Typically, the only time a public bar is lit like a cozy living room is when patrons bring chandeliers with them. But at Jake's City Grille's Plymouth location, homey lamps illuminate a wooden bar, which competes with the elegance of the fireplace inside Eden Prairie?s dining room. Red umbrellas, meanwhile, keep the sun in check on Maplewood?s outdoor patio. Each location cultivates its own one-of-a-kind ambience, such as the warmly lit interior of Eagan?s space and the rustic feel of Gull Lake?s confines. These finely tuned atmospheres create a welcoming place to enjoy seared Ahi tuna, marinated chicken breast sandwiches, and cowboy ribeye steaks so fresh they still have the lasso on them.
Truffles and Tortes Dessert Cafe's bakers craft layered cakes, frosty beverages, chocolate-covered strawberries, and, of course, delicious tortes. But their penchant for sweets doesn't prevent them from creating a savory menu to be enjoyed alongside their baked goods. They bake quiches fresh every morning, make salads and sandwiches to order, and serve homemade soup all day long.
The sweets and savories aren't the shop's only homemade feature, though. The walls showcase a hand-painted mural. The mural features a bridge spanning a Parisian canal, with two small angel statues perched at the bridge's midpoint. One of the angels seems to have picked himself up a piece of cake from the shop's counter, revealing that the painting must come alive after the shop closes.
Peru's heritage of Spanish, indigenous, and Asian culinary traditions shines through at Uchu Peruvian Cuisine. The menu lists four different types of Peru's most famous dish, ceviche, made from raw fish marinated in lime juice, cilantro, and onions and served with yams and corn. The restaurant’s seafood comes in many forms, from mussels covered in tangy tomato sauce to fish filet atop seasoned rice and beans. Peru’s style of grilled cuisine, called criolla is represented in dishes such as shredded chicken in parmesan, and short ribs cooked in cilantro sauce. Uchu's chefs prepare each dish in full view of the expansive dining room, which is decorated with traditional Peruvian art.
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.
Sushi of Tokyo may actually be located in Plymouth, but nobody is doubting where the restaurant finds its inspiration. Japanese chefs masterfully incorporate raw ingredients such as surf clam, smelt roe, and squid into their nigiri and sashimi. It doesn’t matter that their kitchen is conspicuously lacking in smoke and flames—not when their California rolls taste so good with crunchy cucumbers, imitation crab meat, and sides of salty Pacific Ocean water. Though much of the food is uncooked, the chefs supply ample heat with their spicy lobster salad and udon noodle soups brimming with chicken, veggies, or seafood.