Lakeshore Grill at Macy’s

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The Lakeshore Grill at Macy’s Ridgedale is up next on the #mnbucketlist. While it may seem odd to include an in-store eatery on the bucket list – let me explain. When it comes to holidays, the mall, any mall, is unavoidable. Whether you drive past, walk through or stop in. And why not take a break from the quick fix and give Lakeshore a chance. This place, with its very Minnesota menu that includes Minnesota Wild Rice Soup and Walleye Strips is a nice change from the standard shopping-and-food-court cycle. An easy in and out, or stay awhile, Macy’s Lakeshore Grill has really great food and although the décor is more upscale, doesn’t come with a heavy price tag. They even have a very phantom-of-the-opera-esque chandelier (you know me, I have to mention the flair). I recommend the popovers, cranberry prosecco and the spiral fries. Since Minnesota and Macys are pioneers in the indoor shopping scene, Macys also has the Oak Grill at Macy’s Nicollet Mall and the Lakeshore Grill at Macy’s Southdale.

Happy Hanukkah!

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Happy Hanukkah! [pretend it’s shaped like a menorah]. If you’re on my Holiday Card list, then you know my holidays start now. I’ll be eating a lot of sufganiyot and bunuelos in the next few days. No matter what your beliefs, may these eight days bring you light, love and calories.

Festival Of Lights, Galleria Edina style. Chag Urim Sameach!

Davanni’s

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I love pizza so much that I drag (usually willingly) my closest friends and even my Mom, pictured above, to any place that gives me my fix. I can’t help it, I have a thing for a good Italian food. So when I found out that it was Davanni’s 40th anniversary this month, I was pretty excited. I mean, to be honest, I didn’t know it had been around that long and also I didn’t know that it started in Minnesota. And I really ought to know these things! Anyway, did you know that they were actually the first to offer hot hoagies in the Twin Cities? Originally called Pontillo’s Pizzeria, Davanni’s first location, off Cleveland and Grand in St. Paul opened October 1st, 1975, they later changed names in 1983. I decided to check out the newly remodeled Edina location, which will be having a Grand Re-Opening / 20th Anniversary celebration on this Saturday. If you want to go, you can meet the owners, get special deals, play trivia, lots of samples AND Indeed Brewing will be tapping a special cask ale from 5-8pm.

I went early so I could see their new bar (lots of craft beer and wine), the new renovations and the overall revitalization of their brand. Let me jump ahead, I was really impressed! It’s definitely not the dark walls, dim lighting and cramped quarters that I often encounter with restaurants that have been around forever (40 is forever for me). The design is bright, modern, and incredibly inviting. The staff was what really made the atmosphere for me, though. Attentive, friendly, great with suggestions and they actually like their jobs, which isn’t always the case in the industry. I’m going to attribute that to being a privately held company and constantly trying new ideas, from nutriment to innovation.

Now let me get into the food.

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We devoured all different kinds of salads, sandwiches, beer and dessert. Hey! We are eaters, and also sharers, so we had to have a little of everything! And the pizza? Deep dish, flat bread, thin crust, white sauce, red sauce, you name it – we tried it. The crowd favorite was the Southwestern Chicken Salad, the Turkey Bacon Chipotle Hoagie and the Artichoke Chicken Pesto Flatbread (see, they are trying new things!). I was partial to the Veggie Hoagie and Garlic Cheese Bread. Needless to say, their Chanhassen location (their 22nd store) will get a little too much of my attention in the future. With the Twin Cities bursting with really great pizzerias, the new changes from layout to menu, to keeping the forever favorites like the New York style pizza and pasta and using their own bakery for bread and desserts, I know that Davannis will have a home here for at least another 40 years.

WANT A GREAT DEAL: When you order online, you can get a 10% discount when you use the code “ANNIVERSARY” at checkout through Saturday, October 31. Otherwise in-shop through the end of the month, a regular pop (it’s Minnesota, we say Pop) is only $1.

 A few recent articles: Star Tribune + Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal + KARE11

Tavern on France

Tavern on France Oh Tavern on France, I love you. If you haven’t been there you need to stop. It’s on France Avenue in Edina and it is the place for quintessential American comfort food. The Tavern has a great atmosphere along with a rich, dark and inviting setting. Outside there are even bonfires. My favorite part is all is the build-your-own dining options. Pizza, burgers and salads – they really do like to give you options.

Edina Grill

Edina GrillAre you looking for the perfect breakfast spot? Well, look no further than the Edina Grill. It was next on my bucket list and I love anything on 50th and France. Just like the name suggested, its in Edina and they have a grill BUT I was more interested in the very retro 50s décor. Such a great design and layout. It’s a really busy place, so expect a wait, even for the patio. The food is so good – I’m in love with their eggs benedict (sub in tomatoes for the bacon). Have you ever been?

Wuollet Bakery

WuolletIf you live in Minnesota, and you haven’t heard of Wuollet Bakery, then… you’re just like me. Seriously. I had no idea this existed and now that I do, oh, dangerous. Woullet is packed full of cupcakes, cakes, pies, donuts, pastries, muffins, coffee cake, crumb cake and breads. They also have a full coffee and espresso bar. For the love of Yeezy, that’s a lot. 😉 This location is off Lake Street in Wayzata, next to Lake Minnetonka, they are also Downtown, in Uptown, Edina, St Paul and Robbinsdale.

Cooks of Crocus Hill

Cooks Next on the #mnbucketlist is the best cookbook library ever, off Grand Ave in St Paul near Summit; Cooks of Crocus Hill. Ok, so there is more to it than a glorious vegan / vegetarian cookbook section, they have gourmet cookware and tools, too! They offer cooking classes and a super helpful staff. If you’ve never been, you should stop in, the set up is beautiful and there is a lot of what you’d find at Sur la Table. A home kitchen savant’s paradise.

Crave

Crave Crave is in the Mall of America, but also has locations in St Louis Park and Edina. This time, I tried MOA. It’s not hard to find, just look for the vampire-inspired branded logo at the corner of the food court. The restaurant itself is really dark but beautiful. Which lends itself a little to the vampire-ness of it.

1965053_769410659765977_6476063328166764482_nThey really do have something for everyone and they will accommodate any dietary restrictions (um, yes, that includes us vegans and vegetarians.) I focused a little too much of my attention on the vegetarian tempura sushi and the tomato basil pesto soup. Clearly, I never go hungry.