One of our favorite spots to grab a quick bite to eat or a drink is Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley, MN. Just South of the Twin Cities, Vivo has delicious food, great drinks, and the atmosphere is very relaxing. Their outdoor patio with a giant fireplace makes for a great place to grab happy hour with some friends!
Why we love it:
- A pretty big wine list - two pages of great wines to choose from and a knowledgable staff to help you choose a wine that will pair nicely with your meal. Try the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio with their Ahi Tuna Crisps.
- Their Ahi Tuna Crisps - to die for! Seared tuna, spicy mayo, avocado and sweet soy sauce makes for a delicious appetizer.
- They support local businesses by sourcing the majority of their produce from farms around Minnesota and Wisconsin. They also carry many local beers but we would like to see them add some local wines to their menu in the future!
- Their bourbon & rye list - they have over 25 different types of bourbon to try. Try the "Heading West" whiskey flight which features three unique whiskeys from Utah's High West Distillery & Saloon.
They also have the best bartenders - very knowledgable of their menu and drinks (which they should be) but they are fun to talk to and go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time! Jon is our favorite - please don't ever leave Vivo! Check out their happy hour menu before heading out to Vivo (the Ahi Tuna Crisps are only $7 during happy hour!)