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[MSP] The Badness & Heights of Vadnais Heights, MN


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[MSP] The Badness & Heights of Vadnais Heights, MN

The Dairy Queen | | Feb 15, 2008 04:00 PM

Here's a quick run-down of White Bear, Vadnais Heights, and Maplewood establishments at which I've had the pleasure (or displeasure) of dining recently.

Wolfgang's Waterfront
Cute little place in an old house on White Bear--has a lovely little patio for spring and summer dining. Focuses on seasonal ingredients. Casual fare--great soups, nice salads. Closed for the season, but re-opens in March. +++

Cafe Cravings--
Cozy cafe housed in an old Dairy Queen, I think, offering homestyle from scratch cooking, quiche, lasagne, pot pie, etc. Nice selection of bakery items. They had a fantastic cookie tray for order around Christmas time. No table service--you order at the counter and they bring it out to you. +++

A more polished restaurant, but still offering basic soups, salads and sandwiches. Good, but seems less attentive to seasonality of ingredients than I'd like. Still, a nice spot for lunch if you want to have a conversation. ++

Jake's City As far as I can tell, this place is independently owned, but with its 3 Twin Cities locations and laminated menu, it still feels like a chain. It's also located in an old Applebee's (or similar) building. Portions are huge and the menu has something for everyone, probably--taco salad, burgers, reubens, etc. A step above a chain. Has a patio that looks like it will be pretty nice come spring. +/-

Rudy's Redeye Grill -- Basic hotel restaurant fare--steaks, pastas, fish, burgers, that sort of thing. Not great, not awful, just very middle of the road. -

Majors--I was going to write about this place until they went and changed themselves to Mad Jax Sports Cafe. So, now I have nothing to say except that I won't cry too hard and hope this place is really terrific. I have the feeling, though, it's just another blah formulaic sports bar like the few that came before it. --

(None of these places, except for Wolfgang's which I'd love to go to on a lovely day when I want to look at the lake, are places I'd drive across town for. These are just your relative options if you're in the area...).

Places I really wanted to try and couldn't for various schedule-type reasons.

Ursula's Wine Bar--open only for dinner, but the menu looked ambitious and like they were doing careful sourcing.

Cup & Cone--closed for the season, but I heard fantastic things about this little ice cream shack.


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