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Apr 18, 2011 03:42 PM

Western Suburbs Eateries

I am having a very hard time coming up with any ideas for a west metro resto that I can go to this week for dinner with some company. I perfer the city locales this town has to offer, but for the ease of my company I am looking for some place in the western region of minneapolis. No restrictions on types of foods, just looking for a good place that will provide a good experience. I have been to many of the well-known establishments, I guess I am looking for a diamond in the rough. Any suggestions?

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  1. Check out Jeremy Iggers' blog at for diamonds in the rough (type a western suburb's name in the search box). In particular, his reviews of Samba Brazilian Restaurant in Hopkins make it sound like this place is definitely worth a visit.

    I haven't been there yet - I live on the east side of Mpls and haven't steeled myself for the drive...

    1. How far west? West of 494, there's Biella in Excelsior, Spasso at 101 and Minnetonka Blvd in Deephaven, and Wayzata Eatery and Wine Bar in Wayzata.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        Wayzata Eatery is not as good as it was a few years ago. We used to go there regularly and don't go anymore. We have friends who have the same opinion.

        Biella is great but you must make a reservation soon to get a table.

        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          I would say anything west of hwy 100. My company is staying with family in Chaska. So I like the excelsior ideas. I will also have to check out Terra Waconia as I have never heard of it before. Thanks for the insight so far.

          1. re: Alsama

            From Chaska, you're just as close to Prior Lake as the other places. Perron's Sul Lago in Prior Lake is a "diamond in the rough" for sure -- they've been flying under the radar since 2004.

            Perron's Sul Lago
            16154 Main Ave SE Ste 135, Prior Lake, MN 55372

            1. re: MSPD

              Do they have a website? Having a hard time finding them.

              1. re: Alsama

                Not that I'm aware of, but I could be wrong. I know they had one but it fell off the internet last year. I took that as an ominous sign, but there was some sort of explanation (I can't remember what). Not a great way to do business, but in this case, it doesn't correlate to the quality of the food (thankfully for those of us "south of the river").

                1. re: Alsama

                  Here you go:

                  Not much of a site, basically reservations and a link to their Facebook page...

          2. If you are willing to drive to Waconia, Terra Waconia is a wonderful restaurant. They have a changing menu and try to source many of their ingredients locally. You need to make a reservation because the restaurant only seats about 40.

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