Terry's serves tasty fare at low prices with lots of charm


Have you ever been to a homey, neighborhood restaurant where you felt welcome as soon as you walked in?

If so, you'll recognize the feel of Terry's Place on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.

The charm of the restaurant, owned by George Tragas and Pete Vavaroutsos since 1987, comes in no small measure from its open-armed atmosphere and friendly waitresses.

Terry's is downright cozy inside with pine paneling and a four-sided brick fireplace that is especially wonderful in winter. Three rooms of tables allow for families and large groups, but an intimate party of two can find privacy in the high-backed wooden booths.

Diners are drawn to Terry's by the down-to-earth, friendly surroundings and plentiful, economical food. Terry's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers seafood, steaks and Italian cooking.

Appetizers range from $2.45 for cheese fries to $5.95 for crab balls. Salads range from a basic garden salad at $2.95 to London broil salad, Cajun chicken salad or tuna salad or shrimp salad platter that will put a smile on any dieter's face, for $6.45 to $7.95. Entrees are priced from $4.95 up.

The meatloaf special my husband had the other night was extremely tasty, but not overdone with heavy spices. It cost $5.95 with two side dishes. My prime rib, done to perfection, about 10 inches across and at least 1 1/2 inches thick was only $11.95 including two side dishes.

This trip we skipped dessert, but I recommend the rich and gooey homemade baklava and the homemade rice pudding. Desserts are $1.50 to $2.

If you're not up for a full meal, then try the "bodacious burger," the Big-Bird chicken or another of the sandwiches on the menu. You'll be back for more.

Terry's Place Family Restaurant

Where: 5725 Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn Park

Hours: 7 a.m.-9: 30 p.m. daily

Prices: Breakfast: $3.45-4.95; appetizers, $2.45-5.95; entrees, $6.45-14.95 with daily specials. Fully stocked bar.

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Rating: ****

Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven

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