July 30, 2018

Hungry Vikings Fans?

This is going to be tough to say, but the Minnesota Vikings are in full training camp mode along with the rest of the league. Go Pack Go! With all the visitors making their way to camp headquarters and the all new T.C.O Training Facility, visitors need some food to hold them over while they watch their (hard swallow) favorite team practice.

A fellow foodie who is for more or less, exclusive to neighboring community to the TCO, Inver Grove Heights, has provided their top 5 places to eat at near the training complex. Unfortunately, it’s not truly the top 5 places within a 5-10 minute drive without dealing with a whole lot of traffic either. It’s just restaurants from Inver Grove Heights. So, I would like to shed some light on that and provide you Vikings fans with 5 of the best restaurants to grab some grub at.

Burgers and Bottles – Eagan 
Easily some of the best burgers you’ll consume in the Twin Cities. Their burgers are on my top 10 list of Twin Cities Best Burgers and you can’t go wrong with any of their selections. Want something a little messier? Check out their juicy rendition and currently the #1 juicy on my top 10 Juicy Lucy Challenge list. They have plenty of cold beverages to enjoy as well to wash your burgers down and get you back to the action.                                        
Located at: 1278 Lone Oak Rd, Eagan, MN 55121

Las Tortillas - Rosemount
I love a solid authentic Mexican meal, especially some insanely made street tacos. And, Las Tortillas is that place that you should be checking out if you’re craving some delicious Mexican during your visit to training camp. Doesn’t matter what you order off the menu, you’ll be getting some outstanding food to consume and satisfy those hunger pains. And, to wash those tacos down, you can never go wrong with a cold cerveza or margarita.
Located at: 15051 Crestone Ave, Rosemount, MN 55068

Buon Giorno – Lilydale/Mendota
Looking for some excellent pasta? And by excellent, I mean some of the most amazing Italian cuisine you’ll ever enjoy? Look no further than Buon Giorno’s. Seriously, this place is serving up some crazy good pasta dishes and if you’re lucky, you might just spot former NFL great Matt Birk or maybe even a Mauer siting. Shoot, now I’m hungry for some Buon Giorno’s grub. Heck, you might just find yourself going back for dinner and checking out their dinner restaurant, iNonni which is right next door.
Located at: 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy, St Paul, MN 55118

ZZQ – Eagan
Maybe it’s some delicious BBQ that you’re craving while you’re watching your favorite team. If it’s BBQ that you’re craving, check out ZZQ BBQ. Very reasonably priced goodness and I recommend getting their sampler platter where you get to pick 3 of their offerings with a side as well. I personally think you can even skip the sauces and just enjoy the meat! Still want a beer to wash that brisket down, don’t worry, they have that too. Definitely get the chicken, easily the most moist and tender smoked chicken we’ve come across in the Twin Cities.
Located at:  3390 Coachman Rd, 204, Eagan, MN 55121

Old World Pizza – Inver Grove Heights
There are a lot of things that make America great and one of those just happens to be pizza, football and beer. And, Old World just happens to be the best pizza option close to the action. While I think there are some other options out there, this place is the easiest to get into, has a sit-down option (while others are just take out or delivery) and a buffet. Yes, a buffet and it’s all-you-can-eat for just $8 bucks! Definitely a place we like to visit as a family and we know you’ll enjoy it as well.
Located at: 5660 Bishop Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

There you have it folks, truly 5 of the best restaurants around the (still hard to say) Vikings Training Camp and their new facilities. There is something for everyone on the list and you can’t go wrong with your selection. Really, it’s just deciding what you’re in the mood for besides hoping for a super bowl ring. What? I had to throw another last dig in there, at least the Packers have them to show off! 😊


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