Edina Food in 2013 – A Year in Review

Red cow booths

Lipstick red booths and life-sized cow art set the mood at the new Red Cow.

 

Ready or not, change pushes life forward in Edina. This is a community that reveres trendy fashion and food is no exception. The only thing that stays the same is a fast pace of change.

In Season restaurant

Sadly, In Season restaurant went out of season for good in May.

 

Hellos and Goodbyes

A few of my favorite food places closed their doors for good during 2013. It is almost like losing an old friend when a good restaurant or unique food shop disappears. Edina area food places that went out of business include:

  • Pandolfi Candy Gelato & Gifts: This small, delightfully quirky candy and ice cream shop closed in January. Another candy store a few blocks south on France Ave., Alix In Candyland, closed in 2012. No other candy shop is even close to the 50th & France shopping district now.
  • In Season Restaurant: May was the last call for this innovative venue on Penn Ave. and West 54th St. in Southwest Minneapolis. Chef Don Saunders still runs The Kenwood Restaurant is nestled in the leafy Mary Tyler Moore house neighborhood by Lake of the Isles.
  • Bissinger French Confections: A trip to the Galleria is just not as sweet since Bissinger’s departure. The Galleria has upscale clothes, shoes and furniture galore but no other top-shelf candy store.
Chocolates from Bissinger's in a fancycandy box

Life is not as sweet with the loss of Bissinger’s in the Edina Galleria.

 

Some notable newcomers joined Edina area food scene during 2013. New restaurant and bakery openings included:

Red Cow cheese curds

With housemade triple berry ketchup as a side, Red Cow cheese curds outshine the Minnesota State Fair version.

 

  • Red Cow: Big on burgers and beer with a side of better than state fair quality cheese curds, this new tavern was so successful another Red Cow is slated to open in St. Paul.
  • Hello Pizza: With a slightly different vibe than Pizzeria Lola and many comforting similarities, this addition to 44th and France had no shortage of devoted fans from day one.
  • Rojo Mexican Grill: Southdale Mall has a new dining option with a Latin theme.
  • Cocoa and Fig: Edina and cake go together so a new cupcake and catering boutique fits right in the buzz around Yorkdale Shoppes.
  • Minnesota Honey Co.: A super sweet selection of everything honey. Near Edina at W. 50th St. and Xerxes Ave. S.
Cocoa and Fig cupcakes the on froint store counter.

Cocoa and Fig cupcakes made a welcome addition in the land of cake.

 

Some Old Some New

Edina has a thriving food scene with options ranging from traditional to trendy. Old standbys like the art deco, back to the 40’s style, Convention Grill are as popular as ever. New themed places like Hello Pizza right next door also manage to keep busy with a flow of customers.

Convention Grill restaurant

Some things like the Convention Grill restaurant never change.

 

No doubt 2014 will bring a few new places and changes. The Edina menu is always changing.

Red Cow waitresses

The staff at the Red Cow have fun serving up upscale American fare.

 

 

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