BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING - 2001
Black Forest Inn
Yes, there are other places to sit outside while you're eating--if you like dining on a sidewalk, getting gassed by bus fumes, and being gawked at by passersby. But there's nothing like the patio at the Black Forest Inn. With its trickling fountains and the plush tangle of vines hanging overhead, it's possible to feel cool even in the sweltering heat of summer. Depending on how busy this south Minneapolis institution is, you may have to order food to snare a patio table. But that shouldn't be a problem, since it's easy to snarf down a huge plate of onion rings ($4.25) with a frosty glass or pitcher of Hacker-Pschorr or Spaten lager ($4 for a half-liter, or $10 for a pitcher), or another German or domestic beer from the absurdly extensive selection. Hunker down, settle in, and let the chair's metal pattern imprint itself on the back of your thighs.