1780 East County Road Days Inn Maplewood Hotel and Conference Center Maplewood, MN 55109
Tucked away behind Maplewood Mall, this spot's proximity to the usual Mall fare may fool you. From the bamboo-cane chairs to the soft teal and pink color scheme, there's a faint Mediterranean feel. Cloth napkins, carafes of ice water and etched glass partitions add to the already friendly service. Located within the Days Inn Maplewood Hotel and Conference Center, the menu at Nickelbys Restaurant is filled with top selections. Choose from steak, chicken and seafood, or a combo of any one of these with BBQ Pork Ribs. Beer battered walleye is a Minnesota favorite. The lunch menu includes a good selection of hot sandwiches and burgers. The restaurant offers a meal/show deal with the adjoining Minnesota Comedy Club as well.
Lowell Inn has been a dining tradition for more than 70 years. Fortunately, the lackluster menus of the last decade have been spiced up while still retaining the old favorites. Each room has a different menu under Chef Mitch Omer. The George Washington Room features white linens, fine china, crystal and silver service. The Matterhorn room sports a Swiss motif. The fondue includes appetizers, sherry and Grapes Devonshire for dessert. For the uninitiated, it consists of raw prime beef and coconut-crusted shrimp, which you skewer on a long stick and cook in hot oil at your table. Two bottles of wine are included with this dining experience. Check out the website for more information on dining rooms.
317 North Lakeshore Drive Highway 61 Lake City, MN 55041
This is a family-owned restaurant which prides itself on made-from-scratch food. Four cottage-style dining rooms come decorated complete with gardening tools and fireplaces. The front-entry bakery and gift shop holds a selection of kitchen utensils, coffee, teas and other trinkets.The menu is loaded with traditional favorites, including eggs, pancakes, soups, sandwiches and roast beef, meatloaf and mashed potatoes platters. Do not miss the Belgian waffles or build-your-own omelet. Desserts are moist, creamy, and fresh. The Sunday family breakfast from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon is a delightful treat.
This restaurant features a variety of foods from many different Asian cultures. Start with an appetizer of Vietnamese spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, chicken and noodles seasoned just right. The flour-battered squid or cracker crust Mongolian pizza topped with glazed chicken, peppers and mushrooms are also excellent starters. Continue with an entrée of Burmese shrimp and chicken curry or Thai curry beef. At the stir-fry bar, load your bowl with a choice of five meats, four sauces and 20 vegetables. Complement your meal with beer, wine, tea or soft drinks.
This is some Lebanese cooking you will not soon forget. Try the falafel, baba ghanoush (a tangy dip made from eggplant and tahini), kibbe (chewy nuggets of beef or lamb), boorek (egg rolls) shamboorek (meat-stuffed egg rolls) hummus (served as a dip, made from chick peas), grilled chicken and beef or lamb kebabs. Do not rush off after your meal on Friday or Saturday night. Stay and enjoy the restaurant's belly dancers, complete with traditional dress and music. Closed on Sundays; call for opening hours.
The lavish decor of this Italian restaurant, with a domed ceiling, stone fireplace, subdued lighting, and velvet curtains, properly sets the mood for a fine evening. The menu at Ciao Bella offers everything from pizza and pasta to roast chicken and steak. An appetizer of Risotto fritters, deep-fried rice balls with mozzarella or spicy, wood-grilled sausages with peppers are a tasty start to any meal. A portobella pizza featuring spinach, fontina cheese, red pepper, onion and cotto ham makes a perfect entree for two. Go for the wild-mushroom and spinach lasagna, spaghetti piccanti topped with grilled gulf shrimp, wood-roasted pork tenderloins or a filet mignon. Dessert highlights include an apple tart and the limonetta bella, layered lemon custard over a pecan praline crust with whipped cream. Wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks round out the beverage list.
Uptown's snazziest restaurant is yet another feather in the cap of the D'Amico culinary empire. The animated, noisy dining room is flanked by a popular martini bar and a show kitchen. The place is constantly packed so call ahead. This upscale, casual restaurant specializes in pastas, pizzas, poultry and salads. The crispy cracker crust pizza baked in the oak-fired oven is a tremendous appetizer. The rotisserie chicken and pork loin, along with the grilled veal tenderloin are superb entrees. The Creme Brulee and Ricotta Almond Strudel make for a perfect ending. Choose from the impressive list of martinis, imported beer or wide selection of wine. A noteworthy brunch is served on Sundays.
The entryway of this steakhouse is adorned with dozens of awards, pictures of celebrities who have graced the tables with loving testimonials. This location has a sports bar attached, so if you love a good game, you can satisfy that appetite too. As the name implies, steak is the featured entree, big ones (32oz) and small ones (8oz). The steaks are buttery-smooth, they literally melt-in-your-mouth . Each steak is served with a side of salad, potatoes and bottomless breadbaskets. There are other menu items like pasta, burgers, shrimp, ribs and chicken, but the real star is the steak. Eat you heart out!(651) (651) 454-6744454-6744
102 S Avenue Mall of America Bloomington, MN 55425
The Rainforest Cafe offers one of the most unique dining experiences anywhere. Where else do diners check in with the elephant and chat with the resident parrots while waiting for their table? Stepping into the dining area is like entering a jungle, complete with a canopy of lush foliage, wildlife and even an occasional thunderstorm in the distance. The atmosphere is enhanced by cascading waterfalls, giant-sized saltwater aquariums and a fiber-optic star scape. The Rainforest offers a wide variety of Mexican, Italian, Cajun and American cuisine as well as a special children's menu.
Downtown Stillwater is home to many Victorian-style buildings housing a multitude of bars. Duck into the cool interior of this one for a cold beer on a hot summer day. Brine's started as a 1950s meat market, but today the building is home to a restaurant, party room and bar. The saloon is street-level and quite charming. Antique advertising adds to its turn of the century atmosphere and wooden booths allow for privacy. Burgers, corned beef and homemade brats make up the standard-fare menu. Allow room for an ice cream fountain treat. Beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks are available. Check website for bar and restaurant timings.
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