This intimate, family-owned eatery specializing in northern Italian cuisine is one of the most popular restaurants in the Twin Cities. The food at Ristorante Luci is superb, the prices very reasonable and the service friendly. The menu offers authentic Italian cuisine with an American twist. You can start the meal with delicious appetizers or salads (insalata) and then proceed with your main meal, choosing from the items offered under Primi Piatti and Secondi Piatti. All the food is cooked with locally grown organic ingredients and is made from handmade recipes. Top off your meal with a creme brulee, creamy cheesecake or anything chocolaty that appears on the dessert tray. Visit this restaurant for a gourmet dinner seven days a week. For further information please contact the restaurant.
Highland Grill is a friendly, neighbourhood joint with flair. Find a spot in a booth or at the old-fashioned lunch counter. The menu boasts that everything is made from scratch, and after tasting the simple fare, you will swear it is just like mom used to make. Breakfasts are hearty and include French toast, stacks of cakes with fruit toppings, Eggs Benedict and combos with eggs, toast, hash browns, bacon and sausage. At lunch or dinner, huge salads are served with fresh bread and sweet potato fries. Soups go great with the juicy burgers, Cajun chicken melt, ginger chicken pesto pasta and salmon cakes. Finish it off with the apple crisp or chocolate raspberry tart.
The wait can be long and parking sparse, but you will be glad you risked it. Cafe Latte a modern, airy restaurant is in a two-story building with walls of windows on the bustling corner of Grand and Victoria. Service is cafeteria style.You will be tempted by the decadent dessert showcase with gooey turtle cake and delicate pear almond tarts. Daily choices of soups and salads may include chicken Caesar salad, homemade vegetable beef soup or chicken salsa chili. Pair soup or salad with a made-to-order sandwich, such as turkey avocado or roast beef and cheddar, or a gourmet pizza available at Latte's back wine bar, and you have a meal. High tea is served and so is brunch on Sunday. Over 50 wines and 20 coffee and tea drinks highlight the beverage list, as well as a good selection of beer, soft drinks and mineral water.
Stepping into the light and airy dining room, you will find a calm escape in this laid back restaurant in a converted home in the heart of bustling Grand Avenue. A crusty French bread with black olives sautéed in olive oil, garlic and cayenne is your appetizer. Skip the usual garden salad; opt for artichoke hearts and goat cheese scattered over a plate of baby greens. Moroccan stews are the highlight of the small, but spicy and exotic menu. The lamb, wild mushrooms, beans and raisins stew is superb. For complete details and dining hours, check the website or call ahead.
If you are looking for great tasting Thai food, head for Taste of Thailand. What this dining spot lacks in décor, it makes up for with the tasty and spicy cuisine. The food is highly seasoned with herbs, garlic, citrus, hot chilies and aromatic roots like ginger and turmeric. An appetizer of deep-fried bamboo shoots stuffed with ground pork and black mushrooms or a papaya salad will prepare your taste buds. Fowl and fish highlight the entrée choices. Try the roast duck curry, stir-fried squid with chili peppers and veggies, or deep fried trout topped with tomato, onion and pineapple slices. Beer, mineral water, soft drinks and hot or iced tea round out the beverage selection.
Cross the bridge into the dining room and prepare for a wonderful meal. The walls are covered in bamboo mats and the kitchen is open to the dining room. A private room is available for parties of 10-12. Order a sushi platter because it was voted Twin Cities Best Sushi by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. Or try one of the many other signature dishes (some available in vegetarian versions) such as Japanese barbecue beef (yaki niku), tempura or any one of a variety of dishes with fish, chicken or beef. Teppanyaki (tableside chef) meals are available, but you need to call ahead. A Japanese beer or saki will complement your meal.
From the wrought-iron gates to the lightly textured walls, this smoke-free establishment is like your own private villa. The high-backed chairs are very favorable to conversation or the acoustic folk music featured on Saturday evenings. Granitas (a coarse-textured ice confection made from fruit) and iced mochas are a hit in warmer months. Cappuccino, latte and a variety of coffees and teas are also served. Fresh breads and pastries, soups and sandwiches make up the menu. Your canine companion will receive a complimentary dog bone while waiting outside. See website for menu, event calendar and more. A new location is now open in West St. Paul.
Formerly the Lyon's Pub on Grand until it was sold in May 1997, this restaurant has undergone a makeover. The subdued palette and lighting of the interior, coupled with the spot-lit Grecian art, make this a cosmopolitan-looking spot. The large oval bar has brass accents. Burgers and sandwiches are still offered, but now you can also order steak (T-bone, New York strip) and char-grilled Iowa pork chops. The house brew is surprisingly good. A good selection of import and domestic beers are available in bottles or on tap. A good wine list is available and liquor is served. Live entertainment is featured on many nights; phone ahead to inquire. Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm students receive a discount on burgers and drinks by showing student IDs.
4537 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 55419
For a great outing and relaxed dining experience, La Chaya is one place you cannot miss. The ambiance is elegant and trendy with professional service offered. From the Med-Mexican menu, you may choose to try the Mexican Crab cakes, salads, wide variety of pastas, seafood and meats. Do not miss the desserts! Beer and wine would be great company to your meals. For private dining and reservations, call ahead.
Café Levain is one place that has everything right. The cozy intimate ambiance is great for a quiet dinner. Dishes you may want to try here are the mussels, tuna, short rib and the pot roast. The desserts are not to be missed. Accompany your meals with a glass of beer or wine. To celebrate private parties, events and gatherings, call ahead for more information.
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