Minneapolis and St. Paul's midnight snacks

The Twin Cities best late-night eats are here

The counter at Town Talk tends to host all sorts of philosophical conversation. The other night, a guy posed a dating question: "What's the bigger deal-breaker?" he asked. "If a guy has 'truck nuts' hanging from his trailer hitch, or a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his butt?" The query traveled down the bar and then across it, telephone-style, racking up responses. Truck nuts won, 3 to 2, and one patron suggested that owning Gilmore Girls on DVD was its equally repellant female equivalent. Some of the women disagreed—perhaps another round of drinks would settle it. Bar menu served until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (2707 1/2 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612.722.1312, www.towntalkdiner.com) $-$$

Retrorama at Nye's Polonaise Room

Admittedly, the food at Nye's isn't all that amazing, but what the place lacks in its culinary contributions it makes up in ambience. Gray-haired waitresses weave between the glittery gold booths in the windowless lounge, doting on their customers by bringing extra napkins to line a lap. Nye's serves old-school supper club fare and a few Polish specialties, which, except for the sauerkraut, tend to be rather bland. But perhaps utterly unseasoned potato pierogi are just what you need to sop up several pitch-perfect sidecars?

Trendy, not spendy: Chino Latino
Jana Freiband
Trendy, not spendy: Chino Latino

Location Info

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Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

112 Eatery

112 N. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Details

PRICE GUIDE

Based on a complete three-course meal for one, excluding tax, tip, and beverages:
$: less than $15
$$: $15 to $25
$$$: $25 to $35
$$$$: more than $35

For complete dish listings, visit our Restaurant section.

But the big draw of Nye's is less the ho-hum cabbage rolls than the culture, as the place draws a mix of old-timers who patronized the place decades ago and hipsters with a sense of humor. (My favorite Nye's ad reads: "If you're going home alone tonight, you just got lucky.") They commune at the restaurant's piano bar, clustering around the microphone singing "Jeremiah was a bullfrog..." accompanied by the resident key-tickler. Behind the piano hangs a portrait of Chopin, a flag, and an article from Esquire magazine that dubbed Nye's the "Best Bar in America." And when the infamous polka band strikes up a raucous rendition of "Roll Out the Barrel," you'll probably agree. Dinner served until 11 p.m. on weeknights; bar menu Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. (112 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis; 612.379.2021, www.nyespolonaise.com) $$ 

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