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Bike to dinner: A course for your courses

The chariot of the dining bicyclist.
The chariot of the dining bicyclist.
Dawn Brodey

The Twin Cities is regularly voted among the most bike-friendly metro areas in the country. Bicycling.com currently has us in the #1 spot although we regularly swap the prestigious ranking for second place with Portland, Oregon.

Similarly, publications such as Travel and Leisure also have the Twin Cities and Portland sharing top spots for best cities for foodies.

The situation has us asking two big questions: One, how do we get rid of Portland; and two, how do we best pair our Cities' tremendous and unique opportunities to bike and eat out?

Biking to dinner can be a trick. Does the establishment have a bike rack? Will my helmet hair and wrinkled right cuff solicit snubs from the other diners? Do they serve Surly?

Well, Hot Dish cooked up a sample course for your courses: a scenic, bike-friendly, 10-mile loop with recommended stops for beer, apps, dinner, and, since you've earned it, dessert. On your next date night, why not ditch a couple of wheels and take this road less traveled.

Appetizer: The Sea Salt Eatery - 4801 Minnehaha Avenue

The patio at Sea Salt Eatery.
The patio at Sea Salt Eatery.

This is a great starting point for your evening because it can accommodate both the die-hard bikers and the beginners. If you're biking in, the trail literally ends at Sea Salt's front door. If you're coming empty-handed, renting a bike near Minnehaha is a breeze.

Get in the shorter line for beer -- perhaps a Surly Furious, and drink it while you await a plate of West Coast Oysters, or maybe some fried calamari.

Don't fill up, though: This is only the beginning. When you leave here, you're headed across the river for dinner.
 

BIKE MAP: From Sea Salt Eatery to Blue Door Pub.

Point A: Sea Salt Eatery. Point B: The Blue Door Pub.
Point A: Sea Salt Eatery. Point B: The Blue Door Pub.
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Dinner: The Blue Door Pub -- 1811 Selby Avenue (

The Burger you deserve.
The Burger you deserve.

There are several establishments to choose from in the general vicinity of Fairview and Marshall. We chose the Blue Door for two big reasons: one, parking a bike at the Blue Door is often infinitely easier than parking a car; and two, giant, delicious burgers and fries. Save the big salads and sushi for when you use your thighs to drive to your food.

The sun may be setting when you pedal away to your next course, so get your lights on. You're headed back across the river -- dessert awaits!
 

BIKE MAP: From Blue Door Pub to Mosaic Cafe.

Point A: Blue Door Pub. Point B: Mosaic Cafe.
Point A: Blue Door Pub. Point B: Mosaic Cafe.
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Dessert: Mosaic Café - 3019 Minnehaha Avenue (3-5 miles - 20-30 minutes)

A custard flight at Mosaic Cafe.
A custard flight at Mosaic Cafe.

You've got a few different options on how to get to the Mosaic Café. The confident urban, traffic-savvy biker may find just the rush they're looking for by pedaling directly there down Lake Street. The wooing couple, on the other hand, may choose the longer but more scenic route along the river to the Greenway.

Either way, the Mosaic is well-accustomed to welcoming a bicycling clientele and even includes bike-specific directions on their website. Mosaic offers flights of up to five different flavors of frozen custard -- and a patio on which to sit and enjoy it.

Finish your journey on page 4!
 

BIKE MAP: From Mosaic Cafe to Sea Salt Eatery.

Point A: Mosaic Cafe. Point B: Sea Salt Eatery.
Point A: Mosaic Cafe. Point B: Sea Salt Eatery.
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If you're headed back to Hidden Falls to round out your night or return to your car, you may find both time and reason to stretch out on the grass and congratulate yourself. You ate and drank well tonight -- but, depending on your size and how hard you hoofed it -- you also burned up to 500 calories doing it.

Take that, Portland.

Biking to dinner - a beautiful thing.
Biking to dinner - a beautiful thing.

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