The Hundred-Foot Journey

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I have a feeling Manish Dayal (Hassan Kadam) and Charlotte LeBon (Marguerite) are going to be big stars as a result of this movie. Our book club saw this after reading the book of the same name. This movie is worth seeing just for the beautiful landscape alone, but it also holds up in the acting and writing departments. It deviates somewhat from the book, but that is to be expected. I like a movie that puts me in a good mood, and this one certainly accomplished that.

Bonfire, Eagan, MN

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http://bonfirewoodfirecooking.com/blog/location/eagan/

Our book club at ate Bonfire on 8/14/2014 after seeing the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey (see my movie review). Bonfire has wonderful happy hour offerings: half-price appetizers, $2 off drinks, beer specials. Happy hour is daily from 3-6 p.m. and 9-12 p.m. We were all very pleased with our selections (my buffalo chicken flatbread was excellent). There were two very minor issues: A glass of wine was served with lipstick on the rim (quickly remedied by our server) and there was a spider on the move in the light fixture above our table (we didn’t mention it). The ambiance was nice and service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Inver Grove Toyota, Inver Grove Heights, MN

We bought a used car over the weekend (8/14) and had an excellent experience with our salesperson, Dameon. We were not impressed, however, with the woman who works in the finance department. She used the term “shaggin’ wagon” twice in front of our 12-year-old son (she was referring to our older son’s trade-in) — very unprofessional and borderline crude. Five stars for Dameon, one star for the finance person.

www.invergrovetoyota.com

Discount Tire Store, Eagan, MN

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www.discounttire.com/storelocations/Eagan-MN.html 

My husband was out of town, and his car needed (what he thought were) three new tires. I made an appointment at Discount Tire. When I arrived, the tech took down the information, at which time I mentioned that the car probably needed three new tires. He went out and inspected the tires and came back saying that we only needed ONE new tire. What? Honesty and integrity at a car place? I bought the tire at a fair price, waited about an hour, and was on my way. I will definitely return to this store for future tire purchases. Way to go, Discount Tire!

 

Hardware Hank, Duckwood Drive, Eagan, MN

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www.eaganhardwarehank.com

We bought a lawn mower at Hardware Hank on a Saturday in July (2014). Our salesperson was one of the most patient, knowledgeable, and helpful people we’ve dealt with in a long time. (I didn’t get his name, but he works part time on the weekends.) My husband had many questions, and all of them were answered in a very clear, professional, and friendly manner. We will definitely return to this Hardware Hank for future needs.

Granite City, Eagan, MN

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www.gcfb.net/menu

We ate at Granite City on a Wednesday night in August, expecting a slow business night, but it was packed. The restaurant was clearly understaffed, but they made the best of the situation. I ordered the buffalo chicken wrap and fries. The chicken was lukewarm (probably sat in the window for a little while) but was otherwise very good. My husband had the fish and (lukewarm) chips, which he liked, and my son had the fish taco trio (said it was good). The very best thing I had was one of their beers, The Bennie — medium-bodied, very flavorful. (This beer rivaled anything I tasted in Ireland! I would return to Granite City for this beer alone.) Our server apologized a couple of times for the slow service. We tipped 20% anyway, and he returned within seconds of taking our payment (literally, seconds) with a coupon for a complimentary appetizer. I would recommend this restaurant.

Culver’s, Apple Valley, MN

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www.culvers.com/menu-and-nutrition/

We ate at Culver’s on Sunday evening, August 3rd, 2014. It was not busy at all when we arrived. We were given our “number” to put on our table. After 10 minutes or so, half of our order was brought out. We thought maybe someone else was bringing the rest, but after a few minutes of waiting, no other food came out. My husband then went back to the counter and addressed the oversight. After a few more minutes, the rest of our order was delivered. A manager then brought us a “We’re Sorry” coupon for a free meal on our next visit (very good customer service). The restaurant was getting busier by that time, and my husband went up to order dessert. He was given another number for the Concrete Mixer. It was at least 15 minutes, if not longer, before the dessert was delivered – way too long for a “fast food” restaurant. We probably will not return to this Culver’s. On the plus side, the restaurant was very clean, and the staff was friendly.

Wildcats, Eagan, MN

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www.wildcatsbarandgrilleagan.com/

I have eaten at Wildcats several times over the past couple years, and the food has always been above average, prices very reasonable, and excellent service provided. We went as a family in May and stumbled upon Bingo night. Wildcats seems to be a “community” type of restaurant, and we have never been disappointed. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Andiamo, Eagan, MN

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www.andiamomn.com/menu.html

Andiamo has come a long way since first opening. They now offer a full bar (not just wine and beer), and they also have gluten-free options. The prices are about average, and the food/service are always very good. Would recommend this restaurant.

Chianti Grill, Burnsville, MN

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http://www.chiantigrill.com/menu.cfm

A group of us (women, 40s-50s) ate at Chianti Grill in May 2014. The food was quite good. Most of us had some type of pasta ($12.99-$23.99). The service was excellent; our server was happy to bring us olive oil, balsamic vinegar, as well as parmesan, for our bread. She checked on us often but not annoyingly so. There was a nice selection of gluten-free options. Although I felt the prices were a bit high, I would still recommend this restaurant.