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Post Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:10 pm
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Gonna fly up there for a week of training at the end of June. Are there any BBQ joints I should check out while I'm there? Thanks in advance...
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Post Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:33 am
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Dyal_SC wrote:
Gonna fly up there for a week of training at the end of June. Are there any BBQ joints I should check out while I'm there? Thanks in advance...


While I have no personal experience with the place a friend says that Baker's Ribs is decent, although it's a chain. But since all 9 of the other locations are in Texas the Minnesota restaurant probably has a bit of an independent feel to it.

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Post Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:07 pm
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I'm from the area, but haven't been to much in St. Paul. Depending on where you are or how far you're willing to drive, there are a couple of places in the metro area. Personally, I like Baker's Ribs, they're in Eden Prairie. My favorite place in the area is called Q Fanatic and they're in Champlin.

People like Famous Dave's, Rudolph's, and Market BBQ, for me, they're just ok. There is a place in St. Paul called Big Daddy's BBQ that I've heard good things about, but never been there myself.

My suggestion - make the drive to Champlin (probably 45 minutes from downtown St. Paul) and go to Q Fanatic. Other suggestion - go to Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis for the best breakfast you'll ever have. Get the bison sausage bread, the Indian porridge, and the lemon riccotta hotcakes. Awesome.
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Post Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:44 am

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My suggestion is don't come to MN and expect to find good Que.

Q Fanatic was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives".
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Post Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:35 pm
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Thanks a lot, fella's! I just finalized my flight, hotel and car earlier today. My department is funding a rental car once I fly up, so I'm gonna have to check out Q fanatic. Also Hell's Kitchen if I get the chance.... thanks for the tips!!! :D
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Post Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:25 am
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Since the "Jucy Lucy" has been mentioned a couple of times recently, consider a visit to Matt's or 5-8 Club.

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Post Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:04 pm
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Thanks, Brad! Will do!!! I'll be up there for 5 nights, so I'm sure I'll have some time after my class. It'll be kind of boring in the hotel room all by myself, so I'll make sure to check quite a few places out on the trip!
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Post Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:31 am
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Since you're a baseball fan you should check out Target Field and if the Twins are in town while you're there you could probably score a single ticket without too much trouble. Or maybe go with some people from your class. I haven't been to a Twins game since 2007 but at the time the ballpark hot dogs were pretty good... :wink:

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Post Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:59 am
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Now that sounds right up my alley! :D I just mapquested it, and if I typed it in right, it looks like the stadium is only 10 or 11 miles away from downtown St. Paul. Looks like they're at Home, playing the Dodgers that week. I will definitely give that a go on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for the idea!
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Post Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:57 am
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OK, guys...change of plans!!! I didn't realize that the CWS Finals are that week. I need to find a really good sports bar near my hotel in St. Paul, since my Gamecocks may be heading to the finals, if we beat Virginia tonight. Any suggestions?
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