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112 Eatery Critic's Pick

112 N. 3rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-343-7696

112 Eatery

When Minneapolis chef Isaac Becker (formerly of D'Amico Cucina and Café Lurcat) and his wife Nancy St. Pierre (a decade in the front of the house at Cucina) opened their homey little downtown restaurant with its cozy booths, they changed the face of fine dining in Minneapolis. First, there's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Fireplace, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$$

The Anchor Fish & Chips Critic's Pick

302 13th Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-676-1300

The Anchor Fish & Chips

Irish fare can be bland as the misty moorlands, but that's not the case at this jam-packed Northeast chippery. (They don't take reservations, so expect to put your name on the list and then go get a drink across the street at the Peacock Lounge.) The short, affordable menu - nothing costs more... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis English, Irish, Seafood Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant Critic's Pick

544 St. Peter St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-602-9964

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant

Notched your belt with all your eastern-Mediterranean cuisines, have you? Your Lebanese, Egyptian, and Syrian? But ask yourself, have you eaten Kurdish? Probably not--if you haven't been to Babani's, which looks to be the first Kurdish restaurant in the nation, a quiet corner shop where one can... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Health, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Takeout $

The Bachelor Farmer Critic's Pick

50 N. 2nd Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-206-3920

The Bachelor Farmer

The talented team at the Bachelor Farmer, assembled by brothers and co-owners Eric and Andrew Dayton, is bringing the simple sophistication of clean flavors and complex textures--like sour and chewy dried cherries, creamy and earthy duck liver pâté, and ripe, salty pistachios--and making them a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Local/Sustainable, Scandinavian $

Bar La Grassa Critic's Pick

800 N. Washington Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-333-3837

Bar La Grassa

Chef Isaac Becker, who runs the 112 Eatery with his wife Nancy St. Pierre, partnered with some of the restaurateurs behind Barrio, to launch this trendy, Warehouse District pasta bar. The space exudes the relaxed luxury of a wealthy person's family cabin and even though La Grassa means "the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Italian Takeout $$

Barbette Critic's Pick

1600 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-827-5710

Barbette

Barbette is an Uptown dining legend--the fries consistently win awards as the best in town, the wine list is shockingly affordable and well chosen, the food has tended to showcase fine-dining sourcing at everyday prices. Seriously, this has long been the place wine and dining professionals go... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Breakfast, French, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe Critic's Pick

925 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-9953

Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe

Forget all the awful tequila stories you've heard (or told)--the ones that ended hunched over the toilet, waking up in a stranger's bed, or spending the night in jail--because Barrio is out to class up the much-maligned spirit. Tim McKee and Josh Thoma, of La Belle Vie fame, partnered with... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Latin American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza Critic's Pick

600 Washington Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-342-2625

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

This Warehouse District pizzeria puts a big premium on its crust, which has an evenly cooked chewy/crunchy texture that's second to none. Toppings include exotic departures such as fennel sausage, and anchovies, in addition to more classic choices such as meatballs and garlic. Two people can... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Pizza Takeout $, $$

Blackbird Critic's Pick

3800 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-823-4790

Blackbird

This husband-and-wife's labor of love has a decor--mismatched mirrors and an extensive antler collection--as eclectic as its menu. After a fire destroyed the original location, the owners reopened in bigger, sunnier digs, but retained its neighborhood hospitality and many of its clientele's... More >>

Kingfield American, Cafe $$

Borough & Parlour Critic's Pick

730 Washington Avenue N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-354-3135

Borough & Parlour

Upstairs-downstairs is a phrase usually used to describe the disparate relationship between the haves and the have nots, but at the North Loop’s latest star, Borough & Parlour, it refers to the separate yet equally excellent experiences they offer to their patrons. Above ground, expect modestly... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American

Bradstreet Craftshouse Critic's Pick

601 First Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-312-1821

Bradstreet Craftshouse

The first thing you'll probably wonder about the drinks at Bradstreet Craftshouse is why they're taking so long to make. What are they doing? Adding ingredients with eyedroppers? Actually, yes. That's because Bradstreet's bartenders treat each drink as a work of art--the Dark and Stormy looks... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Small Plates $, $$

Brasa Premium Rotisserie Critic's Pick

600 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-3030

Brasa Premium Rotisserie

How can you turn Twin Cities-area farm products into the food that the food cognoscenti really, really want--namely well spiced, healthy, various, filling, affordable, and local? Chef Alex Roberts, the James Beard-nominated chef who also owns fine-dining standard-bearer Restaurant Alma,... More >>

University Latin American, Soul Food, Southern Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $, $$

Broders' Pasta Bar Critic's Pick

5000 Penn Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-925-9202

Broders' Pasta Bar

Step right up, ladies and gents, see the miracle material molded into a hundred different spine-tingling shapes. You've seen it before, it's pasta, but you've never seen it like this: Thrill to the sight of housemade egg fettuccine with crimini mushrooms, smoked paprika and wild boar ragu. Gape... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Italian Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Burch Steak and Pizza Bar Critic's Pick

1933 Colfax Ave S : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-843-1515

Burch Steak and Pizza Bar

Isaac Becker’s interpretation of a steakhouse, much like his interpretation of a boisterous Italian eatery (Bar La Grassa) and his interpretation of an after-hours bistro (112 Eatery), works so well it actually redefines how its patrons think of restaurants in this category. Burch isn’t stuffy... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Pizza, Steak House, Steakhouse

Butcher & the Boar Critic's Pick

1121 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-238-8888

Butcher & the Boar

Two years after its much-anticipated opening, downtown meatery Butcher & the Boar remains one of the top spots for a business lunch, an impress-the-in-laws-dinner, or a bourbon-soaked late night snack. Though big bone-in pieces seem to get all the attention here -- think Texas-style smoked beef... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American

Cafe Levain Critic's Pick

4762 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-823-7111

Cafe Levain

Reborn from the ashes of former fine-dining standard-bearer Restaurant Levain, Café Levain is a T-shirt casual, safe and sound little French-oriented bistro, with the emphasis on safe and sound. The French onion soup is the best in town--beefy as a steak, comforting as a quilt, and smothered... More >>

Powderhorn American, Contemporary, French Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$, $$$

Cafe Maude Critic's Pick

5411 Penn Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-822-5411

Cafe Maude

Café Maude debuted in 2007 with a simple idea: Be as chic as Chanel, as hip as a San Francisco DJ, and as affordable as T.G.I.Friday's. Sound good to you? Yeah, you and everyone else in town. If you do ever get in, some of the highlights you'll find: creative cocktails; a jewel-toned room... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American, Breakfast, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$, $$$

Chef Shack Critic's Pick

Mill City Farmers Market, 704 S. Second St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-341-7580

Chef Shack

This mobile kitchen operated by two local culinary pros, Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson, dispels misconceptions about mediocre street food every Saturday morning during the Mill City Farmers' Market and Sundays at the Kingfield Farmers' Market. Summer handles the sweets, and Carlson, the chef... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Street Food $

Corner Table Critic's Pick

4257 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-823-0011

Corner Table

This cozy bistro has undergone a brilliant and stunning transformation in recent years courtesy of its new owners Nick and Chenny Rancone. Chef Thomas Boemer’s technique is stone cold, hardcore, serious business, but his food is always playfully elegant. His sense of humor and Southern... More >>

Kingfield American, Wine Bar Family Style, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

The Craftsman Restaurant Critic's Pick

4300 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-722-0175

The Craftsman Restaurant

The first really nice, upscale, celebration-destination dinner restaurant in the recent history of East Lake Street combines an American Arts and Crafts decorating scheme, a lovely outdoor patio, an over-ambitious menu, and a wonderful bar that serves a number of imaginative, well-executed, and... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Critic's Pick

1010 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-332-1010

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

The standard line on the Dakota is that it has the best food of any jazz club in the country. That's got to be true, but doesn't really cover it. When there is no music playing at all, the Dakota is a very classy lunch or dinner spot. At lunch in the dining room you'll find the best salads in... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Burgers, Contemporary, Wine Bar Coat Check, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible $$, $$$

Fika Critic's Pick

2600 Park Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-871-4907

Fika

Michael Fitzgerald, the executive chef at Fika, the casual cafe in the new Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute, is turning out dishes that are as precisely executed and beautifully presented as the restaurant's clean, spare décor. Fika is named after the Swede's traditional... More >>

Powderhorn Scandinavian

Haute Dish Critic's Pick

119 Washington Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-338-8484

Haute Dish

Landon Schoenefeld has a reputation for having a creative mind and an intense work ethic-as well as an impulsive, volatile personality. His legacy at the Bulldog NE, for starters, is one of mustard munitions, not first-rate hamburgers. But these days, Schoenefeld is leading the next wave of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi Access $$, $$$

Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market Critic's Pick

289 E. Fifth St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-699-3536

Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market

In the grand tradition of emigrés who appreciate their adopted land more than the natives do, Jersey-native, French-kitchen-trained Lenny Russo is the Minnesota chef most dedicated to exploring the possibilities of a native Midwestern cuisine. The excellent wine list and respectful, peaceful... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Health, Wine Bar Vegetarian Friendly $$$, $$$$

Icehouse Critic's Pick

2528 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-276-6523

Icehouse

The concept behind the new Icehouse was to create a fun-for-all restaurant and music venue on Eat Street, with a chef-driven menu of imaginative, elevated small plates. And they have pulled that off quite well. Small plates are the focus for late night and dinner, with dishes like gulf shrimp... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street New American

Jasmine Deli Critic's Pick

2532 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-870-4700

Jasmine Deli

A snazzy, five-table little deli right in the middle of the sweet spot of Eat Street, the Jasmine Deli is the sweet spot of choice for much of the Vietnamese community. Put a Vietnamese coffee on the table, and you'd swear you're taking an afternoon shopping break in Hanoi. Except that everyone... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Vietnamese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Joan's in the Park Critic's Pick

631 S. Snelling Ave. : St Paul, MN 55116 : 651-690-3297

Joan's in the Park

Service is the name of the game at this family-run neighborhood bistro. Joan's in the Park has the kind of service where your needs are anticipated before they even spring to your mind. As you reach for a soup spoon, it appears as if from nowhere. You take your last sip of sauvignon blanc after... More >>

Highland Park American $

The Kenwood Restaurant Critic's Pick

2115 W. 21st St. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-377-3695

The Kenwood Restaurant

The Kenwood exemplifies what can happen when an old pro, in this case, award-winning chef Don Saunders, combines his classical French training and local restaurant connections with a willing ear and an open heart. Saunders has allowed his new venture to be influenced by the hopes and opinions... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American

Krungthep Thai Critic's Pick

2523 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-874-7721

Krungthep Thai

From the easy-on-the-pocketbook, not-so-easy-on-the-eyes Bangkok Thai deli in St. Paul, the owners have spun off Krungthep Thai in Minneapolis--a lovelier place, but with the same tasty soul. Krungthep serves the wonderful, addictive, spicy noodle dishes; slurpable, deep bowls of broth... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Thai

La Belle Vie Critic's Pick

510 Groveland Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-874-6440

La Belle Vie

The definitive Twin Cities eatery for anniversaries and high-falutin’ celebrations, La Belle Vie -- run by famed chef Tim McKee, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest -- is the place to go when someone else is paying. Consider that the next time someone asks you what you want to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) French, Mediterranean, Wine Bar Business Dining, Delivery, Private Party, Prix Fixe $$$$

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar Critic's Pick

1432 W. 31st St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-1572

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

The budget-friendly kid sister to one of the most esteemed fine-dining restaurants in Minnesota, Lucia's Bakery and Take Home is just what it sounds like: a place to get chef Lucia Watson's particular take on locally raised comfort foods, to take out. The counter-service restaurant has a dozen... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Bakery, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Masa Critic's Pick

1070 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-338-6272

Masa

D'Amico's Mexican restaurant Masa opened to the kind of reviews that kept using words like upscale and high design; words that made most people assume: expensive. Not so! Masa is really just an everyday Mexican restaurant, albeit one in a nicely polished room with some splashy cocktails. At... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Mexican, Wine Bar Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Masu Sushi & Robata Critic's Pick

330 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-332-6278

Masu Sushi & Robata

The busy design of Masu Sushi & Robata--bright geisha imagery, stacked up sake barrels, cartoon-like Munny dolls, and even a mini pachinko parlor--replicates the energetic rush of urban Japanese culture. But the restaurant's concept is actually much simpler than its flamboyant decor: join... More >>

University Japanese $, $$

Meritage Critic's Pick

410 Saint Peter St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-5670

Meritage

St. Paul chef Russell Klein (formerly of W.A. Frost) and his wife, Desta (who worked as a banquet captain at Frost), operate the classiest restaurant in downtown St. Paul. Their brasserie, in the charming Hamm Building in what was once the home of A Rebours, is named after an American wine made... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) French Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$, $$$

