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KAJohnson328 Nov 19, 2011 03:59 PM

A friend of mine just moved to Chaska and asked me if there were any decent restaurants he should check out. I honestly don't know, my instinct says no unfortunately. Anybody have any suggestions?

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    suburban_mom RE: KAJohnson328 Nov 19, 2011 04:10 PM

    He should drive out Highway 5 to Waconia and try Terra Waconia. I recommend reservations because it is a really small restaurant. They source a lot of their food locally and have a menu that changes almost daily.

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      splatgirl RE: suburban_mom Nov 20, 2011 02:57 PM

      Terra Waconia is usually pretty great. It's ~fine dining. I appreciate the heck out what they're doing.
      The only thing I can think of in Chaska that's not a chain is a Mexican place in a strip mall near the downtown square. I'm not sure the name of it, but I thought it was decent.
      Also out that direction:
      School of the Wise (cafe/coffee) in Victoria
      Bistro 11 in Loretto
      Tino's Pizza Mtka on hwy 7

      Closer to Chaska, non-chains that come to mind:
      Tian Jin in Chanhassen
      Na's Thai in Chanhassen
      Prairie Ale House in EP, (on my one visit, not good and bizarre atmosphere but YMMV)

      Freeziac has good frozen yogurt--the tart kind.

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      Na's Thai Cafe
      566 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

      School of the Wise
      1750 Tower Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386

      Prairie Ale House
      16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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        suburban_mom RE: splatgirl Nov 20, 2011 06:31 PM

        School of the Wise has a 2nd location in Chanhassen - The School II. It was not impressive the last time we went there and we were regular visitors since they opened. I think they had a chef change.

        Tino's is great pizza but definitely not fine dining. Their Sunday/Monday night special of 2 pizzas for $25 can't be beat.

        I've been to Prairie Ale House 3 times and just don't care for it. I can't put my finger on why except that maybe they are just trying too hard with the gastopub thing.

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        School of the Wise
        1750 Tower Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386

        Prairie Ale House
        16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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      breiter19 RE: KAJohnson328 Nov 20, 2011 06:27 PM

      There is also Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia. Very good clam chowder and some great seafood options. Also its a pretty fun place in the summer with their large deck right on Lake Waconia

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      Lola's Lakehouse
      318 East Lake Street, Waconia, MN 55387

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        splatgirl RE: breiter19 Nov 20, 2011 08:38 PM

        I know people seem to like Lola's. The one time I've been there since it was Nancy's Landing was the worst restaurant meal I'd had in a long time. Like no second chance kind of bad.

        I think the menu/food at Prairie Ale House has potential, but I can't get past the weird atmosphere. Everything about it is just wonk.

        Another place in Eden Prairie on my list that I haven't gotten to yet--Red Moon Chinese Cafe. Would love to hear thoughts on that one if anyone has been.

        Ohh--there's several options in Excelsior that I forgot about, some decent, some eh, all or most probably worth checking out. Joey Nova's (best tiramisu outside my kitchen), Hazelwood Grill, Jake O'Connors, A sushi place I can't comment on, the awesome Patisserie Margo, Biella, a little cafe/wine bar whose name escapes me....

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        Joey Nova's
        5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

        Prairie Ale House
        16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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          breiter19 RE: splatgirl Nov 20, 2011 08:56 PM

          I can Vouch that Lola's is much better than Nancy's landing. It is actually ran by the same folks as Jake O'Connors. I will second your Hazelwood grill and Joey Nova's though. But Prairie Alehouse gets a big thumbs down from me. Went there once had a terrible experience when they were very new, gave them another shot and it was even worse, cold food, way way too much salt and not very friendly staff

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          Joey Nova's
          5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

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            kriminalrat RE: breiter19 Nov 21, 2011 06:15 AM

            The name of the restaraunt in the strip mall is Chaska My Love. It is good authentic Mexican. Be prepared to speak spanish although the menu is numbered for gringos. I used to be a fan of Prairie ale house but went this weekend to find out they pulled out all their craft beer taps...only bud, Miller and other junk. A gastropub without a craft beer tap list.....FAIL.

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            Chaska My Love Restaurant
            127 W 4th St, Chaska, MN 55318

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              splatgirl RE: kriminalrat Nov 21, 2011 07:05 AM

              Ohhh thank you...Chaska My Love. I would definitely go back to that place.

              No craft beers is not a good sign for PAH staying in business. Liquor supply issues is usually the first sign of death.

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              splatgirl RE: breiter19 Nov 21, 2011 06:59 AM

              FWIW, Jake O'Connors was probably the second worst restaurant meal I've eaten in recent years, right behind Lola's. It's another one that people seem to like though...

