Chef Nong's culinary journey began in Bangkok at age 12, when she would procure supplies from the corner market and cook for her family. She spent her adolescence perfecting her mother and grandmother's recipes, and then gained extra practice when she started a family of her own.
At age 35, Nong decided it was time to share her culinary flair with members of other families. She progressed through restaurant jobs in Thailand and Malaysia before landing a gig in Minneapolis, where she earned her sriracha-soaked stripes by cooking at a number of area restaurants before opening her own eatery, Nong's Thai Cuisine.
In her own kitchen, Nong relies on her stockpile of inherited recipes to create a menu of authentic, homestyle Thai fare, which earned the eatery the distinction of Best Thai Restaurant 2010 from City Pages. Featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the "perfectly timed noodles" of the pad thai carry al dente firmness, and the "high quality" curries stimulate taste buds in a more refined manner than chili pepper stimulates the eye. Flavors of tamarind and papaya infuse salads and stir-fries, and crisp veggies top noodle dishes, all calibrated to customer-chosen levels of heat.
Granite City Food & Brewery, a casual family restaurant founded by hospitality experts, has an on-site brewery and a menu stuffed with more steak, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizza, burger, and sandwich options than Abe Lincoln had dollar bills stuffed in his top hat. Gourmet pub-grub appetizers and many other generously portioned dishes are listed alongside the beers that bring out their flavors. The intoxicating taste of the inebriated vodka mussels ($12.99) is suggested alongside Northern Light––a light creamy beer––and the juicy, tender meatiness of a 14-ounce New York strip ($25.99) is advised along with Brother Benedict’s bock––a brownish German-style lager. Others among Granite City Food & Brewery's six specialty brews are the Irish-style Broad Axe stout, known for its nose of roasted chocolate and coffee notes, and Duke Of Wellington, an IPA with muscle-bound malt character and a deep-seated dislike of Napoleon.
Swing by Good Day Cafe in Minneapolis for your next meal. The menu at Good Day Cafe also includes a number of healthy options, including some vegan dishes. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Good Day Cafe delightful drink menu. Gather the whole family for a trip to Good Day Cafe — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Good Day Cafe's al fresco patio seating. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Good Day Cafe. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Good Day Cafe, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Good Day Cafe. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Good Day Cafe as well.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Good Day Cafe, with meals usually costing less than $15. Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
A romantic evening for two can be arranged over a plate of pasta at D'Amico and Sons — this Italian restaurant is the perfect date spot. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on D'Amico and Sons' menu that can cater to your needs. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from D'Amico and Sons' full bar to top off your meal. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at D'Amico and Sons. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at D'Amico and Sons. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at D'Amico and Sons — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back D'Amico and Sons is come-as-you-are. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — D'Amico and Sons offers catering.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Thrifty eaters will also love D'Amico and Sons' prices, which are generally below $15. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at D'Amico and Sons.
Mort Bloom's story is that of five men. When his family fled from Lithuania during WWII, he found himself in America, a teenager with no possessions who spoke no English. But he learned the language and eventually joined the U.S. Navy, where he also boxed and won a Golden Gloves title. After serving, he pursued a succession of jobs that ranged from high-profile to pedestrian: he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, worked in a junkyard, and was a longtime owner of the popular nightclub Gay 90's.
Over the years, he and his family would often come together over dinners at the Lincoln Del. After that restaurant closed and Mort's kids grew up, the Blooms decided to open an eatery of their own where they and other families could gather for meals and to teach kids which fork is proper for eating popsicles. Mort's Delicatessen marries Mort's American and Eastern-European roots: there's potato knishes and cold-beet borscht, as well as cheese curds and buffalo wings. Of the dozens of specialty sandwiches and burgers, the reuben remains their most popular, which is rather appropriate since Reuben is Mort's middle name.
For a scintillating heap of noodles in piping hot broth, don't miss Minneapolis' Noodles & Company. Noodles & Company is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Noodles & Company's outdoor patio.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Noodles & Company patrons come in casual attire. You can also grab your food to go. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Noodles & Company also offers catering.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Chow down at Noodles & Company without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Noodles & Company serves up all three meals.