Chandrew wants to know what you think are the most overrated restaurants in the Twin Cities. Commenter votes so far have gone to Holy Land--what?!--Pizza Luce, W.A. Frost, La Belle Vie--again, what?!--and Masa.
My vote(s) would have to go to Chambers Kitchen, Loring Pasta Bar and any steak and seafood house. Yeah, yeah, I'm a vegetarian, but seriously: I can cook a fresh filet on my backyard grill and it'll taste the same if not better than it would at Murray's.
What about the most underrated/overlooked restaurants? My picks are, in no particular order, La Cucaracha, Donatelli's, King's Korean, Fat Lorenzo's, Fugaise, Bombay 2 Deli, Crescent Moon Bakery, La Poblanita, Uncle Franky's and Flameburger.
Throw ya off a little on that last one? Well, it's all about ambiance at The Flame.
Apparently Europol Eva's Delicatessen was a little too overlooked in my neighborhood. I drove by yesterday and the place is shuttered. Too bad; it was a very cute little Polish/Eastern European takeout counter loaded with treats and situated in a presumably accessible spot just off University and 13th Avenues NE.
The windows are papered but there's no "for rent" sign to be seen. Maybe there's already another great takeout spot in the works? If anybody wants to float me a few grand, I've got a no-fail restaurant concept that would work perfectly in that space.