For Mexican food in Brooklyn Park that is completely and utterly auténtico, Fiesta Cancun is a must visit. What people love about the place is right there in its name – the party atmosphere, which sees people returning again and again to sample more of their menu of Mexican classics. These stay true to tried and tested recipes, but owners Angel and Elena Ruelas encourage each chef to put their own spin on the dish, perhaps explaining why the restaurant has been so astonishingly popular.
Fiesta Cancun, 1408 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA, +1 763 208 7959
Overlooking the Edinburgh golf course, Girvan Grille is housed in a castle-like structure reflecting the Scottish heritage that gives the course its name. The excellent views of the lush green course are perfectly complimented by the food, a good selection of American favourites. Food adventurers should try their famous ghost pepper wings, coated as they are in the hottest chili in the world, a pepper that is currently in the process of being weaponized in India as a way of dispersing crowds.
Girvan Grille, 8700 Edinburgh Crossing, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA, +1 763 315 8535
Opened by a husband and wife team, Roasted Pear has expanded into two separate restaurants and a successful catering business. The Brooklyn Park location is their second after the success of its sister in Burnsville, and benefits from all the lessons the couple learned in setting up the first restaurant. Roasted Pear somehow manages to be at once classy and casual, homely and gourmet, and this combination makes the varied menu worth exploring in depth over a few drinks from their excellent bar.
Roasted Pear, Colorado Lane North, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA, +1 763 400 7677
Fat Nat’s Eggs
Basically a local legend in the area, Fat Nat’s inspires devotion in breakfast fans all over the Twin Cities with its dreamy pancakes and eggs benedict. No wonder it is consistently voted the best breakfast and brunch spot in the area, with ultra friendly service and hefty portions putting a smile on your face before you have even tasted your hash browns or your huevos rancheros.
Just minutes away from the centre of Brooklyn Park, Travail Kitchen and Amusements in nearby Robbinsdale is well worth a visit. Do so and you will experience one of the most uniquely strange (and strangely unique) culinary evenings of your life. A fun and novel take on molecular gastronomy that is as much a circus as a kitchen, each dish comes with its own performance, shared by all the diners at its long communal tables.
Sweet Taste of Italy
The story behind Sweet Taste of Italy could make a great against-all-odds movie. Finding that the pizza restaurant he worked at was approaching closure, Jim Stone tried everything to buy the restaurant from its then-owners. Having no luck whatsoever raising funds, he was saved at the last minute by his father and Sweet Taste of Italy was born. Thank goodness it was, or we would be without its tasty American take on Italian food cooked with the passion that saw Jim strive to keep the restaurant open.
Sweet Taste of Italy, 9576 Noble Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN, +1 763 493 4733
‘This is not the typical Thai restaurant’ says the chef and owner of Lemon Grass Ann Ahmed. She has travelled around Europe and Asia as well as the USA, and all of these experiences are reflected in her food. This unique take on Asian fusion food is also furthered by their new sushi chef Toymoyo Rudin, who brings creative Polynesian twists to her sushi. Innovative it certainly is – after all, Lemon Grass was the first ever sushi bar in Brooklyn Park.
A must for fans of nostalgia and Americana, the Brooklyn Park Wagner’s is the second Wagner’s, built soon after the original in the 1970s. The restaurant has been serving up its army of fans low priced but still carefully handmade fast food for over 35 years. They also have vintage car shows in the summer that add to the classic American vibe. It really is a neighbourhood staple and a trip to Brooklyn Park is not complete until you have had a Wagner’s burger or fried chicken.
Bringing the cuisines of Thailand, China and Vietnam to Brooklyn Park, Sweet Basil reinvigorates Asian cooking through a return to traditional ingredients and strong flavours. This focus on flavour makes their curries mild yet delicious, but they offer five degrees of spice for those who like their Asian flavours emboldened by a strong kick of chilli. They have a wonderful patio seating area for warmer evenings so head over for a summer curry
Sweet Basil, 9310 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA, +1 763 391 7362
One of Brooklyn Park’s first Asian restaurants, China Star has been serving Chinese food for over 20 years. Focusing on Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan cuisine, they offer tasty versions of all your favourites staple dishes at incredibly generous prices and with the decades of experience of each chef is demonstrative through every mouthful. So many primarily takeout restaurants feel the same, but the staff at China Star ensure each bite will keep you coming back time and time again.
China Star, 6276 Boone Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA, +1 763 535 5447