Looking for restaurants in the Northern Metro. Moved to Blaine last year and have yet to find a decent greasy burger joint,pizza, chow mein, or anything in between there has to be something better then Millers on Main! . Looking for all types of restaurants.
On the other hand i have found an amazing butcher shop in Isanti, amazing beef sticks!!!
Just a bit south of Blaine you'll find King's Korean restaurant just off Central Ave. And you'll find Pho Tan Phat (Vietnamese), and Taste of Thailand on University.
All of them are better than suburban chain fare.
1051 Moore Lake Dr E, Minneapolis, MN 55432
Taste of Thailand II
7890 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432
Pho Tan Phat
8197 NE University Ave, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Yesterday, I had lunch at Ingredients Cafe in White Bear Lake.
I've been to Ingredients a few times over the past year or so and I always really enjoy it. This trip, I had a burger and fries hankering, and they more than did the job.
First, the fries. Nice, home cut fries cooked to golden brown perfection, and nicely seasoned. Maybe a little overseasoned for some, but I like them that way. Seriously, these were some of the best fries I've ever had anywhere.
Now, the burger. The patty was cooked medium (which is a heck of a feat around these parts) with nice genuine grill char. A few pieces of thick cut bacon and a good hunk of cheese. Again, simple but really nicely done.
Easily the best lunch I've had in the WBL area since I started work 5 years ago. Well, maybe second to Margaux's Table...RIP :(
Born and raised in Shoreview, I'll start by saying that the Northern burbs are, for the most part, chain hell. There are ways to find good food, but some driving is required.
-The first place I would go for a burger is The Flame on Central and 48th. Not sure if its as good as the Rice Street location, but nothing fills my greasy spoon/24 hour need better than a bacon cheese Flame at 3am.
-Monterrey is Circle Pines does a mighty fine job with Mexican food, assuming your standards are those of a suburbanite in the Twin Cities. Try the Carnitas.
-For pizza, I'm really not sure. Pizza Man in Circle Pines does a good job with the classic MN square pizza, but their quality seems to have dropped pretty dramatically the last few times I've had it. And other than them, I really don't know any other pizza places in the Blaine/Anoka area.
-You are relatively close to Q Fanatic, which should become part of your regular rotation. Really good ribs and mostly excellent (home made) sides. I regularly drive nearly 30 minutes for this. http://www.qfanatic.com/printmenus/QfanaticWebMenu2.pdf
-If you're in the mood for BBQ, Sassy Pig is a new joint that I haven't tried yet, but have been meaning to. http://thesassypig.com/menu/
My recommendation for most people in Blaine is to drive down Central to the Lowery area and take advantage of the ethnic food. Holy Land, Sen Yai Sen Lek, El Taco Riendo, Chimborazo...great area. Down a little further (on University), you'd hit Modern Cafe and the Anchor Fish and Chips. Down a little further, you'd hit Brasa, the Bulldog, Punch, etc.
Other people probably have other hole in the wall type recommendations that I'm not familiar with.
Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The Anchor Fish and Chips
302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
El Taco Riendo
2416 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418