Bar La Grassa: Fun and affordable

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2009 - 9:35 AM

In tough economic times, Bar La Grassa stands out above all newcomers. No wonder it's our restaurant of the year.

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refurnishDec. 30, 09 9:46 PM

It is a fabulous interior and the staff are premium, but my two dishes missed the mark. The bolognese pasta I thought was simple, as I like it to be gastric air passing inducing. But, even worse was the porchetta. It was devoid of sophisticated taste and tasted simply simmered in perhaps cummin and maybe chili powder. It was incredibly tender which was its sole saving grace. I hope they re-formulate both dishes. If I am not correc in my review of these dishes please let me know, as I am flabberghasted they serve both of these dishes as they do

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j_m_t_usDec. 30, 0911:18 PM

What a shock having a resaturant critic push a place that the average person will never be at. Kind of like the movie critics. Whatever they like alot and a can't miss movie, I avoid like the plague!

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BillyHeywoodDec. 31, 0912:42 AM

Totally agree...Chili's is clearly the restaurant of the year! Shame on you restaurant critic, how dare you choose a restaurant with locations in Woodbury, Eagan, Golden Valley, Bloomington, Blaine and Maple Grove that doesn't exclusively serve fine Sysco foods out of a can or jug!

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rustyscupperDec. 31, 09 1:59 AM

It's too bad - especially for a restuarant with "Bar" in its name - that like most twin cities restaurants the actual bar is about 10 feet long. With people smashed in behind you at the entrance, its not a place thats comfortable to belly up to before or after your meal. Man I miss Chicago.

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trustme71Dec. 31, 09 1:59 AM

Good luck surviving in this environment!

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cheffie46Dec. 31, 09 6:53 AM

From a city that votes McDonald's French Fries as "The Best" and Perkin's as "Best Breakfast", I am astounded at a review that is clearly outside the box. Bravo- maybe this restaurant will have a chance of succeeding (if the customer base will try something that doesn't involve the local mall's Food Court).

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jomamaDec. 31, 09 7:14 AM

I might not be a writer or mathemetician, but it looks like 4 categories were just listed. Oh well, at least he didnt pick Manny's this year.

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otiscatDec. 31, 09 8:51 AM

These folks sell almost affordable, skillfully prepared (and even familiar) food in very handsome spaces. I mistakenly figured that yuppies and suburbanites would get tired of 112 Eatery, go back to Redstone, and make it easier to drop in without a reservation. I am also hoping for a similar outcome for Bar La Grassa. I bet that my wait for this place to cool down will be a long one.

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BrewerDec. 31, 09 9:21 AM

@ otiscat: I question your elite status that makes places like 112 better suited for you as opposed to "yuppies & suburbanites". You assume that others should not enjoy some of the twin cities nicest restaurants because it may inconvienance you to the slightest extent. Wake up... it is the "yuppies & suburbanites" who keep establishments like these open. Bottom line is when you serve amazing food, you are going to be busy. If you don't like it, do like the rest of us do... PLAN AHEAD and make a reservation..

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thyshallDec. 31, 09 9:40 AM

Two thumps up for the APPLE and PROSCIUTTO with GORGONZOLA PARMESAN DRESSING; SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA NERA with INK BRAISED SQUID...only downside; the noise level.

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