Another place that feels like "our place" even though it's 7 hours away is Au Pied de Cochon. Funnily enough this time, redneckhunter and I actually ran into someone we knew there (a friend from Boston), so it really did feel like our neighborhood joint!
We have the dishes we absolutely have to get everytime we're there -- foie gras poutine and Duck in a Can, but we were determined to try something new off the menu. So we ordered the Melting Pot -- blood sausage, boudin sausage, pork chop, and pork loin all cooked in a pot with mushrooms, onions, and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately without the help of 1000yregg and Gallup, the two of us alone just couldn't make the same dent in a PDC meal. We savored the poutine, and managed to finish the duck, but barely even touched the Melting Pot, and definitely had no room for dessert.
Au Pied de Cochon
536 Duluth Est