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Looking for your Favorite Maple Grove spots Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

easily amused Jun 20, 2011 10:15 AM

We have a 5 day visit to the Maple Grove area coming up and would love to hear Folk's recommendations for their favorite spots..or a "must order " item.
On our last visit we were at 3 Squares and tried a number of their dishes...all which were terrific. However from reviewing the on-line menu I see they seem to have taken the "Shrimp/crab cake" Benedict off the menu (dreamed of that dish...)
Casual places are preferred......however any Good chow recs are appreciated. Love Chinese cuisine.

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    shadowfax RE: easily amused Jun 20, 2011 06:45 PM

    3 squares is still good and reliable. Across the street is Claddagh Irish Pub, which is usually pretty good, but does have its off-days where you'd be disappointed. Most of the restaurants in MG are large national chains, though, so you might think about expanding your radius if you want some more unique offers.

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      BigE RE: easily amused Jun 21, 2011 07:08 AM

      I've heard from a few people that Pittsburgh Blue has a pretty good HH. Higher end for sure, but might be worth checking out.

      Pittsburgh Blue
      11900 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN 55369

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        shadowfax RE: BigE Jun 21, 2011 04:10 PM

        I was unimpressed. The food wasn't bad, but it also wasn't worth anywhere close to the prices they were charging. A $50 steak had better be damned good, and I should be able to cut it by looking at it hard. Theirs was tough in places, and wasn't overly flavorful. There are a LOT of places in the Northwest Metro that give you much better food for that much money (and less).

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          kevin47 RE: shadowfax Jun 21, 2011 05:13 PM

          I had the halfsteak at Pitt. Blue and was pleasantly surprised. Quality, flavorful meat. I'd hazard to guess the bar food represents the best value generally, as is the case with pretty much every Parasole venture.

          Kabob's has a location in Maple Grove. It's not on par with the flagship, but it's still solid.

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            Seige RE: kevin47 Jun 21, 2011 06:48 PM

            I've had a good halfsteak there and a horrible one (ordered medium rare and got beyond well done - it was like shoe leather). So I'd say it's a bit hit or miss there.

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        lizpeck RE: easily amused Jun 21, 2011 11:00 AM

        Haven't tried it but have heard good things about Curry Up.


        Curry Up
        13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

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          eastlakovore RE: lizpeck Jun 21, 2011 11:22 AM

          Unfortunately Curry Up is closing in July (announced via Twitter, and website is down). I often enjoyed their lunch buffet, and am sad to see it, along with some very nice people working there, go.

          There isn't too much "chow rec" worthy after having worked up here for a few years. Chains mostly. Pittsburgh Blue certainly isn't bad, HH is decent. J Cousineau's for a decent hamburger and meat raffle.

          Pittsburgh Blue
          11900 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN 55369

          J Cousineaus
          13540 Grove Dr, Maple Grove, MN 55311

          Curry Up
          13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

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          OldSloBob RE: easily amused Jun 21, 2011 11:24 AM

          I love Mongo's Grill - 11628 Fountains Drive - basically a mongolian buffet type of place. Better in my opinion than any of the others in the Twin Cities.

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            easily amused RE: easily amused Jun 21, 2011 12:13 PM

            Thanks guys for all the ideas so far.
            We will definitely venture out of Maple Grove for a good number of meals.....just wanted some recs for a quick start to the day or perhaps after a long day...something closeby.

            1. danionavenue RE: easily amused Jun 21, 2011 03:00 PM

              It is a chain but I just love Buca di Beppo's. Hey at the least the very first one was in Minnesota:) Maple Grove is a relatively new suburb that has all the chain restaurants. did go to a wedding at rush creek golf course and the food was actually good. Maybe check that place out.

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