As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the top 5 under-the-radar restaurant patios in the Twin Cities, we thought we'd show the suburbs a little love today. While places like Maynard's in Excelsior and Grumpy's Bar and Grill in Roseville are well-known outdoor dining destinations, here are a few more worth checking out.
(And none of them are attached to a mall, promise.)[jump]
5. The Good Earth, Roseville You'd never know that this place is owned by the same folks who run the too-cool-for-school Uptown Cafeteria in Calhoun Square. The vibe is mellow, relaxed, and wholesome, with an emphasis on seasonal, fresh, unprocessed food. The Good Earth's patio is bright but chill, the restaurant has ample free parking, and it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's more of a fresh-squeezed juice, smoothie, or organic wine kind of a place than a Cosmo-rita-tini-tail type, which makes it a great place to go for a long, lingering lunch in the afternoon sunshine.
4. Sarna's Classic Grill, Columbia Heights Columbia Heights is a little light on food worthy of a special trip, let alone food that can be enjoyed on a spacious patio. Thank goodness for Sarna's Classic Grill, which offers perfectly serviceable food on a destination-worthy patio. The elegant fountain trickles into a festive pond, and the wood burning fireplace keeps things toasty into the evening hours. With killer drink specials for every day of the week and a weekly all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, this is a patio you can keep coming back to without getting bored.
3. Pizza Luce, Hopkins Located right on one of the best bike trails in the metro area, the Hopkins Pizza Luce offers a great open-air bar and patio from which to view the bike commuters whizzing by. There's plenty of bike (and automobile) parking, so folks can hop right off the Cedar Lake LRT regional bike trail, pop a squat on the patio, and enjoy a frothy brew to fuel the rest of their ride.
2. Redstone American Grill, Eden Prairie While undoubtedly popular with residents of the Southwestern metro, Redstone may not be on the radar of urban dwellers. Which is a shame, because it's pretty spectacular. This is the kind of patio you can only find in a suburb--splashy, expansive, overlooking a manicured garden and lake. The food is top-notch, and the vibe is upscale casual. This is a patio worth visiting for a special-occasion dinner on a balmy summer evening--you'll feel like you're living right.
1. Tria Restaurant, North Oaks On the opposite, Northeastern edge of the metro, there's Tria, which serves regional American cuisine in a warm, elegantly casual ambiance. Their patio is open well into October, comfortably warmed by the wood-burning fireplace. All summer long Tria hosts monthly patio parties, which feature a three-course meal and glass of wine or sangria for $35, served al fresco on the charming patio.
These are just five of the countless outdoor dining options around the Twin Cities metro area. Leave us a comment and tell us a few of your favorites. Together we can prevent two-hour wait lists at the same four patios around town. Share the love!