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Good food in Blaine, MN?

sara Dec 2, 2005 03:45 PM

We are new to the Twin Cites and looking for good restaurants in the Blaine/Coon Rapids area. Any suggestions?

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    shoo-bee-doo Dec 2, 2005 10:30 PM

    Sammy's Pizza off of Foley Blvd. Great pizza.

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      brettsota Jun 19, 2009 03:31 PM

      Axel's Bonfire, good local (Mpls./St. Paul) chain: http://www.axelsbonfire.com/locations...

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        mngal Jun 19, 2009 06:00 PM

        Axel's is fairly dependable, but the last two times I have been to the Blaine location (past 60 days) things have been more than disappointing. Food and service combined!

        I am still looking for that shining star in the NE Metro....

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        rjayasuriya Jun 19, 2009 03:43 PM

        Key's cafe in Anoka is pretty good. Anoka is pretty close to Blaine/Coon Rapids.

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          princebaal Jun 28, 2009 01:47 PM

          I ate at Key's for breakfast today. YUCK! HORRIBLE. I had the roast beef hash and the roast beef tasted like it had been frozen, cooked, refrigerated, re-cooked, and served with lackluster hash browns. It was basically un-eatable and nobody cared that I ate two bites and didn't want a box. I left disappointed and will never go back.

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            BigE Jun 29, 2009 07:01 AM

            Huh...can't say I've ever had the hash.

            I stick to omelets when I go there and I've never been disappointed.

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              rjayasuriya Jun 29, 2009 07:20 AM

              Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

              I've had their burgers, sandwiches, fries, etc and never been disappointed.

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          Minneapolis Mark Jun 21, 2009 04:11 PM

          One of my favorite spots in Blaine is Carol's. Right on 65. It's good and homey food and one of my favorite spots when I'm feeling the need for good food and lots of it.

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          1. re: Minneapolis Mark
            BigE Jun 21, 2009 08:04 PM

            Carol's was my first thought as well. The cross street off central is 118th, I believe.

            Otherwise, you are surrounded by chains in that area.

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            gregnim Jun 21, 2009 06:22 PM

            The T-Box Bar and Grill just up Highway 65 from Blaine has some great small plates, a good selection of specialty beers and wine, an outstanding pastry chef and even a meat and seafood retail store. Also, I have read that the recently closed T-Asia in Blaine (got this T thing going) is being re-opened by a former Heartland chef.

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              Bobannon Jun 22, 2009 12:03 PM

              I've been to bella a few times for Sunday brunch and we were surprised by how good everythng was. In fact, we went for Easter and everyone liked it so much, we went back for Mother's Day. Also, they have a generous rebate program for their brunch where you get a coupon for your next brunch based on how many you have at the current brunch. They had and omelet bar, pasta bar, various fresh salads and many hot breakfast and lunch items. Also, one of the best dessert tables i've seen. They are just east of Hwy 65 on 109th.


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