The Mill Northeast Critic's Pick

1851 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612.315.2340

The Mill Northeast

This re-vamp of the Mill City Cafe is anything but playing it safe. At lunchtime the Moroccan beef hoagie with walnut yogurt is packed with flavor. Dinner is a real experimental stage with dishes like braised octopus over purple poi with caramelized fennel. But mostly the Mill NE is a veritable... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Breakfast

Modern Cafe Critic's Pick

337 13th Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-378-9882

Modern Cafe

The pot roast at the Modern is the stuff of legend. The fries and breakfasts are tops, too. And the fact that you can get beer and wine? That's the sprinkles on top of the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the sundae. Is the Modern the absolute perfect definitive postmodern diner?... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Breakfast, Diner, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Nightingale Critic's Pick

2551 Lyndale Ave. S : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-354-7060

Nightingale

If you find yourself in need of a nosh well after midnight, your choices are often relegated to tots and chicken tenders. That menu is suitable in some cases, but if what you crave is a more grown-up option like seared scallops with almond gazpacho and tart green grapes, preferably with a nice... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Small Plates

Obento-Ya Critic's Pick

1510 SE Como Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-331-1432

Obento-Ya

If Ikea sold kits for neighborhood Japanese restaurants, Obento-Ya could be its floor model. The room's design is as boxy as a vintage Volvo, its modern, minimalist look reinforced by the long, straight lines of the bamboo laminate booths, the sushi counter, and the dangling teardrop lights.... More >>

University Japanese, Sushi $$

The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis Critic's Pick

50 S. 6th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-2277

The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Minneapolis

A sidecar, clams casino, lobster thermidor, and thou--is this Miami Beach in 1958? Close, with the same deco-echoing architecture of fanciful fun and many of those classic American hotel dishes. The only difference is that here the freshness of the fish relies on airlines, not proximity to the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar Business Dining, Coat Check, Private Party $$$$

Origami Critic's Pick

30 1st St. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-333-8430

Origami

Fold yourself into a chair at Origami if you want to try what many agree is the best sushi in the state, and order the omakase. What's that? It's when you establish some kind of rapport with the sushi chef, and give him carte blanche to put together a meal for you. (You can specify a price... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Japanese, Sushi Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$, $$$

Patisserie 46 Critic's Pick

4552 Grand Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-354-3257

Patisserie 46

In France, the term "patisserie" may be legally used only by a bakery that employs a licensed maître ptissier, or master pastry chef. At this ambitious Kingfield bakery, that role would be filled by the shop's owner, John Kraus, who was most recently an instructor at the French Pastry School in... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Bakery $

Piccolo Restaurant Critic's Pick

4300 Bryant Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-827-8111

Piccolo Restaurant

After spending the past several years cooking for other people, Doug Flicker, the chef-partner of the late, lamented Auriga is now cooking at his own wee little 36-table restaurant. Piccolo presents a dining style new to the Twin Cities of a mini-entrée menu we've been hard-pressed to name:... More >>

Kingfield Small Plates $$$

Pizzeria Lola Critic's Pick

5557 Xerxes Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-424-8338

Pizzeria Lola

The best seats at Pizzeria Lola are those at the bar, which offer a view into the fiery mouth of the restaurant's iconic, copper-clad oven. One could spend hours watching the oven master add pies and logs as the coals glow orange and the pizza cheese bubbles. The rest of the former Xerxes... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Pizza Takeout $$

Restaurant Alma Critic's Pick

528 University Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-4909

Restaurant Alma

Eat and drink enough at Alma and you'll earn a virtual master's degree in contemporary food and wine. Chef Alex Roberts, a veteran of such white-hot New York City kitchens as Bouley, Union Square Café, and the Gramercy Tavern, builds dishes around strong flavors, painstaking prep work, and... More >>

University Health, Wine Bar Private Party $$, $$$

Rincon 38 Critic's Pick

3801 Grand Avenue S. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-824-4052

Rincon 38

Chef Hector Ruiz had already established himself as an ace interpreter of modern Latin cuisine with his beloved Cafe Ena, but really showed his range reached even further with his tiny, traditional tapas restaurant Rincon 38. His plates are complex but homey: herb roasted pork with patatas... More >>

Kingfield Appetizers, Mexican

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge Critic's Pick

123 N. 3rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-746-5533

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Say you love a good street-cart falafel, exploding with onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and leaving a trail of creamy yogurt dressing dripping down your wrist. Say you make weekly trips to Holy Land to stock up on pita, hummus, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves. What do you do when you want to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Middle Eastern Business Dining, Private Party $

Sea Change Critic's Pick

806 S. 2nd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-225-6499

Sea Change

James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee took over the Guthrie's first-floor restaurant space and transformed it into a sustainable seafood eatery that's quickly become among the best places to dine in the Twin Cities. Erik Anderson's cooking is a marvel--flavor pairings pop and textures... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$

Sea Salt Eatery Critic's Pick

4825 Minnehaha Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-721-8990

Sea Salt Eatery

Sea Salt is a consternating force in the life of Twin Cities fish lovers. On the one hand, it's got the best fresh fish in town, like oysters shucked as you watch, which taste chilly, silky, fresh, and briny as ocean mornings. Like fried haddock baskets offering fish fillets so crisp they snap;... More >>

Nokomis American, Seafood Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Solera Restaurant & Event Center Critic's Pick

900 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-338-0062

Solera Restaurant & Event Center

The Twin Cities were forever changed the fateful night that this four-story tapas bar opened in the middle of downtown. It wasn't just the Gaudi-inspired architecture with all that Barcelona style that changed Minnesota. And it wasn't just that Solera has probably this country's best sherry... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood, Spanish, Wine Bar Business Dining, Coat Check, Free Wifi, Multi-Level, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$

Spoonriver Restaurant Critic's Pick

750 S. 2nd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-436-2236

Spoonriver Restaurant

People who take their diet seriously have a friend in Spoonriver owner Brenda Langton: Vegetables, and specifically locally grown, organic vegetables, are the root of most of her dishes, and cream, butter, sweeteners and oil are only garnishes. Even without the prop of fat, many of the dishes... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Brunch, Health, Seafood, Vegetarian Business Dining, Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$, $$$

The Strip Club Meat & Fish Critic's Pick

378 Maria Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55106 : 651-793-6247

The Strip Club Meat & Fish

This cheekily named meat-and-fish joint is the sophomore venture from two of the founders of the Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis, so expect a similarly playful attitude. The dark, clubby digs inside a historic Dayton's Bluff building recall St. Paul's gangster days and make it a perfect spot to... More >>

Phalen American, Steakhouse Wine List $$, $$$

Tanpopo Noodle Shop Critic's Pick

308 Prince St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-209-6527

Tanpopo Noodle Shop

Homestyle, cheap, and elegant are not usually qualities you'll find served simultaneously in life, unless you're at St. Paul's Tanpopo, a Japanese restaurant where you can find those very things in a single bento box. Homestyle chunks of elegant, buttery looking broiled mackerel, next to... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Japanese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Terzo Vino Bar Critic's Pick

2221 W. 50th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-925-0330

Terzo Vino Bar

The Broder family’s outstanding Terzo Vino Bar is the next installment of their Italian restaurant dynasty, and this time they're letting the grape guide the way. Instead of big plates of pasta, Terzo focuses on Venetian bar snacks: bruschetta topped with finely diced sweet summer tomatoes and... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Italian

Tilia Critic's Pick

2726 W. 43rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-354-2806

Tilia

It’s perhaps the hottest spot in a very hot restaurant neighborhood, but years later Tilia in Linden Hills still lives up to the hype. With its effortless mix of everything from hot dogs with creamy coleslaw and smoked potato chips to miso soubise scallops, the food is always on point and the... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American, Contemporary Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $, $$

Trattoria Tosca Critic's Pick

3415 W. 44th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-924-1900

Trattoria Tosca

Think of Harvey McLain's Tosca as the Italian version of his Café Levain (he also owns the Turtle Bread empire): both hit the sweet spot between upscale and casual, restaurants that feel special enough to celebrate a birthday, but not too extravagant for a weeknight supper. Tosca's kitchen... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$$

Travail Kitchen and Amusements Critic's Pick

4124 W. Broadway : Robbinsdale, MN 55422 : 763-535-1131

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Travail Kitchen and Amusements is the best thing to happen to the northern suburbs in quite some time. Chefs James Winberg and Mike Brown, two Porter & Frye alumni who drew notice for their innovative gastropub fare at Victory 44, finally have their own place. It's named in homage to their... More >>

Robbinsdale American, Gastro Pub, Wine Bar $

Victory 44 Critic's Pick

2203 44th Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55412 : 612-588-2228

Victory 44

Erick Harcey, formerly of the Nicollet Island Inn, has turned his fine-dining chops towards gastropub fare in the former home of Sauced in North Minneapolis. The menu includes such English pub delights as fish 'n chips with expert crunchiness and Scotch eggs that are the closest thing to a... More >>

Camden American, Gastro Pub Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$

Vincent - A Restaurant Critic's Pick

1100 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-630-1189

Vincent - A Restaurant

It looks as placid as a museum, but things go on behind the ceiling-height windows of Vincent that are terribly, terribly intriguing. Trout fillets, crisped till you expect to hear them crack if touched by a fork, recline decadently on smoky beds of bacon, leeks, and chanterelles; tripe stew... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) French, Seafood, Wine Bar Business Dining, Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$$, $$$$

World Street Kitchen Critic's Pick

2743 Lyndale Avenue S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-424-8855

World Street Kitchen

The brick-and-mortar version of Sameh Wadi’s fabulous food truck, Uptown’s World Street Kitchen is the king of global mash-ups like creamy Thai red curry wrapped in a burrito; a Moroccan-inspired fried chicken sandwich on a flaky biscuit spread with tangy feta cheese; and saucy, spicy Korean... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Asian, Vietnamese

128 Cafe

128 Cleveland Ave. N. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-645-4128

128 Cafe

This quirky little restaurant in the basement of a St. Paul apartment building is now in its second incarnation, after one of the waitresses bought the place from the former owners. The ribs are a must-order--they're the baby-got-back of baby back ribs--as is the roasted garlic appetizer with... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$, $$$

3 Squares

12690 Arbor Lakes Parkway : Maple Grove, MN 55369 : 763-425-3330

3 Squares

Blue Plate group, which also owns the Edina, Highland, and Longfellow Grills, and the Groveland Tap, does its best to make Maple Grove feel like a neighborhood. 3 Squares most closely resembles the Edina Grill--the two have the same menu--but with dowdier decor. Squares' fare, like Edina's, is... More >>

Maple Grove American Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible $, $$

318 Cafe

318 Water St. : Excelsior, MN 55331 : 952-401-7902

318 Cafe

This little café with a big heart brings laid-back scratch-cooking to downtown Excelsior. The kitchen serves simple-but-tasty soups, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, along with a nice selection of coffee drinks, wine, and beer. Plus, there's patio seating and live music for when you want to... More >>

Excelsior Cafe, Coffeehouse, Wine Bar Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

5-8 Club

5800 Cedar Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-823-5858

5-8 Club

As one of the dueling "original" Jucy Lucy restaurants (5-8 uses the "i" in its Juicy), you'd expect the 5-8 Club to offer a classic rendition. And so it does, serving up a large, competent patty stuffed with plentiful (if not terribly flavorful) American cheese. The onions are a stringy,... More >>

Nokomis American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

50th Street Cafe

3808 W. 50th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-927-4464

50th Street Cafe

Just four days after Edina's most iconic restaurant, the 38-year-old Pearson's, shut its doors, the 50th Street Cafe opened in its place. Needless to say, little about the vintage decor was changed. The booths are still wrapped in quilted vinyl, the tabletops laminated with Formica, and the... More >>

Edina American $

98 Pounds

824 W. 98th St. : Bloomington, MN 55420 : 952-881-1088

98 Pounds

This Bloomington buffet aims to be more than just a Chinese restaurant; it also ambitiously offers 16 kinds of sushi. Skip the sushi. It doesn't taste fresh, it doesn't taste like fish, and it doesn't in any way satisfy that primal longing for sushi that fans are occasionally struck by. That... More >>

Bloomington Chinese, Japanese Takeout $

Abu Nader Deli & Grocery

2095 Como Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55108 : 651-647-5391

Abu Nader Deli & Grocery

Wander into this extremely plain-looking Como Park deli and you will find yourself in a wonderland of lovingly crafted Palestinian treats, all made by Bishara and Izabelle Ailabouni, who are basically the Palestinian Christian Arab grandparents you wish you had. The Ailabounis make everything... More >>

Como Deli, Health, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Catering, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

4453 Lake Ave. S. : White Bear Lake, MN 55110 : 651-407-7317

Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

The former general manager and executive chef of Uptown's Campiello opened their own spot, Acqua Restaurant-water, in Italian-on the shores of White Bear Lake. The old Wolfgang's Waterfront Bistro still feels rather like a bed and breakfast, with two dining rooms containing just nine tables.... More >>

