Restaurant Reviews: 2008 Archives
For the most part, if a restaurant doesn't look like it's thriving, we're skeptical about it. Not every dusty storefront is worth checking out. But we'd heard enough about the counter at Abu Nader that we decided to give it a try.
There's nothing fancy about the food here, but everything's tasty and some things are superb.
You longtime readers know we like spicy food. We don't need a bowl of habanero squeezins to make us pay attention, but we do like food hot enough to make us notice the endorphin rush.
We have encountered food too spicy, though. Some authentically hot Thai dishes leave us struggling.
We first became aware of the oddly bright, oddly harsh light of light-emitting diodes (LED) in flashlights and those new Christmas lights. We couldn't imagine lighting a room with them. So of course we were curious when we heard that Kari and Kim Bartmann's new supper- club is entirely lit with LEDs.
Frankly, we expected ugly.
Apparently large enough to seat an entire Guthrie theater audience at once, the dining room at Cue is space-age cool, with glowing light pillars and silver accents seeming to float over a rich blue carpet. Forget the river view and go at night: it's a stunning dining room.
806 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Diet Choices: The kitchen can cater to all dietary requirements.
This ultra-modern space is an odd juxtaposition to the homegrown flair with which the place opened in 2006. Lenny Russo, one of several area flag-bearers for the local food movement, was Cue's original chef.
Cabin fever. Some fight it by getting outdoors to ski or skate, and these build up a good appetite. Some give in and nest, all the while craving the warm richness of comfort foods. Either way, we recommend visiting Brasa to get you through the long dark of winter.
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.