Cuisine Type: American comfort food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Bison burger
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
It's hard to find a restaurant more worthy of the term "farm-to-table" than Eichten's Market & Cafe. The earliest version of the eatery?a cheese market and deli?opened in the late '80s to provide customers with direct access to the products produced on the Eichten family farm.
Originally dairy farmers, Joe and Mary Eichten expanded their operation in the mid 1970s, when word spread that The University of Minnesota was looking for local farmers to create European-style cheese. The Eichtens answered the call and whipped up their first wheel of Dutch gouda cheese, which still sits in a display on the family farm when it isn't busy doing its chores. Today, the farm churns out approximately 15 varieties of gouda, plus 12 varieties of gouda spreads, and Mary?s own tilsit cheese.
In the late '80s, the couple added healthy, low-fat bison to their product line, and in the early 2000s, after realizing the big demand for specialty food products, they remodeled their store and opened a full restaurant. There, guests can pair wine and beer with Eichten Farms' gourmet cheese boards, gouda fondue, and a number of fresh, bison entrees, including bison chili and burgers.
Although horses are the star athletes of Running Aces Harness Park, summer sulky races and simulcast wagering are only two parts of the park's business. The park's warm Vegas-style card room evokes the high-rolling excitement of the Strip with live rounds of blackjack, pai gow, and Texas Hold 'Em held 24/7. The card room also hosts daily poker tournaments with numerous buy-in levels, letting players show off their best card know-how without requiring a big investment.
After trying their luck, many players eat celebratory meals at The Winner's Circle, taking advantage of daily specials including Friday's all-you-can-eat fish fry, Saturday's all-you-can-eat prime rib, and Sunday's brunch. In addition to gaming, Running Aces hosts family-friendly entertainment with monthly comedy shows, hypnotist demonstrations, and seasonal events.
Acqua-Forest Lake's passionate clientele like to spread the word about their favorite eatery, and their word-of-mouth reviews culminated in three OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for best ambiance, Italian food, and view. Tucked into the northern shore of Forest Lake, this restaurant allows patrons to stare out at blue waters and lush tree lines punctuated by the occasional sasquatch as they feast on Executive Chef Chris Whalen’s upscale Italian cuisine. Whalen twirls spaghetti around sautéed tiger shrimp and pairs broiled cold-water-lobster tail with truffle risotto and clarified butter. His shareable dishes include pizza with Calabrese Italian Sausage and fresh mussels sautéed in garlic, parsley, and cream.