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Feb 19, 2009 08:17 PM

Chow along I-494? - MSP

We'll be landing at MSP at 5 p.m. and then heading to Bay Lake on I-494 and 94...we'll want dinner along the way. Looks like towns on that route are Minnetonka, Plymouth, and Maple Grove.
Can you help? Thanks in advance...

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  1. Can you give us a little more definition around what you like? Spendy/fancy vs inexpensive? Ethnic? Steakhouse? Favorite types of food?

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    1. re: cheeseguysgirl

      Now that I've had more time to think about it, I'd like something relatively quick so we can get on the road. I'm thinking we'll go to the 5-8 Club or Matt's Bar for a Juicy Lucy. :)

      1. re: wyf4lyf

        5-8 is closer to the highway, but IMO, Matt's is the better burger.

    2. I'd stop at Pittsburgh Blue in Maple Grove for the loaded mashed potatoes alone. It's a steak place, and the steaks were also good, but I dream of the mashed potatoes. You didn't mention how many diners, but it would be a lot of food for two people.

      Across from P.B. is Biaggi's, where I once had an awesome braised short rib. Both are really busy though on weekends so reservations would be recommended.

      Both seem kind of "chain-ish" but in a sea of surrounding chains, these two stand out for me.

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      1. re: drew13000

        I enjoyed Pittsburgh Blue. There garlicky fresh bread is outstanding. We went for the $8.95 fried chicken dininer that they do on Sundays. Agree on the mashed potatoes (and the adult macaroni). It's not a bad value if you go for one of the nightly specials - otherwise it's pretty expensive.

      2. Jun Bo is right off 494 in Richfield (just West of the airport). It's a solid Chinese place with a daunting menu.

        If you take 62 West from the airport (which meets up with 494), you'll go by Cafe Maude, which I think is a good example of "Minnesota Chic".

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        1. re: kevin47

          I just looked at the Cafe Maude website and it looks wonderful! I think we'll go there for dinner when we come back into the city. Thanks!

        2. Bacio is just east off the I-494 and I-394 intersection in Minnetonka.

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          1. re: Davydd

            Try Kabobs (Indian) and La Mixteca (Mexican) if your into ethnic. These two spots are great and next door to each other off of 494 and Portland in a strip mall.

            1. re: dave43

              I think these are probably great ideas, because 494 at that time of day is a traffic nightmare-- the sooner you stop, the sooner you can wait it out. You won't make it to Minnetonka or Maple Grove for quite some time, in the middle of rush hour.

          2. We love Prima and Christo's, both in Mtka. Take 494 W from the airport and as it curves north, exit at Minnetonka Blvd. Prima is Italian (modern, northern) and Christo's is Greek. Both have great wine selections.