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BatMan Dec 1, 2010 11:41 AM

We have friends coming from Iowa to shop and eat at the MOA. While I've tried to persuade them to eat elsewhere, they're pretty set on eating at the mall.

Not having eaten there in a few years, what are the recommended restaurants? They prefer good quality food and price doesn't seem to matter.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    WeZeL27 Dec 1, 2010 11:55 AM

    Pretty much your only options for good quality food outside the food courts are going to be:
    1) Crave
    2) Twin City Grill
    3) Tucci Benucch

    That's the order I'd rank them in if I were to go there for dinner tonight, although I haven't been to Tucci in a few years, so not sure if anything has changed recently, was just 'meh' for me last time...

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    Tucci Benucch
    Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN 55420

    Twin City Grill
    130 N Garden, Bloomington, MN 55425

    1. jillbcooks Dec 1, 2010 12:15 PM

      Ditto the last poster, except I's swap one and two. Twin City Grill does some decent food, and I like the onion bread they serve and their bbq chicken sandwich is really good.

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      Twin City Grill
      130 N Garden, Bloomington, MN 55425

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        eastlakovore Dec 1, 2010 01:03 PM

        I guess I'd add two more...
        1) Napa Valley Grille
        2) Tiger Sushi

        I've had a good meal (I didn't pay - sometimes that changes my opinion) at Napa Valley Grille and Tiger Sushi serves its purpose for standard sushi fare.

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        Napa Valley Grille
        220 W Market, Minneapolis, MN 55425

        Tiger Sushi
        222 W Market, Minneapolis, MN 55425

        1. MSPD Dec 1, 2010 02:40 PM

          I'll be eating there tonight because I have to and I will go to the Thai place at the west end of the south food court.

          If I had to sit down and get table service to eat, I'd go to Crave.

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            MSPD Dec 1, 2010 06:08 PM

            I'm back! Ate at the Thai Place "Ruby Thai". It was typical -- solidified my reason for going there anyway. The "Bang Bang" shrimp were about 10 good sized shrimp with a nice, spicy (to my taste) rub with onions and peppers. I also had the chicken in coconut curry (no clue what they called it) which was decent as well. They have several soups available at any given time.

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            TDS1 Dec 1, 2010 07:11 PM

            Crave would be my vote.

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              Haricotsv2 Dec 1, 2010 07:40 PM

              I've had really good lunch and dinner at Napa Valley Grill. I prefer the food to Crave's, although I like the atmosphere at Crave better.

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                GutGrease Dec 2, 2010 07:40 AM

                Agreed, definitely include Napa Valley Grill. Twin City Grill tastes great and is higher end, but won't help out if you're on any kind of diet (perfect for Iowans though!). Tucci is good quality Italian food and they just renovated. Crave is more trendy than any of the above, and their menu a little more fancy, but I'd rather eat the food at the other restaurants.

                On a lesser scale, they just opened up a Cadillac Ranch across from Crave. It's more of a themed sports bar with chops and burgers and the food is good, but since it's new the service has been spotty. It's worth a try if you've had your fill of high-end but don't want to slum it in the food courts.

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                Twin City Grill
                130 N Garden, Bloomington, MN 55425

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