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NW twin cities req's?? (maple grove)

chrisinroch Aug 30, 2007 02:39 PM

Staying in Maple Grove for a couple of nights and didn't really want to eat at a chain. We have a car, so we can drive a bit, but don't want to go all of the way over to st paul.

Ethnic would be good, or just something a bit out of the ordinary.


PS also going to albertville so any lunch reqs along 94 would be good.

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    MayrMN RE: chrisinroch Aug 30, 2007 07:45 PM

    A few miles East on 694 is another suburb called Brooklyn Center, and right off the highway on Shingle Creek Pkwy is a strip mall with a Target and a really good Indian place, Great India.

    In Maple Grove, even though its a chain, my DH and I really like Biaggi's. There in another 'mom and pop' Italian place I've never been, but maybe somebody else can recommend that one.

    Great India
    6056 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55430

    Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
    12051 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

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    1. re: MayrMN
      chrisinroch RE: MayrMN Aug 31, 2007 06:16 AM

      thanks for the req's, i've loaded em into the gps

    2. bob s RE: chrisinroch Aug 31, 2007 08:18 AM

      If you are heading over toward Brooklyn Center, you can go just a bit further to the Central Avenue exit of 694. About a mile north of the exit is Kings, one of the better (some would argue the best) Korean restaurants in the Twin Cities.

      If you go south on Central, you can run into several restaurants mentioned by Chowhounders:

      Nala Pak - f/k/a Udupi (Indian)
      The Vegetarian (Indian)
      Bombay 2 Deli (Indian)
      Holy Land Deli (Middle Eastern)
      Spring Street Station (Good Bar Food - not actually on Central)
      Charlie's Polleria (Mexican and Ecuadorian)

      I've only eaten at Kings, Nala Pak, and had take out from Holy Land, so I can't vouch for the others.

      Other hounds may jump in with more suggestions.

      Holy Land Bakery & Grocery
      2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      The Vegetarian
      4022 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

      Udupi Cafe
      4920 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

      Kings Restaurant
      1051 Moore Lake Dr E, Minneapolis, MN 55432

      Spring Street Station
      355 Monroe St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

      Charly's Polleria Restaurant
      2851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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        chrisinroch RE: bob s Sep 2, 2007 12:27 PM

        So we ended up at biaggi's the first night and had a pretty nice meal. My coffee rubbed lamb was great; simple preparation and very very solid. Wife's chicken breast was meh and needed to be pounded thin to avoid the tough dried result. I'm very tough on italian places, but it was good.

        Second night, we were gonna eat at sawatdee, but our son was along and he's not so adventurous. We ended up at an irish pub called cladaugh sp?. It was very disneyfied with a themed interiour. Food was not very good, but it'd be a good place for a beer.

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