I needed to get the kids out of the house, and I needed a little indulgence, so took my kids out to lunch this week. And it wasn't to Perkin's. I took them to Crave - where I can eat sushi and they can have "macaroni and cheese" (it's actually penne in a great, rich, creamy, not-oily cheese sauce). I took them to Crave - where I can have a lovely glass of Fume Blanc, and they can have juice in cups with dinosaurs on them. I took them to Crave - where they can color on the place mat with the bundle of crayons that comes tied up in a rubber band, and I can rip off the $3 play money to the most awesome toy store in the Cities (and also online - the have easy lookup by age and interest, great delivery and amazing gift wrap!). That's $3 free. To spend immediately or keep and combine with other coupons! Which I did, because in the Edina location, Creative Kidstuff is across the hall. And we spent about an hour in there playing. What a great afternoon.
Now. I did spend $50 on lunch for the three of us. But it was totally worth it, and you absolutely don't have to. I ate $24 in sushi and had a $8.50 glass of wine. We also indulged in the amazing coconut cake for a treat. The kids split one kids meal, and they bring you a bowl of fruit for each child for free when you sit down. Great table, great service, great food, great atmosphere, great perks. When I am in the mood for sushi and have the kids in tow, there is no other place I crave.
EDIT - I just saw on their website they have Monday Night Wine Classes for $45 once a month at each of their three locations. How awesome is that? You can follow them on Twitter.