Previously "The Italian Oven," this place is a neighborhood, corner, family restaurant. Placed right on the corner of Minnehaha and White Bear, it's a very well traveled area, and driving by, you could STILL miss it. It's a very small place, will almost no parking. You'll end up having to find a spot on the street somewhere if it's around dinner time. Their pizza is their best-selling item, as it's packed with cheese, meat, and their awesome, spicy, pizza marinara!
The only con is the fact that they get extraordinarily busy around dinner time, but you can call ahead and pickup if you're bringing the family home a pizza.
Don't expect world class service, but it's good enough, besides, I barely ever eat in, I often just pickup a pizza.
I grew up by this place, and my dad used to bring it home in the traditional white chinese take out containers. I always loved it. But the food has since changed, for the worst. The Chow Mein is no longer thick, it's watered down and nasty. The rest of the food is pretty bad too, they probably got new food providers.
I'd steer clear from this place nowadays.
Another one of those restaurants you never forget. It is a two story restaurant, with wonderful art and architecture throughout. It hasn't changed in years.
There's so much to say about it...
The pizza is FANTASTIC, the other entrees are just as delicious. They also have a desert selection line, and a deli!
I love sitting upstairs, so I can look over the railing and watch the chefs toss the circles of dough around and drizzle sauce and cheese and meat over the top.
This is the kind of restaurant from which memories are made.
The original Dino's location. It used to be much smaller until they completely renovated the place.
The food is to die for. Dino definately makes the best gyro in the metro! It's a nice place, and works a lot like a fast food restaurant, Greek style. You order at the counter from a fast food-like wall menu and then pick up your food. They also have take-home deserts and drinks in a refridgerator, they are especially tasty (try the Baklava, de-LISH!). Your first Dino's Gyros will not be your last, let me tell you.
As a little kid, I can remember going to Ruam Mit, owned by the same sweet, old, Thai lady.
She always used to bring me out a plate full of oranges on the house, and I'd gobble them down. Then she opened Taste of Thailand, the first one on Selby Ave.
I've always loved her dishes, made with the best sauces and ingredients, and her unique shapes she cuts those little carrots into!
She's opened up several more now. Now I'm 18 and I still find myself eating at her restaurants 10 years later. Same great food. Unchanging, friendly, atmosphere.
You picture most Asian restaurants to be secluded, small, cramped, or older looking. Well, Big Bowl is located in Rosedale Mall, marked with a GIGANTIC bowl on the outside of the mall. You go inside the mall entrance, and it's the first place on the left. It's very modern inside, with cool rock or jazzy music playing, often very bustling as well around dinner time. It's pretty quick to seat, and the waitresses and waiters are very pleasant and attentive. It's a little pricey, but the atmosphere is worth it. Oh wait? Did I forget about the food???WOW! That's what I have to say. Although very americanized, the food is to die for. The Pad Thai they have is especially good. They also have a delicious, DIY stir fry bar, with your choice of meats, veggies, ect...
PROS: Delectable food, A+ service, soothing funky atmosphere.
CONS: Can get busy around dinner time.
But the service, especially around lunch hour, is hellish. Very slow to seat, very slow buffet lines. It took 10 minutes just to pay! I spent more time waiting then eating. But the food IS to die for and worth it! So if I were you, if you end up waiting, don't leave, you'll regret it...
Truly the best food I've had in a long time. For five years now, I've been stuffing my face every other week or so at one of their wonderful lunch buffets. It is simply the tastiest food you'll ever have. I had not gone there for about a year, and when I came back, the waiters remembered me, I love those guys :-P
Recommendation: Go there for lunch on a weekend sometime for the buffet, you won't be disappointed.