Latest Restaurant Reviews

Sen Yai Sen Lek (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • The Mix
  • January/Februrary 2011

Sen Yai Sen Lek is the sort of restaurant where people become "regulars." You find yourself heading down there a couple of times a month because you've got that craving for pad see iew gai. We've noticed on our visits a surprising amount of convivial chatting between the front house staff and the customers.

That pad see iew gai is perfect Thai comfort food, a better dish than the pad Thai, which too many of us default to when ordering in a Thai restaurant. The Chinese broccoli, marinated chicken, and wide rice noodles in sweet soy sauce is so good that some of the regulars never order anything else.

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Domacin Wine Bar (Stillwater, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • The Mix
  • November/December 2010

Domacin Wine Bar is in Stillwater, and that's the one imperfection that keeps us from being regulars. For us Minneapolitans, it seems like a bit of a drive, even for great food and wine, a smart and charming staff, and the sort of musical playlist that makes us happy just walking in the door. But they're good enough to make your "must-try" list anyway.

Expect a seasonal Mediterranean menu with a lot of twists.

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Haute Dish (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper
  • The Mix
  • September/October 2010

A new restaurant finally opens to high expectations: much buzz, top talent, a beautiful space, and convivial atmosphere. And we're not reviewing it. We can't be objective, since our son is one of those cooks, and we're down at Haute Dish pretty often. But we can't resist telling you how much we like the Dish. So, Chef Emery and his mom had a serious sit-down meal, and herewith: a meal report.

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St. Boni Bistro (St. Bonifacius, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper
  • The Mix
  • July/August 2010

There's nothing quite as nice as a brand new bike trail. Good smooth asphalt flowing towards your wheel as you pedal along through woods and fields, enjoying surprising drafts of cool air and looking for turkeys and turtles. The new Dakota Rail Trail runs from Wayzata to St. Bonifacius, and by the end of 2010 will continue all the way out to New Germany, with a bridge over Highway 7. Now it's about 14 miles, beginning along the Minnetonka shore, down the thin peninsulas that separate all the bays of the lake and give the little towns a place to anchor.

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Chris and Rob's Chicago Taste Authority (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper
  • The Mix
  • May/June 2010

Notice the African bazaars, Asian markets and Mexican panaderias around town. The white-bread woebegone Minnesota fare is being replaced by new tastes from far-off lands. We think this is the best idea anybody's had in a long time, and want to make sure that -- in our brave new Exoticland -- you don't miss this particular foreign treat.

It's just seven hours away, give or take a Wisconsin trooper, but Chicago might as well be the moon as far as street food goes.

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The Dining Cryptographer: XYZ and Kokkari Estiatorio (San Francisco, CA)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Show Daily (2010 RSA Conference Newsletter)
  • March 5, 2010

XYZ is the restaurant in the W Hotel. I've been avoiding mentioning it these two years, but it's across the street from Moscone, and I end up eating there more than any other restaurant in the area. Generally I'm there for lunch, and I usually order a sandwich: either the burger if I'm feeling like a big meal, or the tuna steak sandwich if I'm not. Their pizzas and salads are also good, and their eggs "chilaquiles" is what I generally get for breakfast.

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The Dining Cryptographer: Pazzia and La Mar (San Francisco, CA)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Show Daily (2010 RSA Conference Newsletter)
  • March 4, 2010

Three restaurants this time: the first two within walking distance, and the third a cab ride away.

Pazzia is an informal Italian restaurant with really great food at reasonable prices. The thin crust pizzas here are delicious, and far better than any other option near Moscone. Their lasagna is also delicious.

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The Dining Cryptographer: RN74 and Quince (San Francisco, CA)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Show Daily (2010 RSA Conference Newsletter)
  • March 3, 2010

As much as I appreciate receiving recommendations, all these reviews were written well in advance of this week. But if you've got a good tip -- especially for good lunch restaurants within walking distance -- let me know and I'll consider it for next year.

RN74 is Michael Mina's new restaurant. The room is pretty and elegant, and the food is good.

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The Dining Cryptographer: Koh Samui & The Monkey and Ton Kiang (San Francisco, CA)

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Show Daily (2010 RSA Conference Newsletter)
  • March 2, 2010

Another day, another pair of restaurant reviews. As before, the first is within walking distance and the second requires a cab ride.

Koh Samui & The Monkey is probably the best Thai restaurant in San Francisco right now. And it's cheap, too.

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Bradstreet Crafthouse (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Bruce Schneier and Karen Cooper
  • The Mix
  • March/April 2010

We have four requirements for a perfect evening out with friends: interesting cocktails, good food made for sharing, comfortable furniture, and an ambience quiet enough for conversation. It's easy to find places with some of these -- La Belle Vie, the Independent, Psycho Suzi's, the Red White and F'ing Blue Bar, the Angry Gnome, Prohibition -- but only Bradstreet Crafthouse excels in all four.

You want interesting cocktails? Bradstreet is a serious cocktail bar, with premium alcohols and housemade mixers.

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