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Thursday, May 23, 2013

DeRushaEats: The Legendary Restaurant You've Never Visited

It's embarrassing, right? You've never been to the legendary local spot that everyone raves about, or always sits on someone's Best Of list.

A friend of mine, Star Tribune sports writer Michael Rand, admitted on Twitter this week that he was going to The Nook for the first time. Crazy! The guy has lived here for two decades, and never ate at the Nook.

But it got me thinking about my OMG YOU HAVEN'T BEEN THERE spot. Also a burger joint, also legendary: I have never been to Lions Tap in Eden Prairie.

I know, this magazine has extolled its virtues and named it a Best Burger, but I live in Maple Grove, and frankly, I don't often have occasion to get down to EP. But I'll fix it, I promise!

My other admission is The Lexington. Yes, you've probably heard that The Lex was sold (Jess Fleming at the Pioneer Press broke the news this week). My friend Pat Kessler loves the clubby atmosphere—a vibe that says, "St. Paul Deals Get Done Here"—but it's never on my radar.

So let's hear your admissions. Get it off your chest. Where's the place you're embarrassed to admit you've never been?

Lions Tap
16180 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie

The Lexington
1096 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Permalink

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May 23, 2013 03:17 pm
 Posted by  KM

I feel silly for having never dined at one of your faves, the acclaimed Strip Club. And I'm a St. Paulite!

May 24, 2013 12:15 pm
 Posted by  Kristin Boldon

There's usually a reason I haven't been to a place. Mostly it's distance. I live in the same neighborhood as Brasa and Restaurant Alma and Gorkha Palace and Sen Yai Sen Lek and Maya and Chimborazo, and.... I have most of my restaurant bases covered.

Never been to Travail: I don't care how good the food is, I don't have time for that wait.

Not yet for Piccolo or In Season--Alma is closer and I love it.

A friend told me Burch is loud. Butcher and Boar sounds like a pain to get in, and Union sounds annoyingly trendy to me.

with limited time and money, I'm more willing to bet on a sure thing in my own 'hood.

May 28, 2013 07:01 am
 Posted by  Emmysue

Saffron, Tilia, Bar La Grassa, Travail, Heidi's, Popeye's.

Jun 7, 2013 10:46 am
 Posted by  Kristin Boldon

KM and Emmysue, Strip Club, Saffron, Tilia and Heidi's are all well worth visiting--I happily leave my neighborhood for all of those!

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