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Jul 27, 2011 08:45 AM

Looking for good food 1/2 btw Minneapolis and Rogers, MN


I'm meeting a visiting friend for dinner next week and am looking for interesting (i.e, non-chain) and moderate to expensively priced dining opportunities either halfway between Minneapolis and Rogers, or closer to the Rogers side of things. I'd appreciate any suggestions!


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  1. Not a whole lot out that way. Halfway between would be Maple Grove. (well, halfway between is a farm, but once you pass MG, the next place with restaurants is Rogers).

    MG has 3-Squares, which has good reliable food. I'd call it low-moderate in the pricing, but the quality doesn't waver much. It's over by City Hall. There's also Biaggis, which some people like and some don't. Their focaccia bread is outstanding. I'd avoid Pittsburgh Blue - it's expensive alright, but the food is only so-so for the price. Malones is one of the few non-chains out there, but I don't eat there. The service is lousy (3 people at the table will get their food, the 4th waits another 10 minutes for his), the food is just barely above Applebees, and the owner's an arrogant jerk.

    Other than that, you're pretty much stuck in chainland (yes, even the irish pub across from 3-square is a chain, and it's quality swings quite a bit. Some days it's great, other days it's pretty awful).

    Applebee's Restaurant
    2201 Coulee Rd, Hudson, WI 54016

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

    1. There is local chain Sawatdee also out in MG for decent Thai food. I use decent as beggars can't be choosers out in Maple Grove. 3 Squares is Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, etc. They're all basically the same restaurant if that's what you're looking for.

      Pittsburgh Blue is, IMO, suited perfectly for where it's at. Not a chain, but part of Parasole umbrella group, it's expensive, but probably the best in the area, I often use it for business meetings. Biaggi's second.

      Otherwise its Granite City, TGI McSheannigans, and Benihana's as far as the eye can see.

      Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
      12051 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

      7885 Main St N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

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

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      1. re: eastlakovore

        Well thanks for the replies. And TGI McSheannigans cracked me up. I gotta use that.

      2. I had lunch at Maple Tavern the other day. Very good. I had the Nachos Deconstructed. I'm looking foward to trying the other lunch items, when I get up this way.