Eagan/Burnsvle/Inner Gr Hts/W St Paul – Burnsville, MN

Eagan, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul are four suburbs located to the south and west of St. Paul. These suburban areas bloomed at the end of the 20th century, and careful planning has turned the area into lovely family-friendly neighborhoods with extensive outdoor recreation opportunities and quality commerce. While many commute to Minneapolis 18 miles away or St. Paul 15 miles away, others work in industrial or service jobs in the local area.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

At night, Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paulites have their choice of tasty restaurants, boisterous sports bars, and even a dance club or two. For ethnic fare, check out Roberts Street in West St. Paul. Perhaps the densest commercial area in the quad-suburb area, Roberts Street features Latin American fare at Pineda Taco, spicy Chinese at Great Moon Buffet, or Vietnamese at Saigon Palace. If you want to sample dishes native to the area, pop into the Cherokee Tavern. The Cherokee Tavern offers great food in a historic setting. Established in 1933, the restaurant features authentic antique lighting and its original hardwood floors. Most of the menu's dishes embrace a classic American bistro theme, but dishes such as walleye fingers and flatbread take their cue from native Cherokee cuisine. Wildcats Bar and Grill, a locally-owned spot in Eagan, draws sports fans who want to cheer together for Minnesotan teams. The menu features sports bar classics such as burgers and wings, but the calorie-conscious love Wildcat's hummus, the chicken breast sandwich drenched in the restaurant's homemade sauce, or the Mediterranean kabobs. Residents preferring a more exclusive experience frequent the Pool & Yacht Club. This private club sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Offering mooring for residents with yachts, the club also features an old school supper-club atmosphere and an outdoor pool. Bring the kids to the pool, and have chicken strips and other kid-friendly entrees delivered to your table. Bogart's Place may be in Apple Valley, but its convenient location near the border of Eagan and Burnsville help it to attract a big evening crowd. At Bogart's, you can play a hand of Texas Hold 'Em, watch a Vikings game, listen to poets on open mike night, experiment with glow-in-the-dark bowling, or even play beach volleyball.

History & Culture

Dakota and Sioux tribes had a settlement called Black Dog Village in the Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paul area, but after the war of 1812, the military erected a number of forts in the area, driving much of the native population out. By the 1850s, several families farmed in the area, and several townships including the township of Eagan formed. For the next 100 years, the area remained sparsely populated with farmers, but in the 1950s, development of the interstate highway system attracted a bedroom community of commuters to the area. Although museums do not exist in this suburban area, residents can access world-class museums by car. Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul residents reside just across the river from the Children's Museum and the Science Museum in downtown St. Paul. Burnsvillians and Eaganites live closer to Minneapolis's Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Metro Transit buses run from all of these suburbs to the downtown areas of both Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as to a transit hub at the Mall of America in Bloomington, but the majority of bus lines run infrequently outside of rush hour. Cabs and Uber serve these suburbs, but don't expect to hail a cab on the street. Safe walking and bicycling opportunities abound in these areas, particularly on the scenic trails along the Minnesota River. However, for the most part, these neighborhoods cater primarily to drivers. Free parking spots line the residential streets of this area, and all the neighborhood businesses have ample free parking available for customers. Interstate 35 runs into Eagan, taking commuters straight into downtown St. Paul or to Interstate 94 for the commute to Minneapolis. Interstate 494 also runs through Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville and West St. Paul, and this ring road links to I-94.


Living in Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paul costs less than the average cost of living in the Twin Cities. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul costs $839, and in Minneapolis, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment sits at $961. In Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paul, one-bedroom apartments frequently appear in the $775 to $810 range with luxury options starting at $900 to $1,000. Taking the bus into either city center costs less than $2 during non-peak hours and up to $3 during peak hours. Riders who return within two and a half hours only pay for a one-way fare. Drivers can expect to pay about 95 percent of the national average for a gallon of gas. Pints of beer carry great prices in this area. While a pint of lager costs about $4 to $5 regularly, happy hour prices at some spots bring the price as low as $1.


Shopping abounds in the Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paul area. Several medium-sized shopping malls, such as Burnsville Center, bring an indoor shopping experience to the area, but standalone gems are sprinkled throughout the area as well. For example, Club Tiki and Oh La La Boutique and Consignment bring boutique fashions to shoppers in Burnsville, while Eaganites look for style at Indulge Boutique and Bella Ruj Boutique. For the ultimate shopping experience, residents jump onto I-494 and drive to the Mall of America. Once the largest mall in the world, this behemoth features over 400 retailers, a movie theater, Lego models spanning over four stories in height, and an amusement park. A range of grocery stores exist in this area. Chains such as Rainbow Foods and Cub Foods offer staples while locally-owned Kowalski's and Byerly's feature high-end fare, gourmet deli snacks, and meat butchered to order. In the summer, farmer's markets pop up in the parking lots around the area, and the nearby Minneapolis Farmer's Market draws suburbanites to its diverse booths as well.


Eagan-Burnsville-Inver Grove Heights-West St. Paul contains a lot of parkland and open space. In addition to conventional parks with bicycle paths and playgrounds, the area houses quirky art parks such as Caponi. Caponi Art Park in Eagan features sculpture in a bucolic setting. Enjoy a hike along the trails in this park, or picnic next to one of its many sculptures. During the summer, this park hosts Shakespeare in the park and a medieval day. When winter rolls in, residents head for indoor recreation such as Good Times Park. For a small fee, children and adults can frolic through an extensive indoor playground with special areas just for toddlers, a large space for running and a jumping area.
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