Good eating stands the test of time. The Edina Eater frequents a list of restaurants in the Twin Cities and has enjoyed dining out in the Twin Cities since the 1970’s. Places have come and gone over the years, but some old favorites still shine. Also, new restaurants regularly appear on scene and some surpass the quality of more established standbys.
With so many fine restaurants in the Twin Cities it is hard to narrow a list down to only 10. Yet, some restaurants are more consistent winners than others. A lot of hard work and back stage preparation go into preparing a truly great meal. It doesn’t just happen. A mix of skilled cooking, quality ingredients, creative menu, friendly staff, efficient service, appealing presentation and agreeable atmosphere combine together to make or break any eating experience. These are the top 10 Edina Eater picks:
- Rice Paper: Innovative, light Asian cuisine served in the calm of an indoor bamboo forest or peaceful outdoor patio. A pleasant atmosphere and innovative twists on Vietnamese food preparation make dining fun. – Edina at 50th & France.
- Broders’ Pasta Bar: Stellar for housemade pasta dishes, appetizers and desserts for more than 10 years. Save room for the tiramisu. Besides great food, Broder’s sponsors events focused on Italian food. – Southwest Minneapolis at 50thand Penn.
- In Season: Creators of fine food combinations that reflect the tastes of seasonal availability. – Southwest Minneapolis at W. 54th St and Penn.
- Raku: Known for elegant seafood offerings with sushi and more. The sushi is a work of art. – Edina at 50th and France.
- Lucia’s: A leader in the Twin Cities for more than 20 years with delicious housemade food featuring organic and local ingredients. – Uptown.
- Punch: One of the first wood oven baked pizza places in the Twin Cities with high marks for quality and reasonable prices. – Calhoun Village in Uptown and six other Twin City locations.
- Lola: A neighborhood favorite that brings crowds for artisan pizza, tasty salads and housemade gelato. – Southwest Minneapolis at 58th and Xerxes with a new location opening at 44th and France.
- Hotel Sofitel: Celebrate your joie de vivre in true French style with elegant cuisine, a mini vacation to France and no passport is required. – Bloomington strip at Hwy. 100.
- Cafe Latte: Another old favorite, a mainstay icon of Grand Avenue for more than 20 years. How clever that the desserts are artfully positioned at the beginning of the cafeteria-style food line. – Grand Avenue at Victoria in St. Paul.
- Oak Grill: A restaurant institution in the Twin Cities for decades with a club atmosphere complete with a fireplace, deep dark wood panels and fresh, piping hot popovers brought to your table. – Downtown Minneapolis on the 8th Floor of Macys. No website call (612-375-2938).
Good eating is a memorable experience that makes you want to go back for more. The Edina Eater finds these restaurants all to be worthy of many happy returns.
Happy eating in and around Edina.
The Edina Eater