The mac and cheese with butternut squash and chorizo from 3 Squares is calling my name.
Aji in Hopkins is going all out with four different theme choices for your three-course dinner option. I'd go Chirashi Platter with five different kinds of seafood on rice.
Eating at Al Vento means having to choose between the squash ravioli with sage and the Amish chicken with roasted root veggies. Good luck.
You'll be cocktailing, no doubt, at Bradstreet so why not nosh on a short rib Philly cheesesteak or lobster roll? Three courses for $15, plus a hefty bourbon cocktail for say $10, you're still under $30 and you did it stylishly.
Lurcat is all sorts of tempting, I love how it offers lots of dishes for each course. First I'm hitting the squash soup, then the pork tenderloin with spiced cherries and couscous, followed by maple pot de creme and a brisk walk around the park in my parka.
Shut. Up. Chilaquiles in tomato chipotle sauce with fried egg and cotija cheese for lunch at Cafe Ena. I don't even know what to do about the dinner option of grilled pork loin over polenta with a plum/red wine reduction, brie sauce and apple-bacon compote.
Cocina del Barrio is throwing down more than tacos, try the duck and potato flautas and the grilled achiote chicken with black beans, pork belly, and tomato-habanero salsa. Housewives surfing is extra.
Sporting a lunch menu only this year, it's still enticing to consider Cosmos for some orecchiette with a slow-braised beef ragu and parm fondue.
Would it be so wrong of me, when lunching at D'Amico Kitchen and asked to pick three from a list, if I chose 1/2 meatball sandwich, 1/2 meatball sandwich, and 1/2 meatball sandwich? Seems a much easier choice than the dinner battle between the pork tenderloin with fig agrodolce and lacinato kale vs. orecchiette with chicken, speck, shell peas, and robiola cheese. Speck is so HOT right now.
Again, Kafe 421 is a great option for vegetarian eaters. They do it up with curried eggplant and lentil soup, veggie stuffed grape leaves, and a huge platter that includes eggplant rolls and spanakopita. Plus your date can get lamb kofta or braised lamb shank.
If it's a breezy night, choose Longfellow Grill for the Autumn gratin with root vegetable, pork shoulder, and Taleggio. Tuck in, as they say.
Meritage is killing me softly with pumpkin soup with gingerbread croutons and spiced creme fraiche. Follow that with the sous vide salmon with apple-rosemary puree and bacon-glazed Brussels sprouts. Done and done.
Yeah I'm diggin' the cranberry glazed mahi mahi with roasted Brussels at Oceanaire, but why can't I get my mind off that pumpkin pound cake with bourbon glaze?
At Osaka, your $30 hibachi dinner could include filet mignon, onion soup, chicken fried rice, tempura bananas, and a knife show! Onion volcano, priceless.
Rosa Mexicano is new to RW and new to the town, so show the new girl a good time! Try the chicken enchiladas with the creamy tomatillo sauce or the mixed grill with kicky sauces.
Sanctuary is playing up the Halloween angle with a frightfully good (sorry) menu that includes black bean coconut water soup with lime creme fraiche and scallops with truffled black squid ink, pumpkin mousse, and wasabi peas. Costumes are not NOT encouraged.
Those who are mallward bound should check in at Tucci Benucch and say hi to Chef Asher Miller, then check out the spicy, angry spaghetti arrabbiata. Or dip into Twin City Grill and get a cheeseburger and salt n' vinegar fries plus soup or salad for $10. Spend the rest of the moolah in your wallet on shoes.
If you're out and about next week make sure to tell us about your eats! Tweet it up to @MSPmagEats or hashtag it with #MNrestaurantweek for kicks and giggles.