Edina / Minnetonka/ south Minneapolis dinner...good food and atmosphere???
New to the area and looking for a busy place with good food, with entrees <$30. Tried Crave in the Galleria, and liked the atmosphere but thought my seabass was way to greasy...ick. Don't get to go out often, so when we do, we like to see people, and dress up a bit. Most types of food are fine, just not sushi. Any ideas appreciated!!
Cave Vin at 56th and Xerxes. Heidi's is good also. I personally am not a huge fan of Cafe Maude but plenty of other people love it. My favorite S MPLS restaurant is Grand Cafe at 38th and Grand. Great atmosphere (intimate, french country style) and terrific food. They've had chef Jon Randle there for a while now and the food's been extremely focused and delicious. I like Cafe Ena also.
Good that Crave is out of your system, not a good experience for jfood either.
Heidi's is as good as any downtown place. Jfood just did a big review this week.
In Edina there is also a little place on the corner of 51st and France, Arizzo (sic) that has a very nice selection of Iralian, jfood has not been in about a year but liked.
Will give a few more ideas after some coffee.
I was going to add Blackbird, but it's not (IMHO) a "get dressed up and see people" kind of place. If Nicola is up for good food at a neighborhood place, I'd suggest Blackbird and also add Kings Wine Bar to the mix. Cafe Ena can be good, but I have found food and service to be unpredictable.
4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
3804 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409
5411 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
3800 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409
5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
2903 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
5057 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
3501 Minnesota Drive, Bloomington, MN 55435
1571 Plymouth Road South, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Kings Wine Bar
4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
You absolutely cannot go wrong with Edina Grill. I know that the Blue Plate restaurants are getting the reputation of a chain, but the food and the service are outstanding. Is it dress-up fancy? Probably not, but if you choose to dress up, you certainly wouldn't be out of place. It is 50th & France, after all.