Crave Galleria: A suburban happy hour of the week

3520 Galleria, Edina

Hours and Details:
Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. and 9 to close
Sunday, 8 to close
$3 pita & hummus, mini burgers, mini desserts, tuna roll, negihana roll, shrimp nigiri or edamame
$4 mini margherita, pepperoni, or Italian pizzas, Korean chicken nuggets, cheese penne, truffle fries, salmon nigiri, albacore nigiri, Philly roll or futomaki roll
$5 mini pulled pork sandwich, mini steak melt, Kogi beef taco, lemon garlic wings, walleye fingers, spicy salmon roll, California roll, veggie roll, or crispy rice bar with spicy tuna
$3 happy hour beer
$5 happy hour chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon
$5 Sweet Tango, Razz Fizz, Orange Soda (alcoholic), Mojito

Is the phrase "suburban happy hour" an oxymoron? The Hot Dish went south on a search for the answer to that question and hit up Crave in the Galleria.

Venue: This is Edina, people, so after dinnertime, the bar area of Crave at the Galleria empties out awfully fast. It's desolate most evenings after 8 p.m., but that simply means more attention from the bartender for you and yours. The space is gorgeous, with all that classy wood, the open kitchen, and the hidden TV's at the bar. The impressively large list of food specials at happy hour provides something for all tastes.The drink options are a bit less plentiful, but there are still beer, wine, and cocktail choices to keep the grown-ups in your group happy. 

The burger comes with chips, too!
The burger comes with chips, too!

Verdict: The $3 mini-burger with cheddar and bacon is a delicious bargain, and there's also sushi, pizzas, and even sweet treats (which change regularly) to tempt your appetite. This is a cheap, hungry person's dream deal, that oddly enough happens to be in Edina's ritziest shopping mall. The walleye fingers are tasty (yes, fried) and the sushi passable, but the best option is a $5 Mojito--watch the mint leaves get muddled in front of you--which goes nicely with the $5 pulled pork sandwich and chips.

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