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Sapor Cafe And Bar

428 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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  • Mon-Wed 4pm-9pm, Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm
  • $$$; $$$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Full bar
  • Free Parking, Metered Parking
One of the most interesting of local restaurants to watch, Sapor was born when two Lucia's alumnae, chef Tanya Siebenaler and manager and wine fan Julie Steenerson, set out on their own into the then-underpopulated far reaches of Minneapolis's Warehouse District. Well, the far reaches of the Warehouse District remain underpopulated (giving Sapor a parking lot and much after-6:00 p.m. street parking) and it has nothing to do with chef Siebenaler's adventurous but forthright global cooking. Sapor is a first-date paradise, as it's the only place in town where one half of a couple can get a nice steak and mashed potatoes and the other can score a great vegetarian Indian plate centered on vegetable turnovers wrapped in lush homemade pastry. The bar is notable, too for its Monday-Saturday 5-7pm happy hour. Count on a half-dozen little plates of chef-fanciful creations priced at $2 to $4, things like grilled green beans in a Gorgonzola zabaglione.

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