Where to Eat and Treat Yourself in Edina This Summer

by | Aug 2019

A pizza and sandwich from Hello Pizza, one of Edina's best summer restaurants.

Photos: Rachel Nadeau

The best family-friendly restaurants and dessert spots in and around Edina.

Savoring every last moment of summer with family and friends is always a priority here in Minnesota. Whether we’re dining out or grabbing a quick bite, a variety of options is key to making sure everyone is happy. Fresh flavors and easy eats like pizza, sandwiches and ice cream treats are available all around the Edina area if you know where to look. In fact, the most difficult decision might just be where to go first!

If you enjoy vibrant Italian flavors, you’ll love it here. Get a whole pizza pie—also available with gluten-free crusts—or sample several different slices. Focaccia lovers will swoon over the Sicilian Pan Pie. There are several scrumptious veggie combos, creative seasonal specials and daily featured slices to choose from. Their ingredient lists include house-made sausages and meatballs, plus incredibly tasty pepperoni. The toppings are robust and well balanced, and the pizza crusts are always firm, crispy and super delish!

Hello Pizza also serves sub sandwiches. Try their Italian meatball sub or the Korean Cowboy, which is overflowing with carrots, onions, cilantro and bright, spicy Asian flavors. They also offer several beautiful salads—sides, regular and party size—and draft microbrews and wine, plus a nice variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Grab an Izzy’s Ice Cream pop or pint to finish your meal on a sweet note!

Rumor has it that they’re undergoing a major remodel sometime during the summer, so keep an eye out for new things to come!

3904 Sunnyside Road; 952.303.4514
Facebook: Hello Pizza
Instagram: @hellopizza_mn

With all the cool treats offered at Sebastian Joe’s, it’s no wonder they’re such a popular summertime destination. In addition to delicious ice creams, their menu offers cakes, cookie sammies, sundaes, smoothies and blended coolers—as well a variety of coffee drinks.

Hungry for more? Try their homemade biscuit sandwiches and small, shareable pizzas. Something for everyone? You bet. And great sun-filled spaces to enjoy all the deliciousness in, too!

4321 Upton Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.926.7916
Facebook: Sebastian Joe’s
Instagram: @sebastianjoes

Speaking of something for everyone, Red Wagon Pizza is (as their menu says) definitely #notjustapizzajoint! It’s a great place to meet friends or enjoy dinner with the kids. They also have a lovely dog-friendly patio and ample parking out back.

There are about 13 creatively topped gourmet pizzas on the menu complete with beer and wine pairing suggestions. Or, build your own pizza with over 20 different ingredients, including gluten-free crust and vegan cheese. Red Wagon is a scratch kitchen—everything is made in-house. In addition to super fresh, wood fired pizzas, they offer delicious appetizers, pasta dishes and salads.

Quench your thirst with any one of Red Wagon’s 36 beers on tap, approximately 20 different wines by the glass, a variety of draft craft and single-spirit cocktails, or their long list of non-alcoholic beverages. You really can’t go wrong!

5416 Penn Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.259.7147
Facebook: Red Wagon Pizza Company
Instagram: @RedWagonPizza

For “The Best Homemade Ice Cream in America,” you just have to venture about a block south of 50th & France to Edina Creamery. Summery fruit-filled flavors like peach, strawberry and blueberry are a must here. But whether you’re in the mood for classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla, or something more whimsical like cotton candy, Edina Creamery has more than 28 flavors available at all times to cure your cravings. They’re open until 10 p.m. daily, so it’s a great option for late night treats!

5055 France Ave. S.; 612.920.2169
Facebook: Edina Creamery
Instagram: @EdinaCreamery

Edina Creamery

Fresh definitely describes the flavors, ingredients and options here. Grab a table in the dining room—get there early because it fills up fast—and enjoy their daily specials, hot sandwiches, antipasti, stromboli and delicious pasta entrées. Make sure to try their beautiful desserts, too!

Broders also redefines “take out” with a wide variety of ready-made pizzas, cold sandwiches, pasta dishes and salads. It’s the perfect place to go when you want to pick up fresh, flavorful food to enjoy at home, at the ballpark with the kids or at the beach.

Call ahead and have your order ready for pick-up, go for their neighborhood delivery option or just stop in and choose from their daily selections.

Broders also offers a literal pantry of delicious items to make at home or give as gifts. Pick up some fresh focaccia and pasta to whip up for dinner. While you’re there, grab flavorful olive oils, vinegars, cheeses and salami for entertaining or gifting to friends. The friendly staff at Broders is always happy to provide ideas if you’re planning parties or larger gatherings, too. So be sure to ask about their Family Meal and incredible catering menus!

2308 West 50th Street, Mpls.; 612.925.3113
Facebook: Broders’ Cucina Italiana
Instagram: @BrodersCucina

Craving old fashioned soft serve with a twist? Get one of Penny’s delicious soft serve cones topped with raspberry vapor—think raspberry “fairy dust.” It’s the perfect light and refreshing summertime treat, and not something you’ll see anywhere else!

Of course, Penny’s has a long list of exceptional coffee drinks and teas, as well as avocado toasts, crepes, sandwiches and “exotic” salads. And if you’re into gourmet pastries, breads and baked goods, executive chef Shawn McKenzie is continuously baking up beautiful things that will delight your palate. Everything is made from scratch here. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast, a light lunch or a bite to go, Penny’s has you covered. And if you’re in search of unique catering options, they’ll create absolutely gorgeous, worldly flavors for any occasion!

3509 W. 44th St.
Facebook: Penny’s Coffee
Instagram: @pennyscoffee

Penny’s Coffee


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