Top 5 Excelsior eateries

We love to cycle to quaint, lakeside Excelsior to take a dip in Minnetonka or to catch a flick at the movie theater. But we'd never made it back home without something to eat. Here are our top 5 spots to refuel.

Top 5 Excelsior eateries

5. Patisserie Margo Here's where you go first thing in the morning to pick up a breakfast pastry. Pain au chocolate, anyone? This is the second location of the beloved Edina bakery, offering all sorts of muffins, Danish, and croissants, plus Midwestern-style cookies and bars and fancy French torts and tarts.

Top 5 Excelsior eateries

4. 318 Cafe The 318 Cafe, owned by the same folks who run the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, serves up casual soups, sandwiches, and salads in a comfortable, coffeehouse atmosphere. At night, it becomes in intimate live music venue. Here's who's playing this week:

Wednesday, September 8: The Mark Kreitzer Band Thursday, September 9: Roger Johnson & Friends, with special guest Lonnie Knight Friday, September 10: Jeff Arundel with Deb Harley Saturday, September 11: Aimee Fischer & the Snazzy Band

Top 5 Excelsior eateries

3. Jake O'Connor's With its luxe leather booths, pretty stained glass, and handsome, hand-carved wooden bar, you'd never believe that Jake O'Connor's used to be a hardware store. The owners, who run the downtown Minneapolis mainstay O'Donovan's (and also Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia), know a thing or two about how to run an Irish pub: plate up the shepherd's pie and fish 'n' chips, and always keep the taps of Guinness and Boddington's flowing.

Top 5 Excelsior eateries

2. Biella This quaint Italian eatery, tucked into a historic Water Street storefront, has ambiance in spades. On the casual side, Sunday-Thursday there's a smart happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. (mussels, olives, short ribs to snack on while enjoying a $4 glass of wine or $3 beer). If you want to get more upscale, call ahead to request a custom-designed tasting menu.

Top 5 Excelsior eateries

1. Adele's Custard Frozen custard, for the uninitiated, is a sort of hybrid between soft-serve and gelato: ice cream with egg yolks to give it a smoother, more luxurious mouth-feel. Their website lists the custard calendar, with a different special flavor each day, if you have a particular hankering for Kahlua or Blue Moon or Twix Bar.

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Adele's Frozen Custard

800 Excelsior Blvd.
Excelsior, MN 55331


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