Food & Drink in Burnsville

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Drinks at Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies ($32 Value)

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies

Burnsville

$8 $4

All-natural smoothies and coffee drinks made from beans straight from Kona

$27 for a 1-Year Membership, Plus $15 Credit Toward Purchases from Twin Cities Local Food ($55 Value)

Twin Cities Local Food

Multiple Locations

$55 $27

One-year membership gives users access to locally grown and produced, source-identified fruits, breads, vegetables and grass fed meats

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Dishes and Seafood at El 7 Mares

El 7 Mares

Savage

$20 $11

Empanadas, tostadas, and rellenos are filled with fresh shrimp, crab, and oysters

Chinese Meal for Two or Four for Dining-In or Take-Out at D. Fong's - Savage Location (Up to 51% Off)

D Fong's

Savage

$32.90 $16

(363)

Chefs prepare Cantonese and Szechuan-style dishes from family recipes, crafting shrimp almond ding, mandarin beef, and kung bo chicken

Mexican Cuisine at Fiesta Mexican Cuisine (50% Off). Two Options Available.

FIESTA mexican cuisine

Apple Valley

$24 $12

Diners can try authentic, regional Mexican dishes, such as Mayan-style pulled pork from Yucatán and fish fillet from Veracruz

Mexican Food and Drinks at La Fonda De Los Lobos (47% Off). Two Options Available.

La Fonda De Los Lobos

Eagan

$30 $16

(131)

Family-owned cantina specializes in New Mexican cuisine and margaritas

$21 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Hibachi, and Drinks at Sawa Japan

Sawa Japan

Timbercrest At Lakeville

$30 $21

(60)

Hibachi chefs dazzle diners with showy preparation of vegetables, lobster tail, and filet mignon in airy eatery festooned with Asian decor

12 Assorted Muffins, or $15 for $30 Worth of Baked Goods at Little Pete's Bakery & Cafe (50% Off)

Little Pete's Bakery & Cafe

Edina

$24 $12

Bakers bring 4-oz. muffins to golden brown fruition in the oven, as well as bake up an assortment of pastries, cakes, and other sweet goods

Wine or Beer Tasting with Cheese Pairings for Two or Four at Sunfish Cellars (Up to 61% Off)

Sunfish Cellars

West St. Paul

$100 $39

(12)

Two-hour wine- and beer-tasting classes introduce attendees to global flavors, and pair sips with aged artisanal cheeses

$16 for Two Panino and Two Beverages at Panino Brothers ($31.90 Value)

Panino Brothers

Eden Prairie

$31.90 $16

(11)

Panino—flatbread-rolled sandwiches filled with lean meats, fresh veggies, and cheese—are baked to satisfaction

Upscale Comfort Food and Drinks at The Prairie Tap House (Up to 50% Off)

The Praire Tap House

Eden Prairie

$40 $20

(155)

Pit beef rubbed with spices and slowly grilled, handmade pastas, gourmet salads, and burgers topped with truffle cheese and chutneys

Chinese Dine-In Dinner for Two or Four, or Chinese Takeout Cuisine at Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant

Chanhassen

$20 $11

(363)

Traditional, authentic cuisine inspired by the owner's frequent trips to China

Bread, Cupcakes, Pastries, and Cakes at Wuollet Bakery (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wuollet Bakery

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Descendants of the original owner bake an international selection of fresh breads and decorate custom cakes in a decades-old bakery

Japanese Cuisine at Aji Japanese Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$20 $11

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, which balance flavors of grilled chicken, house wine, and dessert

Burgers and Drinks for Two or Four at Wild Boar Restaurant ($32.96 Off)

Wild Boar Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$34.48 $18

Sandwiches and juicy hamburgers fuel romps on a mechanical bull and dancing on weekends; choose from house wine, beer, and well drinks

$24 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Beer and Liquor at Ace Spirits ($48 Total Value)

Ace Spirits

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$16 $8

Craft Beer and Whiskey boutique carries a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon, and all other spirits, as well as beer for every budget

