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Oct 6, 2010 09:28 AM

Best food in or near Eagan?

I'll be in Eagan for business for two separate weeks, one in Oct. and one in Nov. I don't need super-fancy food or sky-high prices, but I appreciate good food and I'm not cheap.

Need I rent a car, or are public transport/taxis good for getting to M/SP? I love light, hot, fresh yeast rolls, and would like to leave the area feeling like I've tried some of the best local food.

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  1. I'd rent a car if I were you. MSP doesn't do so well with public transportation unless you are staying near MOA in which case you could take the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, but you'd miss all the great restaurants we have in St. Paul.

    Eagan isn't just rolling in unique and fabulous restaurants. It's mostly chains, but there is Sambol, which has pretty good Indian food (I'm not a connoisseur of Indian cuisine so I could be off the mark, but I think it's decent). There's also El Loro which has fairly decent Mexican food. And Jensen's Supper Club which is fine too. While none of these places are "slumming" if you really want a feel for the best local food you need a car and you need to go to St. Paul and Minneapolis, for the most part. I'd highly recommend Meritage and Bar LaGrassa as my top 2 choices.

    Sambol Restaurant
    1260 Town Centre Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55123

    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    El Loro
    2501 Horizon Dr, Burnsville, MN 55337

    Jensen's Supper Club
    3840 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan, MN 55122

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    1. re: Seige

      hate me all you want for being a snob, but jensen's supper club is only "fine" in an "it's okay" way. to me it would be alright if stranded in the area w/o a car, but it doesn't fit the op's "best local food" criterion, imo. i wholeheartedly agree w your top 2 recs in st. paul & minneapolis. i'd add restaurant alma as usual.

      note to the op that cabs seem to be pretty pricy here. if you can get to a light rail stop that would be a good start, otherwise consider the rent a car. i'm drawing a blank on the request for light fresh yeast rolls. i don't think many restaurants serve those in the area-- even old-school places like jensen's supper club-- they've got those popovers, instead. hmm.

      Restaurant Alma
      528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      1. re: soupkitten

        Oh don't get me wrong. I don't think any of my Eagan suggestions meet the "best local food" criterion. That's why I told them to rent a car. It's just that if he/she didn't have a car then those are the places I'd go to rather than Arby's or Houlihan's, etc. which are the other types of choices you have in Eagan. I think we're on the same page, soupkitten.

        1. re: Seige

          phew! cuz i went to jensen's on someone's rec, and was a little bummed out to realize i schlepped my butt all the way out there, but i could have had an awesome meal at any of the above for pretty much the same price, and people at the next table were all cooing over the drawn butter candle thingy and the lame-- er, sorry: 'classic'-- "blu cheese" with mandarin orange segment salad. . . the food was pretty average and it was imo not worth the reverse commute to the burbs for this one!

    2. I'd second the car rental recommendation.

      From there, the question comes down to what you like. Meritage is about as good as it gets in St. Paul. Other options would include:

      The Strip Club - Old school vibe in a new steakhouse.
      Brasa - Southern food in a casual setting. Local ingredients used nearly across the board. If you go to Brasa, I would recommend a stop at Grand Ole Creamery (across the street) on your way home.
      Heartland - Locally focused in a new, grand space. $40, 3 course menu.

      Plenty of other options too, depending on what you are looking for.

      Grand Ole Creamery
      750 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

      410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      The Strip Club
      378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

      1. well i will give up on the best or even good local food in eagan and offer merely pleasant instead. Hovies in Eagan is a little dinner that offers ok breakfasts. I have never had lunch there but they do make their own hamburger buns (i watched them prepare them during breakfast).


        (651) 452-2753
        1450 Yankee Doodle Rd
        Eagan, MN 55121

        1450 Yankee Doodle Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55121

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        1. re: zfwp

          I've had the burger's at Hovie's and they are pretty good. Just a basic burger and fry place, but the prices are good and anyone I've brought there has gone again.

          1450 Yankee Doodle Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55121

        2. Closest good food to Eagan would be I Nonni in Lilydale.

          I Nonni
          981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

          1. The only place for food in Eagan that I travel for is Brianno's. Now it is just a Deli/take out spot, so I'm not exactly sure if that type of eatery is what you're looking for, but it sure beats Arby's.