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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.

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  1. 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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600861

    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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/600861

    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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5102...

    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!
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/392057

    Magic Thai Cafe (on Lone Oak at 35).
    Decent Thai food - certainly better than fast food!
    http://www.magicthaicafe.com/

    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/5051...

    - 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.

    Bon Appetit!
    Anne

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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      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.

      1. re: MSPD

        I should also mention that I haven't worked in Eagan for over 2 years and, though I still eat there fairly often, some of my old posts might be a little stale.

      2. re: AnneInMpls

        Fitz's inside Cedarvale Lanes. Better than fast food, good service.