Restaurants in Minnesota

Finnish Cuisine and American Favorites or Brunch with Drinks for Two at Finnish Bistro (Up to 47% Off)

Finnish Bistro

St. Anthony Park

Finnish dishes such as salmon lox and rye bread, spicy reindeer sausage, and daily fresh quiches; brunch with bloody marys or mimosas

$25 $14

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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 $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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$30 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Loose-Meat Sandwiches and Diner Food at Maid-Rite ($60 Total Value)

Maid-Rite

St. Cloud

Quick-serve diner treats including the signature loose-meat beef sandwich, salads, and shakes

$20 $10

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Italian Cuisine at Andiamo Italian Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Andiamo Italian Ristorante

Multiple Locations

Family of experienced restaurateurs whips up authentic Italian cuisine at welcoming neighborhood restaurants

$40 $25

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Gourmet American Food and Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Cravings Wine Bar & Grille (Up to 48% Off)

Cravings Wine Bar & Grille

Woodbury

List of more than 225 wines complements seasonal specialties such as smoked potato crusted walleye, filet mignon, and seared scallops

$30 $16

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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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$22 for $42 Worth of Sushi and Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi - Maplewood and Coon Rapids Riverdale

Multiple Locations

Teppanyaki chefs entertain diners while cooking filet mignon and lobster; sushi chefs stuff rolls with shrimp tempura, eel, and mango

$42 $22

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

Panino Brothers

Eden Prairie

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

$31.90 $16

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Jamaican Meal with Drinks for Two or Four at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen (Up to 46% Off)

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Burnsville

Winner on Food Network’s Food Court Wars serves up Jamaican entrees such as jerk chicken, pork, and curried veggies

$25 $14

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

Zantigo

Multiple Locations

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

$12 $6

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Sushi or Hibachi Dinners for Two at Sawa Japan (40% Off)

Sawa Japan

Timbercrest At Lakeville

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

$25 $15

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Meal for Two or Four at Cocoa Loco (Up to 49% Off)

Cocoa Loco

Minnetonka

Fountain drinks wash down salmon salads, reubens, and burgers made with chili, hot sauce, fried eggs, and brisket

$28.48 $15

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Sushi and Japanese Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Raku Japanese Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Raku Japanese Restaurant

Edina

Traditional and fusion Japanese cuisine that incorporates elements of French, Italian, and other Asian cooking

$30 $16

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

Raku Sushi & Lounge

St. Louis Park

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

$30 $15

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Comfort Food at McCarron's Pub and Grill (Up to 44% Off). Four Options Available.

McCarron's Pub and Grill

Maplewood

Pub dishes out comfort food such as bacon cheeseburgers, buffalo chicken wraps, fish tacos, pulled pork sliders, and spicy turkey melts

$18 $10

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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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$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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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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Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park (Up to 53% Off)

G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park

Fridley

Draft beers, drinks, and wine match with black Angus burgers, racks of ribs, wings, and other familiar pub grub

$44.48 $26

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

El 7 Mares

Savage

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

$20 $11

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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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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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Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli and Diner Food at Olde Main Eatery ($30 Total Value)

Olde Main Eatery

Elk River

Classic American diner and deli serves up hearty omelets, light wraps, and hot sandwiches

$15 $7.50

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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

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

$20 $11

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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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Sunday Brunch at Acqua-Forest Lake (45% Off)

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Forest Lake

Enjoy Sunday brunch options such as prime rib hash, homemade biscuits with sausage gravy or peppercorn blue burger with malted-vinegar fries

$40 $22

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

Wild Boar Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

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

$34.48 $18

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of American Fare at Buffalo Bar and Grill ($40 Value)

Buffalo Bar and Grill

Buffalo

Pork sandwich paired with coleslaw, southwest chicken wrap crowned with spicy ranch dressing & quarter-pound burger topped with bacon

$20 $11

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$16 for 2 Groupons, Each Valid for $14 Worth of Lunch at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant ($28 Value)

Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and flautas fill tables during lunch hours

$14 $8

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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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Barbecue and Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Smokey's Pub n' Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Smokey's Pub N' Grill

Wyoming

House-made barbecue, burgers, and local and craft beers

$30 $15

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

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

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

$30 $16

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$15 for $30 Worth of Classic American Food at 7th Street Tavern

7th Street Tavern

Highland

Buffalo chicken wings, bourbon salmon & bacon burgers pair with cocktails & brews beneath 25 TVs in family-friendly dining room

$30 $15

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Hibachi Fare and Drinks for Two or More, or Sushi in the Dining Area at Sakana Sushi & Hibachi (Up to 47% Off)

Sakana Sushi & Hibachi - Plymouth

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Cooks slice, dice, and grill meats in front of guests, while yellowtail and mango tuna rolls highlight the extensive sushi lineup

$30 $16

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at D&L Taco Gringo (44% Off)

D&L Taco Gringo

Clearwater

House-made black bean-and-corn salsa dresses tacos, chicken tostadas, and Mexican pizza

