It's a great time to be living in Country Club and Arden Park, surrounding neighborhoods of 50th & France in Edina. There are more choices for dining out than ever before. Whether you take the kids, or leave them with the sitter for a change, there something for every occasion.

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Rice Paper (formerly in Linden Hills). Now Edina residents are the beneficiaries of owner An Nguyen’s wonderful Vietnamese inspired dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed the special spring roll of the evening that included fresh apple which was sweet, tart, and delicious. The Crispy Tofu Puffs were amazing. The Song Huong Beef, a marinated beef and lemongrass, served with lettuce cups and nice accompaniments of sprouts, peanuts and rice noodles was light, but filling. Rice Paper is located at 3948 W. 50th Street, Edina, MN 55424 952-288-2888

4 other recent openings are also getting notice:

Cocina del Bario – the 3rd offering of this unique tequila bar and tacqueria mixes traditional Mexican preparations with a Minnesota touch. Do not miss the made to order Guacamole! Located at 5036 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55424 952-920-1860

Mazzo Mia – A new venture from our local friends at Parasole Restaurant Group. Located in the old Tejas space, the new restaurant focuses on Pizza and Mozzarella. Didn’t think there was any other Mozzarella than what come in the form of “String Cheese” – think again. Ask for Burrata – a ball of cheese with an incredible, melt in your mouth center of soft mozzarella contained within a barely harder shell – Yum (or Num, depending on your inclination)! Located at 3910 West 50th Street, Edina, MN 55424 952-288-2882

50th Street Café – Just opened in the former Pearson’s Restaurant space, this new offering is brought to you by John McCarty, owner of the New Uptown Diner on Hennepin. Expect loads of breakfast food, and some of Pearson’s signature menu items to remain. Located at 3808 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410 612-927-4464

Raku Modern Japanese Restaurant – Next to Lunds and Starbuck’s, this modern Japanese restaurant is the perfect place for Sushi, or try their traditional Japanese dishes that are influenced by Italian, French, and other Asian cuisines. Located at 3939 West 50th Street, Suite 101, Edina, MN 55424 952-358-2588

If you already live in Country Club or Arden Park, leave the car behind tonight, throw on a sweater and walk down to your incredible neighborhood hub. If you don’t already live there, now is an incredible time, with great opportunities. Check of these amazing deals on Country Club homes currently for sale.

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