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Jul 26, 2007 02:01 PM

St. Louis Park ideas?

I will be making regular business trips to St. Louis Park, and I am wondering what is available in the way of good, non-chain food? Quality is what matters, not necessarily price (god bless my expense account). All ethnicities appreciated. Thanks for the help.

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  1. Will you have a car? How far are you willing to travel?

    If you go excelsior to france ave south, to 50th east - corner of penn & 50th is border's pasta bar which is excellent food & also great for dining alone. Maybe 10-15 mins from 100/394 depending on traffic....

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    1. re: St Paul Susie

      I will have a car, however, I would like to stay in the area, and off the freeways if possible.

    2. For those who may wonder, St. Louis Park is a suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota.

      1. Right near the southwest corner of the intersection of I-394 and Highway 100 is a strip mall with two decent (but not necessarily best in class) restaurants: Taste of India and Yangtze, which are (maybe fairly evidently) Indian and Chinese restaurants.

        Both downtown and Minneapolis are about 10-15 minutes away from that intersection as well, although I understand you want to stay close to Saint Louis Park proper.

        10 minutes west on I-394 will take you to either the Tea House (off Shelard Parkway) or Origami in Ridgedale Mall. I've not been to either restaurant, although I've been to (and recommend) Origami in downtown Minneapolis (its older sister).

        The Park Tavern has decent bar food and is attached to a bowling alley. I'll try to think of other local restaurants in SLP proper and will post more later if I think of any more recommendations.

        Yangtze Chinese Restaurant
        5625 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

        Taste of India
        5617 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

        Tea House Chinese Restaurant
        88 Nathan Ln N, Minneapolis, MN 55441

        Origami West
        12305 Wayzata Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55305

        Park Tavern Lounge & Lanes
        3401 Louisiana Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

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        1. re: bob s

          Just off 394 near ridgedale is Bacio - I've only been once - but it was pretty solid & I think also had a nicer bar to eat at if you are alone/traveling etc

          As Bob S mentioned - downtown & other spots in Minneapolis are quite close. Much easier to get around here than in other larger cities.

          1. re: bob s

            For faster non-chain food, there's Yum Kitchen & Bakery, an upscale cafeteria with great soups and salads, and Punch Pizza with counter service on the Minneapolis/SLP border.

            4000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

            Punch Pizza
            3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

            1. re: jaycooke

              There are a couple of kosher places that have good stuff. Fishman's deli and market serves sandwiches and whatnot, and Little Tel Aviv is a little cafeteria in the same strip mall (Calhoun Village) as Punch. Both are pretty informal, and being kosher, close early on Fridays and are closed on Saturdays.

              Right in that area is The View in Calhoun Beach club. Upscale, and great happy hour.

              There are a variety of places along Excelsior Boulevard between France Ave and Highway 100. Three Fish has good seafood, and it's nice there. Pannekoeken Huis (a local chain) serves both sweet and savory dutch pancakes (although I wouldn't get anything else there). Brix offers Italian, with mixed results.

              1. re: pgokey

                I'm always forgetting to add places before posting.

                Three Fish Restaurant
                3070 Excelsior Blvd Ste 206, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                Fishman's Delicatessen and Bakery
                4100 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                Little Tel-Aviv
                3238 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                2730 W Lake St Ste 1, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                Pannekoeken Huis
                4995 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                Brix Bistro [CLOSED]
                4656 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

          2. I've heard some good things about Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley (just on the north side of 394)

            Good Day Cafe
            5410 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

            1. Thanh Do has some awesome Thai food.

              Thanh Do
              3005 Utah Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426