$19.60 $11

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$32 for $60 Worth of Upscale American Cuisine at Jensen's Food and Cocktails

Jensen's Food and Cocktails

Eagan

Seasonal fresh fish, prime rib roasted for 18 hours, half racks of ribs, and hearty pasta dishes pair with an extensive martini list

$60 $32

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Broasted Chicken or Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at The Lookout Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off)

The Lookout Bar and Grill

Lookout Bar & Grill

Bar open since 1958 serves its signature broasted chicken or enormous burgers alongside draft beer

$35.98 $19

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

The Praire Tap House

Eden Prairie

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

$40 $20

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Modern American Cuisine for Two or Four at Gulden's Restaurant & Bar (50% Off)

Gulden's Restaurant & Bar

Maplewood

Tender sirloin steaks, slow-cooked hickory pork ribs, and a full menu of fresh seafood

$30 $15

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Pizzas, Salads and Drinks with a Comedy Show for Two or Four at Welsch's Big 10 Tavern (58% Off)

Welsch's Big 10 Tavern

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Big laughs drawn by comedian pair with housemade cheese pizzas, caesar salads, and drinks from the bar

$75.40 $32

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Willernie

Chefs hand-toss dough for stromboli and fire gourmet thin-crust pizzas in wood-burning ovens

$20 $12

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Casual American Food and Movie-Themed Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Outtakes Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Outtakes Bar & Grill

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Burgers and flatbread pizzas pair with specialty cocktails inspired by your favorite movies

$20 $10

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Sushi Dinner at Aji Japanese Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, sear steaks on hibachi grills, and balance the flavors with house wine

$40 $25

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

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

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

$40 $22

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

Sawatdee St. Paul

Northwestern Precinct

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

$30 $16

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$19 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Casual American Food at Diggity Restaurant ($30 Value)

Diggity Restaurant

Coon Rapids

Cheese-curd stuffed hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried, hand-smashed burgers, italian beef sandwiches, and pasta with Cinci chili

$15 $9.50

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Homemade Bar Food at Freddy's Tiki Hut (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Freddy's Tiki Hut

Roseville

Tropical-themed restaurant and bar serves up half-pound, Angus beef burgers, southern fried chicken, thin-crust pizza, and 16 beers on tap

$30 $16

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Urban Feast for Two or Four at Urban Eatery (Up to 46% Off)

Urban Eatery

Cedar-Isles-Dean

Chefs turn local ingredients into playful takes on classic dishes, such as smoked-duck nachos and thai lettuce wraps

$102.50 $55

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Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Dinner with Beer or Wine for Two at Twisted Fork Grille (Up to 47% Off)

Twisted Fork Grille

Macalester - Groveland

Locally sourced fresh ingredients make their way into American food such as bison entrees and walleye cake benedicts

$33.88 $18

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

The Grandview Grill

Macalester - Groveland

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

$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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$8 for $16 Worth of Cajun-American Diner Food at New Louisiana Cafe

New Louisiana Cafe

Summit - University

Cajun-American Diner with chocolate-chip cookie-dough pancakes and half-pound burgers

$16 $8

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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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Italian Food at Eden Pizza (Up to 43% Off)

Eden Pizza

St. Paul

Traditional and specialty pizzas are baked from daily made crusts, and can be coupled with savory wings and crisp, fresh salads

$30 $17

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

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

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

$60 $39

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Pub Food and Drinks at Hoggsbreath Bar (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoggsbreath Bar

St Paul

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

$30 $15

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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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$15 for Three Groupons, Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Taqueria Los Paisanos ($36 Total Value)

Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

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

$12 $5

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

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

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

$50 $25

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

Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

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

$20 $10

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

Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

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

$11 $5.50

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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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$12 for $20 Worth of Drive-In Cuisine at Dari-ette Drive In

Dari-ette Drive In

St. Paul

A 1950s-style drive-in with menu-boards at each parking spot specializes in malts, meatballs, deep-fried chicken, and burgers

$20 $12

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Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (Half 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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$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at La Cabana

La Cabana

Dayton's Bluff

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

$30 $15

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

Cafe 99

Como Park

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

$20 $12

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

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

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

$67.85 $32

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

Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

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

$10 $5

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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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$20 for Pasta and Wine for Two at Yarusso's Italian Restaurant (Up to $37.18 Value)

Yarusso's Italian Restaurant

Payne - Phalen

Sauce and meatballs made from secret family recipes top pasta dishes at this fourth-generation-owned family restaurant opened in 1933

$37.18 $20

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

Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Dayton's Bluff

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

$22 $11

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

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

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

$30 $15

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Some of the spices and condiments in a Malaysian kitchen—ginger, shallots, chilies—are familiar to American diners. Others aren't as widely known, and it's these that give the seafood, meats, veggies, and curries at Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine their palate-expanding complexity. Belacan, for example, is a dried shrimp paste that provides a salty tang; pandan leaf is an aromatic plant used in desserts as a dumpling wrapper; and galangal is a type of Southeast Asian rhizome that goes well with lemongrass.

At Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine, Chef Tong mixes these ingredients with practiced precision to make nearly 200 dishes, from pineapple seafood fried rice to the Buddhist yam pot—a bowl formed from crispy fried taro and filled with shrimp, chicken, cashews, and vegetables. The restaurant's open kitchen lets guests watch him and the other cooks as they flip the crispy pancakes known as roti canai and toss fresh egg noodles with duck and barbecued pork. The food impressed Jeremy Iggers of the StarTribune along with his Malaysia-born dining companions, who "gave the Peninsula a strong endorsement: they said the food was as good as at the restaurants back home."

The kitchen also displays Peninsula's love for coconut. Jumbo shrimp and beef take on sweetness as they simmer in coconut milk, and a coconut-butter breading turns bites of chicken into crispy treats. To increase the chances that their dreams will take them to a tropical island, diners can finish with another celebration of the fruit of the palm: coconut pudding served inside a real coconut shell.

2608 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

The aroma of simmering lamb and curried vegetables wafts from Flamingo Restaurant’s kitchen, where owners Shegitu Kebede and Frewoini Haile ladle hearty meat stews onto spongy disks of injera. The duo’s traditional East African cuisine has been lauded by the Star Tribune as “flavorful and lovingly prepared.”

But Ms. Kebede’s and Ms. Haile’s passion for African cuisine is not the only bond they share: both women embarked on a dangerous escape from their respective war-ravaged countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea. As reported by MPR News, the refugees fled Africa on foot, alone, dodging rebels and government armies en route to freedom.

Once in the United States, Ms. Kebede and Ms. Haile joined forces to rebuild their lives and preserve their cultural identities. The result is Flamingo Restaurant. There, traditional African art adorns the walls, and imported African spices flavor the owners’ family recipes. Both women are always on hand to greet guests with a smile or conduct a tableside primer on their favorite dishes. Says Kebede, "We want people to see that, even though your countries fight [for] over 35 years, you can still be friends."

490 Syndicate St N
Saint Paul,
MN
US

• For $10, you get $20 worth of French-American cuisine at brunch or lunch. • For $20, you get $40 worth of French-American cuisine and drinks after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Restaurant's blend of fine French recipes with hardy American ingredients increases gustatory alliances at tables sprinkled throughout its homey dining rooms. In a contemporary take on the timeless roasted duck a l’orange, Grand Marnier and seasonal fruit accompaniments simmer next to a crispy quarter of tender duck ($16). After being pan seared and flambéed with cognac, the steak au poivre's black-peppercorn-encrusted fillet bathes in delicious blend of crème fraîche and bordelaise sauce next to a potato, pasta, or vegetables ($20). The salmon mosaic weaves strips of wild Alaskan salmon and fresh Canadian walleye into a replica of Starry Night before a light poaching and drizzle of lemon beurre blanc and dill ($18). Capturing the essences of classic French cuisine, the chicken coq au vin slow cooks locally raised chicken with bacon, pearl onions, and mushrooms in a red-wine sauce ($19 for dinner, $13 for lunch).

723 2nd St SW
Rochester,
MN
US

In the 1950s, Sam Perrella owned a small cafe in Minnesota's Iron Range, offering up the usual cafe fare of coffee and baked goods. But after hearing WWII soldiers' stories of Italian pizza and traveling to Chicago to taste the Windy City's version of the Italian pie, he and his wife created their own version. They morphed the cafe with Sammy's Pizza, moved it to a larger location, and watched the loyal customers roll in.

The iconic restaurant now boasts 16 locations in three states and the Five Four Lounge in Coon Rapids. But though it's a household name, it remains a family-run eatery with menu items culled from family recipes. Among them are chicken tetrazzini, three-cheese bacon caballero, and specialty pizzas. Favorites include Sammy's Special with Italian sausage, green pepper, and onions, or the Iron Ranger with kosher beef salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

103 W 1st St
Duluth,
MN
US

Chez Daniel executive chef Wilver Sanchez interprets the cuisine of France with an eye for artful presentation, simple and fresh ingredients, and a creative sensibility. Attentive servers welcome diners with appetizing small plates, covering nude tables with plump escargot baked in garlic butter and house-smoked salmon toast. Lobster ravioli is tossed with saut?ed mushrooms before making a dazzling midmeal entrance in a mantle of roasted artichokes and lobster-tarragon sauce, while filet mignon is served with potatoes and a classic b?arnaise sauce. Chez Daniel also features a list of weekly specials. The dining room's exposed-brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables entice customers with an atmosphere as elegant as a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne?s beard.

2800 American Blvd. W
Minneapolis,
MN
US

At Sweet Taste of Italy, the secret’s not just in the sauce—although they have a specialty housemade red sauce—because everything is made from scratch each day. The chefs whip butter, grind cheese, bake fresh sweet Italian bread, and hand-slice meats to create Italian favorites with an American twist. Customers can dine in or take out heaping helpings of pasta and Toyota-sized pizzas, and catering services are also available.

9576 Noble Pkwy N
Minneapolis,
MN
US