$11 for $20 Worth of Food and Drink Tickets at Taste Of Northeast on Saturday, September 27

Taste Of Northeast

St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral

$20 $11

Sample dumplings, cabbage rolls, kielbasa, blini, beer, and wine while celebrating the culture of Eastern Europe

Hibachi Meal for Two or Four or Sushi Meal for Two with Wine or Beer at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

Minneapolis

$64 $34

Chefs flip chicken, steak, shrimp, rice, and veggies on a hibachi grill; sushi meal includes rolls, nigiri, and sashimi alongside edamame

$22 for Two $20 Groupons for Gourmet Pub Fare After 3 P.M. at Chatterbox Pub. Three Locations Available.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Dancing Ganesha (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Dancing Ganesha

Downtown West

$30 $16

(150)

Contemporary Indian cuisine such as tandoor-oven specialties and South Indian dosa crepes served alongside beer, wine, and house cocktails

$54 for Bocce-Court Rental, Craft Beer, and Brewpub Pizzas for Up to Eight at Nomad World Pub ($110 Value)

Nomad World Pub

West Bank- Minneapolis

$110 $54

Enjoy beer and pizza when you rent a bocce court

Tuscan Cuisine, Neapolitan Pizza, and Drinks at Arezzo Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Arezzo Ristorante

Fulton

$40 $20

(78)

Award-winning pizzas baked to order in brick ovens and handmade pastas tossed with Italian cured meats served amid murals and marble arches

$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food at Sushi X ($60 Total Value)

Sushi X

Minneapolis

$30 $15

Eatery dishes out hibachi cuisine with proteins like chicken and scallops, speciality sushi rolls, tempura, and pork katsu

$22 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

$40 $22

(98)

At tableside grills, chefs sizzle north atlantic salmon and filet mignon; sushi artists make more than 40 inventive rolls and sushi items

$8 for $16 Worth of Diner Food for Breakfast and Lunch at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

$16 $8

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Cuisine at SIX15

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

$40 $20

(18)

Globally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Mexican pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce

Latin Fusion Cuisine at Cafe Ena (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

$60 $39

(278)

Chef trained at three-star restaurant in Paris blends Latin American flavors with continental French flair

$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy and Organic Food for Dinner at Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Uptown Minneapolis

$20 $12

The chefs here reach for seasonal, nutritious ingredients as they plate up casual vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats

Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (50% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

$50 $25

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

Weekend Brunch for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Lunch or Dinner at Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

$42 $20

(119)

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

Authentic Mexican Lunch or Dinner at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante (50% Off)

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

$24 $12

(72)

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

$12 $6

(8)

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

Pizza or Pasta & Drinks for 2 or $12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Lunch at Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Minneapolis

$12 $6

(35)

Cheesy pizzas topped with tomatoes, peppers, or pineapple or Italian-style pastas pair with glasses refreshing beer or robust wines

Latin Meal with an Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Conga Latin Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

$67.85 $32

(57)

Eclectic Latin American food cha-chas its way to tables amid evocative wall murals and nightly salsa dancing

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Zantigo ($24 Total Value)

Zantigo

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

Mexican restaurant home to the chilito, a blend of cheese and chili in a stretched-by-hand tortilla

$26.50 for Neapolitan Pizza for Two with Wine or Beer, Valid Monday–Thurs, at Pizza Nea (Up to $43 Value)

Pizza Nea

Nicollet Island

$43 $26.50

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

Four-Course Lobster Bake for Two with Wine at Stella’s Fish Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Fish Cafe

Uptown

$179 $89

Enjoy lobster bisque and raspberry pear salad before cracking into whole Maine lobsters and slices of flourless raspberry chocolate torte

Pizza for Two or Four at Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant (50% Off)

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

$30 $15

Pizzeria with full bar serves pies such as the 5 Cheese Bianco with garlic and Italian herb butter sauce, or the bacon cheeseburger pizza

Pizzeria Cuisine for Delivery or Carryout at Parkway Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

