Saturday, August 25, 2012

Brindisi's Pub

Our little community of Chanhassen boasts many features that make it the perfect place to live, work, raise a family, go to school, shop, eat, and be entertained.

One of the largest feathers in the cap of our town is the Chanhassen Dinner Theater!

Recently I wrote a post about seeing the new musical "Xanadu" there, which, like all their other productions, was wonderfully fun, entertaining, professional and delightful.  Add in a delicious dinner to your theater experience, and it's hard to find a better night out.


has added a great new place to enjoy an evening out - Brindisi's Pub!

Of course the word pub got my attention at the get-go.

But it's not Irish.  Michael Brindisi is Italian.  And delightful, warm, generous and enthusiastic about everything that is going on at his theater, restaurants, and in his community.  He's reason enough to go to the pub for a hearty hello and handshake!

I digress.

Eric and I had a nice dinner and outdoor summer experience there a few weeks ago.  It was a perfect, warm evening, and we sat at one of their many outdoor tables in a courtyard.  I told Mr. Brindisi it felt like a piazza in the middle of a European town.  Twinkle lights, umbrellas, wrought-iron tables and chairs, plants and trees.  So very welcoming and secluded, yet completely part of the energy of the town and dinner theater life.

The photo only shows about half of the seating area.  It's lovely!

We started out with their Big Ginger drink.  Now we're talking Irish.  Two Gingers Irish Whiskey and ginger ale.  A terrific summer drink.

Not that it always matters, but I was astonished at their simple menu and amazing prices.  Yes, prices.  Where can you get a pub burger and fries for $5?  Hmmmmm?  Brindisi's, that's where!

I ordered the Penne Bolognese, which had Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, and a very nice, light Parmesan tomato sauce, on the slightly creamy side.  It's rare for me to order pasta at a restaurant - but I am so glad I did!  Yum!

I took some home for the endlessly hungry teen - it was a generous portion.

Eric, being the of the male species, opted for the Boneless Buffalo Wings - also great - not too spicy, no bones, rich sauce.

We had such great service, enjoyed a tour of the theater building from Kris Howland, heard all about the great new things going on at the facility like Disco Nights, other dance events, plans to expand the pub to serving lunch and Sunday brunch, maybe add some outdoor heaters and a fire pit to make the season extend into the Minnesota fall months, and more.  She is also such a delight!

And guess what?  They ARE serving brunch, and lunch!  Every time we drive by, it's packed out there.  If you live near the area, you'll probably bump into someone you know when you go.

"Xanadu" is still showing at the theater.  I am GIDDY that "Bye Bye Birdie" is opening in October.  Never before produced at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and I know I don't want to miss it - neither should you!

Stop by Brindisi's for a drink and appetizer after work, stay for dinner, or grab a bite of lunch in a pretty setting to break up your work week.  You'll be so glad you did!

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