Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Favorites

We're nearing the end of Restaurant Week here in the Twin Cities. For us this meant a feast at Fogo on Tuesday. Deeeeelicious! It's nice to get a little taste (literally) of how that other half dines, but for those of us who can't always fork out a fortune for a forkful, here are just five of my many favorite local eateries that are much lighter on the wallet:

The best part about this place: we are right across the street! It's a fantastic fast casual sit-down or take-out place with offerings from soups and salads to sandwiches and salmon, chicken or steak entrees. Even better? Its bakery has to-die-for desserts from cakes and cupcakes to mini-pies and cookies to its heavenly caramel pull-apart. 
My favorites: The Tuna Melt and the yum! Veggie Sandwich - and every dessert they make.

Boasting the best Juicy Lucy creations, this is the only place you need to go for a burger. The fries and tots are great - but the fried green beans are the best you'll ever have. 
My favorites: The Jiffy Burger and the Bangkok Blucy.

With a location also just down the street from us, yes, this is the place Obama mentioned in his State of the Union. Aside from dishing out some of the best food service wages, they also serve some of the best wood-fire pizzas you'll ever have - and a surprisingly delightful artichoke dip. There are so many amazing combinations to choose from, but I usually create a very simple one of my own: Margherita with two additional toppings - garlic and feta.

No better diner breakfast exists. Always crowded, with genuine staff and heaping plates of endless cheesy, greasy-but-not-too greasy concoctions or pancakes and hot chocolate overflowing with whipped cream, there is nowhere else I'd rather be on a weekend morning. Jared is in love with their huevos rancheros, but I always go with the 'Lisa's.'

 You are simply not allowed to go to a concert or event at the
Xcel center without stopping here first for amazing Italian food served cafeteria-style in a fun atmosphere surrounded by more Italian food via an Italian market and pastry/dessert display. The pizza is wonderful, but I always get the lasagna. I need to branch out, though, because it all looks too good to keep passing up. The gelato is by far my favorite part of the visit.

Indulge this weekend without any financial guilt! I might see you there:)

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