Loring Park restaurants: Where to grab a bite after Rock the Garden
Headed to Rock the Garden this weekend? Couldn't get tickets but want to meet up with all the concertgoers afterword? Besides the obvious proximate choice, 20.21, there are a lot of good options within walking distance of the Walker. (We're still mourning the loss of Auriga--they had such a great late-night happy hour--and sad to see the space continue to sit vacant...)
Here are six picks for getting a post-concert drink, dinner, or dessert. Just be careful trying to cross the crazy, tangled Hennepin/Lyndale intersection--take the pedestrian bridge if it's finished being repaired.
6. La Belle Vie for fancy cocktails Flip-flops and tube tops probably aren't going to cut it in LBV's main dining room, but if you're not too sloppy, you'd do all right in the lounge for one of Johnny Michaels' famous libations. We're curious to try the All New 2010 TCG 1000 (cucumber tequila gimlet with a hint of salt and black bepper) and what looks like a refined Bootleg, This Boot Was Made for Drinking (citrus vodka, gin, green Chartreuse, lemon, mint, and soda). If you're not feeling that adventurous, go with one of our standards, LBV's riff on a G&T, the Prince Albert with Earl Grey tea-infused gin.
5. 4. 3. Joe's Garage, Cafe Lurcat, and Loring Kitchen for outdoor seats All three of these have lovely roof decks, patios, and sidewalk seats, respectively. We'd probably drink a classic Bootleg at Joe's, a glass of wine at Lurcat--we might spring $240 for the bottle of Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" if Sharon Jones stopped by our table--and that drink that tasted like a scented candle from Loring Kitchen.
2. King & I Thai for noodles and curry The music ends at 10 p.m., so you might still be a little hungry. Then pilot yourself to the hip basement digs at King & I for some authentic pad Thai or green curry. King & I also has a large selection of tropical, umbrella-topped drinks, too.
photo by Jessica Anderson
1. Nick and Eddie for dessert How much do we love Jessica Anderson's butterscotch pudding? A lot. How often do we get it? Hardly ever. (How often do we make it at home? Unfortunately, never.) But it might be just the thing to cap off the night before you tuck yourself into bed.
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