As a south side resident for many years, my family became regulars at the Edina Grill. Of course with my move back to Madison it’s been a while since I’ve hit the original hot spot of 50th and France (all apologies to Pearson’s). A lot has changed over the last couple of years including a number of new buildings and a new home for the Edina Grill. The new location places the restaurant on France instead of 50th but the real change is the shear size. Gone are the Saturday mornings spent waiting in the doorway. The new space is huge and includes both a private room and a good sized patio that brushes with neighbor Salut. The interior space builds on the previous clean modern lines of its former residence and emulates their sister restaurant the Longfellow Grill.
It’s a definite improvement especially considering the massive bar located in the front room. Again like the Longfellow the mixology of the place is on full display morning, noon or night. On our recent brunch visit I took the opportunity to sample their Bloody Mary. While on the pricey side, the flavor and spice were top notch. It’s always a nice touch when the server asks you for your choice of vodka and chaser. On top of that she was knowledgeable about the vodkas and her recommendation of the Absolut Pepper was spot on.
The most important carry over from the old location of course is the food and I’m happy to say the transition shows nothing was lost. I went with my brunch standby of the Farmer’s Breakfast. At least three scrambled eggs covered with a thick mound of perfect hashbrowns, sweet seasonal onions and Tillamook cheddar. While the ingredients are simple they are of the highest quality and the flavors are pitch perfect. Likewise my companion found her Egg White Scramble to be simple but spot on. The egg whites mixed tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs blended together perfectly and the side of fresh fruit was most definitely fresh. The scramble usually also includes green beans but my partner passed on that, which lead to a kitchen mix up that delayed our meal ever so shortly. Again the service was prompt and kept us informed which was nice since I could have easily attributed the wait due to the fact that the place was certainly hoping.
I’m more then happy to say that the high quality of the old Edina Grill has only been enhanced by its swankier digs. While we only did brunch recently I can say that their turkey burger and sweet potatoes are the best in Minneapolis and their eggplant parm is one of the better ones as well.
Edina Grill, 5028 France Ave S, Edina MN, 952-927-7933