What does Rick Nelson recommend at Midtown Global Market or for rooftop dining? He answers these and more readers' questions during online live chats most Thursdays. The next chat is April 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at Startribune.com.
Q In a recent chat you recommended Parma 8200 (5600 W. 83rd St., Bloomington, 952-896-8888). I'm going for the first time -- what are your favorite dishes there?
A I think they do pastas really well, and there's a pappardelle with crab that I'm dying to try. I love the simple bruschetta topped with ricotta, basil and marinated tomatoes. The kitchen grills up a fantastic hanger steak. And do not miss the butterscotch budino.
Q What would you recommend to try at the Midtown Global Market (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., www.midtownglobalmarket.org)?
A I wish the market had about 10 more places like the Salty Tart (www.saltytart.com, 612-874-9206, www.saltytart.com), which is home to an original talent, baker Michelle Gayer. I also like the tamales at La Loma (www.lalomatamales.com) and the well stuffed sandwiches at Manny's Tortas (612-870-3930, www.mannystortas.com).
Q What's opening in the next few months here in the Twin Cities?
A Two that I'm looking forward to: Mona Restaurant & Bar (333 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-259-8636), by chef Lisa Hanson; it's set to open on Wednesday. And Stewart and Heidi Woodman of Heidi's (2903 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-3512, www.heidismpls.com) are launching an informal cafe in Uptown. It's called Birdhouse (2516 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.) and it's located in the former Duplex. I'm also curious about the food truck scene this year, and wondering who will enrich that movement.
Q What's the best rooftop dining in town? Anything new in the works?
A I've not heard of anything new, but that could change in a heartbeat. As for best, it depends. I'm all over the ambience at Crave in LaSalle Plaza (825 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-332-1133, www.craveamerica.com), but I'm not always blown away by what I've consumed there. I'm also a fan of the rooftop at moto-i (2940 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-821-6262, www.moto-i.com) in Lyn-Lake. Great food, cool atmosphere.
Q I have never been to Tilia (2726 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-354-2806, www.tiliampls.com). What do you recommend for lunch?
A What are you waiting for? My idea of a perfect Tilia lunch is the shrimp with peas, the beautiful gravlax, that lovely beet salad and the amazingly buttery date cake. And then a nap.
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