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February 11th, 2008

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11:39 am - Soliciting your restaurant thoughts
Remember my little part-time gig doing restaurant reviews for cell phone subscribers? Well, it's morphed a bit as the company was acquired by/merged with Go2 Media. Now rather than being aimed at SMS messages, they are trying to build content for the "mobile web."

Well, my part in this is to do write-ups of what I consider the "Top 9" (because of the # of keys on a cell phone, I think not knowing about the "0" key could be a flaw in their business plan) restaurants in the Twin Cities.

I have ideas about what I consider the top restaurants but I'm interested in what other people think as well. So if you have a restaurant (or eight) that you think belongs in a list of the best restaurants in the Cities, I'd appreciate a comment here.

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Date:February 11th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
What is meant by "best?" Most expensive but worth it or best value? Best for a quick meal or best for a leisurely dinner? Best for a romantic date best for a group of people?
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Date:February 11th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Those are really good questions. As a chef & cook I narrow down to many differing "bests" when asked for a opinion on new places.
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Date:February 11th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
These folks seem to be very generally minded at this point. Part of it is trying to build up a core set of content. So feel free to recommend "bests" with qualifications.
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Date:February 11th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Fair questions, but I'm afraid the answer is "yes." That is, I wasn't given much in the way of concrete guidelines for these so you're getting what I'm getting. FWIW, I plan on using my nine picks to hit many of the options you highlight with your questions.
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Date:February 11th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Business people want different things than, f'rinstance, you or me. They're less concerned about price and quality than about comfort and alcohol. That's a genrality, but should be a consideration.

When I'm out with business folk, they invariably pick someplace like Morton's Steak House or some moderately upscale bar/restaurant. Places I might never consider going in.

So, aiming for the business crowd while allowing for my tastes to get in the way:

Khan's Mongolian Barbeque
Christo's (Greek)
Machu Picchu (haven't been there for a long time)

Hmm... harder than I thought. Either limiting to nine is too strict or my tastes are too catholic/jewish for your average text-to-meal menu.

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Date:February 11th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Pho Tau Bay
Pizza Luce
Vincent: a restaurant

Date:February 11th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Taking it from the other direction, who is the target audience? Seems to me people who are out, with a reasonably powerful cell platform, with no set plans, and want to know where to go quick. This, to me, seems to imply limiting the places where there isn't a dress code, and where you don't need reservations to get in. It might also imply other things, but I don't want to generalize too much. Probably more upscale, but not super high end, I suppose.

I honestly don't know much about the restaurant scene in Mpls any more. When I visit, I pick out a few places based on the recommendations of friends, but I don't really have enough knowledge to say much here.

Good luck! Incidentally, I'm a bit jealous about your new job. Working at a university again is a dream of mine. I'm looking for gigs myself now, but so far, it's pretty slim pickings.
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Date:February 11th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oceanaire, La Belle Vie (I wasn't all that impressed, but...), D'Amico, Sakura, Manny's, Morton's, probably.

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