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Restaurant Recs for "Close Minded" Parents

nyfashionintern Aug 15, 2012 11:59 AM

Hi CHers!

I will be in town (Edina) for a little over a week. I am looking to find some restaurants that I can show my parents. They are pretty "meat and potatoes," and also enjoy Italian a lot, but starting to expand more and more. They have gotten into the routine of eating at either Perkins or Apple Bees every Friday night for years, and I'm trying to steer them towards restaurants that serve "real food," (not pre-packaged stuff full of chemicals.) Some restaurants they like are Broder's Pasta Bar, Mozza Mia, and Wild Fire Grill. A big factor, is that it would be convenient and easy to get to from where we live (Edina - off Highway 100 and Vernon). It would also be a great added plus if entrees were on the cheaper side - b/w $10and $15) Any help would be much appreciated!

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    Brad Ballinger RE: nyfashionintern Aug 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    If they like Broder's Pasta Bar, you can head across 50th to Broder's Cucina Italiana and a more casual vibe. You could head south on Penn to In Season at 54th and Penn. For Italian, I've enjoyed Trattoria Tosca at 44th and Beard.

    An out-of-town friend enjoyed Arezzo recently (50th and France area). I haven't been in a long time, thought it was only okay. But maybe it's gotten better.

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      nyfashionintern RE: Brad Ballinger Aug 15, 2012 12:38 PM


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        mitch cumstein RE: Brad Ballinger Aug 15, 2012 01:16 PM

        if they are sensitive to it, tosca has the worst acoustics of any restaurant in msp. WORST.

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          nyfashionintern RE: mitch cumstein Aug 16, 2012 12:20 PM

          That might be a problem with them, thank you!

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            bob s RE: nyfashionintern Aug 20, 2012 02:11 PM

            Agree about the loudness at Tosca, but they also have outdoor seating. If it's a nice night, the food would be worth it.

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        ChillyDog RE: nyfashionintern Aug 15, 2012 12:56 PM

        Also at 50th & France, Edina Grill.

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          nyfashionintern RE: ChillyDog Aug 16, 2012 12:21 PM

          I was just looking at their website - Just the kind of place I had in mind for them to substitute their weekly Applebee's routine to!

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            ChillyDog RE: nyfashionintern Aug 16, 2012 12:33 PM

            Excellent! Not too edgy but good quality food and definitely a step or two up. I've always gotten excellent service there too.

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          ChancesR RE: nyfashionintern Aug 15, 2012 02:51 PM

          Can't go wrong at Salut Bar Américain, just south of 50th and France. Bistro atmosphere, steak and fries, what could be better?

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            nyfashionintern RE: ChancesR Aug 16, 2012 12:21 PM

            Sounds great, thanks!

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              splatgirl RE: ChancesR Aug 22, 2012 01:35 PM

              +1 for Salut. Maybe a wee bit outside their box in that it's French bistro, but recognizable "regular" food.

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                jaycooke RE: splatgirl Aug 22, 2012 02:58 PM

                My Iowa parents & grandma had a lovely time at Salut, even if it was a bit more expensive than they'd like.

                My folks have also been happy at Bar La Grasa (so long as I ordered), Brasa (very much a modern twist on meat + sides), Red Stag (for brunch). Closer to you, have you tried Yum!?

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                  nyfashionintern RE: jaycooke Aug 27, 2012 04:10 PM

                  No! Although I'm from MN, I only make it home a week or 2 a year, so I'm completely out of the loop when it comes to restaurants. I will have to let them know about all these places; thank you!

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