$20 $12

Eatery offers food such as hoagies, pasta, pizza, and apps like pesto garlic toast; valid for free delivery within 10 minutes from store

Brunch, Lunch, or Chef's Tasting Menu for Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

$25 $12

(136)

Rotating menus feature farm-to-table cuisine such as beef stew, chicken a la king, and pumpkin ice cream

Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Kiku Bistro (50% Off)

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

$51.90 $26

(67)

Pan-Asian entrees such as organic beef with orange peel and plum sauce or scallops with black bean sauce, paired with pours of house wine

Breakfast or Dinner for Two at Basil's Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

$130 $69

(163)

Chefs craft upscale American fare in a casual dining room located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel

Burgers and American Pub Fare at eagleBOLTbar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

$24 $12

(16)

Gay pub and restaurant dishes out classic burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and drinks in eclectic atmosphere

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Raku Sushi and Lounge

Raku Sushi and Lounge

Minneapolis

$30 $15

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

Buffet or Middle Eastern Food at Jerusalem’s Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Jerusalem's Restaurant

Minneapolis

$25 $12.50

Hand-rolled grape leaves, mixed shawarma, and curries served in a dining room decorated with draped fabrics and tapestries

Cuban-Style Cuisine at El Burrito Cubano (Half Off). Two Options Available.

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

$10 $5

Diners customize Cuban-style burritos and sandwiches with colorful add-ons such as pickles, jalapeños, and pico de gallo

Bowling and American Food and Drink at Park Tavern (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Park Tavern

St. Louis Park

$50 $29

Up to six people can enjoy an hour or bowling while munching on cuisine such as bacon-cheeseburger pizzas, chicken-dijon paninis, and salads

American Cuisine at Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel

Nicollet Island

$60 $39

(267)

Take in the romantic surroundings of an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi while dining on such dishes as walleye

Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

$25 $13

Burgers made from third-pound patties pair with a glass of Blue Moon, Coors Light, or other draft beer

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (50% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

$30 $16

Japanese food including shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, and Zodiac-themed sushi rolls

$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks at Sweet Taste of Italy in Brooklyn Park

Sweet Taste of Italy

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

$25 $13

(147)

Chefs create Italian favorites with American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese & special red sauce

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Asian-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks at Chin Dian Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

$20 $10

(74)

Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors combine in chicken with dried chilies and shrimp with rice noodles

Specialty Pizza and Drinks for Two or Four at W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis (50% Off)

W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis

Aloft Hotel

$40 $20

(26)

Bartenders spin out creative cocktails made with house-infused liquors to pair with a crab cake salad or a gourmet pizza

$24 for $48 Worth of Wine, Beer, and Spirits from Merwin Liquors

Merwin Liquors

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Expansive liquor store features a craft beers, build-your-own six-packs, and whiskey gurus that find a drink to suit any palate

Diner Meal for Two or Four at Egg and I (Up to 54% Off)

Egg and I

Multiple Locations

$30.50 $14

(83)

Dig into steak and eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and large stacks of buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes topped with seasonal berries

Pub Cuisine for Two or Four at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Fridley

$30 $16

(6)

Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pasta & steak served at a Sports bar with 43 pool tables, weekly entertainment featuring Bands, Djs & karaoke

Carry-Out Italian Meals or Catering for 25 from Boss' Pizza and Chicken (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Boss' Pizza and Chicken - Minneapolis

Minneapolis

$17.50 $10

Creative pizzas, with toppings such as shrimp and Alfredo sauce or eggs and sausage, complement meatball-studded spaghetti and other pastas

$10 for $20 Worth of Café Beverages and Snacks at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

$20 $10

(9)

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

$10 for $20 Worth of Ecuadorian and Colombian Cuisine at La Colonia Restaurant

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

$20 $10

(15)

Regional South American specialties such as goat stew with fried sweet plantains, arroz con pollo, and pan-fried rainbow trout

Breads, Pastries, and Organic Juices at Solomon's Bakery (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Solomon's Bakery

Minneapolis

$30 $15

(9)

