Food & Drink in Fridley

$25 for $50 Worth of Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

$50 $25

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Latin Dining for Two or Four at El Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar ( 47% Off). Two Options Available.

El Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar

Columbia Heights

Traditional Mexican and Ecuadorian dishes, fajitas, enchiladas, and shrimp ceviche

$30 $16

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Buffalo Wings and Beer or Fondue and Wine for Two at Eichten's Market & Cafe (46% Off)

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

$20.39 $11

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$12 for $24 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at NOLA Bistro & Bar

NOLA Bistro & Bar

Osseo / Maple Grove

Meals kick off with alligator bites before moving on to entrees of crawfish étouffée, andouille jambalaya, blackened catfish, and poboys

$24 $12

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Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Sundae (Up to $24 Value)

Yogurt Sundae

Multiple Locations

Self-serve frozen yogurt flavors include cherry almond cookie, pink lemonade sorbet, and sugar-free Tahitian vanilla; more than 50 toppings

$8 $4.50

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Blaine

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop ($30 Value)

Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop

Blaine

Handmade ice cream in more than 40 fruit- and candy-inspired flavors, such as Almond Joy, banana, and strawberry cheesecake

$10 $5

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Steakhouse Cuisine and Drinks at Lindey's Prime Steak House (Up to 45% Off)

Lindey's Prime Steak House

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Casual steakhouse with 50+ years of history

$50 $29

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Pop Culture Frozen Yogurt ($16 Value)

Pop Culture Frozen Yogurt

Arden Hills

With a rotating roster of 10 flavors and more than 70 toppings, which range from healthy to decadent, it’s easy to create unique desserts

$8 $5

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3, 6, or 12 Months of Wine of the Month Club from MGM Wine and Spirits (Up to 61% Off)

MGM Wine and Spirits

Golden Valley

Wine of the month club is the easiest way to taste and learn about new wines, all hand selected by wine experts

$120 $59

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Deli Sandwiches and Drinks for Two or Four at Mort's Delicatessen (Up to 58% Off)

Mort's Delicatessen

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Classic and specialty sandwiches stack fresh deli meats onto a variety of breads

$45.98 $20

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Coffee, Food, Wine and Beer at Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe, Beer and Wine

New Hope (across from YMCA)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

$20 $10

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"Show X" on Monday Nights at HUGE Improv Theater, Through December 29 (Up to 53% Off)

"Show X"

Huge Improv Theater

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Weekly show features veteran players in long-form improv performances

$29.78 $14

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Bread, Cupcakes, Pastries, and Cakes at Wuollet Bakery (Up to50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wuollet Bakery

Multiple Locations

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

$30 $15

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

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

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

$16 $8

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$32 for $60 Worth of Sustainable Italian Food and Drinks at The Butcher Block Restaurant

The Butcher Block Restaurant

Northeast Minneapolis

Grass-fed, organic, and sustainable meats dominate authentic Italian menu in items such as pan-roasted duck breast and veal-liver marsala

$60 $32

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Pub Food and Beer Flights at Chatterbox Pub (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

Lobster grilled cheese, gourmet burgers & hops-infused cheese curds pair with craft beers, ciders & wines amid vintage video & board games

$50 $26

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Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Copper Pot Indian Grill (Up to 43% Off)

Copper Pot Indian Grill

Lumber Exchange Building

Cuisine includes prawns, tandoori chicken, coconut lamb saag, roti, and saag paneer with fresh spinach and homemade cheese

$30 $17

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$8 for $16 Worth of Creative Brunch Food at Uptown Diner

Uptown Diner

East Isles

A creative menu spans both breakfast and lunch in the form of pineapple upside-down pancakes and cashew-chicken-salad sandwiches

$16 $8

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$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Diner Food at The Malt Shop ($36 Total Value)

The Malt Shop

Lynnhurst

Family-friendly restaurant’s classic menu includes third-pound burgers, housemade soups and salad dressings, and thick malts and shakes

$12 $7

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Japanese Food and Sushi for Dinner at Haiku Japanese Bistro (43% Off). Two Options Available.

