I normally don't go for restaurants in strip malls or in major malls, but every once in a while I have to suspend my rules when I find a place like the Twin City Grill.
Located in the Mall of America, Twin City Grill is part of Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You chain of fine and fun restaurants based out of Chicago. The restaurant is styled after a 1940's fine dining establishment with a number of 40's era pictures and fixtures throughout the place.
I first went there about two years ago with my friend, George Miller, and have been back a couple times with accounts I call on. George got my interest piqued when he once told me that one of the finest steaks he ever had was Twin City Grill's filet topped with Maytag blue cheese. I was hoping it tasted as good as it sounded. It was.
When I was in the Twin Cities recently, I took a long time manufacturer's representative friend of mine out for dinner at the Twin City Grill. I started out with a cup of their signature Minnesota Wild Rice chowder, and then got the 12 oz prime rib with whipped potatoes. My friend, Mike, got the special that evening which was the sliced glazed pork tenderloin with a mushroom and onion sauce. Mine was excellent and Mike really liked his, as well. His looked good, too.
Twin City Grill's wine list is very good with a lot of different wines to choose from. We got a bottle of the 2002 Liberty School Cabernet - one of my favorite wines - and it was nicely priced at $27 for the bottle.
Twin City Grill can be kind of pricey - with our dinner, drinks, wine and tip the bill was a little over $100. But it's worth it. Never had a bad meal there and don't expect to get a bad meal there, either.