Southwest Metro restaurants
It’s getting hot in here. January’s trauma is distant enough for us to whine about the heat without compunction. Our internal thermostats have adjusted along with our appetites. Tater tot hot dish is but a shadow of a memory—now we anticipate meals of cooling, light foods. From chilled soups to fruit-based salads, this guide takes a spin through some of the southwest metro restaurants’ best cold specialties to keep you charged—and charmed—on summer’s hottest days. Read more about Cooling Foods from Southwest Metro Restaurants.
Amidst peoples’ predilections for juicy steaks and perfectly-grilled burgers, seafood doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Whether you’re throwing it in a delicious pasta dish, grilling it up with some roasted veggies, or breading it and frying to perfection, there’s a million different ways to make seafood shine. So, even if you’re not a seafood aficionado, we bet you’ll fall in love with some of the mouth-watering options the southwest metro has to offer. Read more about Restaurants: Fish Fries and more
There aren’t many dishes quite as comforting as macaroni and cheese. But, let’s get a few things straight about the legacy of this classic dish. First, we should pay homage to the person—or should we say genius—who came up with the idea to combine perfectly tender noodles with rich, creamy cheese sauce. Second, can we all agree that Kraft Mac and Cheese still tastes, well, delicious—even though it’s from a box? And third, it’s pretty remarkable that whether you’re five or 50 years old, mac and cheese is still just as good as it was the last time you tasted it. Read more about Restaurants: Macaroni and Cheese in Eden Prairie, Victoria and Waconia
“Soup” is too stale a word to describe the following dishes we sampled for the first Restaurants section of 2014. “Soup” is a canned, microwaveable nightmare of a lazy meal that we scramble for when sick on a cold winter day. So we won’t be eating “soup” this month. Rather, we have put together an eclectic assortment of chilis, chowders and bisques that are so fresh and succulent you will forego the “rhymes-with-ambles” meal and enjoy something heartier from local southwest metro restaurants. Our gaggle of gumbos are also the perfect meals for those with New Year’s weight-loss resolutions. Read more about Review: Hottest Soups in the Southwest Metro
English actress and comedian Jo Brand once said, “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” And, we wholeheartedly agree. So, as an ode to all of the chocoholics out there, we’ve scoured the southwest metro in search of some of the best chocolate concoctions around. From cakes and cookies to martinis and pancakes, you can find this favorite flavor in just about any form—and it’s always delicious. Read more about Review: Seven of the Southwest Metro’s Best Chocolate Treats
Another November is upon us, meaning the beautiful fall season is slowly transforming into another beastly Minnesota winter. There are fewer remedies for the frozen doldrums as tried and true as a strong, refreshing cocktail coupled with a favorite film. This month, we are bringing you a selection of local cocktail options from around the southwest metro, and pairing each with a film character known to consume the beverage—or one who we think would enjoy each drink.
Read more about Favorite Southwest Metro Drinks with Cinema Standouts