Looking for some new or different restaurants without having to go too far outside of Inver Grove Heights? Then check out these five restaurants within 10 miles of Inver Grove Heights that everyone should try at least once (listed in alphabetical order):
1. BLVD Bar and Grill – West Saint Paul
Located in West Saint Paul, just off Highway 52 (Southview Boulevard exit) on the border of Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul, The BLVD Bar and Grill has been a popular hangout for WSP, SSP, and IGH residents for years. The menu features a wide variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, flatbreads, soups, and salads. What stands out to us at the Boulevard are the buffalo wings – some of the best wings in WSP, IGH and SSP, and the pizza. In fact, the Boulevard could open up a small pizza shop and do well selling pizza and appetizers only. The pizza and wings are even better when dining in and enjoying an ice cold beer. The basic buffalo wings and haiti’s hot wings are outstanding. The tater tot appetizers are fried to a perfect crisp, and adding cajun season makes it a must-order with any lunch or dinner. The jalapeno poppers are homemade (jalapenos wrapped with bacon, stuffed with cream cheese in the middle) and filling and the teriyaki rice bowl is pretty solid as well.
The BLVD Bar and Grill is only a short drive from IGH, and as good as anywhere in the WSP, IGH and SSP area to get some good food and a few cold beers.
And if you’re in Eagan, check out the Trailstop Tavern – same owners, same menu, different, unique location (just past Coopers Bar and Grill).
BLVD Bar and Grill, 433 Mendota Rd E, West St Paul, MN 55118
2. Broadway Bar and Grill – St. Paul Park
Hanging out at the Broadway Bar and Grill in St. Paul Park is like being in a small, Wisconsin dive bar, in Minnesota. And when we say dive bar, we mean that in the nicest way, because well, there isn’t much better than a dive bar. And pending on where you live in Inver Grove Heights, Broadway Bar and Grill in St. Paul Park is only a good five to eight mile drive away. It’s worth the drive because Broadway Bar and Grill has some outstanding food. We’re partial to the massive deep dried jumbo shrimp on Saturdays. You can order one shrimp, five shrimp, 10 shrimp – whatever you like, and in return will get a large, perfectly breaded piece of jumbo shrimp. These are two or three bite size shrimp. They aren’t cheap – $2.80 per shrimp, but they taste great. There’s more than that though at Broadway Bar and Grill, including burgers, wings, steak and chicken sandwiches, coney dogs, wraps, soups, salads, daily lunch specials and plenty of other standard/classic bar appetizers – mini tacos, jalapeno poppers, buffalo shrimp, mushrooms, quesadilla, cheese curds, nachos, tots, and much more! It’s worth taking a trip across the river and down Highway 61 to head to Broadway Bar and Grill.
Broadway Bar and Grill, 244 Broadway Ave, St Paul Park, MN 55071
3. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Eagan
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – a BBQ chain eatery featuring house-smoked meats, stuffed baked potatoes and classic sides, is easy to miss. Most people see it when traveling down Highway 55 in Eagan, tucked away in a small strip mall, and say “oh that’s where that is,” and keep on driving. If you like classic barbecue – our favorite is the beef brisket – you’ll like Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Dickey’s offers meats slow-smoked in hickory wood burning stoves. That includes chicken, polish style kielbasa, jalapeno cheddar kielbasa, barbecue honey ham, and pork ribs. Sides include barbecue beans, mac and cheese, cabbage slaw, fried okra, chips, fries, and more. BBQ Sandwiches are also available. If you liked Famous Dave’s you would like Dickey’s barbecue Pit. It’s a standard quick serve restaurant – serves fast food cuisine and has minimal table service – but it tastes much better than standard fast food fare – and better than Famous Dave’s in our opinion. Even though it’s hard to find (access of Lone Oak Road/County Road 26 coming from Inver Grove Heights), it’s worth a trip to the IGH/Eagan border to check out Dickey’s Barbecue pit if you crave those classic BBQ flavors.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 3090 Courthouse Ln #100, Eagan, MN 55121
4. House of Coates – Coates
If you’re looking for a decent greasy bar burger and some solid deep fried chicken, then check out the House of Coates, located in Coates, MN, off Highway 52, south of Inver Grove Heights. Add some cheese curds, onion rings, sweet potato fries and a few beers, and you’ll leave full and satisfied. We haven’t tried the prime rib special, but there are plenty of people who stop in just for the prime rib too. Prices are fare and food is good. We feel like just a little more could be done to make the food a little bit better, but the chicken is usually on point. Check out the House of Coates.
The address for the House of Coates is a Rosemount address, but home will always be in Coates.
House of Coates, 16300 Clayton Ave, Rosemount, MN 55068
5. Ronnally’s Pizza – Woodbury
It’s the best pizza restaurant that you’ve never been too. In fact, chances are you have driven by Ronnally’s and thought “we should go there some time” and then never do, or noticed it when you stopped to pick up Chinese food at Yang’s Chinese Restaurant – which many consider Woodbury’s best Asian restaurant. Ronnally’s Pizza has been around for over 40 years, and while new owners took it over a few years ago, it is the closest thing one will find to the old Pizza Factory in Inver Grove Heights anywhere in the Twin Cities.
We highlighted Ronnally’s Pizza in March – read more about why you should check out Ronnally’s Pizza.
Ronnally’s Pizza, 1560 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125