Haiku Japanese Bistro

University

Dinkytown eatery serves up classic noodle, teriyaki, and hibachi entrees, plus sushi rolls drizzled with wasabi mayo

$30 $17

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$27 for $50 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Vic's Dining

Vic's Dining

St. Anthony Main

Guests enjoy views of riverfront while dining on Maryland-style crab cakes, flatbreads, new york strip steaks, burgers, and sandwiches

$50 $27

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

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

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

$40 $20

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$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

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

$20 $12

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Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

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

$12 $6

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$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

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

$43 $26.50

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

Stella's Fish Cafe

Uptown

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

$179 $89

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

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

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

$20 $12

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

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

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

$51.90 $26

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

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

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

$130 $69

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food at Sal's on Fifth ($20 Value)

Sal's on Fifth

Downtown West

Huge New York-style slices or whole pies in flavors like loaded baked potato and philly cheesesteak, plus burgers, strombolis, and gyros

$10 $5.50

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Hot wings, baked penne layered with pepperoni, sausage hoagies, and pizzas loaded with your choice of nearly 30 toppings

$20 $11

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

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

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

$24 $12

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Cuban-Style Cuisine at El Burrito Cubano (50% Off). Two Options Available.

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

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

$10 $5

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and More at Edina Creamery

Edina Creamery

Minneapolis

Waffle cones, milk shakes, and sundaes made with more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream such as espresso love; Vietnamese sandwiches

$10 $5

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Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 71% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

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

$25 $8

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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

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

$64 $34

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Food at Emily's Lebanese Deli ($40 Total Value)

Emily's Lebanese Deli

St. Anthony West

38-year-old restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

$20 $11

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

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

$20 $10

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$12.50 for Two Dozen Donuts at Café Donuts ($20 Value)

Cafe Donuts

Multiple Locations

Chefs cook up 40 flavors of donuts, filling their shop’s display cases with varieties such as glazed, boston cream, red velvet, and coconut

$20 $12.50

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Farm-to-Table Dinner for Two or Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 44% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

Every week is a new experience at this restaurant, which routinely alters its menus to incorporate local, sustainably produced ingredients

$55 $31

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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

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

$40 $20

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

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

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

$20 $10

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

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

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

$20 $10

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (46% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

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

$28 $15

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Lunch for Two or Six-Course Chef's Table Dinner with Wine for Up to Eight at Icehouse (Up to 50% Off)

Icehouse

Whittier

Beer-battered cod, cheese ravioli, and lobster BLTs served at lunch; six-course Chef’s Table dinner with specialty entrees paired with wine

$30 $17

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$26 for $50 or $52 for $100 Worth of Hibachi Dinner at Sushi X

Sushi X

Minneapolis

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

$50 $26

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Upscale Pub Food for Two or Four at Krona Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Krona Bar and Grill

Downtown West

Burgers, flatbread pizzas, steaks, and other classic pub dishes served in an upscale setting with a roaring fireplace and hardwood accents

$30 $16

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Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (63% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

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

$50 $19

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$29 for $50 Worth of Upscale American Cuisine for Two or More at restaurant Max

restaurant Max

Downtown West

Upscale renditions of American classics, such as chicken pot pie and grilled rib eye

$50 $29

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

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

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

$42 $20

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

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

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

$24 $12

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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

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

$12 $6

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$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Food at Sweet Taste of Italy

Sweet Taste of Italy

Multiple Locations

Chefs make bread and sauces fresh daily to create a menu of Italian favorites with an American twist

$25 $13

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$22 for $40 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Crooked Pint Ale House

Crooked Pint Ale House

Downtown Minneapolis

Two dozen tap beers and specialty cocktails complement burgers, veggie wraps, pot pies, fresh tacos, and breakfast served all day

$40 $22

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Middle Eastern Food at Jerusalem’s Restaurant (Up to 44% Off). Three Options Available.