White Bear Lake Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar $$, $$$

Adele's Frozen Custard

800 Excelsior Blvd. : Excelsior, MN 55331 : 952-470-0035

Adele's Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is one of those cult-favorite foods that spawns fierce devotion on the part of the initiated. That's why this lakeside custard stand draws crowds nearly all year. Yeah, they're closed in very deepest winter, but if you can sell ice cream to Minnesotans in March, you must be doing... More >>

Excelsior Cafe, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Sandwiches Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Aji Japanese

712 Main St. : Hopkins, MN 55343 : 952-358-3558

Aji Japanese

Sushi purists-those who won't be satisfied with a Japanese meal that doesn't involve roundtrip airfare to Tokyo-will view Aji with the same disdain they reserve for the ignorant masses who mix green-colored horseradish straight into their soy sauce. But for less-discerning diners whose sushi... More >>

Hopkins Japanese $, $$

Al Vento

5001 34th Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-724-3009

Al Vento

A red-sauce southern Italian restaurant with some lovely golden lighting, miles of seating, and a few contemporary non-Italian restaurant treats, Al Vento is as popular among Minneapolis's south siders as kids, dogs, and televisions. And who can blame them? The Caesar salad is as perky as a... More >>

Nokomis Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$$

Amazing Thailand

3024 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-822-5588

Amazing Thailand

This splashy Hennepin Avenue Thai eatery is among the new wave of gentrifying ethnic eateries. They serve the same Thai standards as most of their competitors, but the decorative wood carvings and gold statues and the full bar give the place a hipper ambiance. More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Thai Banquet Facilities, Family Style, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible $

American Burger Bar

354 N. Wabasha St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-222-2123

American Burger Bar

American Burger Bar feels almost too classy a place in which to eat with your hands. Located in the longtime home of Gallivan's in downtown St. Paul, which was most recently Matty B's, the Burger Bar is a more upscale sibling of the owners' American Burger Emporium in Woodbury. The kitchen... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Burgers, Seafood Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$, $$$

Arezzo Ristorante

5057 France Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-285-7444

Arezzo Ristorante

Authentic Italian cooking in a cozy, 50th and France storefront that's intimate enough for a romantic dinner, yet relaxed enough for a family meal. Gnocchi and Neapolitan pizzas are favorites. More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible $$

B.A.N.K.

88 S. 6th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-656-3255

B.A.N.K.

The big-splash restaurant of 2007, B.A.N.K. is something of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's physically the most gorgeous restaurant in Minnesota--the machine-age luxury of the former Farmers and Mechanics Bank is nothing short of heart-stopping and breathtaking: With its acres of teak and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Contemporary Private Party $$$, $$$$

Ba-gu

4741 Chicago Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-823-5254

Ba-gu

Ba-Gu, situated in the pretty Tudor neighborhood just north of Minnehaha Creek, is a stylish, serene jewelbox of a restaurant with modern steel art on the walls and chairs upholstered in silky ruby, amethyst, and coral fabrics. It offers everything you'd want in a neighborhood Japanese... More >>

Powderhorn Japanese, Sushi Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

The Bad Waitress

2 E. 26th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-872-7575

The Bad Waitress

Pancakes have certain curative powers: to quell hunger, to soothe a broken heart over a gossipy brunch, and to help soak up the toxins from a legendary evening. They hold within their tenderly crusted surfaces a warm, buttery center of comfort that recalls one's childhood security blanket. For... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Breakfast $, $$

Baja Sol Tortilla Grill

2300 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-374-9900

Baja Sol Tortilla Grill

A cheapskate's hall of famer, the Baja Sol is that rare place where you can consume fresh, vibrant, lively food and walk out the door having spent less than $6. Tacos, burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas, all made with fresh tortillas, are the foundation at these cafeteria-style cafés. But the... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Mexican, Tex-Mex Catering, Order Online, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop

4200 28th Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-729-6898

A Baker's Wife Pastry Shop

This inconspicuous, lowbrow, dead cheap little neighborhood bakery is actually run by a former pastry chef from the Plaza Hotel in New York--and the pastries are dazzling. The lemon bars are golden squares of French lemon tart, so full of butter they project a certain glowing luminescence and... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Bakery, Breakfast Takeout $

Band Box Diner

729 S. 10th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-332-0850

Band Box Diner

A historic diner that was made by a grain-bin manufacturer, a community hub on the edge of legendarily community-lite downtown, a grill-and-go diner run by the name-brand chef who put Café Solo on the map-the Band Box has more contradiction about it than any other 24-seat diner in the state.... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Breakfast, Diner Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Bar Abilene

1300 Lagoon Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-2525

Bar Abilene

If you mix them, they will come! Bar Abilene has proved this, building an almost cult-like following with their 16-ounce margaritas made with fresh juices and top-shelf tequilas. Truly, people drive in from the farthest corners of the metro area for these jewel-bright drinks made from some 90... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Tex-Mex Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Barbary Fig

720 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-290-2085

Barbary Fig

This unprepossessing Grand Avenue house is our local Casablanca, our outpost of sunny Moroccan flavors, Tunisian spices, and casual Provençal style. Skip the tired standard menu items in favor of fantastic specials like b'steeya, a Moroccan dish of shredded chicken in a slow-cooked custard... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Health, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

Barrio Truck

417 1st Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-356-9856

Barrio Truck

The Barrio Truck doesn't offer the long list of tequila that the bricks-and-mortar stores do, but it serves some of the restaurants' same chef-driven Latin street food, including the carnitas and lengua tacos, plus several wheels-only exclusives. The street-only options include a hefty barbacoa... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Mexican, Street Food $

Be'wiched

800 Washington Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-767-4330

Be'wiched

Three words: house-cured pastrami. This tasty, salty meat is one of the stars of the menu at Be'wiched, and it's about time it got here. The Twin Cities have never exactly excelled at the deli thing: Until recently, our best delis were the ones flying ingredients in from New York. Here to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Deli Catering, Takeout $

Bev's Wine Bar

250 3rd Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-337-0102

Bev's Wine Bar

Like a Prada-clad sophisticate roaming around with a purse jammed full of Twinkies and Gummi Bears, Bev's Wine Bar is a charming study in contradictions. The place has a gorgeous view of soaring Minneapolis, a prettily modern and understated decor, a lovely beer list, accommodating service, a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Small Plates, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$

Big Apple Bagels

508 S. Lake St. : Forest Lake, MN 55025 : 651-464-4997

Big Apple Bagels

Forgive them their cheesy lingo, and their "My Favorite Muffin Muffins" (You mean your favorite muffins, or my favorite muffins?! Break for hilarious laughter, flavored coffee, those special moments only best friends share; add more muffins; repeat.) If you can get past that, please note that... More >>

Outstate Breakfast, Cafe Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Big Bowl

3669 Galleria Mall : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-928-7888

Big Bowl

Fancy pan-Asian cuisine with gourmet ingredients--like shiitake mushrooms and daily-fresh noodles--for less than $10? No wonder these mall spots inspire two-hour waits on the weekends. Sure it's a chain, but the truth is they just do what they do really well: first-class components, thrown... More >>

Edina Chinese, Pan-Asian, Thai Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

The Bikery du Nord

41 Judd St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-5801

The Bikery du Nord

To combine his interests in baking and cycling, in 2008 Belgian native Olivier Vrambout opened the Bikery in Stillwater as a hybrid cycle shop and café. He opened a second outpost, the Bikery du Nord, in downtown Marine on St. Croix a couple years later. Du Nord combines a coffee shop with bike... More >>

Outstate Bakery, Coffeehouse Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Birch's Restaurant

1935 W. Wayzata Blvd. : Long Lake, MN 55356 : 952-473-7373

Birch's Restaurant

Birch's roadside supper club on Highway 12 in Long Lake serves younger diners in baseball caps and tank tops who look like they just hopped off their Harleys, alongside older patrons in khakis and sweaters who look like they just docked their yachts. Burt Joseph, a Minneapolis caterer, took... More >>

Outstate American Patio-Sidewalk Dining

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-722-4474

Birchwood Cafe

From the minty-fresh, funky-Fifties dining area to the healthy, hand-hewn foods dished up from behind the cafeteria line, there's nothing about this Seward coffee shop and casual restaurant that isn't smart. Intelligent. Well-considered. Insightful, even. It's a place that embodies the idea... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha American, Breakfast, Deli, Health, Pizza, Vegetarian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Black Forest Inn

1 E. 26th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-872-0812

Black Forest Inn

Name one other place, one other place on the whole of planet Earth, where a gnome mural, matjes herring, and a Richard Avedon photo marked with bullet holes exist under the same roof. Really, the Black Forest is one-of-a-kind and beloved because of it--that, and the big, beautiful beer garden... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street German Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

The Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-493-1865

The Blue Door Pub

With a menu driven by Jucy Lucys and all manner of fried goods (green beans, cheese curds, Spam bites, etc.), the Blue Door Pub is low on pretense but high on creativity and passion. The menu is dominated by scratch-made pub grub that puts a premium on quality and taste, and the atmosphere is... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American, Burgers Takeout $

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

2027 E. Franklin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-338-3000

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Modern humans evolved in Ethiopia, but what did our distant ancestors eat? Possibly something like injera, a fermented flatbread made from one of the earliest cultivated grains, called teff. At the Blue Nile, a large restaurant that often has live music and dancing in the attached bar, a big... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Ethiopian, Fusion Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Blue Point

739 E. Lake St. : Wayzata, MN 55391 : 952-475-3636

Blue Point

The standard joke at the Blue Point is that you'll be so dazzled by the phenomenal seafood selection, you'd swear that lake across the street was in fact an ocean. An oyster bar offers at least half a dozen selections and each day brings half a dozen fresh-catch selections. This is no mere... More >>

Wayzata American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$, $$$$

BLVD Kitchen and Bar

11544 Wayzata Blvd. : Hopkins, MN 55305 : 763-398-3200

BLVD Kitchen and Bar

Restaurateur Dean Vlahos, founder of the Champps chain, is famously connected, and his Redstone restaurants have become places for the wealthy to relax when they're not at the country club. Vlahos has even been called the de-facto mayor of Minnetonka, because he seems to know everyone. His... More >>

Minnetonka American $$

Boca Chica Restaurante

11 Cesar Chavez St. : St. Paul, MN 55107 : 651-222-8499

Boca Chica Restaurante

The Cities' longest-lived Mexican restaurant is also one of its most beloved, not so much because the standard American-Mexican menu is that radically different from others in town--though the spicy guisado chipotle, a pork stew with nopalitos (sliced cactus) is a treat--but because the... More >>

West Side - St. Paul Mexican Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $, $$

Bombay Bistro

820 Marquette Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-312-2800

Bombay Bistro

A favorite of downtown office workers--lines queue into the hallway for the lunchtime buffet--Bombay Bistro focuses on traditional North Indian cooking. The ambiance feels rather like a hotel banquet room, but the large menu and affordable prices have made Bombay popular enough to add a second... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Indian Banquet Facilities, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout $, $$

Bon Vie

518 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-287-0112

Bon Vie

This cute little Selby Avenue café specializes in fresh breakfast basics, sandwiches, and salads. Save room for dessert, as they come from the owner's neighboring bakery, Piece of Cake. More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Breakfast, Cafe Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Bread & Pickle

4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-767-9009

Bread & Pickle

Until a few years ago, Minneapolis treated its park concessions like those of airports and stadiums: With a captive audience, there was little competition, and little reason to innovate. Following the lead of Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun and Sea Salt in Minnehaha Park, restaurateurs Kim and Kari... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Brianno's Deli-Italia

2280 Cliff Road : Eagan, MN 55122 : 651-895-1088

Brianno's Deli-Italia

Brianno's is an Italian-American takeout deli with all the heart and soul of a Jersey cop, and sandwiches that aren't too much smaller than such Garden State flatfoots. For example, the eggplant parmigiana sandwich, which is, in a word, staggering: To make it, thin slices of eggplant are... More >>

Eagan Deli, Italian Banquet Facilities, Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

1110 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-332-3908

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

Situated across from Peavey Plaza and Orchestra Hall, Brit's Pub is one of the best destinations for drinking and socializing on Nicollet Mall. The warmer months accommodate a popular patio, lawn bowling, and rooftop bar, while year-round entertainment options include weekly pub quizzes,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) English, European Banquet Facilities, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $, $$

Broders' Cucina Italiana

2308 W. 50th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-925-3113

Broders' Cucina Italiana

Back in the dark days of the early 1980s, visionaries Tom and Molly Broder founded a fragrant little empire of handmade pastas, imported olive oils, olives, cheeses, meats, vinegars, and other high-quality imported ingredients. Local gourmets were exceedingly pleased. But when they added spicy,... More >>

Edina Deli, Italian, Pizza Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Brookside Bar & Grill

