Good Earth is part of the Parasole group of restaurants, which include some fabulous Twin Cities eateries like Chino Latino, Salut Bar Americain, Mozza Mia, Burger Jones, and more. There are 2 locations – Roseville and the Galleria in Edina.
I got off work around 9pm on a Saturday night and wasn’t in the mood to relax at home. So before we caught a late movie (MIB3), we ran to Good Earth in Roseville and grabbed a light dinner on the patio just before closing time.
The restaurant has a café feel and is known for their fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. I love that they focus on responsibly grown and organic produce. The menu has a TON of healthy options like salads, soups, small plates, fish, etc… unlike most restaurants that only have a few to choose from. They serve beer and wine (no liquor), and have a pretty impressive wine list that even includes a couple of organic, sulfate-free options (if you’re into that sort of thing).
I opted for a glass of the Gaucho Club Malbec. This Argentinian wine is nice and velvety with a hint of chocolate. Mike chose the Gravity Hills Zinfandel, a spicy red with blackberry flavors. He liked his better, I liked mine J. Looks like we made the right choice.
As it was pretty late and we knew we’d get popcorn at the movie, we both chose something on the light side. I ordered the Tropical Spinach salad, which was tossed with candied pecans, jicama, red bell peppers, and mango. The tahini poppy seed dressing was creamy but still light.
Mike ordered the Bangkok chicken satay off of the “small plates” section of the menu. 2 skewered chunks of marinated chicken breast over coleslaw with 2 different dipping sauces (one peanut, the other a sweet chili).
An Added Bonus
A couple of years ago, we signed up for Parasole’s free Dining Club card. Each time you dine at a Parasole restaurant, you begin earning points on your card. Every dollar you spend is one point, and for every $150 points, your card is credited with a $10 reward. Apparently, we like these restaurants…as we discovered that we had a $30 credit on our dining club card. Score – “free” dinner!
The Bottom Line
We’ll definitely go back to Good Earth. The fresh choices and small plates on the menu provide a lot of options for both health and budget-conscious customers. They even have a “Tender Prices for Tough Times” option, which is available Sun-Thurs after 4pm and offers a daily special at a great price. There are so many things I want to go back and try!
Yum Rating: 9/10