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Nice spot between Chaska and St. Paul

rp1760 Sep 13, 2012 04:55 PM

...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!


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    LauraB RE: rp1760 Sep 14, 2012 06:25 AM

    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. MSPD RE: rp1760 Sep 14, 2012 06:54 AM

      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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        rp1760 RE: MSPD Sep 14, 2012 07:47 AM

        I Nonni isn't open on Sunday. :)

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


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          LauraB RE: rp1760 Sep 14, 2012 08:55 AM

          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
          gildeddawn RE: MSPD Sep 14, 2012 11:17 AM

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

          1. re: gildeddawn
            MSPD RE: gildeddawn Sep 14, 2012 02:05 PM

            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
            kevin47 RE: MSPD Sep 14, 2012 05:42 PM

            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.

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              Brad Ballinger RE: kevin47 Sep 15, 2012 01:09 PM

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

          3. Db Cooper RE: rp1760 Sep 17, 2012 11:16 AM

            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. rp1760 RE: rp1760 Sep 17, 2012 11:16 AM

              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.



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