Abdallah Candies (3501 Cty. Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, 952-890-4770, www.abdallahcandies.com) has been satisfying Burnsville's sweet tooth for decades. Check out the factory's watch-them-work window.
The B'ville version of Burger Jones (1619 Cty. Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, 952-885-2289, www.burgerjones.com) features the same gourmet burgers roster as its Lake Calhoun counterpart.
Family-friendly Harry's Cafe (20790 Keokuk Av. S., Lakeville, 952-469-5696, www.eatatharrys.com) is the anti-Applebee's alternative for brunch, lunch and dinner.
Jensen's Supper Club (3840 Rahn Rd., 651-688-7969, www.jensenssupperclub.com) captures the essence of that endangered species, the Midwestern supper club.
There's a deli and juice bar inside Mazopiya (2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake, 952-233-9140, www.mazopiya.com), the natural foods store operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Rack Shack BBQ (2925 E. Cliff Rd., Burnsville, 952-736-3004, www.rackshackbarbeque.com) is the place for when nothing but slow-smoked beef brisket will do.
Edelweiss Bakery and Cafe (16186 Main Av. SE., Prior Lake, 952-440-2773, www.edelweissbakery.net) is where half of downtown Prior Lake seems to congregate at any given moment, ogling the selection of breads, pastries and sweets, or lingering over soups and sandwiches.
Valley Natural Foods (13750 Cty. Rd. 11, Burnsville, 952-891-1212, www.valleynaturalfoods.com), the area's member-owned natural-foods co-op, stocks a frequently changing deli, salad bar, hot bar, bakery and juice and coffee bar, all available for dine-in or takeout.
All eyes are on Vivo Kitchen (15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley, 952-891-8808, www.vivomn.com), set to open soon in the former home of Enjoy!