Blog: Locals Love It- Lemon Grass Thai & Sushi
Bet you didn’t know that Brooklyn Park is quickly gaining recognition as a hot bed of amazing ethnic cuisine. If you don’t believe me, there are over 20 independent restaurants ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Cajun, and African. This week we visited Lemon Grass Thai & Sushi for lunch.
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Bet you didn’t know that Brooklyn Park is quickly gaining recognition as a hot bed of amazing ethnic cuisine. If you don’t believe me, there are over 20 independent restaurants ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Cajun, and African. Hungry yet?
This week we visited Lemon Grass Thai & Sushi for lunch after a recommendation from the Brooklyn Park mayor, himself. Before heading out we did a little research and it was evident that he wasn’t the only one loving Lemon Grass. Their Yelp reviews say it all:
“BOW DOWN. This place is amazing. You can't order the wrong thing.” –Jay D.
“I've tried 90% of the food on their menu and have yet to be disappointed. Excellent variety. The staff is even better. Friendly as can be.” – Moody S.
With its newly renovated dining room, wine list, and Brooklyn Park’s first sushi bar, this is not your typical Thai restaurant. Lemon Grass has 3 completely separate kitchens for sushi, stir fry dishes, and curry dishes, allowing each chef to specialize in their respective area. The 3 kitchens make interesting work for servers though, who do an excellent job keeping track of which dishes come out of what kitchen. Lemon Grass places the highest importance on serving food when it’s fresh, so they bring dishes out one by one as they are finished, rather than waiting for the entire table’s order to be done.
Their lunch specials are such a great deal and provide more variety than one might normally get. For example, all lunch plates come with a ginger salad, egg roll, and cream cheese wonton... Yes, please!
Our server explained that we pick the spice level for our dish, 1-5. Not many people can handle the 5 he informed us, and 3 is pretty spicy for those who don’t have a high tolerance for it. Danielle ordered the Spicy Peanut Noodles and of course, heads straight for a 4 (crazy). I ordered the Pad Thai and Chris got the Crispy Curry Chicken. All we can say is… YUM.
Overall, Lemon Grass is a restaurant in a suburban area with a very hip and urban feel. The wood finishes and the lights strung across the ceiling make for a very cute and inviting atmosphere. The employees were super friendly and there were so many other things that we wanted to try that we will definitely be back!
Try Lemon Grass Thai and share your experience using our hashtag, #MinneapolisNW!
About the Author
- Becca Schaar
Minneapolis Northwest native and freelance blogger