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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.

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  1. 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!

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    1. re: run2eat

      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.

      1. 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)

        Pizza Lola
        In Season
        Cafe Maude
        Broders Pasta Bar (if it's not a weekend night)
        Wiseacre Eatery

        1. re: parallevar

          I think In Season is closed for the summer and will re-open this fall as a tasting menu only restaurant.

          1. 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
            http://broders.com/pasta-bar

            Cafe Maude
            5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 822-5411
            http://cafemaude.com

            Campiello
            6411 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN (952) 941-6868
            http://campiello.damico.com/homeMN.aspx

            Ciao Bella
            3501 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, MN 55435 (952) 841-1000
            http://www.ciaobellamn.com

            Firelake
            2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425 (952) 881-5258
            http://www.firelakerestaurant.com/moa...

            In Season
            (Closed,as noted above
            )http://www.inseasonrestaurant.com

            Kincaid's
            8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 921-2255
            http://www.kincaids.com

            Parma 8200
            5600 West 83rd St., Suite 100, Bloomington, MN 55437 (952) 896-8888
            http://www.parma8200.com

            Pizzeria Lola
            5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 424-8338
            http://www.pizzerialola.com

            Wise Acre Eatery
            5401 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 354-2577
            http://www.wiseacreeatery.com

          2. re: parallevar

            I'll give a +1 to Pizzeria Lola (get the Korean BBQ pizza!) and will add Cave Vin, which is right next door to Pizzeria Lola, into the mix.

        2. re: run2eat

          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!