Review: FireLake Grill marks a turnaround for Mall of America

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 4:53 PM

A new hotel restaurant is giving diners a reason to visit the shopping mecca.

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chablis28Nov. 14, 13 7:59 AM

Haven't been to MOA location yet but we will soon. We hit the downtown one a couple times a year because its rarely busy and a nice setting for a quick hassle free meal before a concert or game at Target Center. My only beef with the downtown one and I'm sure it's true of the MOA too is, uneven execution. Some dishes are great while an equal number are not. I think thier menu is way way too big. And usually, when a venue has a menu 3 times as big as you need or expect it leads to mixed reviews on execution. I'm a Firelake fan so I have to point this out in hopes that they'll read my comment and think about it. My wife is a killer cook so our best meals are almost always at home. She often prepares better fresh seafood dishes than the restauants and just about anything else she cooks is top notch too. So, I don't go out to eat expecting the food to blow me away but I don't want to be disapointed either. Put on the menu those items that you can execute very well and take off the clutter.

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chablis28Nov. 14, 13 8:02 AM

BTW, the MOA Crave is pretty darn good too. A really disapointing venue at MOA is Napa Valley Grill which has a very cozy room but seems to have no one at the helm in the kitchen. NVG has been a soulless place for some time now. We never go to the rest of the chain stuff out there.

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proute507Nov. 14, 1310:32 AM

Crave is the definition of overrated. The overcomplicated menu & trying to offer up every food type doesn't work. They specialize in one thing: Hipster

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dutclinNov. 14, 1310:49 AM

What about Twin City Grill? That is the only sit-down place I hit at MOA. I will go there simply to eat and skip the shopping! Their mac and cheese is unmatched. I was a little disappointed in some changes the last time we went (cheaper bread and no more salt n vinegar fries) but I still think the burgers and beer options are great!

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nanettepNov. 14, 1311:19 AM

I used to love California Cafe and would go to MOA just for that. I agree that Crave is overrated and over-priced. Generally I avoid MOA (except when I have out of town guests who want to visit) so I doubt I'd go back just to try a restaurant.

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dbtorgersonNov. 14, 1311:52 AM

Chef lyncy is a tried and true pro and a Nice guy to boot. Great food at Fire Lake. Great addition to MOA

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leviw01Nov. 14, 13 1:39 PM

I have found Fire Lake downtown to be consistently good, with appropriate service, at breakfast and dinner in the restaurant and at happy hour in the bar.

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selfmadeNov. 14, 13 2:45 PM

Finally a little class for the dump known as MOA...

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chablis28Nov. 14, 13 8:55 PM

MOA is simply a great place to see a ton of product under one roof. No one should go there expecting to be wowed by its ambience or food. I go there because I know they'll have great xselction of shoes and clcothing under one roof for a 6.2 guy. Thats it. That said, if I'm in ther mood for lunch Crave or I expect Firelake are nice options under the circumstance. If I want world class food other than my wifes I'll go to Tilia, The Kenwood, Meritage or La Belle Vie.

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