Below we take a look at and offer some thought on restaurants and experiences in and outside of Inver Grove Heights.
Red Savoy’s Pizza Newport: We’re the first to say the original restaurant is always better and do prefer the St. Paul Savoy’s, but we were pleasantly surprised by the taste of the Newport Red Savoy’s pizza. The wait was over an hour for a take out at the St. Paul location, so we called Newport and got our pizza in 25 minutes on a Saturday evening. The sauce was a little zestier and the sausage, onion and green pepper pizza was fantastic. Worth the drive for pickup if St. Paul is busy, which it always is.
5-8 Grill and Tap West Saint Paul: The original 5-8 Club in Minneapolis was named the No. 1 place in America to chow down by Travel Channel. That’s a great honor, but is that REALLY the No.1 place in the U.S. to chow down? No way. As for the WSP 5-8 Club, I don’t even think that’s the best place to eat on Robert Street. It’s a major disappointment and nowhere near the quality of the original 5-8 Club.
Lions Tap, Eden Prairie: Speaking of famous burgers, the Lions Tap in Eden Prairie is a multi-time winner of numerous Best Burger awards. Our thoughts are this: The burgers are good, not great. They are reasonably priced – you can get the cheeseburger for $4.55 but really need two to be satisfied. They also brew their own beer at Lions Tap and have a great selection. These burgers are a must on everyone’s best burger list, but they wouldn’t make the top 10 on our Best Burger list.
Buffalo Tap, Savage: Cool, rustic bar/restaurant. Awesome menu. Excellent craft beer selection. Great service. Soggy wings and a hot buffalo sauce that should be discontinued.
Smack Shack, Minneapolis: Warm lobster rolls are worth the hype. The clam chowder is stellar. The lobster mac and cheese is up for debate. I vote yes, others vote no. Cool atmosphere and something seafood lovers should try at least once.
Woodbury Cafe: It’s not Keys Cafe, and we didn’t expect it to be. But the crab cake eggs benedict and breakfast quesadilla with pork were both fantastic. Woodbury Cafe is probably Woodbury’s version of the Cahill Diner, but maybe a step up from that. It’s a good option but the prices are higher so if you complain about that easily, don’t go.
Sam’s Club, Eagan: Hot dog and soda or pizza and soda for under $2. Great place for a cheap date.
Von Hanson’s, Woodbury: The chicken, bacon, Swiss brats are worth the trip outside The Grove.
Subway: Still baffled at why money was spent at this below average sub sandwich shop.
Jimmy John’s: If you like to be called “Boss” by every employee as you order, then this is the place to be. “What can I get you boss?”
Solo Pizza, Eagan: Great lunch options, with the slice of pizza and a salad.
Bruegger’s Bagels, Eagan: This would be a great addition to the Argenta Hills development by Target. Coffee, bagels, sandwiches and a place for all the neighborhood moms to spread gossip after Yoga at The Grove.
Jake’s Wayback Burger, Woodbury: Grass-fed beef at a fast food restaurant? Wayback Burger is legit, check it out.
Burgers and Bottles, Eagan: Cool concept located in a small strip mall off Lone Oak Road/70th Street in Eagan. Food was good, beer selection was great. Good place for a date, beers with the boys or for families. Want to give it a second try to get to know a little better.
Reader Review: Rack Shack BBQ West Saint Paul
Note: This review is from a reader of Eat IGH. We have never been to Rack Shack so the opinions here are of the reader only (email your restaurant reviews or rants to firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Rack Shack was okay, not great. Roscoe’s BBQ in Rochester was better. Our bill was $25 for two people after a buy 1 get 50% off deal. The portions were small. This is the kind place you walk into you and you think my plate is going to be loaded, especially after looking at the prices. I feel as though our bill was $10 too much especially considering the coupon. I got what they claimed was a 1/3 pound of beef brisket (may have been, should have been more) and two small pieces of corn bread (each counted as one side). For $12.99 there sure was a lot of empty space on my plate. The St. Paulie BBQ sauce was decent. Not the best, but pretty good. For a quarter rack of ribs it was like 16.99. At 4:30 p.m. the place was empty and there were very few customers in the time we were there. We both agreed – very disappointing.”
– From Kyle, Inver Grove Heights