Jerusalem's Restaurant

Stevens Square

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

$25 $14

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Diner Cuisine, Valid Weekdays or Any Day at Our Kitchen (45% Off)

Our Kitchen

East Harriet

Veggie-strewn omelets, syrup-covered french toast, burgers, and tuna salad sandwiches

$20 $11

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

Raku Sushi and Lounge

Minneapolis

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

$30 $15

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$22 for $40 Worth of Asian-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks at Thanh Do

Thanh Do

St. Louis Park/Minneapolis

Acclaimed chef Thom Pham constructs curries and stir-fries from Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai recipes

$40 $22

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth Food & Drinks at Hot Indian Foods ($40 Value)

Hot Indian Foods

Midtown Global Market

Indurritos, their specialty, consist of roti wrapped around chicken in a creamy tomato curry, spinach and paneer cheese, or vegan aloo gobi

$20 $11

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Caribbean and American Food at Jammin' Wings (Up to 57% Off). Three Options Available.

Jammin' Wings

Brooklyn Center

Jerk chicken shows up in sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and alfredo pasta dishes at eatery with occasional live entertainment

$30 $13

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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

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

$60 $39

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$59 for New American Dinner for Two at Spill the Wine ($110 Value). Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Spill the Wine

Lyn-Lake

New American shared plates like wild-caught salmon with elotes or gnocchi in gorgonzola cream, prepared using locally sourced ingredients

$110 $59

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

Solomon's Bakery

Minneapolis

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

$30 $15

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

Hammer and Sickle

Uptown

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

$40 $22

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Barbecue and Pub Food at The Lyndale Tap House (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Lyndale Tap House

Uptown

Cooks craft Angus beef burgers and marinate pit meat for three days at a pub with more than 30 beers on tap

$40 $20

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sarku Japan – St. Paul (Up to 45% Off)

Sarku Japan

Roseville

Made-to-order sushi, teriyaki, and tempura brimming with fresh seafood and vegetables

$20 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food and Drinks at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Maple Grove

Stationed at tabletop hibachi grills, chefs grill lobster, steak & vegetables to order while diners watch

$30 $15

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Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Get an Additional $25 Gift Card at Malone's Bar & Grill

Malone's Bar & Grill

Maple Grove

Gift cards to restaurant specializing in steaks, ribs, and burgers

$125 $100

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Chicago Style Pizza, Sandwiches, and Italian Food at Frankie's Pizza (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Frankie's Chicago Style Pizza

Maple Grove

For its 26th anniversary, eatery specializing in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza revamped its space and its menu

$30 $16

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $18 Worth of Barbecue at Z's Smokin' Bonez ($36 Total Value)

Z's Smokin' Bonez

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

Eatery serves smoked pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket with sides like smoked mac & cheese, bacon potato salad, and jalapeño cornbread

$18 $11

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Entrees and Wine at Little Venetian (Up to 51% Off)

Little Venetian

Roseville

Made from family recipes, the eatery's Italian classics range from meat-filled lasagna to pizza crowned with chicken and alfredo sauce

$37.90 $19

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Friday-Night Comedy at the Courtyards Standup Show and Buffet Dinner for Two at Courtyards of Andover (Up to 35% Off)

Comedy at the Courtyards

Comedy at the Courtyards

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Comics from around the country seen on SpikeTV and Funny or Die follow a hearty buffet

$73.90 $48

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Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four or Coffee or Wine at The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe (Up to 54% Off)

The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe

Andover

Various imported wines, specialty beers, or microbrews; appetizers made with local ingredients

$40.95 $19

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$28.98 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Family-Size, Three-Topping Pizza at Majestic Pizza (Up to $60.96 Value)

Majestic Pizza

Andover

Three 16-inch pizzas crafted from dough and sauce made fresh daily with traditional and gourmet ingredients, such as shrimp and white sauce

$20.32 $9.66

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$22 for $40 Worth of Japanese Cuisine for Two or More at Sakana Sushi & Hibachi

Sakana Sushi & Hibachi

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Spicy tuna and avocado, yellowtail, and mango tuna rolls highlight extensive sushi lineup

$40 $22

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Three $10 Groupons or a Hot Dog Party for Up to 10 Kids at Uncle Franky's (Up to 50% Off)

Uncle Franky's

Plymouth

Hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, hot corned beef, burgers, and hand-cut french fries

$10 $5

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American Cuisine at Ingredients Cafe (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Ingredients Cafe

White Bear Lake

Local, sustainable ingredients make refined, internationally tinged dishes such as empanadas, Asian pork salad & lemon caper chicken penne

