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Nice spot between Chaska and St. Paul

...but closer to St. Paul...

A friend will be coming in from Baltimore on Sunday. Not a foodie, but she appreciates atmosphere. We'll be at the Arboretum in the afternoon. Looking for an early dinner on Sunday. Went to I Nonni last time she was here, and she loved it. Said it was the best chicken she ever had. Yes, chicken at a high end Italian restaurant....

I am not familiar with places in the south west metro area. Can you help? Nothing romantic, duh. Nothing ethnic, like Thai or Chinese. Something like Meritage, or W.A. Frost.

Thanks for your help!

Mary

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  1. I'm also not particularly familiar with places beyond SW Minneapolis, but one idea would be Tilia in Linden Hills. I think they hit that spot of awesome food without being too pretentious really well.

    1. OK...I'll be "that guy" and ask: Why not go back to i Nonni?

      Now, Chaska to St. Paul is roughly 35 miles one-way. (And are you sure you didn't mean Chanhassen which is where the Arboretum is?) Depending on your route, you'll be past Edina (50th and France area), SW Mpls (as LauraB mentioned), Eden Prairie (Campiello?), and south Minneapolis.

      I like the Tilia idea. Maybe In Season Restaurant (54th and Penn)? Corner Table (43rd and Nicollet)? First Course (56th and Chicago)? Cafe Vin (55th and Xerxes)?

      These are in LauraB's neighborhood roughly so maybe she can comment.

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      1. re: MSPD

        I Nonni isn't open on Sunday. :)

        Like the Corner Table suggestion! I've considered it before, but never been.

        Thanks.

        1. re: rp1760

          It has been a little while since I have been to Corner Table, but we did the kitchen table there about a year and a half ago. At the kitchen table, each chef working took turns concocting dishes for us. I definitely enjoyed the dishes that the current chef made up in his turns. :-) I have not been to the other places MSPD suggests (although some of them are on my to try list).

        2. re: MSPD

          Technically, the arboretum is, in fact, in Chaska.

          1. re: gildeddawn

            Well, how do you like that. I stand completely correcte! I've probably been making that mistake for years.

            And the i Nonni not being open on Sunday bit to top it off. Ouch.

          2. re: MSPD

            I would take advantage of In Season while the good stuff is still... In season. If you liked I Nonni, this is a reasonably close match in terms of quality.

            1. re: kevin47

              +1 on In Season. Was going to be my top recommendation for what you are looking for.

          3. Suzette's in Jordan is, IMO, the best hidden gem outside of the Twin Cities and a must for those heading South on 169. Chaska isn't more than 10 minutes away. I know it is too late for this thread, but keep it in mind for future trips to the southwestern metro area.

            They open for dinner at 4:30pm. http://www.suzettesrestaurant.com

            1. Thanks, all, for your responses. Unfortunately, my friend had a sinus infection and had to cancel the trip at the last minute.

              I am putting In Season on my list of places to dine. It looks very interesting.

              Regards,

              Mary