Restaurant: FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Web Site: http://www.firelakerestaurant.com/moa.php
Address: 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: (952) 851-4040
Minnesota’s Mall of America is largely a touristy place. A lot of the local population avoids it and it is a big production getting in and out of the mall because of its size. In the mall, most of the food vendors are typical national chains with the same menus they have anywhere. FireLake is a local “chain”, two locations: the mall and downtown Minneapolis.
FireLake is not in the mall proper but attached to the mall and part of the Raddison hotel directly connected. The decor is slick, with a lot of natural stone, wood, and glass looking south from the hotel. Very full bar service with a more than expected whiskey list. There must have been at least 200 available on the list, broken
We were in during a weekday evening in September, so well past tourist season. It was not very crowded and the service was very attentive and the timing was a nice leisurely meal. This is probably good, the interior was largely hard surfaces and I imagine it gets pretty noisy there if the place is full.
Two very nicely presented salads, very fresh and well put together. The local fish, walleye, was panko-crusted and exceptionally cooked. The salmon was a special, glazed with honey from bees kept on the roof somehow (not sure how they find their way down from that tall building). The salmon was a little sweeter than I would have liked, but that’s OK and mostly personal preference.
A nice wine list reasonably priced.
Restaurant: Midtown Cafe
Web Site: http://www.midtowncafe.com/
Address: 102 19th Ave., South, Nashville, TN 37203
A business dinner in a well established downtown restaurant. What I liked most was the old school, professional service. A menu item I remember was a french toast looking thing that was polenta done in the style of fried mozzarella sticks. Really a great taste.
Nothing to dislike. The menu was a good collection of different dishes, everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. Not a real large place, but it was a nice place to sit and talk. Would recommend it to others.