$40 $25

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As a restaurateur with existing eateries in St. Paul to Minnetonka, Bombay Palace owner and chef Pal Cheema wasted no time putting his personal stamp on what was once a modest Himalayan restaurant in Fridley. Pal adds a health-conscious angle to Bombay Palace's menu of northern and southern Indian fare, constructing dishes with no MSG and a lighter use of oils and butter. And though his chefs create a multitude of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, from vegetable rice biryani to cheesy grilled paneer, they don't neglect their meats. Tender kebabs of yogurt-marinated chicken, lamb, and fish swelter in the heat of a clay-oven tandoor, and a fully stocked lunch buffet offers a weightlifter's shopping list of proteins from goat and lamb to fresh seafood.

After finishing their meal in one of the burgundy booths, diners can peruse the walls' framed artworks, each of which bears a placard with the name of the picture or instructions on where to locate Waldo.

765 53rd Ave NE
Fridley,
MN
US

Authentic aromas of Nepal, Tibet, and India waft up winsomely from the kitchen of Himalayan Restaurant. Chamena (appetizers) such as pyaazi (deep-fried onions and jalapeños, $4.50) and wo (black-lentil pancakes fried up with ginger and cilantro, $4.50) tease taste buds and unleash appetite avalanches. Himalayan’s machaa-masu tarkari mixes fish or meat into saucy and curried dishes—try the lamb-saag (boneless lamb with spinach, $13.95) or the machaa ko masu (fish-fillet curry, $13.95). Vegetarian and vegan entrees abound, including aaloo cauli (stir-fried potatoes, cauliflower, and peas, $9.95) and ram-toria-aaloo (fried okra with potatoes and Nepalese spices, $9.95). Potable chow-chasers such as Himalayan coffee, served with milk and spices, and the mango lassi ($2.50 each) sate liquid hunger and awaken hibernating yetis.

765 53rd Ave NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Mojo's Pizza is a locally owned and operated Pizzeria serving you real New York Style Neapolitan thin crust pizza. The owner...created the most phenomenal sauce on the market and now calls it Mojo's Sauce. An Italian and a transplant to Minnesota from New York...has all of Mojo's meats made ...at their butchery in Manhattan

6522 University Avenue Northeast
Fridley,
MN
US

"Your food should be something you get your hands on and become a part of," Rob Dubnecay told a reporter from CBS Minnesota. "Sitting back with a fork and knife is kind of boring."

Rob developed his philosophy?and his palate?while growing up in Chicago, where he honed his motor skills by wrapping his hands around Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Hoping to introduce his childhood cuisine to Minnesota, he founded Chris and Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority, where each week trucks haul in ingredients straight from the Windy City, such as fresh poppy-seed buns and sausages wrapped in old mobsters' hit lists. True to the authentic big-shoulders style, cooks top Vienna all-beef hot dogs with everything but ketchup: mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, sport peppers, and a sprinkle of celery salt. For 17 years, the family-friendly restaurant has continued to adapt their roots to other Chicago favorites including Kronos Gyro's, sliced Italian beef sandwiches served on Gonella bread, specialty pizzas, and Maxwell Street polish sausages.

7429 E River Rd
Minneapolis,
MN
US

After immigrating to the United States at age 20, Greece native Dino Adamidis cut his teeth in the restaurant industry as an employee at his sister’s steakhouse. He enjoyed the work, but still aspired to own his own business, a dream he carried with him from Greece. In 1982, he and his wife Vona decided to pursue that dream by opening a small white and blue stand at a local art fair where they sold gyros to spectators, often cinching a sale with free meat samples, saying, “We knew if the people would try it they would love it.” Love it they did, but it wasn’t until 1986—four years and several food stands down the road—that the couple opened the first freestanding Dino’s Gyros with only eight booths and a single particle accelerator.

Today, Dino’s is run by the two oldest children and serves quick Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from six locations. The menu still highlights the classic gyro, often with innovative twists, such as the Greek Philly, a gyro-meat mound sautéed with onions, green peppers, and swiss cheese. Catering services offer the same delicious fare as box lunches, family-style buffets, or busts carved from gyro meat.

3179 Northdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids,
MN
US

It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.

Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.

2835 Northdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids,
MN
US