VENUE DETAILS

Longfellow Grill

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual

Serves:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Rating: One Star One Star Half Star No Star No Star

REVIEW

Wouldn't it be great if the outer ring of suburbs had restaurants like the Longfellow Grill? Say a Maple Grove Grill and an Eden Prairie Grill and an Apple Valley Grill, instead of those cookie-cutter chain restaurants like Applebee's and Chili's?

The Longfellow is far from perfect (more about that follows). But if the future of Twin Cities dining is in chain restaurants -- and it sure is starting to look that way -- then I would much rather have it be a chain of places like the Longfellow Grill and its sister restaurants, the Highland Grill in St. Paul's Highland Park and the Edina Grill in Edina.

The Longfellow Grill may be part of a chain, (if you can call the Blue Plate Restaurant Company's three restaurants a chain), but it doesn't feel like one -- or taste like one. It's locally owned, and although they have nearly identical menus, each restaurant in the chain has its own distinctive look.

Being part of a chain does have some advantages, such as economies of scale, which helps the Grills keep their prices low. The most expensive entrees are a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and Gruyére, and a savory seafood stew, both priced at $12.95. Nearly everything else on the menu costs less than $10.

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Where:

Longfellow Grill
2990 West River Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN
612-721-2711

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