La Belle Vie Cooking at Bar Food Prices

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Mecca Bos
Does this look like bar food? Well, it is.


It's already a great deal: Libertine took the steaks out of the steakhouse and put romp where there used to be pomp. A steak place for everyone else, plus tuna poke tacos. We've always liked it.

But we dined there over the weekend, and maybe it was our imagination, but right this minute, the place is on fire! Is it because sous chef Shane Oporto is on his way to head up La Belle Vie and the pressure is on? We're not sure, but we like what we see.

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Eight-Course Dinners with Wine for $36 in Eden Prairie

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Tiramasu from a recent dinner

Yes, there is a catch. But not a disheartening one. A chef will be at the helm of this meal, a very experienced one, too. Jonathan Locke has been cooking for as long as I've been alive (a not-short amount of time), and he's got some formidable line-items on his resume, including having run the Dakota, Cristo's, and way back in the day Faegres, where some of our town's top food personalities cut their chops when they were just wee babies. And zillions of other places, too, including one that was once upon a time called Professor Munchies "that was open until 3 a.m., and made whole-egg omelettes that stood up four inches off the plate."

So Locke, and quite a few others, too, will be responsible for bringing you this fantastic deal.

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Popping Bottles on a Budget: Cheap Date Night at Cafe Lurcat

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When we first heard about the Sunday evening date night at Café Lurcat, we were incredulous. Two starters, two entrees, and two desserts plus a bottle of red, white, or bubbly -- all for a Ulysses S. Grant ($50)? It simply couldn't be true. Café Lurcat is a first-class restaurant in a fantastic location. It's far and away the most glamorous establishment we've visited for a date night, and we were delighted to find out (after some internet sleuthing) that the D'Amico restaurant chain does amazing date nights at its other locations as well, all on Sunday evening, all offering a brilliant deal.

If you've got something to celebrate, this is the place to do it. Get dressed up, slap on some heels, (don't worry, you won't have to walk far, parking is pretty easy and free on Sunday night), and let yourself be enveloped by the warm, low lighting and impossibly delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen. It's a good idea to make a reservation beforehand online, because this date night is a popular one.

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Cheap Wine, Great Dessert, and an Offhand Comment: Date Night at the Red Stag

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Cozy up with your honey at this equal parts rustic and romantic bar.

Week 4 of our official Date Night Research brings us to Facebook, loading and refreshing the Red Stag Supperclub's page throughout the day to see if Date Night details (and pictures) have been posted. As with the Bryant-Lake Bowl, options are limited, so we cross our fingers and hold our breath for a delightful (and bean-less) adventure.

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Chipotle News: A Lawsuit or a $3 Burrito?

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Is the problem... paying workers?

Step right up to this choose-your-own-adventure. Love Chipotle? Skip ahead to the part about $3 burritos. Hate Chipotle and want to stoke the flame of hatred in your heart? Read on.

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Blue Plate Restaurants Invite Bald-Pated Patrons to Eat for Free

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Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch clearly had a full head of hair.

Haven't seen your hairline since the 11th grade? Fancy a free meal? Read on, bald ones, we've got the details on today's biggest deal for you.


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Be the Prettiest Cheap Date in Town at Ngon Bistro's Date Night

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Lara604 via Flickr
Delicious Bún

And on the third week, we packed up our belongings, made sure our water bottles were filled and our emergency blanket packed, and forded the river to St. Paul. Now, before you click the X in the upper left of the window, just stay a bit longer. Even though St. Paul is just right across Ol' Man River, sometimes it can seem so. much. farther. Especially on a weekday. But we steeled ourselves and hopped onto 94 East toward the Ngon Bistro, located on University between Grotto and Avon, to take advantage of their Wednesday night Date Night.

As soon as we got through the doors, everybody got about 30 percent more attractive. The dim, romantic lighting and warm yellow walls made our pasty visages glow, and the tables and booths were comfortable and inviting. Our favorite part was the bar, adorned with shelves upon shelves of records and, of course, a decorative rifle. The bistro was bustling, and large white bowls of steaming hot, fragrant soup passed by, amping us up for our culinary adventure.

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Bryant-Lake Bowl's Cheap Date Night Lets You Break Out Your Game Without Going Broke

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Suzy Piper
The Lanes at Bryant-Lake Bowl

We're with Garfield on this one: Mondays. We hate 'em. But some restaurants are trying to change our attitudes about this bummer of a day, so as the moths continue to fly out of our wallets for the second week in a row, we explore what Lake Street has to offer in the inexpensive evening-out genre: Monday's Cheap Date Night at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Bryant-Lake Bowl is an intriguing little jewel located on Lake Street between Bryant and Aldrich. The lanes were built in the '30s, "so all kinds of weird shit could happen, but you guys are just playing for fun, right?" asked our charismatic server. Right. The dining area is small, a bit cramped, but has a fun retro feel. We squeezed into our seats, wondering whether this meal would be a real turkey, or a gutter ball.

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Cheap Date Night to Try: Broders' Pasta Bar on a Budget

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Suzy Piper
Broder's Pasta Bar

Everybody still broke? Cool. Us too. That's why, for the next several weeks, we'll be seeking out the best inexpensive date nights the city has to offer. We all deserve to be wined and dined every once in a while, and bringing home a greasy bag of Popeye's and Piranha 3D for a special night in is only cute and quirky once. Or twice. Or maybe every Friday. Stop judging us.

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Free fro-yo for moms at Forever Yogurt on Mother's Day

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Mothers are forever underappreciated. They birthed you, changed your diapers, dealt with the crappy black metal you blasted at two in the morning throughout your high school years, and still love you immeasurably. Mother's Day shouldn't be the only time you show that special lady the appreciation she deserves, but it's certainly not to be ignored. Might we suggest fro-yo to mark the occasion?

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