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Mar 22, 2014 03:59 AM

Visiting Champlin in May

Visiting Champlin in May and recs for breakfast lunch and dinner besides Mall of America

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  1. I would not miss this place. House of Curry in Rosemount. Not all that far from Champlin.

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    1. re: ibew292

      According to Google maps, it is 44 miles and about an hour drive.

      1. re: ChillyDog

        Yes I said it wasn't that far only 44 miles about 18 miles from the Mall of America which was mentioned. It's 285 miles to Des Moines, now that's far

        1. re: ibew292

          while in des moines please try La Mie bakery. excellent...

          1. re: ibew292

            Reason I mentioned Mall of America is I been there several times and have eaten in most of the places there.

      2. Rosemount is on the opposite side of the metroplex from Champlin, and that would be a long drive. In Champlin itself is Q Fanatic, an above-average BBQ joint.

        Apart from that, if you could let us know what you'll be doing, how far you want to drive, etc. Near to Champlin is Maple Grove, which has its share of chain restaurants, but there are some locally-owned places as well like Three Squares.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          i am not sure we can call the twin cities and suburbs a metroplex but rosemount is certainly on the other side.

          1. re: zfwp

            This place is extremely casual (think Subway?), but their roast beef sandwiches are seriously good. Cheap, fast, friendly service:


          2. re: Brad Ballinger

            Just visiting family and I would like to take them to either dinner, lunch or breakfast, but dinner would be 1st.
            They probably have their favorites but I would like to go someplace they have might have not gone.
            Diners drive in and dives had that bowling place so 45mins to 1 hr drive can be ok and price up to 25 person.

            1. re: flylice2x

              An hour drive will get you anywhere in the metro area. $25 per person will preclude some of the best restaurants in the cities but there is still a lot to choose from.

              Dinner - 128 Cafe in Saint Paul. He's doing some amazing things there. The menu changes frequently but there is always a good variety (as you might need for a family). It's a hidden gem so it's likely your people haven't been there. Be sure to make a reservation; it's small.

              Lunch - Tilia in Minneapolis. They don't take reservations so don't go at noon if your group is large. They have the same menu for lunch & dinner but it's much less crowded at lunchtime.

          3. Some family members have recommended Buona Sera Ristorante in Champlin to me. Web-based reviews look good also. Looks to be in your price range. I keep forgetting to try it...I love Italian cuisine and live nearby! Maybe they have not either? Have fun in the Twin Cities!

            1. For breakfast, Fat Nat's is great. Not exactly Champlin, but worth the short-ish drive.


              1. truffles and tortes in Anoka. Just bypass the sandwiches and go straight for the chocolate mascarpone cake.