases.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:04 PM on May 30, 2012

Sorry things got hectic
posted by wheelieman at 6:31 AM on May 31, 2012

Bah, I missed out. Next time, I swear.
posted by FrauMaschine at 1:19 AM on June 2, 2012

Ah bummer. I couldn't go to this because I was in final preparations for a brutal exam I had to take today. But now I'm done, yay! Hope we can have another one soon.....
posted by triggerfinger at 7:18 PM on June 2, 2012

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