Where U Wanna Eat #3: Tea House Chinese Restaurant

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Restaurant: Tea House Chinese Resturant

Zone: Stadium Village, 2425 University Avenue SE, Mpls

Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Visited: February 24, 2016

Located on University near the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota in Stadium Village, this branch of the Tea House Chinese Restaurant family is a good choice for lunch in the area. Other locations can be found in St. Paul and out in Plymouth. Specializing in cuisine from the Szechuan Province, there is plenty of spice for those looking for it!

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A filling lunch!

The lunch specials offered between 11 am and 3 pm make it particularly attractive to college students, but anyone looking for a cheap, tasty lunch should take advantage. For $8.50 or $9.50, you get a soup or salad along with your entree, and an egg roll if you eat in (you can ask for a vegetable one instead of the pork). There are quite a few vegan and vegetarian options as well as some seafood dishes. When we stopped in one afternoon, we had some very satisfying kung pao tofu, a vegetarian interpretation of the signature Szechuan dish. In fact, the entrees were a bit more satisfying than the accompanying egg rolls and soups, I would say. The copious amount of hot oolong tea we gulped down with the meal was very good, though! 

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Shanghai Scallion Pancakes!

 

Of course, don’t neglect the rest of the menu. There are a lot of tasty Szechuan specialities to be found there, including some affordable dishes (though you can definitely splurge if you want to!). The Shanghai Scallion Pancakes we ordered to go with our lunch, though, were great- light, fluffy, and savory, there was more than enough to share for two or three people. We each had enough to take home for another lunch as well, which is always a good deal!

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Where U Wanna Eat? #2: Sssude-Nutz

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Restaurant: Sssdude-Nutz

Zone: Dinkytown, 317 14th Ave. SE Mpls

Hours: M-F, 7:30 to sellout!, S-S, 9:30 to sellout! Fri-Sat 9:oo pm to late night!

Visited: February 6th, 2016

Last weekend, just before heading into the Kitty Cat Klub for a late evening of local indie bands, still a bit buzzed from the Beer Dabbler (more on this soon!), we felt the need to indulge in a little sugar and wheat based pastries and Lindsay pointed out one right next door the the KCK I had never even heard of before! What?

Sssdude-Nutz is a pretty kickin place. Crammed into a space on 14th Avenue SE, it definitely looks appealing. I mean, that name! That logo! How long has Sssdude-Nutz been here? This place is out-quirking Glam Doll! Where was this place when I was at the U? This is a certainly a place that knows how to style up its donuts. Under the motto “keep it sexy, eat donutz” they certainly offer an eclectic array of decadent desserts to get any student through a hard night, whether studying or partying. For we who have left school, we can stop by before a show, grab some ‘nutz, and go to town! Offering an always evolving roster of donutz, including some vegan options, there seems to be enough to trigger a paralysis of indecision for after drinks munchies.

We had an OH Fu$ck Yah!, a soft and fluffy toffee topped chocolate raised donut and a tasty cake donut too (I, sadly, was too tanked to recall the name right now…) But at $2-3 a pop (er, donut) that’s something you can nibble on anytime. They definitely have some heft to them, too! These nutz definitely satisfied! Open weekdays until they sell out of ‘nutz, on the weekends they’re open until the wee hours.

Check it, here!

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Where U Wanna Eat #1: Shuang Cheng Restaurant

Entry #1 for our Where U Wanna Eat segment!

Restaurant: Shuang Cheng

Zone: Dinkytown, 1320 4th St. SE Mpls

Hours: M-Th, 11 am to 10 pm, F-Sat, 11 am to 11 pm, Sun 12 pm to 10 pm

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Lindsay waiting to warm up inside Shuang Cheng

I mentioned Shuang Cheng Restaurant in my introduction to this U of M restaurant project, so on a very cold afternoon Lindsay and I stopped in there for lunch. Served a pot of piping hot oolong tea immediately, it was a pretty good way to warm up after the time spent in the sub zero temperatures to get there. A Dinkytown mainstay, Shuang Cheng (meaning Twin Cities) was filled with students, faculty, and local community members enjoying the inexpensive and varied lunch specials, which were quite affordable and ample, coming with rice and your choice of an appetizer.

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Our lunch specials, minus the wontons which we already devoured

We chose the cheese wontons, served super hot, and had some delicious vegetarian entrees, sesame tofu and fried bean curd with mixed vegetables in garlic sauce. Both were very good, and Shuang Cheng is definitely a good choice for vegetarians, though they offer plenty of meat and seafood dishes as well. In addition to the Chinese-American style menu, they offer a more authentic Cantonese style dishes on the always changing daily specials menu. Being a seafood lover myself, I also ordered clams in a scallion ginger sauce, which were very delicious, if a little messy! I would come back to splurge on a seafood feast for a special occasion.

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Daily Specials Menu for January 16th, 2016

I would definitely recommend visiting Shuang Cheng, especially for the lunch specials and the special menu as well. The Lunch specials are served daily 11:00 to 4:30 (except Sunday, which begins at 12:00) and run around $7! A very good choice for a lunch in between busy classes or if you just happen to be in Dinkytown.

 

 

 

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About to start up on the clams!

New Things, New Year!

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Famed Shoe Tree on West Bank, a few weeks ago before the snow fell.

So, we’re more than one week into the new year of 2016, and I feel that this year is going to be the best year ever here on MSP-Adventure Time, so expect a lot of fun new things to appear, as well as some of the fun old things, too!

I’m looking forward to the Art Shanty Project this year, after its hiatus for 2015, after having such an awesome experience in 2014, in one of my very first blog entries. This time I’ll make sure that my phone is charged! It is a great way to celebrate and take advantage of our winter weather. I’ll be going on some awesome day trips too, so keep an eye on that as well. Lindsay and I will also be checking out this cool sounding Tattersall Distilling place in Northeast, too, so keep tuned on that! I’m excited to sample some locally crafted spirits in addition to all the beer I’ve been trying, and they say spirits warm you up a bit more! (Seriously, scientifically inaccurate, but hey, who cares?)

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Dinkydale, home of Shuang Cheng and the Land’s End Pasty Company, among others

Starting this year, I’m beginning a new restaurant segment in my blog, “Where U Wanna Eat?” where I, with my friends and loved ones, will endeavour to eat at as many of the restaurants around the University of Minnesota campus, in Dinkytown, Stadium Village, and the West Bank. I still recall stepping out of classes and grabbing some great, cheap food around the U and I’d like to see how things are changing as all of these places are in periods of great upheaval and change. Are there still good eats for the student on a budget? I aim to find out! Really, I just love eating and am looking for more excuses to hang out by the U, of course. Oh, I think I can probably skip the chains, of course (for the most part). Of course, I’ve written up some of my favorite Dinkytown restaurants before, but now its official! Expect my first review soon!