MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — This week, it’s all about DeRusha Eats: Date Night Edition.

With the State Fair going, that’s traditionally one of the slowest times of the year for non-fair restaurants, and it’s a great time to try out a place you’ve been waiting to get into.

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Here are the Twin Cities’ hidden gems.

Sun Street Breads Pizza Night are on Mondays — from 6 to 8 p.m. you get a 10-inch pizza at just $10.

La Belle Vie has been around for 15 years, and it’s known for its amazing fine dining. Pop into the lounge at night for a cocktail and some of the best desserts in town. Chef Diane Yang makes delicious pastries for just $10.

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Icehouse, the restaurant put together by the team behind Be’Wiched Deli, is on 26th and Nicollet. The food and service is among the best.

Its broiled shrimp have a dash of paprika that give it a Mediterranean flavor. Their brussel sprouts tasted like bacon, but it was done with smoked garlic and sherry. They serve $5 sipping shots, too.

Yang does the desserts there, too. The salty caramel macaroon ice cream sandwiches are $8 of heaven.

And Lucia‘s has been a mainstay in Uptown for a long time, and for good reason. Their seafood crepe and summer squash pancakes are incredible.

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Also, take this time to get into the Butcher and the Boar, or the Strip Club in St. Paul.

Jason DeRusha