5 to Try: Sunday Bests in the Twin Cities

Forget getting soured by an early case of the Mondays. In this new economy, Sunday is the new Saturday. That's because a host of award-winning restaurants are turning laundry night into a great date night with bargain prices on plenty of good eats and treats.

Updated: March 04, 2009

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Cafe Levain

4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

This South Minneapolis bistro is always hopping on Sunday Supper night, when Chef Adam Vickerman orchestrates a to-die-for three-course prix fix menu at $20 for vegetarians and $25 for carnivores. Past diners have been treated to soups, hangar steak, stews, artisan cheeses, pastries and more. Vickerman is obsessed with the artisanal cooking of Italy, so expect him to serve up Sunday dishes in this cozy, candle-lit spot that honor a tradition steeped in slow food and local bounty.

Meritage A Brasserie

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Chef Russell Klein honed his skills at the award-winning W.A. Frost after studying culinary arts in Italy and the South of France. Now he brings his expertise and critical acclaim to his own restaurant, a downtown St. Paul bistro decorated in dark, warm wood and mirrors that reflect the St. Paul square just outside the restaurant's wall of windows. On Sunday evenings, Klein painstakingly prepares a three-course prix-fix menu for diners at his lovely brasserie for only $24 per person. The fine French fare at budget prices also tempts with deals on Klein's wine list, an extensive selection of bottles from Rhone, Provence, Alsace and more.

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

360 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

If Meritage doesn't float your French boat, head down the street for Italian fare at the trendy Pazzaluna. Inside, bright murals, patterned draperies, private booths and instrumental club music turn this authentic Italian eatery into a lively lounge, filled with theater goers, foodies and first dates. Best of all, on Sunday evenings, for a mere $15.95 you can enjoy a Caesar salad, a generous slice of lamb lasagna and a perfectly crunch-capped creme brulee for desert and still have enough money left over for one of Pazzaluna's famous martinis.

Salut Bar Americain - Edina

5034 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410

Hungry? All you need is $8.95 for a super-filling family-style meatloaf soaked in rich, dark gravy and accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes at this French-American restaurant. The special is offered at both the Edina and St. Paul locations and starts at 4pm for the early birds. It makes for a good family night out, too, since the laid-back but always celebratory Salut is cool enough for a date night for the parents but lively and unpretentious enough to keep the kids perpetually entertained.

Il Gatto Uptown Italian

3001 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Uptown Figlio is known for its super cheap happy hours. Where else can you get mini burgers, mini pizzas, and wine and beer for $3 each? Now the Calhoun Square hot spot might be known for its uber-cheap and totally filling Sunday night dinner, consisting of giant and hearty slice of Tuscan lasagna for only $8.95 per person.