Restaurants in South Saint Paul

Contemporary American Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Lakes Tavern & Grill (Up to 43% Off)

Lakes Tavern & Grill

Maplewood - Oakdale

$50 $32

Cubano sandwiches, cranberry chipotle turkey burgers, build-your-own mac and cheese, and seafood bakes pair with tap beers or house wines

Food and Drinks at Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants (Up to 44% Off)

Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants

Woodbury

$16 $9

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches or rolled into wraps crisp and melt when toasted in an oven

$22 for $40 Worth of Asian Mexican Fusion Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday

Señor Wong's Craft Bar & Restaurant

Lowertown - St.Paul

$20 $11

(70)

Gastropub with Mexican and Asian dishes, such as carnitas tacos, banh mi, pad thai, and flautas with rotating local and regional craft beers

$12 for $22 Worth of Finnish and European Food at Finnish Bistro

Finnish Bistro

St. Anthony Park

$22 $12

(187)

Finnish dishes such as salmon lox and rye bread, oat cakes, spicy reindeer sausage, and daily assortment of fresh quiche

Three-Course Dinner for Two or Four or Chef's Table Dinner for Up to Eight at Faces Mears Park (Up to 57% Off)

Faces Mears Park

Lowertown

$149.95 $89

(184)

Local, sustainably farmed ingredients flavor Mediterranean-influenced bistro cuisine that pairs with a wide wine selection

$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Japanese Fare, Sushi, and Drinks at Haiku Japanese Bistro

Haiku Japanese Bistro - Mendota Heights

Carolines Lake View

$30 $15

Sushi rolls prepared with tuna, spicy snow crab, and yellowtail and served with eye-pleasing presentation

Gourmet Pub Fare for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner at Chatterbox Pub (Up to 47% Off). Three Locations.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

(308)

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

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

Sawatdee St. Paul

Northwestern Precinct

$30 $16

(243)

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

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

The Grandview Grill

Macalester - Groveland

$16 $8

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

Pub Food and Drinks at Hoggsbreath Bar (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoggsbreath Bar

St Paul

$30 $16

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

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

Zantigo

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

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

$18 for Three Groupons, Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Taqueria Los Paisanos ($36 Total Value)

Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

$12 $6

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

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

Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

$20 $10

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

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

Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

$11 $5.50

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

Authentic Mexican Fare for Two or Four at Los Arcos (50% Off)

Los Arcos

West St. Paul

$25 $12.50

More than 90 traditional Mexican platters line up on expansive menu, including mole enchiladas & molcajetes served in hot rock bowls

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at La Cabana

La Cabana

Dayton's Bluff

$30 $15

(6)

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

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

Cafe 99

Como Park

$20 $12

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

Diner Meal for Two or Four at Egg and I (Up to 54% Off)

Egg and I

Multiple Locations

$30.50 $14

(83)

Dig into steak and eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and large stacks of buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes topped with seasonal berries

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

Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

$10 $5

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

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

Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Dayton's Bluff

$22 $11

(27)

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

$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

$42 $22

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

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

Gulden's Restaurant & Bar

Maplewood

$30 $15

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

Mexican Food and Drinks at La Fonda De Los Lobos (47% Off). Two Options Available.

La Fonda De Los Lobos

Eagan

$30 $16

(131)

Family-owned cantina specializes in New Mexican cuisine and margaritas

Two or Four Regular Sandwich Combos at Maverick's Real Roast Beef Restaurant (Up to 49% Off)

Maverick's Real Roast Beef Restaurant

Roseville

$25.56 $13

Roast beef, brisket, pulled pork, and other sandwiches are lovingly piled high before being served with a side and drink

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

Sarku Japan

Roseville

$20 $11

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

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

Little Venetian

Roseville

$37.90 $19

(11)

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

Farm-to-Table Dinner for Two or Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 47% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

$55 $29

(36)

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

Carry-Out Italian Meals or Catering for 25 from Boss' Pizza and Chicken (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Boss' Pizza and Chicken - Minneapolis

