Best BBQ in Minnesota. I lived 5 years in the south, and while this isn't the best BBQ period, it's up there and it's definitely the best BBQ in Minnesota. Had the Q Picnic Combo for the group. The brisket and spare ribs are amazing. The pulled chicken is good, but nothing amazing. The pulled pork is better than most, but could be a bit better. Burnt parts of the ribs, pork, and brisket were the best. We didn't try the sausage or baby back ribs but we plan on going back and trying them and more sides. The potato salad and potato wedges were good and both had skin on them. The potato salad and baked beans weren't overly sweet like most BBQ places. Lots of meat in the beans. The mac and cheese was so good that one person at all of it before anyone else had a chance to try it. The service was a bit slow and it was confusing because the sign at the counter said, please seat yourself, but didn't mention anything about ordering there, so we waited a while before we figured we had to order at the counter, then sit. Would have had 5 stars if not for the service confusion and speed.
Not impressed at all. I read so many good things on here about this place, but it definitely didn't live up. I ordered the pork enchilada's and service was polite and quick. The meal wasn't so good though. The rice was very bland and had carrots and peas in it. I don't think I've ever had Mexican rice with carrots and peas. The red sauce was VERY sweet and thick. Almost like jarred pizza sauce with hot sauce mixed in. The pork was overdone and dry, plus had no flavor at all. The beans were fine. The guacamole was overly light and watery tasting almost. Probably mixed with sour cream or something. The price also seemed a bit high for what I got. I'd go to Qdoba or Chipotle before coming here again. Also, if you're looking for more authentic Mexican, there are many better places in Chanhassen (Rey Azteca's) and Shakopee (multiple to pick from) that are both close by.
I came in for lunch today. I'm going to be in Hopkins this week and was looking forward to a good deli. I was planning on eating there everyday for lunch. I arrived at 1 pm. I was the only person in line and both people working saw me standing there but no one acknowledged me or took my order. I stood there for 10 minutes and left. Never going back. Horrible customer experience and the place is dirty and broken down. Probably would have gotten food poisoning anyway.
This is the best Chinese food I've had in the Twin Cities. Met my daughter for lunch. We were in the mood for Asian food and she goes to Normandale, so I looked for something close. Reviews were good, but I wasn't expecting it to be that good. I had the Chung King Chili Shrimp and she had the Curried Beef. Both were amazing. The Shrimp had plenty of heat and had a sweet honey like taste. Plenty roomy and nice atmosphere. Lots of food for the price. $7 for hers and $8 for mine and that included plenty of the main dish, big scoop of fried rice, egg roll, soup (btw their egg drop soup is the best I've ever had), and a salad. Service was friendly and quick. Worth going out of your way for.
I wasn't impressed. It would have gotten three stars since food was average, but since the price inappropriate for the food quality it gets only two stars.
The service was great, but it was only 4pm, so I'm not sure how they perform during rush hours. The sign outside says Wildfire Steak Chops Seafood, so when I opened the menu and see 5 seafood items, the impression didn't start out well. My wife ordered a New York Strip steak with cheesy potatoes and I had the Parmesan Crusted Cod with a loaded baked potato. I hate to start off the food review with something some might see as minor, but it was actually a twice baked potato with a small amount of cheese & bacon on top with sour cream mixed inside. Now, when I pay $3 extra to get that, I expect it to be decent. I don't like hot sour cream and they should have stated on the menu that it was a twice baked potato with sour cream inside. The cod was not even average. Plus, it was $26. Cod is a relatively cheap fish, it's not anything rare or fancy, so if you charge that much, it better be great. My wife's steak & potatoes were average. Nothing better than Outback or Fridays. Timberlodge is better steak and all three places are cheaper.
Save your money and go to Fridays around the corner.
Amazing. I was in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic and my hotel was close to this place. I was there three weeks, and I tried this place 3 times.
Two of the times I ordered takeout and the last time I stopped by with my wife who was visiting and we had to wait. So, we tried out the bar and both drinks we had were great and they were a decent price. So, since I love walleye, I've had it all three different ways they serve it. The parmesian crusted was very good, but their pan fried was by far the best. It was amazing. Everytime the fish was very fresh tasting and perfectly seasoned. Their wild rice soup is great. My wife's steak was perfect. The sides including the baked potatoes and salads were also very good. A year later, I'm almost hoping to get sick again and go the Mayo again. :-)
Great cheap Greek food.
My daughter was moving to Boston and we went to the Burnsville mall to shop and get some clothes and stuff for her. My daughter and I, plus her cousin who was with went to the food court to grab a bite to eat. We all picked something different. I love greek food, so I figured I'd give the place a try even though I wasn't expecting much from a food court Greek location. My daughter had a philly cheesesteak from anther place and her cousin some pizza from another place. I ordered a gyro and some cheese curds. I wasn't expecting cheese curds at a Greek restaurant, but since this is MN, I figured it made sense. Let me just say these are probably the best cheese curds I've had outside of the MN State Fair, and the gyro was amazing also. My daughter & cousin tried the cheese curds (the order was huge) and loved them and went and got an order for themselves. They even wanted to try the gyro (neither had tried Greek food before) and while I was reluctant to let them have too much, they both loved it. I would have given them 5 stars, but it is in a mall food court.
