The casual observer might think there isn’t much going on with the Inver Grove Heights food and restaurant scene. But look closer, and one will soon realize that Inver Grove Heights is actually a hotbed of restaurant activity. How so? There has been a steady influx of new, emerging IGH restaurants, and cool changes, updates, or new items at existing restaurants or food retailers.
The reality is this: For some reason, many IGH residents won’t be happy until there are more chain fast food restaurants in the city. But we like the current makeup of the IGH food and restaurant scene, and these 20 changes in the last two years are why:
1. B52 Burgers and Brew added a rooftop patio. It’s already a hit. Check out the B52 rooftop patio soon.
2. 1.2.3. Pasta opened on Cahill Avenue, next to Cahill Diner, serving the most authentic Italian food in the city, ever. 1.2.3. Pasta has quickly become a favorite of locals and even those outside the city.
3. J’s Fish and Chicken moved to a new location, taking over the former TC Taco location. A more prominent location, and enough seating to sit down and dine at J’s Fish and Chicken have helped the restaurant gain even more popularity. Read this interview with the owner of J’s Fish and Chicken to learn more about him and his popular restaurant.
4. When J’s Fish and Chicken moved, Taqueria El Rincon opened up in the former J’s Fish and Chicken location. Taqueria El Rincon now gives IGH three good Mexican restaurants to choose from.
5. El Rincon Mexicano opened up, in a building just north of Aldi and in the same building as SnapFitness. This is in our opinion, the best Mexican restaurant in Inver Grove Heights.
6. Celts Pub, the best dive bar in Inver Grove Heights, is now serving Coney dogs and Sloppy Joes. Celts has the best and most extensive craft beer list in the city.
7. The Mississippi Pub went through a remodel, and continues to be a great place to grab a beer and bite to eat (fish tacos anyone?) with one of the best patios in IGH.
8. Better lighting and a remodeled dining room has made Jersey’s Bar and Grill much more family-friendly. While it’s still a late night hot spot with great live entertainment, more families are eating lunch and dinner at Jersey’s because of the change. And they should, the food at Jersey’s ranks among the best in Inver Grove Heights. Be sure to also check out the Jersey’s happy hour craft beer and burger special.
9. A new sushi restaurant, IWA Sushi, is in the works, and should open soon in the Argenta Hills neighborhood of IGH. Read about 5 things people will complain about it related to this new IGH sushi restaurant.
10. A&W Restaurant added a weekly car show – on Tuesday’s in the summer – attracting customers, and car enthusiasts, keeping business booming.
11. The Mediterranean Grill was open, then closed, and now open again. Learn about this hidden restaurant within a small gas station off of Babcock.
12. The public found out they could enjoy a good tasting hoagie, and Heggies pizza, while having an ice cold beer on the patio at Inverwood. Learn about this secret of the city.
13. Speaking of Hoagies, Hometown Meats started serving homemade sub sandwiches, featuring Boars Head deli meet. The Hometown Meats subs are the best sub sandwiches in IGH. In addition, check out these 5 items from Hometown Meats everyone should try at least once.
14. Inver Grove Heights liquor stores can now sell alcohol on Sundays. Read what IGH business and restaurant owners think about the new liquor law.
15. The service and food, at the Bierstube, has improved, a lot. Check out the best lunch steak special in IGH and be sure to try the tacos. They are massive – and taste good.
16. Want beer on a budget? Ruby Tuesday offers $2 domestic drafts and $5 appetizer specials during happy hour. The beer comes in a nice frosty mug too!
17. An Inver Grove Heights resident cooked bacon. And made a video of it.
18. Inver Grove Heights was named the 6th best place in the United States to start a small business.
19. MacGuffins Bar opened at AMC Theatre in Inver Grove Heights, giving moviegoers a chance to enjoy a beer, drink, or wine, while attending a movie at the best movie theater in the Twin Cities.
20. And finally, after months of a broken link on its web site, Little Asia Bowl now has an online menu.
There you have it – 20 changes impacting the IGH food and restaurant scene. Some are major, some are simple and subtle. Together, these changes have helped Inver Grove Heights go from an average place to eat, to an above average place to eat. And that’s pretty cool.