Food & Drink

The holidays are the season of indulgence and celebration, a time for comfort foods and rich, flavorful delights before New Year’s resolutions send everyone back to the gym. The gingerbread houses and tree-shaped cookies are at-home staples, but dining out is a time to up the ante.

The world is a fast-changing place, moving from horse and carriage toward electric and self-driving vehicles in barely a century, from tin cans on strings to cell phones and Pokémon Go.

If you’re a regular at the Maple Grove Farmers Market, then you’ve seen the harvest of eQuality Farms. They offer USDA-certified organic produce from their farm in Buffalo, Minnesota. Crops are grown by adult staff and associates with developmental disabilities.

Pizza. It’s a quick meal that someone else makes, or pulls out of the freezer, or delivers to your door during the game. It’s the go-to meal for large groups or those who are simply bushed from a day of work.

Have you ever been at a restaurant and not known what to order? With all the great food in Maple Grove, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve asked a variety of locals to name favorite foods from restaurants around town.

Claddagh Irish Pub has been an anchor in Maple Grove since 2002, and now it’s more Irish than ever with three managers from Ireland. All three hopped the pond specifically to work at Claddagh.

They are two familiar businesses in Maple Grove: Total Wine on Elm Creek Boulevard and Haskell’s on Grove Circle North, which you may associate, primarily, with wine sales.

Orzo Salad with Basil and Heirloom Tomatoes
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Servings: 8

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Maple Grove recently received a 2016 Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price

The Maple Tavern might just be the newest hot spot for weekend specials. On Saturdays and Sundays, they feature prime rib dinners in the evenings.

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