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Restaurant Recs for "Close Minded" Parents

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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  1. 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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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

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

        1. re: mitch cumstein

          That might be a problem with them, thank you!

          1. re: nyfashionintern

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

      2. Also at 50th & France, Edina Grill.

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        1. re: ChillyDog

          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!

          1. re: nyfashionintern

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

        2. 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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            1. re: ChancesR

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

              1. re: splatgirl

                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!?

                1. re: jaycooke

                  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!