MN - Eagan lunch places?
I work in Eagan (near 77) and I am looking for something that isn't fast food, something different to have for lunch. Anyone know of any secret spots to eat around here? Most of the time I drive down to Town Center or MoA to get lunch.
Eagan's a big suburb, and there's a surprising amount of non-fast food hidden away. I think there's enough to keep you from the horrors of fast food and the mega-maul. Here are some ideas for starters:
Pardon My French Bakery, (Town Center strip mall, on Cliff Rd between 35 & Pilot Knob Rd).
I recently had lunch here (salad, onion soup, lemon macaron), and I liked it a lot. This place is essentially a clone of Patrick's Bakery in Edina, but bigger, with wine/beer and much better food.
Buon Giorno in Lilydale (at 35 & 13 - if you're driving to the MoA, this is almost as close).
Deli with great sandwiches and a made-to-order pasta counter. The service is very disorganized, but the quality of food is worth the hassle and wait.
Hoban Korean (Silver Bell Rd at 13).
If this place is still around, it's worth a visit. At least, I liked it years ago (a decade ago!) when I worked in Eagan.
Que Viet Village House II (in Town Center).
A branch of one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Minneapolis. I still love their spring rolls best. The other dishes aren't stellar, but are quite good - and it's in Eagan!
Magic Thai Cafe (on Lone Oak at 35).
Decent Thai food - certainly better than fast food!
Also, I haven't tried any of the following, but have noticed them in other threads (mostly by MSPD, who has done some great research on Eagan dining).
- Red Square Deli (Russian): http://www.theredsquaredeli.com/
- Brianno's Deli-Italia: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/505192#3553978
- Sambol (Indian/Sri Lankan): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599679
Me, I'm about to start working in Mendota Heights, and am looking forward to trying these new places and revisiting my old favorites from years ago.
Classic Sai-Gon up on Beau D'Rue drive (just east of Rahn) in the combo apartments/strip mall is also good.
Oasis Market that I used to mention in Eagan posts stopped serving their fried chicken BTW. Junior's Grill is a good option and the new sushi place next to Sambol is OK. Their uniqueness is that for their all-you-can-eat specials (7 days a week) you can order anything on the entire menu. Sushi, sashimi, cooked, soups, noodle dishes, and on and on.
Ring Mountain over by 35E and Cliff does some good soups/sandwiches but the real draw is the gelato.