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Jan 6, 2008 11:18 AM

MSP-- restaurants around Crystal

looking for a restaurant around Crystal to take some family friends. I am new to the area, as are they. is there anything decent in the area without having to go too far.


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  1. Check out this thread about Crystal Bistro Afghani- lots of people like the place-

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    1. re: faith

      Crystal Bistro is great. A perfect chowhound place. The eggplant dish is my favorite.

      1. re: faith

        Here's a link to the chowdown report (with photos) for Crystal Bistro.


      2. Crystal Cafe on Douglas Drive at Medicine Lake Road. Typical small town diner breakfasts, good lunch sandwhiches, and as of last year, now serving comfort food at dinner. Extremely fresh eggs. Old school recipes and ingredients. Lots of support from the neighborhood.

        Crystal Cafe
        2732 Douglas Dr N, Minneapolis, MN 55422

        1. I can't remember the name but the Mexican place in the Crystal mall is pretty good.

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          1. re: jim n

            Yes, I'd recommend El Loro for Mexican! This is a fun place for a group and the food is great.

            For good Vietnamese (I think it is Vietnamese…) check out a little family run place on Bass Lake Road, East of Cty Rd 81 – right by the VFW. I can’t remember the name, but the food was great. It’s quiet, but big enough for a group.

            Otherwise, most of the restaurants (other than the Crystal Bistro, which I haven't been too) are pretty much the same: predicable sports bars. Not that they aren’t good, but I don’t think they’d ‘wow’ anyone: Buffalo Wild Wings, The Fieldhouse Tavern and Big Louie's. However, if you want something really casual where everyone can find something they’d order – you’d be ‘safe’ there.

            Let us know what you check out!

            El Loro Mexican Restaurant
            99 Willow Bnd
            Crystal, MN 55428
            (763) 537-9688

            Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
            5590 W Broadway Ave, Crystal, MN
            (763) 531-2356

            Big Louies Bar
            5216 W Broadway Ave Crystal, MN

            The Fieldhouse Tavern
            5632 West Broadway
            Crystal, MN 55428
            Phone: (763) 533-3400