Eden Prairie - Edina Update
I have reviewed the board and been to EP many times, but based on some resto closings and the need for an update, I could really use some help.
Any new EP restos that are chow worthy? What about Edina, which is not far away and where I will actually have plenty of meetings all week?
I noticed there is a new Whole Foods in Edina, is it solid, with all the good trappings of the newer whole foods, i.e. good sushi, large salad bar and hot food bar, in house smoking and grill, and so on?
Is there anything else somewhat close to these suburbs that is chow worthy, I can drive just about anywhere, but don't have the 25-30 minutes to hit the downtown MSP areas? Thanks for the help.
Not too far over the border in Minneapolis (54th and Penn) is Cafe Maude. I had a fantastic brunch there a month or so ago. I gather you will be alone? It seemed like the type of place that is friendly to the solo diner. I just checked out the dinner menu and there is a nice variety of small plates and entrees. I need to go back soon!
I don't know the general consensus, but I just had a very good dinner at Barrio on 50th/France. Between the 6 of us, we had quite a few plates and enjoyed them all.
The Edina Whole Foods has all the takeout food options - pizza oven, made to order sandwiches, the big hot food bar, the big salad bar, sushi. I have not eaten any of it because I wasn't willing to wait in the checkout lines. They were crazy long at lunch time about a month ago when I stopped to check out the store.
My favorite chow worthy restaurant in EP is Mama Aurelias. Mexican, in the same shopping strip as the now defunct Prairie Ale House. It has been mentioned here before.
In EP, you have a Punch Pizza, a tired but not horrible Campiello's and ...
SW Edina borders EP. NE Edina, where the good stuff is, is about an 8 mile drive from SW Edina. If you're going to NE Edina, you might as well go on over to 50th and Penn and then you've got both Broder's for really tasty italian.
In Edina: Blue Point opened an outpost at 494 and France. Nice decor, nice happy hour, good food on par with the original.
Pittsburgh Blue is new steak house in Galleria, have heard good things about lunch menu but have not been yet.
Just got tacos last week at Andale Taqueria in Richfield. Best authentic tacos (onions & cilantro & lime, two small corn tortillas, plus a lot of different meat options) I have had in town. California taco stand quality and $2 each.
Have you been to Bloomington Chophouse? 494 and France in the Hilton on the corner. They have a great lunch menu. Reasonable prices, great service, we go there once in awhile for lunch and everyone likes it.
There's good Indian food in both Eden Prairie and Edina - India Spice House and Biryani, respectively. Biryani has a Bangladesh-style green masala that is outstanding. I've had good luck with the goat dishes at India Spice House. Eden Prairie also has good Korean food at Kabuki Sushi (never tried the sushi or Japanese part of the menu) - the kimchee chigae is my favorite there so far. There's also pretty good barbecue at Baker's Ribs, in addition to the aforementioned Punch and Campiello.