BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING Minneapolis 2006 - Azia - CLOSED - CLOSED
If you're burning the midnight oil, but you'd really prefer your late-night fires were used to sautée noodles or heat up a plate of pad Thai, head to Azia, where you can gorge yourself on Asian fusion until 1:45 a.m. Night owls will be treated to high ceilings, dark-stained wood, moody lighting, and bathroom sinks graced with real towels and slender branches of red buds. For a three-course midnight snack, start with the cranberry puffs (crispy wontons filled with tangy cranberries and cream cheese), proceed directly to the hot coconut-milk-enriched Spanker Soup, and finish with sweet rice swirled with slices of fresh mango. (The tartness of the mango neatly offsets the lush, sticky rice in coconut milk.) For other late-night options, order some treats from the sexy, attached new sushi bar Anemoni, or slip into the adorable, also attached Caterpillar Lounge, where glowing red tables dot the floor like electric Kool-Aid popsicles.