140 Judd St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-2440

Brookside Bar & Grill

From the outside, the Brookside looks like it belongs in Bavaria, with its beautiful carved wood facade. But inside, it's your basic American bar and grill operating in a building that originally housed a creamery--the small brook that, believe it or not, actually runs through the building's... More >>

Outstate American $

Brothers Delicatessen

50 S. 6th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-341-8007

Brothers Delicatessen

If pickles and pastrami thrill you to the core, you probably already know about Brothers. But if you don't, settle in for a quick history lesson: This bright restaurant perching in the skyway is the latest incarnation of a Minnesota institution, run by the Burstein family for more than 80... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Breakfast, Deli, Sandwiches Catering, Delivery, Takeout $

Bryn Mawr Pizza And Deli

404 S. Cedar Lake Road : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-377-5501

Bryn Mawr Pizza And Deli

If you live in the delivery area of Bryn Mawr Pizza and Deli, consider yourself blessed, for some of the best sandwiches in town are only a phone call away. The pizzas are good, and very vegetarian-friendly; more interestingly, the salads here are bizarrely fantastic. The spinach salad with... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Pizza Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Buca Di Beppo

1204 Harmon Place : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-288-0138

Buca Di Beppo

Buca is the Cities' least-escapable restaurant because they handle big parties economically and efficiently, and the food is really pretty good. Old hands learn to ally themselves with like-minded friends and occupy a corner of the table where the rich and spicy Linguini Frutti di Mare (full of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Italian, Pizza Catering, Family Style, Order Online, Private Party, Takeout $$

Bulldog NE

401 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-2855

Bulldog NE

The Bulldog is big old bar-bar, the kind of place with napkin dispensers on the tables and hockey on the TVs, which also has steak tartare, house-made terrine, and elegant salads on the menu. Burgers are made with kobe beef, and the fresh, square-cut fries that arrive with the burger are as... More >>

University American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Bulldog Restaurant

2549 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-872-8893

Bulldog Restaurant

Humans have weird superstitions about food, as any rhinoceros without his horn can tell you. However, ration and practical skepticism notwithstanding, please know that the Chicago Beef at Bulldog kills hangovers dead. Dead! No one knows why. Is it the steamy beef? The hot giardinera, all fire,... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Burger Jones

3200 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 612-746-0800

Burger Jones

The burger concept from Parasole-the restaurateurs behind Manny's, Salut, and Chino Latino, among others-anchors the east end of the Calhoun Commons shopping mall and has made the former Applebee's space more modern and appealing, with its black-and-orange color scheme and sleek-looking bar.... More >>

Golden Valley American, Burgers Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Burger Moe's

242 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-3100

Burger Moe's

Moe Sharif, owner of the Downtowner Woodfire Grill on West Seventh Street in St. Paul, has filled the restaurant site he owns across the street, just two blocks from the Xcel center. The space has some nice assets--among them its enormous patio--but has still managed to churned through several... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Burgers $

Buster's on 28th

4204 28th Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-729-0911

Buster's on 28th

Neighborhood bar known for its large beer list--dozens of hard-to-find drafts come from as close as Wisconsin and as far as Belgium. Better-than-average bar food includes bison burgers and homemade salt-and-vinegar potato chips. More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha American, Brewery Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

The Butcher Block

308 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-455-1080

The Butcher Block

Filippo Caffari, former executive chef at I Nonni, took over the former home of Fugaise and turned it into an Italian trattoria serving a whole flock of various of chicken wings. Caffari spent several decades working as a master butcher in Rome, so Butcher Block's menu is unsurprisingly... More >>

University Italian, Steakhouse Delivery, Takeout $$

Butter

3700 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-521-7401

Butter

Butter is your typical south Minneapolis café/coffee shop, with the standard plates of eggs and ho-hum biscuits and gravy. What makes Butter special is its éclairs, which were introduced to the Kingfield neighborhood back when the space was Sweetski's Bakery. Their delicate pastry shells are... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Bakery, Brunch, Cafe Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

C.C. Club

2600 S. Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-874-7226

C.C. Club

Upon first impression, the C.C. Club appears to be just a typical sports-bar-style dive joint. However, after spending just moments inside, you'll notice a young, trendy, energetic crowd that frequents the bar to enjoy its comfortable, informal and entertaining vibe. The booths sport pleather,... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Cafe and Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Place : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-486-5500

Cafe and Bar Lurcat

Café Lurcat and Bar Lurcat are conjoined twins covering substantial acreage halfway between Uptown and downtown on Minneapolis's beautiful Loring Park, across from the Walker Art Center's famed sculpture garden. The restaurant serves artisanal American bistro fare such as a lush salmon tartare... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood, Wine Bar Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$$

Cafe Ena

4601 Grand Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-824-4441

Cafe Ena

The sister restaurant to El Meson and Indio serves Latin fusion fare in a tastefully decorated, light-filled dining room. While some of the entrees are hit-or-miss, neighbors have been known to gab for hours over glasses of wine and stellar appetizers like the queso fundido and tamales. More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Latin American, South American Family Style, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$, $$$

Cafe Kem

2524 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-208-0254

Cafe Kem

When the Truong family, owners of Jasmine Deli and Jasmine 26, opened Café Kem at 26th and Nicollet-their fourth restaurant, and their third one within as many blocks-they asserted their stature as a local Vietnamese restaurant dynasty. Café Kem is the most youthful of the three, a coffee... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Dessert, Ice Cream, Sandwiches, Vietnamese $

Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-224-5687

Cafe Latte

The saddle of glossy caramel. The big, smiling pecans. The moonless-midnight black chocolate cake. Yeah, there are probably some people who go to this giant, cafeteria-style restaurant for the coffee drinks, the wine and beer, the salads, the sandwiches, the breads, the pizzas, the... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American, Deli, Health, Pizza, Wine Bar Delivery, Takeout $, $$

Cafe Twenty-Eight

2724 W. 43rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-926-2800

Cafe Twenty-Eight

Cafe 28 has more going for it than just its charming space: a historic fire house with lots of pretty wood and big windows and an actual fire pole. They make a great pork adobo with naturally raised meat, pillowy gnocchi, and tasty tuna melts, in addition to serving a bang-up brunch and... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

The Capital Grille

801 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-692-9000

The Capital Grille

We've got money, yes we do, we've got money, how 'bout you!? Muuuuunicipal bonds! Cheer like that when you walk in to Old Money World-themed steakhouse Capital Grille, and you'll be deserving of the bounty that descends: real aged steaks, the best clam chowder in town, absolutely extraordinary... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar Business Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible $$$$

Caribe Caribbean Bistro

791 Raymond Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55114 : 651-641-1446

Caribe Caribbean Bistro

Puerto Rico native Tony Panelli and Caribe (pronounced ca-REE-bay) chef/owner didn't grow up eating doubles, the famous Caribbean street snack, but the guy must be a quick study. The bread, or bara, is golden with turmeric and tastes like a cross between fry bread, roti, and naan. The... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Caribbean Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Cave Vin

5555 Xerxes Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-922-0100

Cave Vin

Frog's legs and Vin du Pays, frites and aioli, escargot and pot de crème--this duskily lit Provencal cavern of a restaurant serves everything you love from the garlic-and-passion tradition of French life, and does it under-budget, cheerfully, and well. Escargot are plump as grapes and bathed in... More >>

Edina French, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$

Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant

651 Cleveland Ave. S. : St. Paul, MN 55116 : 651-698-6276

Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant

When it comes to authentic deli fare, Cecil's is the place, from the potato latkes on the griddle to the celery soda in the refrigerator case. Cecil & Faye Glickman established the delicatessen in 1949 (they later added the family-friendly restaurant in back) and the operation is still... More >>

Highland Park Deli Catering, Takeout $

Chatterbox Pub

2229 E. 35th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-728-9871

Chatterbox Pub

There are dreams you never knew you had, like the dream of being instantly transported to the best basement in town, circa 1983, where you can play Atari in television/lounge-chair/couch pits. Don't you wish Mom would have brought you craft-brewed ale and a basket of fries while you crouched in... More >>

Powderhorn American, Brewery, Pizza Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Cheeky Monkey

525 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-224-6066

Cheeky Monkey

At Cheeky Monkey, the sandwich is king. And several of its offerings are good enough to elevate the humble, handheld snack out of its lowly lunch-bucket to take its place at the dinner table. Onetime Zander cook Matt McArthur heads the kitchen at this cheerful, affordable, self-service eatery... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Deli Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant

3001 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-827-1606

Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant

Hidden in the back of Calhoun Square, Chiang Mai Thai is one of the least likely of all possible restaurants: a stylish, contemporary northern-Thai spice rainbow featuring a wine list to make California collectors swoon. This treat is the product of owner Charles Lodge, who believes that his... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Thai, Wine Bar Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Chimborazo

2851 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-788-1328

Chimborazo

The former Charly's Polleria has gone Ecuadorian, spiffed up by a few photos and hand-woven cloths and, on occasion, live flute-and-guitar folk music. The tasty llapingachos, which resemble cheese-filled mashed-potato pancakes, are as good as the patacones, green plantains that have been... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Latin American Takeout $

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-824-7878

Chino Latino

If you're a hot enough country, you're cool enough to have your cuisine represented at red-hot Chino Latino-Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica, Polynesia, Korea, take a bow, you're in! And if you're hot enough to sip powerful, fruity, yummy drinks in a dazzling sort of red-toned Blade Runner sequel of a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Korean, Mexican, Seafood, Sushi, Thai, Wine Bar Coat Check, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Chris and Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority

3101 E. 42nd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-729-5507

Chris and Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority

Are you from Chicago? Are you dying to talk to someone about the Bears? Do you have a deep and haunting fear that your child may grow up not being able to tell a Maxwell Street Polish from a sport pepper? If any or all apply, head on down to Chris and Rob's (formerly Joey D's), a dog-and-beef... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha American, Pizza Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Christos Greek Restaurant

214 E. 4th St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-224-6000

Christos Greek Restaurant

The St. Paul Christos (closed for renovations until December 2011) has one of the most fabulous of all restaurant spaces. Seated high on a platform in the middle of the soaring, neoclassical train depot, one expects Mel Gibson to hurry through with a briefcase of cash, or some French... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Greek, Mediterranean Takeout $, $$

Clancey's Meats & Fish

4307 Upton Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-926-0222

Clancey's Meats & Fish

Minnesota's first butcher shop specializing in the products from local family farms that are ethically and environmentally responsible, Clancey's is truly a gem. Stop here for some of the best ingredients available, honest, in the whole darn country. Clancey's owner, Kristin Tombers, has deeply... More >>

Edina Deli Takeout $

Cocina Del Barrio

5036 France Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 952-920-1860

Cocina Del Barrio

With its red-and-black color scheme and bull-themed decor, Cocina del Barrio in downtown Edina looks a lot like its sister tequila bars in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, right down to the gothic candelabra drowning in drippy white wax. But the third of Ryan Burnet and Tim Rooney's Barrios... More >>

Edina Latin American, Mexican Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$

Cocina Latina

3764 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-354-2971

Cocina Latina

Authentic Ecuadorian cuisine joins the growing Mexican/Latin restaurant row on Eat Street's southern stretch. Tables are filled with a largely Latin clientele and the melodramatic music videos feature Spanish songs. Cocina offers the standard tacos and arepas, plus harder-to-find fare like... More >>

Kingfield Latin American, Mexican $

Cocoa & Fig

651 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-1485

Cocoa & Fig

Cocoa & Fig makes scones, brioche, and chocolate bouchons, macarons, carrot cake sandwich cookies, and quiche, but it's best known for its cupcakes, which are among the best in the Twin Cities. While the cupcake's cake is uniformly excellent, what truly distinguishes the sugary treats is their... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Bakery $

Colossal Cafe

1839 E. 42nd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-729-2377

Colossal Cafe

The ironically named Colossal Cafe--the place can't have more than a dozen chairs--offers several light, fresh, and novel approaches to what can otherwise be the heaviest meal of the day. The rich and substantial apple, walnut, and brie flappers are things of wonder-fluffy and elegant without... More >>

Powderhorn American, Breakfast, Diner Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Common Roots Cafe

2558 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-871-2360

Common Roots Cafe

Sure, coffee is a staple for those looking to get some work done fast. But for lower-key job duties or term papers, sometimes you just want a pint. When you want to do some less high-maintenance thinking, Common Roots Cafe fulfills those needs. A cute spot with community in mind, the new-ish... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Cafe, Coffeehouse Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Convention Grill & Fountain

3912 Sunnyside Road : Edina, MN 55424 : 952-920-6881

Convention Grill & Fountain

Happy Days has led us to believe it was conventional in the 1950s to have endless access to real ice-cream malts, real handmade burgers, real golden fries, real neon out front, and real crowds inside--and the Convention Grill fulfills these conventions enthusiastically and well. More >>

