From its humble origins as a soda fountain in 1930s Saint Paul, Green Mill Restaurant and Bar has grown into a franchise with more than 28 locations all over Minnesota and the Midwest. As TV screens blast sports news in the background, patrons at each eatery dine on a menu of classic American and pizzeria fare. Thick, hand-pressed burgers form bunned towers with hefty toppings such as smoked bacon, haystack onions, and chipotle mayo. Families looking to bond can practice fractions on regular, deep-dish, or thin and crispy pizzas or group juggling acts with samplers of 27 juicy wings. In addition to pastas and salads, each location's bar carries a varied drink menu that includes draft beers such as Blue Moon and Samuel Adams alongside wine, martinis, and margaritas.
Jimmy's Pizza serves up piping-hot pies for delivery, take-out, or in-restaurant wolf-downs. Accept an extra-large pizza with all the blushing and gushing of a movie star accepting complimentary airline pretzels, then garnish it with three toppings of your choice, from old favorites to avant-garde specials such as shrimp or sauerkraut. Savory Jimmy stix lend a chewy twist with twirls of pizza dough brushed with butter, garlic, and parmesan, served with a cool pool of pizza sauce. End the meal with cinnamon sticks, the Jimmy stix doppelganger covered in cinnamon butter and served alongside whipped frosting for dipping or flinging at the unwanted advances of concupiscent sugar cookies.
The cooks at Restaurante La Laguna craft housemade Mexican dishes each day. They fill 14-inch flour tortillas with meats, mozzarella cheese, and fresh salsa for their signature burritos, and they serve skirt-steak strips with onions, tomato, and jalapeños to create another specialty, bistec a la Mexicana.
Pizza Man of Eagan's cooks mix pizza dough fresh each day, letting it rise to perfection, like an airplane ascending to its cruising altitude, before fashioning crusts. On these, they layer toppings such as chicken alfredo fixings or fresh italian sausage that's never been frozen, precooked, or involved in a tug-of-war between chefs. Their cheese comes from a lauded Wisconsin dairy and gets grated fresh every day in the store. To accommodate anyone who wants to stand out from the pizza-eating crowd, the kitchen team also prepares baked rigatoni and four-cheese ravioli.
At the eatery's belly, a behemoth stone fireplace lavishes tables with a warm glow that illuminates all the eclectic decor nearby. Eyes can scan diverse adornments ranging from mounted portraits and sports paraphernalia to several flat-screen TVs broadcasting the latest game. Atop glistening tabletops, forks globetrot across international fare such as Italian pizzas, Cajun-style po boys, and thai wraps. If pairing wine's not your bag, a neighboring blackboard lists all the night's available draft and bottled brews.
Fireside also enthusiastically hosts private banquets within a full-size log cabin dubbed The Warming House. With its spacious interior and high ceilings, The Warming House can accommodate up to 52 guests for sit-down service, 70 for a mingling reception, or 150 for a contortionist convention.
Paisano’s Pizza's sauce slingers create the menu's specialty thin-crust pizzas, Stromboli, and hoagies. Breadsticks escort 16-inch signature pizzas ($19.99) such as the mediterranean pie, whose artichoke hearts sidle up to olives and feta, and whose sun-dried tomatoes resolve to avoid the sun during their next trip to the beach. The tuscan disk unites canadian bacon and fresh basil, and the taco specialty brims with tortilla chips and seasoned beef under a layer of cheddar. Bright yellow and green walls wrap around group tables, where diners can bite into hoagies ($7.29) and look out wide windows. A high red counter with individual seating supports original, vegetarian, or pepperoni Stromboli ($6.99), and allows guests to bring along their laptops, books, or imaginations.