Maple Grove's Ultimate Night on The Town
Not so long ago, J. Cousineau's, Mama G's, and The Lookout were the only proverbial games in town when it came having a nice sit-down meal. We're fortunate to still have those stalwart establishments with friendly faces and great food, but now a few more options have popped up on the scene. Lucky for us, Maple Grove is brimming with places to hop around if you’re looking for that ultimate night on the town.
Like the folks at Cheers who pretty much knew who they were going to see and what they were going to get when they walked into the bar, these classic, all-time-favorite dining establishments have been serving up Maple Groveians for a minimum of twenty years.
Since 1958, on what used to be the Kinnan family farm, The Lookout Bar and Grill has provided some of the finest finger-lickin’est victuals (many from beloved family recipes) and libations around. 763.424.4365
Longtime Bartender(s): Lori, Jenn, Lorie, and Anne
Drink(s) to try: Lookout punch: Peach Schnapps, Malibu Rum, cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice
Food to sample: Award-winning broasted chicken, served with choice of potato, coleslaw and sumptuous cornbread; $8.49 for 3 pieces
Night(s) to go: Karaoke Wednesday; live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Happy hour: 3–6 p.m. Monday–Friday, 9 p.m.–close Sunday–Wednesday; $2.50 rail drinks, $3 22-oz taps, $3 house wine
Bar stools: 24
Bar activities: karaoke, live music, volleyball, tetherball, horseshoes
This Maple Grove dining staple is known as much for some of the tastiest, cheesiest, ooey-gooeyist pizzas out there, as for their two-acre patio, where, every spring and summer, over 260 volleyball teams spike, set, and serve themselves into volleyball nirvana on six deep-sand courts. 9705 Highway 101; 763.420.2588
Longtime bartender(s): Mark, Rosie, Justine, Jeff, Megan, Sarah
Drink(s) to try: Beer, well drinks
Food to sample: What else…pizza!
Night(s) to go: outdoor live music Friday at 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Happy hour: 11 a.m–6 p.m. daily, $1 off all drinks; 7–10 p.m. daily, 16” pizza and pitcher, $18; 10 p.m.–midnight daily, $3 cocktails
Bar activities: volleyball, darts, pool tables, foosball, beanbag leagues, live music
Longtime bartender(s): Jed and Raegen
Drink(s) to try: Anything in their “yard glass”
For over two decades, J. Cousineau's has been the place to go to see some friendly faces and to sample what they like to call their “American Pub Grub Menu”; not to mention they offer a wide selection of craft beers, ales, ambers, and bocks. 763.420.8355
Food to sample: Mac Daddy: 3 buns, 2 delectable layers of ¼ lb. beef patties, bacon, jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, American cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce and tomato, topped with special sauce and served with kettle or ripple chips; $10.95
Night(s) to go: Every night
Happy hour: 3–7 and 10 p.m.–1 a.m. daily; $2 rail cocktails, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2.75 domestic taps, $3 house wine,
Bar stools: 35
Bar activities: karaoke, meat raffle, poker, darts, bingo, pull tabs, trivia
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