Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Richfield

Categories: Restaurants

Sean McPherson
The Mi Amá Especial from Mi Amá Mexican Restaurant and Grocery

It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic circles. If you survive the traffic circles on your way to the TJ Maxx we recommend pulling off the road and rewarding yourself with some of the unique food Richfield has to offer.


See also:
The 7 Best Places to Eat in Roseville

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Sean McPherson
Pastries from Mi Amá

Mi Ama Mexican Restaurant and Grocery

Ignore Perkins, ignore Baker's Square and ignore your own family until you have tried the Mi Amá Especial from the breakfast menu at the Mi Ama Mexican Restaurant and Grocery. The description of Oaxaca cheese, pastor meat, and pineapple inside a flour tortilla sounded intriguing but we could see a lot of potential for disaster. Large chunks of pork al pastor competing with large chunks of pineapple swimming in cheese sounds like nothing we want a part of, especially for breakfast. But, in this case the pastor meat was finely cubed next to modest chunks of pineapple. The Oaxaca cheese was melty white perfection and it was impossible to get an overpowering bite from any of the three prime ingredients. The generous portion was served with lettuce, tomato, and simple sides of rice and beans. For $7.99 this breakfast will keep you full during the longest morning of errands. And if you are in a hurry grab a delicious Mexican pastele from their grocery side.

Cadao Express

If you're in the mood for pho in Richfield, don't overlook this strip mall gem. Cadao Express serves Chinese-American standards like Kung Pao shrimp and General Tso's chicken, but the traditional Vietnamese dishes are the the best bets here. Get the bun rieu, a sweet and spicy tomato-based soup with crab or the beef bun bo hue for a bolder play on basic pho. And be sure to start your slurpy, soupy meal with an order of spring rolls because Cadao's have delicate, crepe-like wrappers and are stuffed to the gills with fresh herbs. A word to the wise: Get your pho to go. The dining room is tiny and cooking smells have a tendency to hang and then settle into your clothes and hair so you have that egg roll grease stink on you all day.

Sandy's Tavern

Sandy's Tavern calls itself a "neighborhood tavern that feels like it should be in a small town" and they are dead on. The spot doesn't look like much from the outside -- or inside, for that matter -- but their burgers are a favorite across the metro area. The quarter-pound burgers are a steal at $4.25 and you can make it a double for an extra couple bucks. The signature burger is the Sandy's Sizzler, which comes with pepper cheese, chipotle mayo and diced jalapenos. This is a good choice, but the winner is the olive burger with sour cream and green olives. One can't find this burger on too many menus in the Twin Cities, but it is a salty favorite at Sandy's and for good reason: The green olives sink into the sour cream and create a tapenade-like topping that can't be beat. When picking your side we recommend the thick, salty onion rings for $6 because you can never have enough salt.

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Sean McPherson
Thin-crust pizza from Fireside in Richfield

Storm's Fireside Pizza

Fireside Pizza is the kind of spot you wish were right next to the cabin your friends rented. This sleepy sit down pizza joint is one of the warmest and most inviting spots we've found in the Twin Cities. On a recent Tuesday night we walked into a near empty dining room with two gentlemen performing Credence Clearwater Revival and Beatles tunes. The best part of the performance was the quietly discussed chord changes of 'Daytripper' and the hearty laughter from the performers during the song. This down-homey attitude has found its way into the kitchen and into the pricing at Fireside. We found a $29.99 special for a large 2-topping pizza, pitcher of beer and cheesebread advertised for Tuesdays which handily fed and inebriated our party of three. We ordered the cracker thin pizza with banana peppers and BBQ chicken. The pizza sauce, spicy and specked with delicious Italian seasoning, was spread thin across the pizza which is just right for a thin crust affair. The BBQ chicken was far from overbearing with just a bit of its own mesquite flavor contributing to most bites. The cheesebread leaves a lot to be desired, it is just stale French bread with heaps of mozzarella and a touch of cheddar with no seasoning. Next time we'll skip the cheese bread and focus on more of their delicious pizza. This also looks like a prime spot for a date; they have canopied booths that can be sealed for privacy with your hubby or for some private time with your pizza.

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43 comments
Jennifer Brook
Jennifer Brook

El Teheban should be on the list for best Mexican food

Nick Bernard
Nick Bernard

Fireside is a shithole that belongs on restaurant impossible.

Adam Carroll
Adam Carroll

Wheph! You saved the best for last! Andale is outstanding!

Ricky Joseph
Ricky Joseph

That's what I'm talking about. Thanks city pages! Sorry for calling you lazy :)

City Pages Minneapolis
City Pages Minneapolis

All the restaurants have hyperlinks you can click that lead you to the restaurant address, website, phone number, and nifty information about each establishment like price range, cuisine type, and other features!

Ricky Joseph
Ricky Joseph

All they have to do is put the address next to the name of the restaurant. Useful info. They're doing an article on restaurants. Does it not make sense to put the address?

Jason Todd
Jason Todd

Richfield...Minnesota's oldest suburb.

Jason Todd
Jason Todd

City Pages highlighting my hometown... That's awesome. Hidden gems.

t-roe79
t-roe79

"You can never have enough salt." Apparently you have not had a Domino's lately.

Annie Mae
Annie Mae

I think they're assuming if you have access to this post that you have access to a search engine.

Ed Baggenstoss
Ed Baggenstoss

You can get a nice relaxing acupuncture treatment at Anodyne Acupuncture, then go out for a tasty meal!

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Ah Richfield, such a love and hate relationship I have with you. You're coming along though, just very slowly...

Annie Mae
Annie Mae

Sandy's is awesome - but I'm 99% sure they're closed on the 4th and I'm 99% sure they are open the rest of the weekend.

Kate Dale
Kate Dale

Cassie Samuelson these are near you!!

moshea59
moshea59

Isn't Khan's in bloomington?

EricLarsen
EricLarsen

Seriously though, some of these sound like they are worth a try.  It will just be difficult to go somewhere other than Khan's when in the vicinity.  :-)

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

Quit whining and Google it...you somehow managed to find this article ONLINE, right?

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

I find Google fairly effective...you are on the internet right now, right?

EricLarsen
EricLarsen

@moshea59 That is what I thought when I went to complain about them not including Khan's in the Bloomington article.  But I checked before speaking up, and the Richfield border actually extends to the other side of 494.

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