Help! Dinner spot in the south metro?

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I am trying to find a restaurant in the southern suburbs for a meet-up and am having no luck. A former co-worker lives in Faribault and she's going to meet me for dinner, so I want to pick somewhere that won't require her to drive all the way into the Cities. I am thinking Lakeville/Apple Valley/Burnsville/Eagan. I'm hoping to do better than Applebees.

Great question--and not an easy one as the south metro comes up shorter on good dining options than it should. I'm afraid your friend is probably going to have to cross the river.

Your best bet for something city chic would be D'Amico's new-ish Parma 8200.The menu is mostly Italian classics like veal-stuffed cannelloni with a few items that break from tradition such as sockeye salmon with preserved lemons--whatever you choose, be sure not to miss the sauteed asparagus with hazelnuts and burrata.

If Parma seems a little spendy, you might consider Purple Sandpiper, with a few caveats. The food was *very* uneven when I reviewed it, but I've heard their new chef has made major improvements. If you stick with something simple, you'd be just fine--the Sandpiper's burger is great and the craft beer list is the best in its area.

Bloomington's famed Da Afghan, is sadly closed and Wally's roast beef sandwiches are tasty but probably too casual, but Cantonese food at Mandarin Kitchen or Szechuan at Grand Szechuan would both be great inexpensive choices.

Oh, and one more option to consider: go a little further east to Hoban in Eagan. Your friend probably has a tough time finding Korean food in Faribault.

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Amarie721
Amarie721

Parma is in Bloomington...if we were bringing Bloomington into the mix there would be all sorts of options.  If it's south of the river we are looking at (Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville) that's a bit more limiting.  Pardon My French in Eagan is a wonderful little cafe that I can't get enough of right now, the Roasted Pear, Chianti Grill, and Med Cruise Cafe are great Burnsville choices.  Lakeville and Apple Valley don't bring anything to mind...I have been disappointed by most of my visits there...Enjoy, Porter House, and chains galore. 

Courtney Kuehn
Courtney Kuehn

I also really enjoyed Porter Creek, Chianti, and Mediterrean Cruise Cafe!

Roasted Pear (also off 42) is good.

AG
AG

Schumacher's in New Prague. Slightly out of the way, but very worth it.

Mo Dub
Mo Dub

Thanks for all your help CP folk. We've decided to meet at Thai Curry House in Burnsville -- has anyone been?

JL
JL

Amy made some great suggestions for south of the river- also if you like Mediterranean- the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe in Burnsville is really good. I love their Hummus!

AKL
AKL

Parma isn't worth the drive in my opinion, and you will get lost trying to figure out where it is!

Amy
Amy

Some options not to overlook down this way:Rudy's Red Eye in Lakeville (convenient to 35)Porter Creek Hardwood Grill in Burnsville (Co. Rd. 42)Main Street After Hours in LakevilleChianti Grill in Burnsville

Tricia
Tricia

Drive to Northfield and meet her at Chapati for Indian food.

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