European–style croissants, sweet-potato tarts, dinner rolls, and made-to-order organic juices

$18 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli, Grocery Items at Local D’Lish ($30 Total Value)

Local D’Lish

Minneapolis

$15 $9

The family behind this local produce-based shop helps connect people to their products, listing their origins or bringing in farmers

Russian Cuisine at Hammer and Sickle (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Hammer and Sickle

Uptown

$40 $22

(24)

Old-country cuisine includes flights of caviar, bowls of borscht, pierogi, russian barbecue, and cabbage rolls

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More at Kobe Restaurant

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

$30 $16

(46)

Chefs entertain guests at the hibachi grills or sushi bar as bartenders mix specialty cocktails or pour Japanese beers, wines, and sake

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Chicken, Seafood, and Barbecue at Tinucci's ($40 Value)

Tinucci's

Newport

$20 $10

Restaurant with more than 55 years of history serves up chicken, seafood, barbecue, deli, and buffets

$22 for $40 Worth of Asian Mexican Fusion Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday

Señor Wong's Craft Bar & Restaurant

Lowertown - St.Paul

$20 $11

(70)

Gastropub with Mexican and Asian dishes, such as carnitas tacos, banh mi, pad thai, and flautas with rotating local and regional craft beers

$12 for $22 Worth of Finnish and European Food at Finnish Bistro

Finnish Bistro

St. Anthony Park

$22 $12

(187)

Finnish dishes such as salmon lox and rye bread, oat cakes, spicy reindeer sausage, and daily assortment of fresh quiche

$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Japanese Fare, Sushi, and Drinks at Haiku Japanese Bistro

Haiku Japanese Bistro - Mendota Heights

Carolines Lake View

$30 $15

Sushi rolls prepared with tuna, spicy snow crab, and yellowtail and served with eye-pleasing presentation

Thai Food for Dinner or Lunch at Sawatdee St. Paul (47% Off)

Sawatdee St. Paul

Northwestern Precinct

$30 $16

(243)

Feasts of pad thai, spring rolls, tropical cocktails, and fresh seafood curries

$8 for $16 Worth of Contemporary Diner Cuisine at The Grandview Grill 

The Grandview Grill

Macalester - Groveland

$16 $8

Unique diner dishes such as pineapple upside-down cake pancakes and blackened-catfish sandwiches paired with fair-trade coffee

Pub Food and Drinks at Hoggsbreath Bar (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoggsbreath Bar

St Paul

$30 $16

Pub with a lobster vending machine also dishes out cuisine such as pizza and appetizers that are paired with domestic beer and cocktails

$18 for Three Groupons, Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Taqueria Los Paisanos ($36 Total Value)

Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

$12 $6

More than 9-year-old taqueria uses generations-old family recipes to craft fajitas, tortas, tamales, and its specialty: tacos

Thai Cuisine and Drinks at Bangkok Cuisine (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

$20 $10

Juicy sliced steak, scallops, and chicken serve as counterpoints to veggies and tofu in stir-fried noodle and curry dishes

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $11 Worth of Deli Sandwiches at Acme Deli ($22 Value)

Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

$11 $5.50

Deli crafts sandwiches to go with a range of customizable or classic options such as roast beef and grilled cheese

Authentic Mexican Fare for Two or Four at Los Arcos (50% Off)

Los Arcos

West St. Paul

$25 $12.50

More than 90 traditional Mexican platters line up on expansive menu, including mole enchiladas & molcajetes served in hot rock bowls

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at La Cabana

La Cabana

Dayton's Bluff

$30 $15

(6)

Tuck into hearty potions of ceviche, carne asada, and pescadas empanadas, followed by a cold Mexican beer

Chinese Dinner for Two or Four, or Chinese Food for Takeout at Cafe 99 (Up to 45% Off)

Cafe 99

Como Park

$20 $12

Authentic Chinese dishes such as chrysanthemum sole fillet in tomato sauce, Mandarin beef with golden garlic, and chong king spicy chicken

