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11 Underrated Suburban Restaurants Worth Exploring

Where to eat arepas, jambalaya and massive egg rolls

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Here are 11 compelling reasons to explore the outer reaches of the cities to discover Venezuelan corn cakes, Korean hot pot, Scandinavian cakes, and more. These restaurants and bars deserve just as much attention as those on Minneapolis’s eat street or in downtown St. Paul and most of them come complete with actual parking lots. What more could you ask for?

—by Kara Somberg

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. AREPA BITE LATIN FOOD

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2213 US-10
Mounds View, MN 55112
(763) 780-7990
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Find authentic Venezuelan food in Mounds View. Inside this bright exterior are freshly made arepas and other Latin delicacies. It is family owned, family friendly, and a great place to enjoy corn cakes stuffed to the brim with flavorful meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Venezuelan corn cakes packed with ingredients
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2. Bistro La Roux

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9372 Lexington Ave NE
Circle Pines, MN 55014
(763) 717-8288
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Who knew that fantastic Cajun food was only a trip to Circle-Pines away? Find everything from seafood-packed gumbo to New-Orleans-worthy beignets.

Get dat
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3. Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

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1330 Larpenteur Ave W
St Paul, MN 55113
(651) 489-5299
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Just on the edge of St. Paul is this unassuming little fish and chips shop that has been feeding fans for generations. Come for the fried food and stay for the freshly-made saltwater taffy.

Fish, chips and saltwater taffy
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4. Grand Szechuan Restaurant

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10602 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 888-6507
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This Chinese restaurant’s huge menu is worth a trip or two out to Bloomington. Stop by to find anything you could want in the way of spicy Szechuan cuisine or traditional Chinese favorites.

A dish of dumplings
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5. Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

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1935 Beam Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 773-4878
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Your search for some of the Twin Cities’ finest egg rolls ends at this wonderful counter-service restaurant in Maplewood. Order as many huge, inexpensive egg rolls as your heart desires or make it a meal with a comforting bowl of noodle soup along with a big cup of bubble tea.

Great eggrolls and serious pho
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6. King’s Korean Cuisine and Sushi Bar

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1051 E Moore Lake Dr
Fridley, MN 55432

Find mighty fine Korean food (and a huge selection of sushi) at a strip mall in Fridley. It’s possible to visit this restaurant dozens of times and still not have tired everything on this massive menu. After the meal, wander into the Korean grocery store next door for some take-home kimichi.

Hot pots and nigiri in Fridley
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7. Truffles & Tortes

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206 Main St W
Anoka, MN 55303
(763) 432-7645
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Downtown Anoka is home to this little cafe known best for Instagram-baiting, llick-your-plate-worthy desserts. But, it also offers an assortment of sandwiches, soups, and quiche to balance out all the sweets.

All the tarts
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8. Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe

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2900 Rice St #100
Little Canada, MN 55117
(651) 482-8876
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Serving up both hearty Scandinavian breakfast and a huge slice of cake to save for later. Or to eat right after breakfast, let’s be real. It’s dessert time somewhere. Don’t miss the Bailey’s Irish Cream Torte.

Almond topped kringla
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9. Prime Deli & Restaurant

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4224 Minnetonka Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 303-5813
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A good kosher deli is not easy to find in Minnesota, but Prime Deli in St. Louis Park is exactly that. The Schnitzel sandwich and the Mad Russian (a kosher version of a reuben) are must-trys, but there is also traditional matzo ball soup to an assortment of kosher sushi.

Totally Kosher Buffalo chicken sandwich
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10. The Alchemist

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2222 4th St
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 429-9286
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It’s time to ask why so many Saturday nights drinking are wasted drinking the same old drinks at the same old bars, when downtown White Bear Lake has these thrilling cocktails with a Steampunk styled room.

The steam-punk cool in White Bear Lake
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11. Hoban | Korean Restaurant

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1989 Silver Bell Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 688-3447
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This casual restaurant in Eagan offers a huge variety of traditional Korean dishes. Bring a friend and enjoy one of their satisfying “hot pots for two” or stop in for lunch and fill up on the all-you-can-eat buffet. And then be sure to hit up the karaoke bar next door.

