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Dec 2, 2005 03:45 PM

Good food in Blaine, MN?

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

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

      1. re: brettsota

        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....

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

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        1. re: rjayasuriya

          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.

          1. re: princebaal

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

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

            1. re: BigE

              Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

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

        2. 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

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: gregnim

              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.