Black Forest Inn Minneapolis

The Black Forest Inn sits at 26th and Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. aka Eat Street. Click HERE for complete the list of Eat Street restaurants.

The Black Forest Inn, if you haven’t guessed from the name, is a German restaurant. If you guessed hotel I wouldn’t hold it against you. Anyway, yes it’s a restaurant and they serve German food. I’m not really sure if they serve authentic German food, since I’ve never been to real live Germany, but it seems pretty legit.

Black Forest Inn patio
Black Forest Inn patio

Rainbow Restaurant Eat Street Minneapolis

We went to Rainbow Restaurant the other night because Shellie wanted something plainish. Something soothing and familiar. Calming in a Chinese food way. Like chow mein from your local Chinese place. Or egg foo young. Something innocuous.

And on that criteria Rainbow did not deliver.

The space is really nice. I went in thinking Rainbow would be kind of dumpy. It is not. The room is spacious and sorta fancy (for Eat Street). The seats were also really rather plush. This is not what we expected.

We had a hard time deciding what to get. There was no egg foo young or chicken chow mein to be seen on this menu. Most of the dishes weren’t unheard of, but there just wasn’t the local Chinese joint favorites here.

We wound up ordering the bacon and egg fried rice and chicken lo mein. Shellie said we ordered the two lamest items on the menu. She also said she was looking forward to going back when she felt like spending more money.

When our food arrived I got a whiff of the lo mein and I knew right away something was up. Fish? Is this fishy? Yes, yes it was. The noodles were drenched in some sort of fish sauce. Oyster maybe? I don’t know. But for me they were inedible.

I’m not a fish guy. But I really didn’t expect that to be an issue when I ordered chicken lo mein. But it was.

The “bacon” and egg fried rice was not too shabby. There were a couple of sticking points though. It was rather flavorless. Even though it was a different take on fried rice, they still could’ve thrown in some onion. Also, the bacon wasn’t actual bacon. It was thin cut, fried pork. Not bad, but not bacon.

All in all Shellie thought it was a decent meal. For me. I’ll never go back. She says I’m being extreme, judging a place on one dish. But the dish was so far off of the norm, and in a bad way. I’m sure there are dishes at Rainbow I would enjoy, but I don’t have the time or money to spend trying every dish at every restaurant in town. When one is so far off I just need to move on.

I hate giving bad reviews to places, but I just can’t do anything else. Since I plan to go to every restaurant on Eat Street, I can’t skip this one. Sorry.

My Huong Kitchen Minneapolis

Now we’re getting somewhere with these Eat Street restaurants. I came up with the idea that Shellie and I should try them all out months ago. And now we’re really doing it.
Last weekend we went to My Huong Kitchen for the first time. My Huong Kitchen is a Vietnamese place. It’s a very casual place and the prices are cheap. Like cheap cheap. The menu has some really interesting things on it and it was hard to pick what to get.

Eat Street Minneapolis

Hey. I just wanted to do a quick post today about Eat Street in Minneapolis. 3 of my latest posts have been about restaurants on Eat Street, so I thought maybe I should explain a bit about it.

Eat Street runs down Nicollet Ave in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis for 17 blocks. Basically it’s from downtown to 29th street. Along this stretch are a bunch of restaurants and other places to get a bite to eat. A lot of them represent different ethnicities. I’m not going to go into all of that right here, but I am excited to try them all and let you know what I think.

Glam Doll Donuts Minneapolis

Aww yeah!  What’s better than a donut?  Not much.  Not much at all.  I will say though, I am more a fan of the deep-fried-tasty-raised variety than I am of the cake kind.  I have a feeling that I’m not that into them because I’ve never really had a good one.  But I have had good raised donuts.  Oh so many tasty, tasty donuts.  So we had to try Glam Doll Donuts.

It's the pink one in the middle.
It’s the pink one in the middle.

The Bad Waitress Minneapolis

It’s a funny thing, living in a city. There are so many things to do. So many places to eat. New places open up that you just have to try. And there’s always the old stand by, ready to give you just what you’re looking for. There’s also those places that you mean to get to and try, but you can just never seem to get there.

The Bad Waitress is one of those places for me. Wait, was.

The Bad Waitress Minneapolis
The Bad Waitress Minneapolis