Minneapolis

$17.50 $10

Creative pizzas, with toppings such as shrimp and Alfredo sauce or eggs and sausage, complement meatball-studded spaghetti and other pastas

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

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

$30 $16

(46)

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

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

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

$16 $8

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

Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Dancing Ganesha (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Dancing Ganesha

Downtown West

$30 $16

(150)

Contemporary Indian cuisine such as tandoor-oven specialties and South Indian dosa crepes served alongside beer, wine, and house cocktails

$54 for Bocce-Court Rental, Craft Beer, and Brewpub Pizzas for Up to Eight at Nomad World Pub ($110 Value)

Nomad World Pub

West Bank- Minneapolis

$110 $54

Enjoy beer and pizza when you rent a bocce court

Tuscan Cuisine, Neapolitan Pizza, and Drinks at Arezzo Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Arezzo Ristorante

Fulton

$40 $20

(78)

Award-winning pizzas baked to order in brick ovens and handmade pastas tossed with Italian cured meats served amid murals and marble arches

$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food at Sushi X ($60 Total Value)

Sushi X

Minneapolis

$30 $15

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

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

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

$40 $22

(98)

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

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

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

$40 $20

(18)

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

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

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

$60 $39

(278)

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

$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

$20 $12

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

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

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

$50 $25

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

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

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

$42 $20

(119)

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

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

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

$24 $12

(72)

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

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

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

$12 $6

(8)

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

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

$12 $6

(35)

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

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

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

$67.85 $32

(57)

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

$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

$43 $26.50

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

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

Stella's Fish Cafe

Uptown

$179 $89

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

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

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

$30 $15

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

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

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

$20 $12

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

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

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

$51.90 $26

(67)

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

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

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

$130 $69

(163)

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

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

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

$24 $12

(16)

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

Mexican Food and Drinks for Two or Four or More at Pico de Gallo (50% Off)

Pico de Gallo

Downtown Minneapolis

$24 $12

Dozens of traditional Mexican dishes that run the gamut from mild to fiery

Half-Gallon Family Meal for Carry-Out, or $13 for $25 Worth of Italian Food at Sweet Taste of Italy

Sweet Taste of Italy-Crystal

Minneapolis

$25 $13

(31)

Chefs create Italian favorites with an American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese and special red sauce

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

Raku Sushi and Lounge

Minneapolis

$30 $15

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

Buffet or Middle Eastern Food at Jerusalem’s Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Jerusalem's Restaurant

Minneapolis

$25 $12.50

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

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

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

$10 $5

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

Bowling and American Food and Drink at Park Tavern (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Park Tavern

St. Louis Park

$50 $29

Up to six people can enjoy an hour or bowling while munching on cuisine such as bacon-cheeseburger pizzas, chicken-dijon paninis, and salads

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

$60 $39

(267)

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

Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

$25 $13

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

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (50% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

$30 $15

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

$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks at Sweet Taste of Italy in Brooklyn Park

Sweet Taste of Italy

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

$25 $13

(147)

Chefs create Italian favorites with American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese & special red sauce

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

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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

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

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

$20 $10

(74)

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

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

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

$20 $10

(9)

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

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

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

$20 $10

(15)

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

$18 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli, Grocery Items at Local D’Lish ($30 Total Value)

Local D’Lish

Minneapolis

$15 $9

The family behind this local produce-based shop helps connect people to their products, listing their origins or bringing in farmers

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

Hammer and Sickle

Uptown

$40 $22

(24)

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

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

Ingredients Cafe

White Bear Lake

$40 $25

(32)

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

Diner Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Cobblestone Cafe (50% Off)

Cobblestone Cafe

White Bear Lake

$20 $10

(16)

Classic diner food such as eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and malts for breakfast or lunch served in café with outdoor seating

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

Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Willernie

$20 $12

(346)

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

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

$75.40 $32

(13)

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

Mexican Cuisine at Fiesta Mexican Cuisine (50% Off). Two Options Available.