Edina American, Diner Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Cooper Pub & Restaurant

1607 Park Place Blvd. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 952-698-2000

Cooper Pub & Restaurant

The fare at Kieran Folliard's St. Louis Park pub is generally boorish, aside from the tasty fish and chips and the knockout tomato soup, but the space is pretty and the taps fast-flowing with UK beers. More >>

Golden Valley Burgers, Sandwiches Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria

211 W. Seventh St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-3476

Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria

Where the cheap meet to eat elite treats. Well, maybe we're not cheap, exactly, but we're thrifty. We know that we can walk into Cossetta with a date on our arm and a pair of sawbucks in our pockets, get slices of pizza enlivened by spicy sauce, salads full of oil-cured olives and zingy... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Deli, Health, Italian, Pizza Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Crave - West End

1603 W. End Blvd. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 952-933-6500

Crave - West End

With its combination of American fare and sushi, and hip-but-casual ambiance, Crave is a likeable, popular spot: Applebee's for yuppies. The sushi is good--try the crispy rice cakes piled with spicy tuna--as are the lunchtime soups and sandwiches, though the dinner entrees tend to be pricey and... More >>

Golden Valley American, Sushi $, $$

Crema Cafe

3403 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-824-3868

Crema Cafe

Crema is one of the most creative and original bits of Minnesota food life. So why do you think it's merely an ice-cream shop that closes in the winter? It doesn't, in fact. Nowadays it's open year-round, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with the coffee drinks and ice cream. That food... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Breakfast, Brunch, Cafe, Wine Bar Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Crescent Moon Bakery & Restaurant

2339 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-782-0169

Crescent Moon Bakery & Restaurant

Nicole and Meerwais Azizi's bakery and counter-service restaurant offers what is inarguably the Twin Cities' finest Afghan pizza. Order one and you'll receive a groaning platter spilling over with a vast slab of pillowy roasted Afghan bread glazed with a light tomato sauce and smothered with a... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Bakery, Deli, Fusion, Health, Middle Eastern, Pizza Banquet Facilities, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Crystal Bistro Afghani Cuisine

6408 Bass Lake Road : Crystal, MN 55428 : 763-533-4900

Crystal Bistro Afghani Cuisine

The Crystal Bistro is known to regulars as Hadi's place, for the owner is always on the floor, recommending the lentil soup his wife makes, the pasta dumplings his mother is famous for, the hot sauce his little son slurps up like soup. The bistro is just that kind of family place: Here's where... More >>

Crystal Afghan, Fusion, Mediterranean Kid Friendly, Takeout $, $$

Cupcake

3338 University Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-4818

Cupcake

Have you been good? Very good? If not, you'd better clean your room and find some old lady to help across the street so that someone will buy you something from Cupcake, the new, stylish University Avenue coffee shop and bakery. Don't know which of Cupcake's 30-some cupcakes to try? How about... More >>

University Bakery, Cafe, Health, Ice Cream Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Cupcake On The Go

1000 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-378-4818

Cupcake On The Go

The bright orange van parked along Nicollet Mall doesn't look that conspicuous until you notice the cartoon cupcakes painted on its exterior, and the small tray mounted on its hood to hold the coffee fixings. The vehicle comes from St. Paul's Cupcake cafe on University Avenue and usually... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Bakery, Dessert, Street Food $

Curran's Family Restaurant

4201 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-822-5327

Curran's Family Restaurant

This casual family restaurant doesn't seem to have changed over the course of its 60 years of doing business. Despite the Irish name and heritage, it boasts an all-American menu: Think hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, and pot roast. Solid, reassuring execution of Midwestern favorites makes... More >>

Kingfield American Takeout $, $$

Curry 'N' Noodles

802 Mainstreet : Hopkins, MN 55343 : 952-681-7834

Curry 'N' Noodles

Curry 'n' Noodles distinguishes itself from the typical Indian restaurant for its menu's geographic depth: There are northern-style kebabs and southern-style curries, along with Indo-Chinese dishes of the east not commonly seen at the average American Punjabi-focused eatery. Some of these... More >>

Hopkins Chinese, Indian Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

D'Amico & Sons

555 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-342-2700

D'Amico & Sons

Need bread and Parmesan for dinner? To D'Amico, for an airy ciabatta and a chunk of imported reggiano. Dog ate your birthday cake? To D'Amico for a lush chocolate-mascarpone torta! On a diet? Green salad! Dispirited? Coffee! Getting married? Catering! No wonder these things are spreading across... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Deli, Italian, Pizza Catering, Family Style, Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Dancing Ganesha

1100 Harmon Place : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-338-1877

Dancing Ganesha

The owners of Nala Pak take Indian food upscale, both in ambiance (it's in the former home of Willie's Wine Bar in downtown Minneapolis) and fare. The wide-reaching menu includes everything from snack foods found in India's streets to Continental-style fare served in its fancy hotels. It... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Indian Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Dandelion Kitchen

Nicollet Mall & 8th St. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-836-7636

Dandelion Kitchen

Weather permitting, the bright yellow truck stationed outside the IDS center on Nicollet Mall serves sandwiches--BLTs, grilled cheese with cabbage slaw, and smoked chicken apple chutney, for example--salads, and homemade sodas. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Street Food $

Dave & Buster's

11780 Fountain's Way : Maple Grove, MN 55369 : 763-493-9815

Dave & Buster's

When you want to rid the earth of some zombies, ride a faux snowmobile through flaming skies, drink insane shooters made with Red Bull and every DuKuyper flavored alcohol imaginable, there's only one spot in the metro to go: Dave & Buster's. Granted, it's not for people who believe the first... More >>

Maple Grove American Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

The Depot Tavern

17 N. 7th. St. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-338-1828

The Depot Tavern

First Avenue is still a place a teenager might feel reluctant to let her mother survey before dropping her off for a concert, but its bar-restaurant, the Depot, looks squeaky enough to belong in a suburban shopping mall. The space feels rather cavernous and kind of generic, save for the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American $

Domacin

102 S. 2nd St. : Stillwater, MN 55082 : 651-439-1352

Domacin

The former Cesare's Wine Bar's new name, Domacin (pronounced DOME-ah-chin), is a Serbian term for a congenial host, and it may be the Stillwater restaurant's most noticeable change--and that's probably a good thing. The cute, boxy dining room has a long bar, wide rows of windows, and a cozy... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$$

Dominguez Family Restaurant

3313 E. 50th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-724-8493

Dominguez Family Restaurant

There are a lot of reasons to stop into Dominguez Family Restaurant, from the bottomless chips and salsa served toasty warm to the always-quick service and friendly atmosphere. But principal on the list are the tacos. Tacos aren't a complicated thing, if done in traditional Mexican style-two... More >>

Nokomis Mexican Takeout $

Dong Yang

735 45th Ave. NE : Columbia Heights, MN 55421 : 763-571-2009

Dong Yang

If you need fire-roasted Korean salt, fresh lotus pickles, or more elaborate seaweed-based bar snacks than any of your neighbors, the market at Dong Yang should be first on your list. If you need Korean comfort foods cooked to order by a group of Korean moms and grandmas with an ocean-deep... More >>

Columbia Heights Barbecue, Korean $

Ecopolitan

2409 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-874-7336

Ecopolitan

Naked, nude, and bare as the day they were born, ladies and gents, come in and see them in all their bright and throbbing purity: They're your vegetables! Well, technically not entirely naked, since there are a few vinaigrettes and sauces made of other raw vegetables, but basically, Ecopolitan... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Breakfast, Health, Pizza, Vegetarian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $

Edina Grill

5028 France Ave. S. : Edina, MN 55424 : 952-927-7933

Edina Grill

The Edina Grill serves top-rate pan-Western diner chow: burgers, hand-cut sweet potato fries, a brilliant cheese steak, fish and chips, eggs, a caramelized banana waffle, etc. The restaurant even has all the other elements you need to make a date go well: a stylish interior, a good wine and... More >>

Edina Ice Cream Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Edina Grill

5028 France Ave. S. : Edina, MN 55410-2033 : 952-927-7933

Edina Grill
Edina American, Diner

El Burrito Cubano

4729 Lyndale Ave. N. : Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 : 612-588-7580

El Burrito Cubano

The space is tiny, but the portions are big. If your dining party is torn between bread-or-tortilla-based meals, El Burrito Cubano offers both burritos and sandwiches. The Cuban is packed with roasted pork, ham, pickles, and cheese, but if you want to eat it in the dining room, you have to exit... More >>

Brooklyn Center Cuban, Mexican $

El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez St. : St. Paul, MN 55107 : 651-227-2192

El Burrito Mercado

This humble cafeteria-style counter on one side of an indoor market has quickly become the least well-kept secret in the Twin Towns, because one taste of one of this joint's potent guisados is all it takes to get hooked. Guisados are the stewlike dishes the cafeteria offers as fillings for... More >>

West Side - St. Paul Deli, Grocery, Mexican Banquet Facilities, Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $

Emily's Lebanese Delicatessen

641 University Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-379-4069

Emily's Lebanese Delicatessen

When the triangle of spinach pie is unceremoniously plopped in front of you, you'll be forgiven for not expecting much. After all, the room is inhabited by all of ambiance's nemeses: faux-wood paneling, too-close tables, paper placemats, a big refrigerator case as the dominant piece of... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Deli, Health, Mediterranean Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Everest On Grand

1278 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-696-1666

Everest On Grand

There's a good reason Nepali food isn't as profoundly spiced as Indian food: If you had to walk down a mountainside to pick up your nutmeg, and then carry it back up again, you'd be pretty sparing too. Everest on Grand is one of America's only Nepali restaurants. If you're not familiar with the... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Evergreen Taiwanese

2424 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-871-6801

Evergreen Taiwanese

Vegetarian? Bored? Sick and tired of mock duck? Bolting awake in the middle of the night craving something, anything new--mock pork, maybe? Mock shrimp? Mock Chateaubriand? Well, we can't help you with that last one, but Evergreen Taiwanese is fascinating, novel, and serving things you won't... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Cantonese, Chinese, Taiwanese Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $

Falafel King

121 S. 8th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-339-5560

Falafel King

Potentates, emperors, sovereigns, lend us your ears. The Falafel King, Fouad Masroujh (who started cooking falafel on the streets of Jerusalem at the tender age of 13), invites your attendance at his daily bargain bazaar, which of dips, sandwiches, and many, many other boldly spiced, fresh and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Deli, Mediterranean Delivery, Takeout $

Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown

3001 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-822-9900

Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues Uptown

From the noise of the "El" train rumbling overhead to the Disneyish, chic-shack décor, there's a lot for barbecue snobs to get their panties up in a bunch about at Famous Dave's. (Don't get us started about all those feel-good business stories that make it sound like it's a civic duty to... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Barbecue Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout $, $$

Fat Lorenzo's

5600 Cedar Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-822-2040

Fat Lorenzo's

Crayon your hopes and dreams on Fat Lorenzo's butcher-paper tablecloths while you await your big, toasty, bubble-crusted pizza. Use green to sketch the friendly ambiance in one of Minneapolis's most charming neighborhood pizza parlors. Use yellow to draw the goopy cheese bread, of the... More >>

Nokomis Gelato, Italian, Pizza Catering, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

31 S. 7th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-216-3473

Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

You might not expect locavores to flock to a hotel restaurant, but chef Paul Lynch's cooking has turned the downtown Radisson into a dining destination. Fire Lake's chic, classy dining room and bar are as suitable for a business breakfast as a pre-theater date. And the menu is a crowd-pleaser... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Grill Banquet Facilities, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$, $$$

First Course

5607 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-825-6900

First Course

With reasonably priced pastas and antipasto plates to share, First Course is the kind of neighborhood restaurant you could raise a family in. Pasta dishes are well-turned-out and flavorful, and the solid little wine-and-beer list is nice to have in your corner, but perhaps the biggest draw here... More >>

Nokomis American, Tapas, Wine Bar Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

3873 Gallagher Drive : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-893-5489

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

This Virginia-based chain keeps things simple with its short, focused menu and no-frills ambiance--the ordering line is divided from the dining area by a wall of 50-pound potato sacks and big boxes of peanuts and diners are encouraged to help themselves and throw the shells on the floor. At... More >>

Edina American, Burgers $

Flame

863 Rosedale Center Plaza : Roseville, MN 55113 : 651-315-5005

Flame

Anoush Ansari and Hadi Anbar, the duo behind Atlas Grill and Mission, bring meat-heavy, flame-grilled fare to the Rosedale mall. Step u pto the host's stand and you'll think you're having a hot flash--but it's just the grill in the open kitchen and the ring of decorative torches above it. It's... More >>

Roseville American Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$

Fogo De Chao

645 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-338-1344

Fogo De Chao

How much meat can a meat eater eat when a meat eater eats and eats and eats? For the answer, report to Brazilian churrascaria Fogo de Chão. Here, you'll get all the steak, lamb, pork, and chicken you can eat, served hot from rotisserie skewers brandished by gauchos sprinting from table to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Barbecue, Brazilian, Steakhouse Wheelchair Accessible $$$, $$$$

