Could use some help finding dinner
I have a late afternoon flight into MSP and need a place for dinner, preferably close to the airport (will have a car).
From there I'm heading to Eden Prairie for the night.
The next night I need another place for dinner somewhere between Eden Prairie and the airport (heading back to the airport for the night).
I did some searches on "airport", "bloomington" and "eden" but didn't see much - most good places seem to be in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
Just about any cuisine is fine except Indian or Japanese. I'm traveling with a steak-lover so any place that serves a good steak would be nice (doesn't have to be a steak house). We have a little more flexibility the second night so we can deviate from I-494.
Kinkaid's in Bloomington is a pretty solid steakhouse, right in Bloomington and would fit your needs (don't think it's as great as Manny's but definitely in the area).
Parma (right across the street) has amazing Italian and a beautiful patio and would be great.
Firelake at MOA has good cocktails and really nice atmosphere, and is super close to the airport (easy parking too).
Let us know where you end up!
These are really good suggestions. Kincaid's also has a great late night HH with cheap drinks and apps if your flight were to be delayed for some reason.
I'd throw in Ciao Bella in Edina (right off 494 and France) as another options for Italian outside of Parma 8200. When it comes to Italian, I usually like to compare menus to see what strikes my fancy so that's why I thought the 2nd option might be helpful.
re: Db Cooper
Campiello is a 3rd Italian option that is really good. Probably closer to your destination than it is to the airport. Good steak there.
On the way back to the airport, I might recommend a few places that are fairly short detours off Highway 62 - which is parallel to 494 and also takes you back to the airport. You can get reservations at a few of these if time will be tight (not at Broders or Lola)
Broders Pasta Bar (if it's not a weekend night)
re: Db Cooper
Thanks for these great recommendations. I'm adding links in case anyone else needs them.
Broder's Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 925-9202
5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 822-5411
6411 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN (952) 941-6868
3501 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, MN 55435 (952) 841-1000
2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 881-5258
(Closed,as noted above
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 921-2255
5600 West 83rd St., Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 896-8888
5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 424-8338
Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 354-2577
We went to Firelake @ MOA the first night (Thursday) and the food was good, but service was a bit slow. Odd because it didn't seem that crowded.
The Spinach, Strawberry, and Brie salad was one of the best I had in a long time. I think it was dressed with poppy seed oil which was excellent. Should have gotten the large size (small is pretty small).
The Cibatta Bruschetta was good - grilled bread + 3 spreads. We had 2x tomato and 1x cheese-oil-garlic.
The Lamb Duet is 2 small chops and a large fritter. Excellent.
I didn't try the Chorizo & Roast Mushroom flatbread, but dining companion liked it.
The next night (Friday) was at Campiello. It cooled down to about 85 degrees so we sat ousdide in the shade - very nice.
The Peach and Proscuitto Salad was good.
The Hanger Steak was flavorul and tender, and came with a few cubes of fried potato and a little bit of a tasty mushroom sauce. Also had a side of the Grilled Asparagus and it was excellent.
My dining companion had the Strip Steak w/ potatoes instead of carrots but sent it back because it was medium instead of medium rare. It took a while but it was right the second time.
Dessert was a trio of Gelati: Salted Caramel, Chocolate, and Vanilla.
Thanks so much for pointing us in the right direction!