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Minneapolis/Edina - dinner recs for Sunday?

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Hi there, two Seattle chowhounds are heading to Edina tomorrow for six days on a business trip. We are staying at The Westin Galleria in Edina, have no car but don't mind taking a cab into the city.

We have three nights free for dinner, including Sunday, and would love some recs.

What we are looking for:
Good wine list, full bar
No chain restaurants
Casual dress
Open to any type of food but really into a place that uses local, seasonal produce and ingredients. Or, a French bistro is always a winner.
Price - under $50 for dinner per person

Thanks

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  1. I recommend Lucia's, Heidi's or the Corner Table, Cafe Levain which are know for sourcing local foods.

    Ciao Bella should be fairly close to where you are staying and offers nice Italian.

    If you have cause to get into DT Mpls area, you must check out the 112 Eatery, Red Stag, 20.21 or Cafe Lurcat!

    OR...you could shake it up and get into lovely St. Paul...Meritage is fantastic or Heartland. Both wonderful, locally driven restaurants.

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    Lucia's Restaurant
    1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Heartland
    1806 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Corner Table
    4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

    Cafe Lurcat
    1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    112 Eatery
    112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    20.21 Restaurant & Bar
    1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Heidi's
    2903 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Meritage
    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Red Stag Supper Club
    509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    Cafe Levain
    4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Ciao Bella
    3501 Minnesota Drive, Bloomington, MN 55435

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    1. re: mngal

      mngal has very solid suggestions. One caveat - $50/person all in is possible at most of these places, but you may have to pick carefully at some of them in order to stay under your cap.

      Ciao Bella would be my recommendation only because of its proximity. I'd recommend Broder's Pasta Bar over Ciao Bella, but that's my own personal preference.

      I'd also add a recommendation for Barbette, which has a great menu and is one of the places that is closer to a bistro feeling. For other "bistro-y" places, you may or may not want to check out either Salut or PIerre's Bistro - both of which are fairly close to you as well. Salut is own by a successful restaurant group here in Minneapolis [they rolled out the Buca and Oceanaire concepts] and has a bit of a corporate feel. Pierre's is local and I've not eaten there. I know supporters of it but it has a mixed rep here at Chowhound.

      For Sunday, Levain has a Sunday dinner that is supposed to be great. (I love Levain but have not had the Sunday deal). The Sunday dinner is being discussed in a current thread here in the Midwest board. (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614640

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      Also, I believe that Grand Cafe may have a Sunday dinner as well. I've not eaten there in a few years, but think it's a solid place and is basically what you're looking for.

      Have fun!

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      Barbette
      1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Grand Cafe
      3804 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

      Salut Bar Americain
      5034 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55410

      Pierre's Bistro
      2221 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

      Broders' Southside Pasta Bar
      5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419