Forepaugh's Restaurant

276 S. Exchange St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-224-5606

Forepaugh's Restaurant

This elegant Victorian mansion, long known for its classic French fare, was starting to feel a bit stuffy before it was purchased by corporate food-service guru Bruce Taher, who also owns the Wayzata and Nordeast Eateries. Chef Donald Gonzales, formerly of Chambers Kitchen, has modernized and... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American Banquet Facilities, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$$

Fork in the Road

Mears Park : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 612-354-3233

Fork in the Road

This bright orange truck"s menu mantra is "fresh and familiar." In the summertime, that means cookout and picnic fare such as Reuben brats, diner-style pulled pork, pasta salads, and sno-cones. As the weather cools, the truck offers homestyle warm-ups like hot soups and meatball sandwiches. More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Street Food $

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

2610 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-870-7855

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

An entire book could be devoted to the wonders and marvels of French Meadow. Quickly, let us say that Lynn Gordon opened this foremother of all things organic in the Twin Cities as an all-organic, yeast-free bakery in 1985. Eventually she added a café with an emphasis on counter-service... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Bakery, Breakfast, Cafe, Deli, Wine Bar Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Fuji Ya Minneapolis

600 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-871-4055

Fuji Ya Minneapolis

What's gold and fresh and red all over? The hip Fuji Ya, the latest--and sexiest--incarnation of the restaurant that introduced Japanese cuisine to Mill City. Foremost among the attractions of the roomy digs include the reliable sushi bar, the vegetarian options, the spacious, quiet dining... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Japanese, Sushi Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$, $$$

Galactic Pizza

2917 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-824-9100

Galactic Pizza

Is your idea of the future one in which Britney Spears sells denture cream to people in gated communities who lost their teeth because of genetically modified soybeans that started growing in their gums and who can't go outside because of the toxic pollution? Or is it one in which people in... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Health, Pizza, Vegetarian Catering, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $

Galaxy Drive-In

3712 Quebec Ave. S. : St. Louis Park, MN 55426 : 952-277-7777

Galaxy Drive-In

The decaying 1950s-era Wagner's Drive-In was reborn as the retro-future themed Galaxy Drive-In: a slick, Disneyfied concept with lots of teal and purple paint, neon lights, and pint-size replicas of old-fashioned planes and cars. Galaxy is the brainchild of Steve Schussler, the creative vision... More >>

St. Louis Park American $

Gandhi Mahal

3009 27th Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-729-5222

Gandhi Mahal

There are a lot of reasons to love Gandhi Mahal: the handmade, quilted tablecloths; the sitar player (on Thursdays) in the corner; the authentic, thoughtful decor; and the quietly courteous staff. But most of all it's the food. Gandhi Mahal's northern Indian cuisine hits all the right notes:... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Indian, Vegetarian Delivery, Family Style, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

Gangchen Bar and Restaurant

1833 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-872-8663

Gangchen Bar and Restaurant

It"s as if all of Eat Street converged in one restaurant: Gangchen"s menu runs the gamut from Tibetan, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cooking. Expand your understanding of fusion cuisine with the Vietnamese-style curry coconut, or stick to the traditional Tibetan momos and po cha, or butter tea.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Asian, Chinese, Pan-Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese Delivery, Takeout $

Gardens of Salonica New Greek Cafe & Deli

19 5th St. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-378-0611

Gardens of Salonica New Greek Cafe & Deli

Anna and Lazaros Christoforides's sunny restaurant with the bubbling fountain and the moist, lemon-scented air is a vivacious, herbal oasis in a cold meat-and-potatoes world. Start with a couple of kicky dips, like a zingy skordalia (mainly potatoes, lemon juice, and garlic) and tyro (feta... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Greek, Health, Mediterranean Catering, Private Party, Takeout $

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

2300 University Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-781-3860

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

Ever drank beer out of a big glass boot? Ever done a shot of snuff from a snuff catapult? Ever sung a song you didn't really know at the top of your voice, led by an accordion player in lederhosen, in a room full of your very best friends? If the answer to all these questions is no, then you... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis German Coat Check $$, $$$

Gastro Truck

11 Kellogg Blvd. E. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 763-607-6055

Gastro Truck

Chef Stephen Trojahn traded the world of fine dining (he formerly oversaw the kitchens at Cosmos and Bradstreet Craftshouse in the Graves Hotel) for the more cramped confines of Gastrotruck. The switch is good news for downtown St. Paul diners, as Trojahn treats street eats with four-star... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Local/Sustainable, Street Food $

Gather by D'Amico

1750 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-253-3410

Gather by D'Amico

For the second time in as many years, our very own D'Amico restaurant group has played David to an international cheflebrity's Goliath, and bumped another imported toque out of a Twin Cities kitchen. First, D'Amico Kitchen ousted Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Chambers Kitchen from downtown... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Local/Sustainable Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$

Gigi's Cafe

822 W. 36th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-0818

Gigi's Cafe

The best of the coffeeshops-with-benefits on the south side, Gigi's has a nice wine list, cheerful counter help, and a large dining area with lots of big wooden tables on which to spread out your architect's plans, hold a knitting seminar, or balance your baby in her car seat. Gigi's offers an... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Bakery, Cafe Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Ginger Hop

201 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-746-0304

Ginger Hop

The former home of the Times Bar & Cafe on East Hennepin was reborn as Ginger Hop, an "East-meets-Northeast" concept of Asian and American fare. The owners are the crew behind the original Thailand-in-Uptown concept Chiang Mai Thai, and they wisely capitalized on the neighborhood's notable lack... More >>

University Asian, Asian Fusion, Chinese, Pan-Asian, Thai, Vietnamese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Girvan Grille Restaurant and Bar

8700 Edinbrook Crossing : Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 : 763-315-8535

Girvan Grille Restaurant and Bar

The suburban-feeling restaurant inside the Edinburgh USA golf course's castle-like clubhouse might seem a little classy for getting all sauce-faced and sticky-handed, but Girvan's claim to fame is its "Ghost Wing," made with the restaurant's Dragon Sauce, habanero peppers, habanero Tabasco... More >>

Brooklyn Park American Takeout $$

Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille

14401 Excelsior Blvd. : Minnetonka, MN 55345 : 952-935-3600

Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille

The new Gold Nugget, which replaced the former shoebox-size dive bar beloved for its burgers, swapped character for class when it reopened in a massive new building with pretty wood booths, a faux tin ceiling, and suspended televisions. The Tavern and Grille's owners recruited a former general... More >>

Minnetonka American, Burgers $$

Good Day Cafe

5410 Wayzata Blvd. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 763-544-0205

Good Day Cafe

There's a good reason that the Good Day Café is always jam-packed-in fact, from the waffles and caramel rolls to the fried-egg sandwiches stacked with ham and avocado, there are a lot of reasons. Besides, did you think Golden Valley's country-club crowd was going to make breakfast for itself?... More >>

Golden Valley American, Breakfast, Cafe Kid Friendly, Takeout $, $$

Good To Go

200 S. 6th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-341-4600

Good To Go

The skyway to-go offshoot of Minneapolis's premier Persian restaurant, Atlas, Good to Go serves the complicated kabobs of Middle Eastern tradition, fast. You see, they make these intricate kabobs from minced meats and spices, like chicken and saffron, or lamb and fresh herb, form them around... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Mediterranean Catering, Delivery, Takeout $

Grand Szechuan

10602 France Ave. S. : Bloomington, MN 55431 : 952-888-6507

Grand Szechuan

Having formerly run the kitchens at the Plymouth Tea House and Little Szechuan in St. Paul, Grand Szechuan's chef, Luo Guanghe, started the restaurant with his son, Dan, and several other former Little Szechuan staff. Though Grand Szechuan is tucked into a Bloomington strip mall, the ambiance... More >>

Bloomington Chinese $$

Great India

6056 Shingle Creek Parkway : Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 : 763-560-8480

Great India

With a forgettable name and an out-of-the-way Brooklyn Center location, Great India enters the race handicapped. But then they rush to the head of the pack! Definitely try the murg malai kabob, chicken breast marinated in a lemon accented cream, coated with cardamom powder, fire-grilled, topped... More >>

Brooklyn Center Indian Catering, Delivery, Vegetarian Friendly $, $$

Grecco's on the Saint Croix

115 N. Washington St. : St. Croix Falls, MN 54024 : 715-483-5003

Grecco's on the Saint Croix

Chef Justin Grecco, who opened the now-shuttered Bellanotte several years ago, has his own place, Grecco's on the St. Croix, just across the river from Taylors Falls. The divvied-up space, which includes three small dining rooms, a bar, and a river-overlooking back patio, resembles a pack rat's... More >>

Wisconsin American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Harbor View Cafe

314 First St. : Pepin, WI 54759 : 715-442-3893

Harbor View Cafe

For more than 30 years, things have hardly changed at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin, Wisconsin, the town's local tavern-come-gastronomic destination. (Jordan's King Hussein, Iraqi President Talabani, and the Reverend Billy Graham have all graced the Harbor View while receiving treatment at the... More >>

Wisconsin American, Cafe $$

Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-341-9261

Hard Times Cafe

This grungy, worker-owned collective near the University campus attracts counterculture types hungry for vegetarian and vegan food 22 hours a day (it's closed between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. daily). Between the colorful walls and the guys playing chess, the place feels like a neighborhood community... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Vegetarian Takeout $

Harry Singh's Caribbean Restaurant

2653 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-729-6181

Harry Singh's Caribbean Restaurant

Sing it! "Who are the people in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neighborho-oo-od?" Sesame Street might not have had a friendly neighborhood roti dhalpouri master, but Minneapolis has, ever since 1983: He is Harry Singh and he is a character, a cook, and the undisputed and... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Caribbean Takeout $, $$

Hazel's Northeast

2859 Johnson St. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-788-4778

Hazel's Northeast

Brothers Andrew and Adam Sieve are the third-generation of a restaurant-owning family who named their first venture after their grandmother Helen, nicknamed Hazel. They've brought neighborhood-friendly dining back to the Johnson Street space vacated by the dearly departed Pop, a contemporary... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American $

Hell's Kitchen

80 S. 9th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-332-4700

Hell's Kitchen

On any given Sunday, as the faithful gather at their churches to sing, praise, and pray, another kind of worshiper lines up on the stairway to Hell. "Why people would wait two hours for brunch boggles my mind," Hell's Kitchen chef/co-owner Mitch Omer says of the lines at his restaurant. "I... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Breakfast Catering, Takeout $$

Herkimer Pub & Brewery

2922 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-821-0101

Herkimer Pub & Brewery

If you're looking to enjoy a unique local beer, The Herkimer Pub and Brewery in the heart of Uptown is a popular option. This bar and restaurant offers a wide range of home-brewed suds ranging from light ales to dark German bock beers. The Herk (as locals have dubbed it) also features an array... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Brewery Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Hickory Hut

647 University Ave. W. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-224-9464

Hickory Hut

The reasons to visit Hickory Hut are the crackling chicken wings, the long-stewed greens with ham hocks, the mac-'n'-cheese so creamy that your spork slides through it like a hot ice skate through molasses, and the barbecued beef sandwich that's as good as any. Probably you should plan on... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American, Barbecue Delivery, Takeout $

Highland Grill & Cafe

771 Cleveland Ave. S. : St. Paul, MN 55116 : 651-690-1173

Highland Grill & Cafe

A forward-looking neighborhood diner, the Highland Grill boasts fish and chips with fillets as crisp as lacquered balloons, grilled-cheese sandwiches jazzed up with chutney, a no-nonsense wine list, Summit on tap, and a legendarily welcoming attitude towards children. If that's not enough,... More >>

Highland Park American, Breakfast, Diner, Wine Bar Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Hoang Thien Y Deli

2738 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-874-9145

Hoang Thien Y Deli

While as unpretentious as a Hibbing diner, Hoàng couldn't be more exotic to someone raised on meat-and-potatoes fare. Plastic-wrapped trays of colorful Vietnamese desserts line the front counter, and handwritten menu boards proffer an imposing collection of dishes: black sticky rice with... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Vietnamese $

Hola Arepa

901 Marquette Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-217-0635

Hola Arepa

Arepas are made with cornmeal, from a dough similar to tamale masa that's been formed into a thick patty and griddled. The South American specialty is the foundation of Hola Arepa's offerings, which come topped with everything from shredded chicken and avocado to pulled pork with black beans... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Latin American, Street Food $

Holy Land Grocery & Deli

2513 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-781-2627

Holy Land Grocery & Deli

A Middle Eastern deli and supermarket that makes fast food for people who know their falafel from their fava beans, Holy Land specializes in concocting filling meals for the busy and budget-conscious. The menu is 40-plus combinations of falafel, gyros, lamb samosas, spanakopita, kebabs,... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Deli, Health, Mediterranean Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Takeout $

