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Recommended

Pairings Food & Wine Market

Forget Krispy Kreme and Sonic: The next hot fast-food franchise is going to look like Pairings, the all-in-one deli, café, and wine shop in a Minnetonka shopping strip just off Highway 62 and Shady Oak Road. The owners don't call Pairings a restaurant but a "total meal concept," drawing neighboring residents and office workers, plus the commuters who race past on the busy crosstown thoroughfare. It's a place where guests can dine in, take out, or shop for groceries or alcoholic beverages-or do all four in one visit. It's a liquor store, deli, pizza shop, salad bar, café, and bakery all in one. Places like France 44 or Yum Kitchen and Bakery have similar all-in-one setups, but Pairings takes the concept furthest. The wraparound deli case starts with a selection of gourmet olives, cured meats and upscale cheeses. The main menu ranges from lowbrow to highbrow, familiar to funky: pancakes, curry, New York strip steak to duck confit pizza. The Cuban sandwich is especially good. The wine-and-beer pairing aspect of Parings can be a little confusing at first--choose to either order by the glass in the restaurant or save more by buying by the glass next door and bring it over--but it ends up being convenient and cost-saving.

Hours

Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-8pm

Cuisine

American, Brunch

Dining Features

Beer and Wine, Lunch, Reservations Not Necessary

Parking

Lot Available

Price

$