FIESTA mexican cuisine

Apple Valley

$24 $12

Diners can try authentic, regional Mexican dishes, such as Mayan-style pulled pork from Yucatán and fish fillet from Veracruz

Pizza Meal or $11 for $20 Worth of Takeout or Delivery from JR'S Stonebaked Pizza

JR'S Stonebaked Pizza

Burnsville

$20 $11

Build-your-own pizza menu with a thin or classic crust, tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauces, and 18 toppings

Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Sarna’s Classic Grill (Up to 51% Off)

Sarna's Classic Grill

Columbia Heights

$69.90 $36

Steak and seafood plates served alongside comfort cuisine born from house-made ingredients in well-appointed eatery with landscaped patio

American Food at Danny's Bar & Grill (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Danny's Bar & Grill

Stillwater

$30 $15

Eat gourmet twists on American cuisine by a fireplace inside or out on a patio next to the golf course

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

El 7 Mares

Savage

$20 $11

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

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park (Up to 56% Off)

G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park

Fridley

$44.48 $23

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

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

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

$20.39 $11

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

$21 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Hibachi, and Drinks at Sawa Japan

Sawa Japan

Timbercrest At Lakeville

$30 $21

(60)

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

Select Local Merchants

When Louis Tinucci, Sr. purchased Duke's Cafe in Inver Grove in 1946, he began a family tradition of food and hospitality. In 1958, his son, Louis Jr., became the owner of the Dairy Way Drive-In in Newport—which stood on the same site as the present-day Tinucci's restaurant.

A fire destroyed the building in 1974. But rather than trying to duct tape the ashes back together, Louis Jr. and his family saw it as an opportunity to rebuild and expand. Now, having undergone several additional expansions since, the business operates under a third generation of Tinuccis. It also carries the tradition began by Louis Sr. some 60 years ago in the form of hearty chicken dinners and a popular Saturday night prime rib buffet.

396 21st St
Newport,
MN
US

Jersey's Bar & Grill serves up plates of hearty pot roast, thick burgers, and crispy chicken tenders as live country and rock bands serenade crowds. Like Garrison Keillor's alternate glam-rock stage persona "Gary Sonorous," the selection of Juicy Lucys combines a treasured Minnesota touchstone with a touch of decadence. Beef patties are stuffed with provolone, applewood bacon, or American cheese before getting topped with caramelized onions, Cajun mayo, or grilled peppers. Burger aficionados pore over the customizable burger menu, building their own creations from multiple topping, bun, and meat choices. For breakfast (9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday), chow down on omelets, hash browns, steaks, and pancakes.

6449 Concord Blvd
Inver Grove Heights,
MN
US

Amid scenic views of the Mississippi River, the two-tiered patio and all-glass-enclosed dining room treat diners to breathtaking vistas of North America's largest river system and its mermaid inhabitants basking on the shore. Not just about the scenery, at Mississippi Pub, the cooks maintain a strong passion for the food they dish out. Plating traditional pub grub and fresh seafood entrees like fish tacos and shrimp po' boys, they take a fresh approach with their menu. A full bar, boasting bottled and draft beers, shots, and cocktails, complements hearty American fare, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and weekend breakfast options.

4455 66th St E
Inver Grove Heights,
MN
US

For the last two decades, the chefs at The Grandview Grill have been adding their own touch to classic diner fare. They’ve spiced up breakfast staples to mimic the flavors of other popular dishes, creating options such as pineapple-upside-down-cake pancakes, topped with a dollop of vanilla crème and cinnamon butter, and the caprese benedict piled with tomato and fresh mozzarella and smothered in a basil-pesto hollandaise. As the clock moves toward the lunch hour, chefs begin creating sandwiches with the same level of inventiveness, filling grilled-cheese sandwiches with three styles of cheese and topping veggie burgers with garden ingredients. Like any good diner, The Grandview Grill crowns meals with shakes, malts, and ice-cream sundaes blended with candy, fruit, and cookies. When it comes to environmental responsibility, however, the diner shuns tradition: it only serves coffee that’s organic, fair trade, and flown directly from Brazil, and it strives to recycle as many of its materials as possible.

1818 Grand Ave
Saint Paul,
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.

10060 City Walk Dr
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.

This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.

9965 Hudson Pl
Woodbury,
MN
US