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10 ways to eat your way through Thanksgiving weekend in IGH and SSP

Some things have changed, some things have stayed the same. Check out the new and old if back in IGH and SSP this Thanksgiving weekend.
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10 ways to eat your way through Thanksgiving weekend in IGH and SSP

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and families from near and far will get together to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. While the big day is Thursday, many Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul residents will spend the rest of the weekend getting together with family and friends – some whom they haven’t seen in a long time.

So, what’s going on around IGH and SSP? What are some ways to eat and drink your way through Thanksgiving weekend?

Here are 10 ways to eat and drink your way through Thanksgiving weekend in Inver Grove Heights and South Saint Paul over Thanksgiving weekend:

1. Black Friday specials at Hometown Meats

On Friday, head to Hometown Meats in Inver Grove Heights for their Black Friday specials. This includes:

  • T-Bone Steaks for $6.99/lb.
  • Porterhouse for only $7.99/lb. – SAVE $10.00/lb.

Then, be sure to support Simley hockey by presenting the flyer below. Ten percent of purchases from Hometown Meats  will go to the Simley Spartans Blue Line Club in support of the Boys High School Hockey Team.

Looking for something different after indulging in turkey? Try the Hometown Meats chili – it’s fantastic.

Chili from Hometown Meats in Inver Grove Heights

Chili from Hometown Meats in Inver Grove Heights

2. Try three new specials from J’s Fish and Chicken

There’s a few new menu items at J’s Fish and Chicken in IGH including:

  • The chicken fajita special (NEW menu item!)
  • The three-piece chicken wings and catfish with fries for only $7.99
  • The wild rice soup – homemade, rich, hearty and delicious

Chicken wild rice soup from J’s Fish and Chicken in IGH

3. Support IGH and SSP small businesses on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There’s many ways to support the 16 independently owned restaurants in Inver Grove Heights over Thanksgiving weekend by stopping in for a bite to eat or drink. But there’s another big event that will be a fun, and a party no one will want to miss.

Saturday at the PNA in South Saint Paul – that’s the Polish National Alliance for those not familiar – is PNA Day. This annual day pays homage to the PNA, and is put on by an IGH resident who wants to get people to come together for the sole purpose of supporting the PNA. So, head on down to the PNA in SSP Saturday and support a true small business and one of the best bars in IGH and SSP.

If you’re looking to support another small business, MGM Wine and Spirits in IGH has new owners. Stop by and say hi over the weekend, and check out some new specials. More about the new owners:

4. Try the coldest beer in town at Concord Lanes Sports Bar and Grille in SSP

Before heading to the PNA, or anytime during the weekend that is – stop on down to Concord Sports Bar and Grille (formerly Mattie Lanes for those not back in town for some time). They have some pretty good food, and the coldest beer in the Twin Cities. Don’t believe us? Stop on down and check for yourself. And if you don’t think it’s the coldest beer in the Twin Cities, your next beer at Concord Lanes Sports Bar and Grille is on us.

5. Try the Pasta from 1.2.3. Pasta in IGH

If you haven’t been in IGH since 1.2.3. Pasta opened, be sure to check out this popular restaurant next to Cahill Diner in IGH. Try any of the unique or traditional pasta dishes, or one of the monthly specials. Head to 1.2.3. Pasta for lunch or dinner. Try a craft beer or get a glass of wine, and have a fantastic Italian dinner.

1.2.3. Pasta Inver Grove Heights

The shrimp alfredo from 1.2.3. Pasta in IGH.

6. Try the sushi or noodles from IWA Sushi in IGH

We can’t say it enough. IWA Sushi is a tremendous addition to the Argenta Hills neighborhood. Don’t like sushi? No worries, try the wide variety of noodles, or appetizers like pot stickers. We recommend the hibachi filet mignon and noodles, or the shrimp and noodles.

7. Try the chili, chicken, Coney’s or other concoctions from The Coop in SSP

If you’re looking to truly support a small business, then stop in at The Coop over the weekend. This family-owned business has been a SSP staple for four decades. Try the homemade chili, and if you are not in the mood for chicken after eating Turkey, try a Coney, cheeseburger, fish sandwich, wings, pulled pork sandwich or pizza burger. Check out The Coop menu to help make the difficult decision of what to order easy!

Related: Read this feature on The Coop – a true SSP success story

8. Try the broasted chicken and get loose at The Moose

The South Saint Paul Moose Lodge – located in Inver Grove Heights (which is something only IGH and SSP residents can truly understand), has broasted chicken. Now why would we recommend broasted chicken from The Moose after Thanksgiving and not The Coop? Well, we are more curious about it than anything. We haven’t had it, but can’t wait to check it out. If you try it, let us know how it is. And have fun getting loose at The Moose!

5 things ytou need to know about the SSP Moose Lodge in IGH

9. Try the unique craft beer selectin at popular IGH bars and restaurants

Craft beer is everywhere – even in IGH. Check out the most popular beers at these popular IGH bars and restaurants, and find out where you can sample the many unique craft beers out there at bars and restaurants in Inver Grove Heights.

10. Check out an old reliable or something new

If you are still looking for something to do while back in The Grove or SSP, and want to connect with family and friends, be sure to check out many longtime favorites, including Angelo’s Italian Restaurant, WishFULL, TNT Galley, Wong’s Kitchen, Al’s Corral and The Cro Hall in SSP, and Drkula’s, Jersey’s Bar and Grill, and Overboard Bar and Grill, in IGH for some old reliables that will not let you down.

Some things in IGH and SSP haven’t changed, but plenty has. Try the above for something old, or something new. Whatever you do, be safe, and smart. Don’t drink and drive. Eat and enjoy – that’s what it’s all about.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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