$5 for Asian and American Cuisine at Maiv's Egg Roll Basket ($10 Value)

Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

$10 $5

Banh mi sandwiches, sweet and savory egg rolls, and many varieties of bubble tea

Mexican Food at Manana (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Dayton's Bluff

$22 $11

(27)

Traditional Mexican and Salvadorian dishes including pupusas, tamales, tacos, tortas, and sopes

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Inside The Buzz Coffee & Café, the scent of just-brewed organic coffee mingles with that of creatively flavored waffles. Chefs blend Carbon's Golden Malted Waffle Batter with sweet morsels such as chocolate chips, berries, and cinnamon, or mix in savory ingredients, such as the Hot Mama's brown sugar and bacon or the Western's cheddar and ham. The menu also offers hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, as well as fruit smoothies and tea drinks.

411 W Burnsville Pkwy
Burnsville,
MN
US

Cooks at Pita Plus Sandwich Grill wake up early every morning to grill steak, roast turkey, slice fresh hand-selected vegetables, and boil stockpots to prep for the day. Drawing on family recipes and classic sauces from the former Jimmy’s Lemon Tree restaurants, the cooks slice roasted, unprocessed gyros and stack cranberry-turkey sandwiches with swiss cheese, house-made berry spread, and bacon just like they would in their secret kitchens.

1501 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville,
MN
US

This cozy, unpretentious pizza shop furnishes parties and cozy nights in with repasts of wings, pasta, and pizza pies. Slices of pizza come embellished with selections from more than 20 toppings and sauces including pineapple, sauerkraut, white sauce, and ground beef. The shop’s Pizza Man sandwich delivers the flavor a pizza in convenient handheld form, much like a calzone or pizza in a hot dog bun.:m]]

13610 County Road 11
Burnsville,
MN
US

bd's Mongolian Grill combines do-it-yourself dining with the communal experience of collaboratively yanking out a giant radish that’s blocking the town's water supply. Guests can create their own stir-fry meal in one bowl for lunch ($7.99 for vegetarian, $8.99 for meat and seafood, $9.99 for stir-fry with soup and salad, and $12.99 for unlimited stir-fry with soup and salad) or dinner ($10.99 for vegetarian, $12.99 for meat and seafood, and $14.99 for unlimited stir-fry; all stir-fry dinners include complimentary access to the soup and salad bar). Choose from myriad meats, a variety of vegetables, a smorgasbord of sauces, and a slew of spices. Pair chicken with bean sprouts and pineapple in a stir-fry you'll deem the "Chicken with Bean Sprouts and Pineapple," or combine calamari with egg, peppers, peanut sauce, and chili powder for a meal you'll name after yourself—the "Peter Fonda." With ingredients assembled, guests will pass their stir-fry bowls on to bd's Mongolian Grill's expert grillers, who will give the appetizing assortment a trial by fire on the restaurant's large, flat grill. After the sustenance ceases to sizzle, diners are free to take their customized cuisine back to the table, where they can determine their prowess in patchworking together palate-pleasers and inflating their own egos with compliments to themselves.

1025 County Road 42 E
Burnsville,
MN
US

In 1993, a few entrepreneurs transformed the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building into an Italian restaurant. It became the first Buca di Beppo. The owners of that inaugural location soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 99 locations nationwide, from downtown San Francisco to Times Square, New York.

At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, adding only a few American twists. They also supply family-style servings, which help make Buca di Beppo a favorite place for families and friends to gather in large, hungry groups. The chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. For entr?es, they prepare dishes with an eye toward quantity, both of portion and choice; they whip up Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. Their Mt. Vesuvius Dark Chocolate Cake erupts with melted chocolate, and their Colossal Brownie Sundae towers with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.

14300 Burnhaven Drive
Burnsville,
MN
US

When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, drinks, and that’s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality, and, ultimately, customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Over the past 70 years, Dickey’s has been passed on to Travis’s sons, but not much else has changed—the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked on site, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu remains the same. Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.

250 E Travelers Trl
Burnsville,
MN
US