Feeding a crowd has never been easier. Whether you desire a reservation for a night out on the town or are planning a party, there are plenty of restaurants in the Southwest metro that welcome large parties or have booming takeout businesses. The ability to serve two people or several hundred people while not compromising on quality is what sets these establishments apart. Group meals have a casualness about them that allows diners to relax and really enjoy the company of those they are sharing the table with. Let one of these local restaurants ease the work of your next gathering.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Green Mill pizza is an obvious crowd pleaser. The pizza has a consistently recognizable and delicious flavor profile due to the unique blend of spices and sauce. The choices are plentiful and include such flavorful options as the BBQ chicken pizza, topped with BBQ chicken, red onion, Mozzarella, cilantro, diced bacon and cheddar cheese.
Green Mill also has a full menu of salads, appetizers, pastas, burgers and main course meals. The lunch special runs from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM M-F. Check online for details. Green Mill caters parties, weddings, corporate events and they offer box lunches for off- site gatherings. 8266 Commonwealth Dr., Eden Prairie; 952.944.3000
Smoked Barbecued Beef Brisket
Baker’s Ribs has been catering to the Eden Prairie business community for more than 17 years, and the meats at Baker’s Ribs are slow smoked over oak logs using a secret family recipe. There is an on-site restaurant in the Eden Prairie location, as well full offsite catering options for small to large groups. Customer favorites include their succulent Smoked Barbecued Beef Brisket sandwiches or the sliced pork sandwiches, served with barbecue sauce on the side. Purchase by the plate or by the pound. Baker’s Ribs smokes turkeys and hams to order for the holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Call ahead to order and pick up the day before your celebration. 8019 Glen Ln., Eden Prairie; 952.942.3557
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is known for its vast array of entertaining musical productions and as a venue for parties, wedding receptions and corporate functions. It’s a multifaceted entertainment destination. The venue hired Executive Chef David Kirchner one year ago, and the changes he has made in the culinary sphere there are obvious. Kirchner brings with him the desire to make the food as fresh and memorable as the productions. Burgers and steaks are all now made from certified Angus beef and the newly christened Brindisi’s Pub menu includes a special selection of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. Make sure to order the hand wrapped-crab rangoons, the crunchy wontons are filled with molten cream cheese, wasabi and blue claw meat set in a sweet Thai chili sauce. 501 West 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.934.1525
Brick House Burger
Cuzzy’s Brick House
Cuzzy’s is located in Chaska and is a perfect spot for groups looking to have a lively time. The restaurant is open and spacious and offers a creative food and drink menu, as well as an ever-increasing number of craft beers on tap. Popular menu choices include the wood fired pizzas, pulled pork, beef brisket and burgers. Savor the brick house burger with hickory smoked bacon, Swiss and American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, fried onions, alfalfa sprouts and a special sauce. The multiple large screen TV’s scattered about the restaurant give diners a great opportunity to cheer on their favorite sports teams. In the fall, Sunday and Monday night football are the big the draw. Cuzzy’s caters and welcomes the opportunity to help plan your next family or corporate event either offsite or in-house. 2880 Chaska Blvd., Chaska; 952.448.5594
Thai Green Curry
Na’s Thai Café
Tucked back in a strip mall on West 78th St., Na’s Thai Cafe is the hidden gem for Thai cuisine here in the Southwest metro. A long-standing customer favorite is the Thai Green Curry. A delicious blend of coconut milk and green curry paste is combined with green beans, eggplant, basil and kafir leaves. This dish is served with rice and chicken, pork, beef or shrimp.
Na’s has a daily lunch buffet that is popular with the local business community. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Na’s does a bustling takeout business. Na’s welcomes opportunities to cater to large groups and corporations for their company functions. 566 West 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.949.1125
Southwest Chicken Wrap
Crumb Gourmet Deli
Crumb Gourmet Deli is praised for the high quality, wholesome menu choices at their Eden Prairie location. Soups, sauces and dressings are all made from scratch. A variety of sandwiches, soups and wraps are available both onsite and on the catering menu. Enjoy the southwest chicken wrap, bursting with grilled chicken, black beans, corn tomatoes, red pepper, green pepper, cheddar, tortilla strips and fresh greens that are tossed in a chipotle ranch dressing. Crumb’s catering business includes box lunches with sandwiches, chips, a pickle and a cookie. Family-style catering is also offered and is a popular choice for groups. Just about anything on the menu can be family-sized. 7910 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie; 952.934.1717