7 Food Spots at the Mall of America that Don't Suck

We’re the land of 10,000 lakes, the birthplace of Prince and Bob Dylan, home to the Boundary Waters and some of the best live music and theater in the country. And yet, our number one tourist attraction is a mall. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mall of America (or the MOA or the Mega Mall… you pick). Where else can you buy a pair of sneakers, ride a roller coaster, swim with sharks and buy a bean bag the size of a mid-size sedan all under one roof? Even if you’re a MOA-hater, inevitably you will end up there if you’re in the Twin Cities. And if you’re there, you’re probably going to need to eat. Here are seven food spots at the MOA that are worth your stomach space.

Tucci Benucch Pasta

Tucci Benucch

This was the first place I ever dined at the MOA, and twenty years later, it’s still a favorite. Their chopped chicken salad is exactly the thing I want to eat when I’m spending a day navigating the nation’s biggest shopping mall. If I’m feeling gluten-friendly, I’ll dig into their basket of hot, salty focaccia, dragging it through a plate of olive oil and balsamic. If you’re trying to forget the chaotic hell that is the American Girl Store, you might find solace in a bowl of their carbonara and a big ol’ glass of wine.  And if you are feeling like you need some fresh air, good news! You can opt to eat on their patio… which is still inside the mall. I don’t get it, and yet I have a very strong preference for eating on said patio versus eating inside the actual restaurant. I think it’s the amazing access to people watching. Tucci-benucch.com

Twin City Grill

If you have an hour-ish for a meal, go here. It’s got that comfy, cozy supper club feel—big booths, dim lights and rich wood (no leather bound books!). You’re probably noticing a theme here—yes, I like to order salads at the MOA (their wedge is great), but if you’re trying on clothes, that’s probably the best idea. However, if that’s not a top priority, then by all means dominate their prime meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, walleye fish fry, or prime rib. I have it on good authority that Twin City Grill does a killer loaded mac and cheese (that means bacon and bread crumbs). Twincitygrillrestaurant.com


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By Molly Mogren


(June 3, 2014)