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              chaskaherald RE: splatgirl Nov 21, 2011 07:53 AM

              Red Moon Chinese Cafe is a must. We found it earlier this year and find ourselves craving it more than we should. The Hot Pepper Chicken is seriously addicting.

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              Red Moon Chinese Cafe
              582 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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            WeZeL27 RE: KAJohnson328 Nov 21, 2011 06:42 AM

            Chaska does have a few pass-able dining options, but don't expect anything to knock your socks off... Here's my take on the options available in Chaska, and nearby (the downtown area mostly) .

            Chaska My Love - Strange name, but good/authentic Mexican food. If we aren't up for a drive to our regular Mexican places we swing in here.

            China Pagoda - Decent American Chinese food, this is our go-to place for take-out in the area.

            Lion's Tap (just outside Chaska) - Classic hole-in-the-wall burger/fries/beer joint. It's been in EP for decades and I think it's still good. To most, this is a love or hate it kind of place, I grew up on it, so I'm in the love-it category...

            Tommy's Malt Shop - Good malt shop/burger joint. The first time I went there I wasn't too impressed, food quality was a bit low for the price. We recently went back and I was more impressed. They must have upped the quality and tweaked the menu a bit.

            Cuzzy's Brickhouse - If nobody in the fam. is craving anything specific this is usually where we head since they have a pretty big menu (think along the lines of Champps, pizza, burgers, salads, pastas, etc). I think the food here is good, service is usually attentive and if I'm picking up food to take home, a beer at the bar is always a good thing to pass the time...

            Harvey's (in Carver) - This is what I would classify as a dive bar that serves food and is located just outside Chaska (5 mins from downtown). We do take-out from here for dinner from time to time and they have decent bar food if you are up for that sort of thing. Breakfasts here are also very good, think greasy spoon kinda stuff (great hangover food!)...

            I just recently heard rumors about a new Mexican place opening in the "revolving door" of a location place right along 41, I hope something makes it there, but I guess time will tell. I also heard that the place where The Mix use to be (closed for a couple yrs now) was purchased as well, so maybe we'll see something new there too... Some friends and I have always thought a family style sit-down pasta/pizza place, like the old Shakey's Pizzas, always thought that would do well in that area, but who knows...

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            Chaska My Love Restaurant
            127 W 4th St, Chaska, MN 55318

            China Pagoda Restaurant
            323 N Chestnut St, Chaska, MN 55318

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              chaskaherald RE: WeZeL27 Nov 21, 2011 07:59 AM

              There is a new Mexican restaurant going in at Second Street and Highway 41 called Patron. And the rumors of another restaurant in the old Mix location are getting louder and louder.

              You won't find anything too fancy in Chaska but for good, solid food check out Tommy's Malt Shop (from the Snuffy's Malt Shop model) and Chaska My Love. In the immediate area, make sure to visit Harvey's in Carver (awesome burgers), Patisserie Margo in Excelsior (decadent breads and French pastries), Jake O'Connor's in Excelsior (fine Irish fare), Biella (amazing Italian food in a romantic setting), Hazellwood Tap in Excelsior (hearty American offerings) and Terra Waconia in Waconia (farm-to-table deliciousness). Eden Prairie also has Jason's Deli (great sandwiches), Lion's Tap (world famous burgers) and a little further north, don't miss Pairings Market and Deli.

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              Patisserie Margo
              5133 Gus Young Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55436

              Chaska My Love Restaurant
              127 W 4th St, Chaska, MN 55318

              Jason's Deli
              11995 Singletree Ln, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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              KAJohnson328 RE: KAJohnson328 Nov 21, 2011 11:05 AM

              wow, thanks everybody, definitely a few new places to check out, as well as some old southwest metro standby's.

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                colliecookhuh RE: KAJohnson328 Nov 29, 2011 11:20 AM

                I'm going to be honest here in regard to decent restaurants in Chaska. The pickings are slim. Real slim. Chaska My Love has good authentic Mexican street food. The problem with CML is they are not consistently open. That's hard to deal with if you are going for lunch. Call ahead. Tommy's Malt Shop is fine if you want a malt. If you think you are going to get a great burger- you are not. They are small and over-cooked. Cuzzy's Brickhouse is a Champp's knock-off-it's okay. Lola's in Waconia is over-priced for so-so food. It's a fun place in the summer and in a pinch it's okay. Terra Waconia is good and local-wine list is nice as well. Also in Waconia is Mocha Monkey-nice soups, sandwiches and gelato. Na's Thai Cafe in Chanhassen is really good. If you want a good burger or good bar food I would go to Floyd's or the Vic House Bar and Grill in Victoria. So as far as Chaska goes there isn't much-maybe with the two new restaurants going in downtown it will perk up. Right now? Not so much.

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