Restaurant Guide

Daily Dose

The breathless words of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Debois—“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.”—resonated on a much deeper and urgent level during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s Wednesday night and you’ve got a house full of rowdy kids looking for something to eat. You’ve worked all day and you’re tired; cooking sounds tedious. The thought of sitting down at a restaurant with the kids sounds difficult. You suddenly realize that takeout is the answer.

Portillo’s Chicago-style restaurant was created in 1963 by Dick Portillo after investing $1,100 in a trailer with no running water.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano stirs up the food pot. Chef-partner Fernando Abundez is at the helm of the Maple Grove location. Daily, he features a selection of new shining culinary stars from a recipe database culled over 18 years.

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes remains one of the go-to spots in Maple Grove—filled with favorite shops and restaurants. Since opening the doors last July, the family-owned restaurant Hong Thai has become one of the hottest new places to eat.

The tantalizing aroma of steaming chicken tikka masala, tender chunks of chicken in a house made red curry sauce; palak paneer, a fresh cheese and spinach curry; and vegetable samosas, savory vegetable pastries; greets guests as they walk through the door at India House in The Fountains at Arbor

Casual family dining in Maple Grove has bumped it up a notch with three new restaurants: Café Zupas, Naf Naf Grill and Panda Express.

Fireworks cupcakes from Nadia Cakes will start your Independence Day celebration off with a bang.

Our appetites are in thrall to the aesthetic. An artfully decked out hamburger arranged on a nice plate is much more appealing than a beef and bun haphazardly thrown together, no matter the taste.

The hunts may be over, but the fun of eggs rages on. After the scrumptious chocolaty goodness of an Easter egg, the chicken laid sort may just be eggsactly what you need this May.

Sure, there’s peeps and chocolate bunny rabbits galore and then there’s home-cooked meals with a glazed ham and grandma’s cheesy potatoes. But what about another option this Easter?