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Rosedale Center, Roseville, 651-636-7173
Ridgedale Center, Minnetonka, 952-797-9888
What to order: Why wait for hours for a table? Some of the dishes that hold up best in transit include the spicy sesame-peanut noodles, Chinese hot-and-sour soup, the curries, and the pork fried rice.
1711 Rice St., Roseville, 651-488-1246
What to order: The great Taiwanese and Japanese soups; the best vegan Asian food on the east side of town.
Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
2424 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-6801, evergreen-chinese.com
What to order: Famous for their vegetarian dishes, Evergreen also boasts a satay sauce lamb noodle soup that is wonderful. Also be sure to get their signature five-spice boiled peanuts.
Hong Kong Noodle
901 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, 612-379-9472, mnhongkongnoodle.com
What to order: The Hong Kong–style barbecue—especially the barbecued pork, chicken, or duck; dumpling soup; Hong Kong–style lo-mein, with your choice of barbecue, served on a bed of noodles.
326 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-0937, keefercourt.com
What to order: Soups, like the big dumpling noodle-in soup or deep-fried garlic pork chop noodle-in soup, barbecue, and rose wine soy chicken.
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar
2739 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-870-7084, rainbowrestaurant.com
What to order: Sesame noodles, wonton soup (ask them to add barbecued pork), and the spicy pork with cilantro. Note: Rainbow has extensive vegetarian offerings.
2710 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-872-8815
What to order: This vast Asian supermarket has a phenomenal takeout barbecue counter in the back. Get a pound of red-roast pork and add it to rice (which you can make yourself), then garnish it with cilantro and veggies from Shuang Hur’s produce section.
88 Nathan Ln., Plymouth, 763-544-3422, ourteahouse.com
What to order: Look hard at the specials board. If they have the “licorice duck,” an anise-flavored, cilantro-garnished smoked duck, grab it. Otherwise, order the roasted asparagus, cold chili-sauced bamboo tips, dan dan noodles, and garlic eggplant.
Tea House 2
1676 Suburban Ave., St. Paul, 651-771-1790, ourteahouse.com
What to order: The mini Shanghai “juicy buns” don’t really travel well, but get them anyway. They’re delicious. Add asparagus crab-meat chowder, Szechuan ma la beef tendon, and tea-smoked duck.
2015 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, 612-721-6677, unitednoodles.com
What to order: The biggest Asian market between Chicago and the Rockies has a hot-food counter that offers truly authentic soups, barbecued duck, and roast pork.
Bill’s Imported Foods
721 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-2892, billsimportedfoods.com
What to order: It’s not exactly take-out, but any list of Greek food in the Twin Cities has to take this market into consideration. It has some of the best feta cheese, the biggest olives, and the freshest pita in town. Add some fresh vegetables and you’ve got a lovely, quick light meal.
Christos Greek Restaurant
2632 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-2111
15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, 952-912-1000
214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul, 651-224-6000
What to order: Koupepia, grape leaves stuffed with ground lamb, beef, and rice; Christos also sells Greek salads by the pan or half-pan. And, if you call ahead, you can get most everything they do, from hummus to their springy tabbouli, in catering-sized portions.
It’s Greek to Me
626 W. Lake St.,Minneapolis, 612-825-9922, itsgreektomemn.com
What to order: The cold mezze (appetizer) sampler, with the splendid tzatziki sauce and the garlic-laden skordalia. For a healthy family feast, add some lentil-spinach soup, a giant Greek salad, or the braised lamb with tomatoes and vegetables.
Santorini Taverna & Grill
13000 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-546-6722, santorinimn.com
What to order: the well-marinated lamb souvlaki; horiatiki (the traditional country Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta cheese in a red wine–olive oil vinaigrette).
600 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-379-3030, brasa.us
What to order:The slow-cooked local Berkshire pork, spoon-tender beef, and the crispy, roasty, uncommonly wonderful chicken; for sides: the creamy cheese grits and andouille-sausage- flecked yams.
1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, 612-825-9800, lucias.com
What to order: Any of the daily specials, like the meat loaf and mashed potatoes, roast chicken breast with Meyer lemons and thyme, and honey-mustard-glazed organic salmon. Add a Budapest Bundt cake, a green salad, and a loaf of their dense, flavorful flax bread.
The Salty Tart
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-874-9206, saltytart.wordpress.com
What to order: The soups—such as the roast garlic and sweet potato, curried carrot, or classic French onion—with a loaf of sourdough bread, and a pan of take-and-bake brownies; or opt for a vegetable quiche, savory turnovers, and a cream-filled brioche.
Anoka Meat & Sausage
478 W. Main St., Anoka, 763-421-5580, anokameats.com
What to order: Cooked barbecued chicken, pork, turkey, and beef; sliced roast beef au jus, house-made ham loaf.
1601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-729-9333, ingebretsens.com
What to order: Soups, herring in a half-dozen flavors, Swedish and Norwegian sausage.
215 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-379-3018, kramarczuk.com
What to order: From the restaurant, get the Szeged goulash, borscht, dumplings, stuffed cabbage rolls. From the butcher shop: sausages, ham, bread, pastries.
535 Tedesco St., St. Paul, 651-774-5961, morellismarket.com
What to order: The red sauce, pans of manicotti and lasagna, and Italian-marinated pork chops.
3550 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-789-2484, readymeats.com
What to order: Cheddar-and-bacon twice-baked potatoes; pasties; homemade sauce and pizza crusts; pans of chili, manicotti, meat loaf, and ham loaf.
850 Grand Ave.,St. Paul, 651-224-5687, cafelatte.com
What to order: Not just cake! Check out the soup and stews to-go, in flavors like pumpkin wild-rice, Spanish black-bean, and Thai coconut chicken, or the French chicken stew made with potatoes, roasted leeks, and spinach.
Dorothy Ann Bakery
710 Commerce Dr.,Woodbury, 651-731-3323, dorothyannbakery.com
What to order: Beef or white-chicken chili, chicken and wild-rice or lentil-vegetable soup, salads (like the simple green or the Greek), and the Vienna bread.
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-7855, frenchmeadowcafe.com
What to order: French Meadow’s famous soup, a seeded baguette, and a roasted-beet and caramelized-pear salad make a wholesome dinner, but consult the menu for more options, like a bison potpie or the organic butternut-squash gnocchi.
816 W. 46 St., Minneapolis, 612-822-1119, rusticabakery.com
What to order: Sandwiches, from farm-to-table restaurant Corner Table, combine Rustica’s wonderful bread with fresh ingredients such as local ham, fennel salami, or roasted vegetables with goat cheese.
232 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-8950, trotterscafe.com
What to order: Trotter’s soups, like the wild mushroom and smoked gouda, pair perfectly with the house-baked breads, like the cheddar cornbread or the complimentary bread sticks. Add a pint of fruit salad,
a vegetable potpie, or a nightly special, like beef stew, for a homey dinner.
3421 W. 44th St., Minneapolis, 612-924-6013
4762 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-7333
What to order: Turtle Bread’s Solveig Tofte is one of America’s premiere bakers, so put a loaf of her bread in your basket, stock up on quarts of spectacular soup like tomato basil, New England clam chowder, or artichoke heart, and call it a day.