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1. AREPA BITE LATIN FOOD

2213 US-10, Mounds View, MN 55112
Venezuelan corn cakes packed with ingredients
Arepa Bite/Facebook

Find authentic Venezuelan food in Mounds View. Inside this bright exterior are freshly made arepas and other Latin delicacies. It is family owned, family friendly, and a great place to enjoy corn cakes stuffed to the brim with flavorful meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

2213 US-10
Mounds View, MN 55112

2. Bistro La Roux

9372 Lexington Ave NE, Circle Pines, MN 55014
Get dat
Bistro La Roux/Facebook

Who knew that fantastic Cajun food was only a trip to Circle-Pines away? Find everything from seafood-packed gumbo to New-Orleans-worthy beignets.

9372 Lexington Ave NE
Circle Pines, MN 55014

3. Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

1330 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Fish, chips and saltwater taffy
Mac’s Fish & Chips/Facebook

Just on the edge of St. Paul is this unassuming little fish and chips shop that has been feeding fans for generations. Come for the fried food and stay for the freshly-made saltwater taffy.

1330 Larpenteur Ave W
St Paul, MN 55113

4. Grand Szechuan Restaurant

10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431
A dish of dumplings
Grand Szechuan/Facebook

This Chinese restaurant’s huge menu is worth a trip or two out to Bloomington. Stop by to find anything you could want in the way of spicy Szechuan cuisine or traditional Chinese favorites.

10602 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431

5. Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

1935 Beam Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
Great eggrolls and serious pho
Maiv’s Egg Roll/Facebook

Your search for some of the Twin Cities’ finest egg rolls ends at this wonderful counter-service restaurant in Maplewood. Order as many huge, inexpensive egg rolls as your heart desires or make it a meal with a comforting bowl of noodle soup along with a big cup of bubble tea.

1935 Beam Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109

6. King’s Korean Cuisine and Sushi Bar

1051 E Moore Lake Dr, Fridley, MN 55432
Hot pots and nigiri in Fridley
King’s Korean and Sushi/Facebook

Find mighty fine Korean food (and a huge selection of sushi) at a strip mall in Fridley. It’s possible to visit this restaurant dozens of times and still not have tired everything on this massive menu. After the meal, wander into the Korean grocery store next door for some take-home kimichi.

1051 E Moore Lake Dr
Fridley, MN 55432

7. Truffles & Tortes

206 Main St W, Anoka, MN 55303
All the tarts
Truffles & Tortes/Facebook

Downtown Anoka is home to this little cafe known best for Instagram-baiting, llick-your-plate-worthy desserts. But, it also offers an assortment of sandwiches, soups, and quiche to balance out all the sweets.

206 Main St W
Anoka, MN 55303

8. Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe

2900 Rice St #100, Little Canada, MN 55117
Almond topped kringla
Taste of Scandinavia/Facebook

Serving up both hearty Scandinavian breakfast and a huge slice of cake to save for later. Or to eat right after breakfast, let’s be real. It’s dessert time somewhere. Don’t miss the Bailey’s Irish Cream Torte.

2900 Rice St #100
Little Canada, MN 55117

9. Prime Deli & Restaurant

4224 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Totally Kosher Buffalo chicken sandwich
Prime Deli/Facebook

A good kosher deli is not easy to find in Minnesota, but Prime Deli in St. Louis Park is exactly that. The Schnitzel sandwich and the Mad Russian (a kosher version of a reuben) are must-trys, but there is also traditional matzo ball soup to an assortment of kosher sushi.

4224 Minnetonka Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

10. The Alchemist

2222 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
The steam-punk cool in White Bear Lake
Photo courtesy The Alchemist

It’s time to ask why so many Saturday nights drinking are wasted drinking the same old drinks at the same old bars, when downtown White Bear Lake has these thrilling cocktails with a Steampunk styled room.

2222 4th St
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

11. Hoban | Korean Restaurant

1989 Silver Bell Rd, Eagan, MN 55122
hoban bap Hoban/Facebook

This casual restaurant in Eagan offers a huge variety of traditional Korean dishes. Bring a friend and enjoy one of their satisfying “hot pots for two” or stop in for lunch and fill up on the all-you-can-eat buffet. And then be sure to hit up the karaoke bar next door.

1989 Silver Bell Rd
Eagan, MN 55122

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