Hot Plate

5204 Bloomington Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-824-4794

Hot Plate

Kitschy, retro décor--there's a whole wall full of paint-by-number art--make Hot Plate feel as cozy as a cup of coffee and a big plate of pancakes. We like the ones studded with pecans, or the French Toast topped with apples and caramel. Hot Plate also serves lunch, which is a great time to try... More >>

Nokomis Breakfast, Brunch Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Ike's Food & Cocktails

50 S. Sixth St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-746-4537

Ike's Food & Cocktails

There's a lot to like about Ike's: the dark, pubby ambiance, the wax-paper-wrapped, hand-pattied burgers, the warm chocolate chip cookies that come with the check. While the tiny, retro-themed bar and grill serves bang-up brunches and blue-plate specials, it's busiest during lunch and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Isles Bun & Coffee Company

1424 W. 28th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-870-4466

Isles Bun & Coffee Company

All children should be regularly brought to this Uptown spot, for five good reasons. First, all children should see how difficult it is to flatten yeast dough into a rectangle a yard long and then roll it up like a sweet, cinnamon-filled carpet. Second, they should see how easy it is to slice... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Bakery, Breakfast, Cafe, Coffeehouse Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

It's Greek To Me

626 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-9922

It's Greek To Me

This south Minneapolis standby just keeps getting better year after year. Remember when the Greek salad was all iceberg lettuce and the dining room was a single, plain expanse? Nowadays there are murals and multiple dining rooms; grown-ups can feast on fried smelt or octopus while kids rave... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Greek, Mediterranean Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe

2034 Marshall Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-603-1458

Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe

Izzy's Ice Cream Café is a place so idyllic in a kind of old-timey, small-towny way it makes you feel like all is right in the world. Real homemade vanilla-bean ice cream flecked so densely with vanilla-bean seeds it's mottled gray. Real homemade cherries-jubilee ice cream made with big juicy... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Cafe, Ice Cream Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $

Jack's

818 W. 46th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-825-2183

Jack's

After Rustica bakery left the space it shared with Java Jack's, the coffee shop's owners decided to reboot with a family friendly café concept. The space looks mostly the same: The outsize windows are as lovely as ever, and tall-backed, olive-colored banquettes on each end of the room... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American, Coffeehouse $$

Jake O'Connor's

200 Water St. : Excelsior, MN 55331 : 952-908-9650

Jake O'Connor's

The owner of O'Donovan's Irish Pub turned a former hardware shop into a handsome public house with leather booths, stained-glass dividers, and a hand-carved wooden bar. The menu includes traditional Irish favorites such as shepherd's pie and fish 'n chips, alongside several basic steaks,... More >>

Excelsior English, Irish Banquet Facilities, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$, $$$

Jasmine 26

8 E. 26th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-870-3800

Jasmine 26

The sleek, swanky sister of Jasmine Deli, 26 looks more like it should be related to Azia, with its dark walls, contemporary lighting, and hand-carved Buddha behind the bar. The menu offerings match the elegant surrounds: Vietnamese crepes, tamarind hot pot, lemongrass ribs, and roast duck... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Vietnamese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-789-7297

Jax Cafe

The definitive Old Minnesota supper club, Jax is the A-number-one spot to wear elastic slacks, tuck in behind the white tablecloth, order a double scotch, and plot how to take over the world. Start the evening off with either a shrimp cocktail or some gummy crab cakes, and then plow right into... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Steakhouse, Wine Bar Banquet Facilities, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible $$$

Jerusalem's Restaurant

1518 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-871-8883

Jerusalem's Restaurant

Ever since camels got humps Jerusalem's has been winning local 'Best Middle Eastern Restaurant' awards--or at least, it seems that way. Why? The awkwardly charming tented room, which always feels like it's just been whipped together for a party just for you. The inexpensive, simple foods... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

John Hardy's Bar-b-q

929 Highway 52 N. : Rochester, MN 55901 : 507-288-3936

John Hardy's Bar-b-q

True pilgrims of the barbecue faith know Highway 52 well, for that four-lane thoroughfare is the path to the two John Hardy's Bar-B-Q restaurants, legendary establishments where they turn pork ribs into succulent, nearly gelatinous strips that are as opulent as any confit. Where they turn... More >>

Outstate American, Barbecue $

Kabobs Restaurant

7814 Portland Ave. S. : Bloomington, MN 55420 : 952-888-2779

Kabobs Restaurant

For those of you who insist the only way to get good Indian food in Minnesota is to get on a plane, please report to Kabobs to have all your illusions shattered. Why? For one, Kabobs actually specializes in something--the food is mostly Hyderabadi, with some northern Indian and Pakistani thrown... More >>

Bloomington Indian, Middle Eastern $

Khyber Pass Cafe

1571 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-690-0505

Khyber Pass Cafe

Right across from Macalester College, Khyber Pass serves Afghan home cooking in classic college-town style--that is, in large portions, with plenty of vegetarian options, in a room that's fancy enough to take your visiting parents to, but not so expensive that you couldn't pick up the check... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Fusion Delivery, Takeout $

Kiev Foods

2509 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55116 : 651-690-5655

Kiev Foods

Only real insiders know that the best salami sandwich in town is to be had at this little delicatessen and grocery import shop--and you can choose from more than a dozen varieties. They also sell hard-to-find smoked sturgeon and sable, as well as sour Lithuanian rye bread, house-made frozen... More >>

Highland Park Deli, Middle Eastern Takeout $

Kincaid's

8400 Normandale Lake Blvd. : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-921-2255

Kincaid's

Perennial winners of awards from other publications, Kincaid's is a fish-and-chops chain restaurant of utterly mystifying popularity, famed for their rich crab cakes, crisply glazed salmon, and prime rib. The food is good, but the restaurant in its entirety is perhaps more interesting as an... More >>

Edina Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar $$$, $$$$

Kindee Thai Restaurant

719 S. Second St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-465-8303

Kindee Thai Restaurant

Mod, artsy dining room provides a Thai-food option for Guthrie patrons and visitors to Mill City's museum and farmers' market. The short menu hits all the standards--pad Thai, spring rolls, and curries--but their impact is more likely to merely satisfy than awe. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Thai $$

King's Fine Korean Cuisine

1051 E. Moore Lake Road : Fridley, MN 55432 : 763-571-7256

King's Fine Korean Cuisine

Just east of Central Avenue North and just north of I-694, King's is a Korean-karaoke spot with some of the best spicy comfort foods around. The room can get pretty loud sometimes, as Korean moms sing their hearts out in front of karaoke monitors full of cherry blossoms. Still, King's--with its... More >>

Fridley Korean $

Kopplin's Coffee

2038 Marshall Ave. : St Paul, MN 55104 : 651-698-0457

Kopplin's Coffee

Andrew Kopplin thinks most coffee is crud, which is exactly why you should drink his. The veteran barista/shop owner sources his beans selectively and brews them by the cup in a fancy new machine called the Clover. (It gives coffee geeks precise control over water temperature and brew time, and... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Coffeehouse $

Kramarczuks

215 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-3018

Kramarczuks

Family legend has it that in the waning days of WW II, Anna and Wasyl Kramarczuk fled their Ukrainian village and threaded their way through the front lines to Austria, where sausage-making was a valued art. Half a century later, Orest Kramarczuk still sells sausages made according to his... More >>

University Deli, Polish Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

La Grolla

452 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-221-1061

La Grolla

Warm, welcoming, and garlic-scented. If there were an encyclopedia of restaurants, La Grolla would be the one pictured under the heading "ideal upscale neighborhood Italian." Servers are cheery, confident, and a joy to work with. Ribeyes in Roquefort sauce are tender, caramelized, rich, and, in... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Health, Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

La Loma Restaurant

1515 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-728-5430

La Loma Restaurant

The best tamales in Minneapolis are right behind a plain glass door on the very corner of East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South in Mercado Central. Weekdays, try a chicken-green-chile tamale, a tube of lush, quivering corn meal batter with a heart of brisk tomatillos and stringent... More >>

Powderhorn Deli, Mexican Takeout $

The Lake House

8241 N. Shore Trail : Forest Lake, MN 55025 : 651-464-3111

The Lake House

The Lake House offers plenty of window side tables-and boat-up takeout, natch-bringing an up north atmosphere to the suburbs. The fare is typical clubhouse bar fare (sandwiches, chicken wings, pizzas etc.) with a few fancier entrees. The best way to finish a meal is the signature Lake House... More >>

Outstate American $$

Las Teresitas Mexican Restaurant

5748 34th Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-727-1791

Las Teresitas Mexican Restaurant

Las Teresitas marks the return of Gaspar Perez, founder of the Taco Morelos restaurants. This time, his restaurant is extremely casual and Perez is keeping his staff small and family-oriented-his cousin cooks and his wife waits tables. It offers fresh ingredients and scratch cooking at... More >>

Nokomis Mexican $

Latuff's Pizzeria

10820 Highway 55 : Plymouth, MN 55441 : 763-545-2914

This old-school, no-nonsense pizzeria has been doing business since 1971, and it offers a traditional, crispy crust topped with a slightly greasy and extremely tasty layer of cheese and marinara. No gimmicky names or fancy toppings here (unless you count sauerkraut)-just a really classic pizza... More >>

Plymouth Italian, Pizza $

Lee's & Dee's Barbeque Express

161 N. Victoria St. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-225-9454

Lee's & Dee's Barbeque Express

Look behind the plate-glass window of this little storefront and you'll find the home of the Cities' best catfish--miraculously grease-free fillets as crisp as potato chips and just as devourable. Off-the-menu greens are a smoky delight (when they're available) and the pulled-pork sandwich is a... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American, Barbecue Takeout $

The Liffey

175 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-556-1420

The Liffey

With an all-day happy hour and the best Guinness pour in town, the Liffey is a new St. Paul bar with old-world Irish heart. Fans of woodworking should drop by to check out the hand-carved teak everything made by artisans back in County Wexford; fans of Emerald isle comfort foods should stop by... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Breakfast, Brewery, English, Irish Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Little Szechuan

422 University Ave. W. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-222-1333

Little Szechuan

The numbing, the burning, the bliss! St. Paul's Asian-restaurant superstar Little Szechuan improbably unites high style, including Milan-modern fixtures and a decent wine list, with profound Chengdu-style cooking authenticity. The must-order dishes on the authentic black Szechuan menu are... More >>

Como Chinese Delivery, Takeout $, $$

The Local

931 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-904-1000

The Local

How much wood would a wood-carver carve if a wood-carver would have free rein to fill up an enormous space with bars and sculptures and snugs and whatnot? Answer: A lot of wood. A lot. This much wood makes you crave an Irish whiskey and a pint of Harp, which are exactly what the Local seems to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Breakfast, Brewery, English, Irish Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Lola's Lakehouse

318 E. Lake St. : Waconia, MN 55387 : 952-442-4954

Lola's Lakehouse

Waconia's verdant lawns, weathered red barns, and split-rail fences create a picturesque backdrop for Lola's, whose lakeside digs look like they belong on Cape Cod. One of Lola's owners, Dermot Cowley, has now expanded his Irish empire (he runs Jake O'Connor's in Excelsior and O'Donovan's in... More >>

Outstate American, Seafood Kid Friendly $$, $$$

Longfellow Grill

2990 W. River Parkway : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-721-2711

Longfellow Grill

Another urban diner from the Blue Plate Group (Edina Grill, Highland Grill, Three Squares Groveland Tap), Longfellow serves up such crowd-pleasers as banana waffles, turkey burgers, and tempura-battered green beans. For a night with the kids, they have mac 'n cheese and Mickey Mouse-shaped... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Breakfast, Diner Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Loring Kitchen & Bar

1359 Willow St. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-843-0400

Loring Kitchen & Bar

Loring Kitchen, a pretty, glassy space in the first floor of the Eitel Building City Apartments next to Loring Park, isn't a destination restaurant, but one that appeals to its neighbors as a place to host group meet-ups, spontaneous stop-bys, and after-work drinks that might roll into dinner... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American $$

Loring Pasta Bar

327 14th Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-4849

Loring Pasta Bar

Like a movie set, like a stage set, like a fantasy with tapestry costumes and professional lighting, the Loring Pasta Bar is inarguably one of the prettiest restaurants in the history of Twin Cities dining. Two rooms: one a long grotto of a bar made of undulating, Gaudi-like writhing snakes of... More >>

University American, Health Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Los Andes Restaurante

317 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-1700

Los Andes Restaurante

Los Andes brings Colombian and Ecuadorian fare just east of Uptown. The décor is barebones except for several Univision-projecting televisions, but the food is budget priced. Find all the usual ceviches, empanadas, and fruit smoothies, plus ultra-authentic peanut-tripe stew, goat meat, and... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Latin American, Spanish $