Now, I'll just start this review by saying I've been a fan of Taco John's for years. When I was in high school in Hutchinson, I visited it often and even worked at both their locations (they used to have a mall location in addition to the one they have now) and so had my wife and one of my best friends.
I think they are probably the best tex-mex fast food out there. Great Americanized mexican food for a great price. Not quite as cheap as Taco Bell, but SO much better. The only complaint I have with them is that I don't think they have nearly enough locations.
I drive around alot to different clients for my IT consulting job and I'm often in areas I'm not familiar with and at times when I don't find a new place that really piques my interest, I then search to see if there is a Taco Johns in the area. I almost always get the taco bravo (which is a soft shell bean taco with a hard shell beef taco in the middle) and a meat & potato burrito with chicken which has their amazing potato oles in the middle. Everyone in my family has their favorites there whether it's the potato oles, the super burrito, or the taco burger. I would normally post this review across multiple locations since I've probably been to every Minnesota location, but when I did that for a different place with two locations, someone flagged it and said it was a duplicate review and it got removed. Even though I changed the review for each to differentiate the two. I decided to do my review on the Shakopee location since I have been there many times and love it and they also have a bit of flexibility there since they have the Steak Escape in the same location. The loaded smashed potatoes there are also amazing. and huge.
PS- Their new breakfast menu is pretty good. Probably the best fast food breakfast burrito out there. SOOOO much better than any of the big chains.
Been here a couple times and while it's good food, it's nothing amazing and a bit expensive for what you get.
I've been here twice. Once for a late night bar/snack type fix. My wife, I and our friends all had drinks which were good, but again nothing amazing. My wife had chicken alfredo, I had a burger, another friend had a burger, and I forgot what my friend's girlfriend had. We all agreed that everything was good, but nothing worth bragging about. We had the nachos as an appetizer and they were huge and were very tasty. I went back there when my brother took me out for supper. I forgot what he ordered, but I had the grilled salmon and asparagus. It was very good, but a bit higher priced that I would think something like that would go for at other restaurants. He liked his too.
I would think this would a be good place for upscale bar good in the SW suburbs, but I was VERY disappointed that the nachos aren't on their menu anymore.
OK, this was my 2nd time there yesterday. Ever since my family moved to Chanhassen and my mother in law moved to Chaska, my wife & mother in law have loved going here when they go out during the weekends for lunch/breakfast and then shopping. She keeps wanted me to try it, so a couple weeks ago we went there. I got their Cajun Breakfast special and my wife got the beef commercial. She loved hers and when I tried it, I wasn't impressed, not much flavor and the beef was kinda chewy and fatty. My cajun breakfast was horrid. The hollandaise didn't taste anything like hollandaise sauce, and it had no spice at all. How could it be considered cajun with just a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (and not nearly enough). Since it doesn't have any meat and not much spice, I would think that adding some andouille would make a huge difference. Since Von Hansen's in in the area and has good andouille, maybe they should order some for this recipe.
So, since my wife likes the place and she says I should give it another try, we went there yesterday. Service was pretty quick and they were friendly. My wife had a patty melt and I had grilled walleye. Now, I love walleye alot of different ways, but I didn't like this at all. She liked her patty melt, but I didn't try it because I was starting to not feel well. The walleye was very fishy. Normally walleye has a fresh light white fish type taste, but this was horrid. The spice was good, but the meat was really bad. The veggies were OK and the "american fries" were more like chunky southern style hash browns but didn't have much flavor. I started feeling bad, and when we were leaving and going to the car, I got sick and threw up in the parking lot 3 times. We drove home to Chanhassen (luckily we live in the southern part and it wasn't too far), I got home, ran to the apartment and got sick again. I then spent most of the rest of the day and part of the next morning with diarrhea and vomiting. I'm assuming the fish was bad! My wife thinks the place is good, and she doesn't like seafood, so she'll probably go back with her mom again, but I highly doubt I will ever go back and I won't bring my kids there either. I would have given them one star, but my wife likes it usually, so I bumped it to 2. Also, we had an order of onion rings for an appetizer since I've read good things about them. The order was HUGE, so that's a bonus. The spice was good, but the batter was alot thicker and chewier than I was expecting. I read an earlier review that mentioned the batter was alot like a tempura batter. Either they've never had good tempura, or the restaurant changed the recipe or over cooked these.
Oh, and make sure you bring cash or a checkbook since they don't take credit cards. I can't believe a place in this day and age doesn't take credit/debit cards. Drop the checks and get with the times. I had to run next door to the bar and use the ATM and pay a fee from my bank and the ATM company to pay for lunch since I rarely carry cash.
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