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Eating Local in Minnesota: Good Earth

Good Earth Heirloom Tomato Salad

One of the first restaurants I went to as a baby was Good Earth in Roseville, MN. I have since graduated from the Gorilla Cheese sandwich, but am no less infatuated. It’s mostly simple food – sandwiches, burgers, salads, some Mexican – but impeccably sourced and always delicious. I have a really hard time deciding what to order, so we usually go twice when we visit my parents.

For my first meal this time, I had the fantastic Planet Burger – a homemade veggie burger with a great soft-on-the-inside-crunchy-on-the-outside texture. My mom had a really tasty shrimp and zucchini flatbread that was topped with feta and mint. Of course, we both had the iconic Good Earth tea, which is spicy-sweet, somehow without sweetener. It’ll convince even coffee drinkers that tea is worth a shot. Since I thought it might be my only opportunity, I also got an iced gingersnap, which was the perfect blend of a heavily spiced and nearly savory cookie and sweet sweet glaze. Yum!!

Luckily, Erik has become a Good Earth fan, too, so we went later in the week after our State Fair gorging. We skipped the tea and opted for fresh juice to attack our budding summer colds. Erik had a V8-type juice. Mine was carrot and parsley. Thumbs up on both! Erik’s meal was that amazingly beautiful heirloom tomato salad with couscous, feta, herbs, and hummus – one of Good Earth’s monthly, seasonal specials. He said he felt his cold going away immediately after such a super-foods-packed lunch. I spotted a new dish on the menu, which I thought I had memorized, so I had to order it. They called it salmon and quinoa falafel, but it was more like a very tasty fish cake. It was served on fresh pita with delicious yogurt-mint sauce, cucumber, and tomato.

My only regret is that I could only go twice. :)

2 comments to Eating Local in Minnesota: Good Earth

  • So I’m being a bit of a blog-stalker, having stumbled upon your blog last week in a search for a recipe. Have since snagged several more, counting down the hours until Wednesday’s farmer’s market! ANYWAY, had to comment on this: I’m going to Minneapolis for work this fall, and had previously flagged Good Earth as a possibility. So excited to get confirmation!

    • Erik

      Thanks, Chandra! Also be sure to check out Haute Dish if you have time and are looking for a nice dinner. Lindsay could suggest some more, but she is actually in MN at the moment!

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