Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: at The Finnish Bistro, located on Como Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of dinner fare and wine or beer (good Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.)
- For $6, you get $12 worth of breakfast or lunch fare
More than 30 years ago, owner Soile Anderson carried a suitcase full of delicious heritage from Finland all the way to the Twin City area. Soile's menu is full of Finnish-inspired fare replete with American twists. Savor the comfort of a loaded baked-potato pizza, which features fresh onions, cheddar cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon resting on a buttery garlic-mashed-potato foundation set deep into an earthen crust and served with a side of sour cream ($9.95). Beef tenderloin, carrots, rutabaga, and onion can be relieved of their cramped quarters by biting into a Finnish-beef pasty, served with cucumber dill sauce ($9.95). Evening diners can potably punch-up their meals with a variety of wine and Teutonic beers, and the early-rising avian can start the day the Nordic way via a traditional Finnish breakfast of smoked salmon lox, pickled herring, salami, egg, and rye crisp ($8.95).
The dinner option is valid for food and alcohol between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the restaurant closes at 4 p.m. on Sundays. The breakfast or lunch option is only valid for food, not alcohol.