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Every meal's a winner: An Emburger-free list of after-hours alternatives


1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.827.5710

Named for transgressive Barbette the Enigma, a Parisian circus aerialist who captured the imagination of Cocteau and Man Ray, Barbette of Uptown is a bit of an enigma as well. How do they serve such unusual, such excellent wines for such low prices? How do they manage to have some of the best fries in town, and also such estimable fresh oysters? How do they do it for such good prices in a place that is so conveniently open from the wee early hours of the morning to 1:00 a.m. every night? Oh well, if Barbette of Minneapolis chooses to be all transgressive and violate the established norms of price and value in Uptown, who are we to complain?

Late-night snack attack: Nancy Seward and Bill Mondale at Minneapolis's Barbette
Tema Stauffer
Late-night snack attack: Nancy Seward and Bill Mondale at Minneapolis's Barbette

Location Info


Azia Restaurant

2550 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > Asian Fusion

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Pizza Lucé Downtown

119 4th St. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Mickey's Diner

36 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)


1600 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Yummy Restaurant

2450 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street


601 First Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)


2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.824.7878

If you're a hot enough country, you're cool enough to have your cuisine represented at red-hot Chino Latino: Thailand, Jamaica, Polynesia, Korea, take a bow, you're in! But at night it's their self-proclaimed "Mexican hangover food" that rules the world's hot zones. Get a jump on the next morning with $2 plates of chicken enchiladas. Or celebrate the shadowy hours with the popular French Toast of the Dead, made with orange and anise bread and topped with a rum caramel sauce. If you're hot enough to sip powerful, fruity, yummy drinks in a dazzling sort of red-toned Blade Runner sequel of a restaurant, look no further than this two-level style palace. Open until 2:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 a.m. Sunday.


2450 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612.870.8000

Yummy is one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the Twin Cities, serving Hong Kong-style dishes of almost endless number and variety. In fact, perhaps a little too endless, starting with dim sum and running into hundreds of items. And that list never shrinks, not even as the restaurant approaches its 1:00 a.m. weekend closing time. Here's a quick cheat-sheet: Order a live fish from the wall of tanks and you'll receive pressure-steamed, green onion-, cilantro-, soy- and rice-wine-enhanced fish of trembling, cloud-like texture and unforgettable subtlety. Add any of the hot pots; the eggplant with garlic sauce is so sweet and rich you'll swear the slices of eggplant were injected with honey. Finally, round out the meal with fresh pea shoots in garlic, bright as springtime and vibrating with flavor, and you'll finally understand why people go so gaga over authentic Chinese food, and why so many locals are so gaga over Yummy.


601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.312.1168

If you find the concessions stand at a Timberwolves game less than alluring, take a post-buzzer victory jog to the stunning Cosmos. Full menu service ends at 11:00 p.m. on the weekends, but late-night bar fare continues until 2:00 a.m. If their club sandwiches and burgers are still too pedestrian, indulge in the fine appetizers of cheeses, foie gras, and sweetbreads. By the time you're swooning over your plate, you will have mastered at least one of the mysteries of the cosmos--namely, where the heck the place is. (Up on the fourth floor of Le Meridien hotel, on First Avenue across from the Target Center, and accessible only through the hotel lobby.)

Lindsey Thomas contributed additional reporting to this article.

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