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Bites Nearby: 3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove

Nobody does upscale diner food better than 3 Squares Restaurant, a comfortable place to eat and drink

If there ever was a go-to restaurant for any situation, is it.

From the locally owned Blue Plate Restaurant Company, which specializes in upscale diners with bars, comfy vibes and breakfast anytime, 3 Squares is the place for a business lunch, friendly happy hours, dinner with grandma and the kids, or even a birthday party. With a diverse yet taut menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, entrees and breakfast dishes, all prepared from scratch, you can’t go wrong.

Take the BBQ Pork Waffle, a pile of pulled pork atop two sweet-corn waffles and topped with fried onion strings. Served with a side of homemade cole slaw (with raisins – a nice touch), the dish was expertly presented, well-proportioned and delicious.

The cole slaw, really, is a perfect example of what 3 Squares does best: it’s homemade, thoughtful enough to be slightly unique, and tasty enough to want it again.

Breakfast anytime is hard to pass up, though, and 3 Squares offers a bevy of options like biscuits and gravy, chilaquiles and the indulgent seafood Benedict, as well as a breakfast burrito packed with pork, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Waffles and pancakes are also available with toppings like bananas, blueberries and strawberries, and three varieties of French toast round out the breakfast menu.

Also, it should be noted that the coffee at 3 Squares is top-tier, bringing class to an often-taken-for-granted item at breakfast-anytime places. With wi-fi available, you could do worse for an escape-the-office coffee break.

Known for having good taste in wine and beer selection, Blue Plate has assembled a solid lineup of over 20 taps at 3 Squares that on a recent visit included local favorites Fulton Sweet Child of Vine, Surly Furious, Lift Bridge Crosscut Pale Ale and three Summit varieties as well standouts like the terrific Deschutes Obsidian Stout and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat. 3 Squares also takes the time to pair its daily food specials with a certain drink from the bar, such as a recent capicola panini paired with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. Little touches like that go far in endearing a restaurant to people.

And it should be noted that 3 Squares, like other Blue Plate restaurants, has an employee vibe that is second-to-none. Every employee, from the hostess to the bartender to the manager, really seems to enjoy their work. That’s rare, and a testament to the company.

In short, 3 Squares does everything well. The staff is friendly, the decor inviting and the food is solid – even the bathrooms are impeccably decorated and comfortable. A fallback restaurant is vital, really, for any semi-engaged food fan, and 3 Squares should be it for most anybody in the Maple Grove area.

Stefanie Briggs October 08, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I love their turkey burger and their sweet potato fries and aioli dip is fantastic!

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