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BEST DRUNK FOOD Minneapolis 2008 - Downtown Pizza

Downtown Pizza

Downtown Pizza

10 N. 5th St.

Minneapolis, MN 55403

612-333-1144

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There's just something about grease—glorious, napkin-dissolving grease—that brings joy to the famished drunkard's heart (in addition to cholesterol). It's as if the soluble fat molecules bond with the ethanol coursing through your veins to create a euphoria-inducing chemical. Or maybe that's just the booze talking. Whatever the case, Downtown Pizza (a.k.a. Downtown Diner) on Fifth and Hennepin feels like the grease tray to a giant George Foreman Grill. Conveniently located on the light rail's Hennepin-Warehouse District stop, the gritty pizzeria serves up oily stromboli, calzones, gyros, and New York-style pizza by the slice to inebriated bar crawlers until the a.m. So if you strike out at the bars, you can at least curl up with a hoagie during your train ride home.

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Christian
Christian

I don't know why the author feels the need to hyperbolize the grease content of the food here. The pizza isn't any greasier or oilier than warm cheese usually gets. The crust is thin and delightfully crispy, and the Italian sandwiches (with all toppings) are an epicurean treat. The only thing that makes this place resemble a dive is the constituency: drunks stumbling over from the regional bars and strip clubs. The establishment itself is tidy and clean, if low-overhead, and the food is perfectly cromulent.

In the war between reality and hipster cred, reality never should lose.

Christian
Christian

I don't know why the author feels the need to hyperbolize the grease content of the food here. The pizza isn't any greasier or oilier than warm cheese usually gets. The crust is thin and delightfully crispy, and the Italian sandwiches (with all toppings) are an epicurean treat. The only thing that makes this place resemble a dive is the constituency: drunks stumbling over from the regional bars and strip clubs. The establishment itself is tidy and clean, if low-overhead, and the food is perfectly cromulent.

In the war between reality and hipster cred, reality never should lose.

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