The Lowbrow

4244 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-208-0720

The Lowbrow

Forget what you envisioned when you heard the restaurant's name--meatloaf and tater tots, sloppy Joes and Hot Pockets--the real-life Lowbrow sells...quinoa and pinto beans? The restaurant's owners, Heather Bray and Jodi Ayers, aren't interpreting the term quite so literally, and they're... More >>

Kingfield American $

The Lowry Cafe

3117 Penn Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55411 : 612-284-8907

The Lowry, at the refurbished corner of Lowry and Penn Avenues in North Minneapolis, brings the neighborhood classic American breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The morning menu covers the basics of omelets, eggs Benedict, and biscuits and gravy, but it also includes crepe-like Swedish pancakes.... More >>

North Minneapolis American $

Luci Ancora

2060 Randolph Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-698-6889

Luci Ancora

Sister restaurant to St. Paul's quaint, beloved Ristorante Luci, Ancora serves the same great Italian fare in a large dining room overlooking the picturesque St. Kate's campus. The hand-made pastas are just as delicious on both sides of the street, so deciding between Ristorante and Ancora is... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Italian $$, $$$

Lyndale Tap House

2937 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-6150

Lyndale Tap House

For all the diversity Uptown accommodates, the neighborhood notably underserves the sports buff: no bona fide sports bar exuding jock-strap-snapping machismo. Perhaps Lyndale Tap House, in the former jP space at Lyn-Lake, will fill the void, with its lengthy beer list, meat-heavy menu,... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Gastro Pub Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Mac's Fish & Chips

1330 Larpenteur Ave. W. : Roseville, MN 55113 : 651-489-5299

Mac's Fish & Chips

The draw here is haddock fillets so crisp you could bounce a quarter off them--big, golden, pillowy chunks of fish that keep people running through the door, pacing the threadbare carpet, spending precious moments of their lives in what is undeniably a roadside shack. More >>

Roseville American, Seafood Takeout $

Mai Village

394 W. University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-290-2585

Mai Village

The first million-dollar Vietnamese restaurant in Minnesota is a cultural event no matter how you cut it. So when you cross over the hand-carved wooden bridge at the entrance of Mai Village, and cross over the waterfall and koi pond, please feel free to let out a whistle of appreciation. It's... More >>

Como Vietnamese Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $

Mancini's Char House

531 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-224-7345

Mancini's Char House

You know that Monty Python skit that culminates in the cast singing, "Spam, spam, spam, spam"? Spend a few hours at Mancini's, and you might conjure visions of John Cleese marching through the endless dining rooms chanting, "Steak, steak, steak, steak." That steak is sirloin, filet, or New York... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Steakhouse Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Mandarin Kitchen

8766 Lyndale Ave. S. : Bloomington, MN 55420 : 952-884-5356

Mandarin Kitchen

The most hotly sought-after restaurant seats between Minneapolis and Texas have got to be the seats at Mandarin Kitchen's riotously popular weekend dim-sum brunch. Folks have been known to wait for an hour in the blowing snow for a chance to sup on the most delicate dumplings in the state. At... More >>

Bloomington Chinese, Dim Sum $

Manny's Steakhouse

825 Marquette Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-339-9900

Manny's Steakhouse

Age has many benefits. It makes steaks deep and wine-scented, and wines rich and complicated. In people, it brings out the ability to recognize the value of those aged steaks and fine wines--and, if they're lucky, the ducats to pay for it all. And in a steak house, age confers prestige and a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Steakhouse, Wine Bar Business Dining, Private Party $$$$

Manny's Tortas

1515 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-728-5408

Manny's Tortas

Tortas mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But at Manny's they mean crisp French bread, hot and sweet chipotle mayo, and fillings, ranging from the massive Manny's Special (which starts with steak, ham, and Swiss cheese, adds piles of sautéed vegetables, and builds dizzyingly from there)... More >>

Powderhorn Mexican Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Margaux's Table

4746 Washington Square : White Bear Lake, MN 55110 : 651-387-7903

Chef Margaret Doran's tiny, lunch-service-only Margaux's Table, has just three components: an open kitchen, a communal farmer's table, and Doran, who takes the orders, cooks the food, and washes the dishes. (One of her friends jokes that she should have called the place "Just Me.") Margaux's... More >>

White Bear Lake Organic $

Maria's Cafe

1113 E. Franklin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-870-9842

Maria's Cafe

Consider yourself a connoisseur of all things flapjack? Well buddy, you haven't lived unless you've had one of Maria's famed corn pancakes, plate-sized, finger-thick fellows as brown as wrens, as plump as puddings. No wonder people make the counterintuitive pilgrimage from Wayzata to Phillips... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Breakfast, Fusion Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Marine General Store

101 Judd St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-2445

Marine General Store

The 1870 Marine General Store sells grocery items, drain plugs, linden-scented hand lotion, refrigerated nightcrawlers, and tickets to the local sixth-grade play. The bakery and deli in the back of the store prepares a variety of scratch-made sandwiches, salads, and, if you're lucky,... More >>

Outstate Bakery, Deli $

Marine Landing, B.O.T.M.

10 Elm St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-4577

Marine Landing, B.O.T.M.

Better not to rely on the Force to find Marine Landing. If you plan to arrive by land, start at downtown Marine on St. Croix and follow these directions: Head down Oak Street, make a left on Second, then a right on Elm. Park next to the dry-docked pontoons adjacent to the garage and walk down... More >>

Outstate American, Breakfast Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Market Bar-b-que

1414 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-872-1111

Market Bar-b-que

Once upon a time, Minneapolis had a thriving vaudeville scene, and a big farmers' market on the edge of downtown where farmers would come and sell their wares, including their meat and poultry. Market Bar-b-que was the logical product of this confluence, smoking up farm products for... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Barbecue Catering, Family Style, Order Online, Takeout $, $$

Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

3761 Bloomington Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-724-3088

Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

Visitors shouldn't let Marla's no-frills decor or (charmingly) informal service throw them for a loop. For one thing, the doubles are too good to miss. These tidbits are the island interpretation of the soft bread and curried tomato-chickpea dish known in Indian restaurants as chole puri. Ask... More >>

Powderhorn Caribbean Takeout $

Marx Fusion Bistro

241 S. Main St. S. : Stillwater, MN 55082 : 651-439-8333

Marx Fusion Bistro

Marx Wine Bar & Grill is a jewel-bright cheapie of a can-do, super-friendly bistro in the middle of Stillwater's main drag. Chef and owner Mark Hansen does a great job with aggressively flavored twists on Italian-American classics: He makes his own pasta, mozzarella, and one of the simplest and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Pizza, Wine Bar $$

Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-722-7072

Matt's Bar

Jucy Lucys (in case you're mailing this to an out-of-town friend--yes, that's how it's spelled) are south Minneapolis's contribution to world cuisine, made by crimping two beef patties together around a hunk of cheese and grilling until the cheese inside reaches molten temperatures. Served on a... More >>

Powderhorn American Takeout $

Maverick's

1746 N. Lexington Ave. : Roseville, MN 55113 : 651-488-1788

Maverick's

Can a roast beef sandwich be so good it's good plain--no sauce, no ketchup, no tangerine-colored cheese-goo? Yes, yes it can. Here at Maverick's, they do the most basic thing imaginable: You walk in, you decide if you want roast beef or brisket (like pot roast with no vegetables), you tell... More >>

Roseville American Takeout $

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

800 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-338-3300

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

The best downtown happy-hour food is to be found in the bar here from 4:00 to 6:30 in the afternoon Mondays through Sundays, and late night from 9:00 to 10:00 Mondays through Thursday or Saturday to Sunday 10:00-11:00, for that's when you'll get an affordable and luscious pan of mussels or a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood Banquet Facilities, Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$$

Merlins Rest

3601 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-216-2419

Merlins Rest

Dark and convivial, with servers and patrons obsessed with good conversation and great Scotch, Merlin's Rest is an eerily authentic pub considering its East Lake Street location. Hearty dishes such as fish 'n' chips and a version of cottage pie are stick-to-the-ribs tasty, and the menu boasts... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Brewery, English, Irish Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Mickey's Diner

36 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-5633

Mickey's Diner

As Midwesterners, we have--or should have--certain inalienable rights, primary among them the right to have real ice-cream malts and eggs grilled in butter 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Mickey's is just about the last place in town to recognize those constitutional... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Breakfast, Diner Takeout $

Midori's Floating World Cafe

2629 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-721-3011

Midori's Floating World Cafe

A sweet, tiny, glowing south Minneapolis noodle shop with a Hawaiian accent, Midori's is a peaceful haven in a hectic world. Perfect for a quiet conversation over chewy udon noodles and fresh Japanese salads, Midori's stands out among local Japanese restaurants because of its generous portions... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Japanese, Sushi Delivery, Takeout $, $$

Mill Valley Kitchen

3906 Excelsior Blvd. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 952-358-2000

Mill Valley Kitchen

Mill Valley Kitchen brings California cuisine to Minnesota, being the first local eatery to print the nutritional information for each dish right on the menu. Tucked into the ground floor of the Elipse apartment building, the space has a chic, urban feel, and a hopping weekend bar scene rather... More >>

St. Louis Park American, Health, Local/Sustainable Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $, $$

Mission American Kitchen & Bar

77 S. 7th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-339-1000

Mission American Kitchen & Bar

Mission American Kitchen occupies the old Aquavit space in the IDS Center, and it's a very likable, plain American restaurant that, if you can imagine such a thing, sort of splits the difference between a businessman's expense-account destination, a 1960s cocktail party, a soul-food shack, and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Diner, Hot Chicken, Seafood, Soul Food, Wine Bar Business Dining, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$, $$$

Modern Times Cafe

3200 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-886-3882

Modern Times Cafe

Modern Times turned an iconic building into a breakfast and lunch cafe that's a literal bright spot-it's painted fluorescent green-along the historically rough-and-tumble Chicago corridor. The owners did much of the renovation work themselves, with the help of friends, and the space embraces an... More >>

Powderhorn American, Coffeehouse, Health $

Moose & Sadie's Coffeehouse

212 3rd Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-371-0464

Moose & Sadie's Coffeehouse

When Susan Muskat, formerly of Birchwood Café fame, joined Moose & Sadie's, she got rid of the tired old brought-in food the place once relied on and debuted a whole new menu of cooked-to-order breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, pies, scones, and pastas--in short, the works. Today Moose & Sadie's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Breakfast, Cafe, Coffeehouse Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Mort's Delicatessen

525 Winnetka Ave. N. : Golden Valley, MN 55427 : 763-544-2900

Mort's Delicatessen

Fans of traditional East Coast Jewish delis will find Mort's to be a haven of matzoh ball soup, generally soulful interpretations of traditional meats (pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver), and cheesecake flown in from New York's famous Carnegie Deli. Big portions, a pleasantly airy dining... More >>

Golden Valley Deli $$

Moscow On the Hill Restaurant

371 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-291-1236

Moscow On the Hill Restaurant

A real Russian celebratory meal is easily a seven-hour affair, full of hearty drinking, heavy dining, singing, dancing, and extreme revelry of every sort; in a restaurant, it's typical for one party to remain at a table from evening's open to late night's close. If you've got the time, the... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Russian Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$, $$$

Moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-821-6262

Moto-i

The first sake brewpub outside of Japan is in...Minneapolis? You betcha. The sleek, dark, Lyn-Lake watering hole, modeled after an izakaya, or gastropub, has deep, cozy booths and Japanese soap operas playing on the TVs. Blake Richardson, owner of the Herkimer, applied his beer-making... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Japanese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

The Muddy Pig

162 N. Dale St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-254-1030

The Muddy Pig

The Muddy Pig is one of those bars where banners advertise not cheap domestic pitchers but fine Belgian ales like Duvel, where the flat-screen TVs are visible but not the center of attention, and where the windows are big enough to remind you what neighborhood you're in. The Muddy Pig's beer... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

2933 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-872-2232

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

For years, Muddy Waters was one of Minneapolis's best-loved coffee shops, anchored to the corner of 24th and Lyndale by its iconic neon sign, or a coffee cup buoyantly floating, handle up, amidst a choppy java sea. Now it’s moved down the street, expanded into larger digs, and turned into a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party $$

Muffuletta's In The Park

2260 Como Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55108 : 651-644-9116

Muffuletta's In The Park

Sunshiney Muffuletta, one of St. Paul's most beloved, tried-and-true old restaurants has been infused with new energy. The Muffuletta favorites are still here, including one of the city's best brunches and the world's definitive beer cheese soup, but the addition of a real chef to the... More >>

Como American, Breakfast Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

NalaPak Indian Restaurant

4920 Central Ave. NE : Columbia Heights, MN 55421 : 763-574-1113

NalaPak Indian Restaurant

"This is insane," one woman said to another as she heaped a scoop of curry onto a second plate at the Nalapak buffet. The former home of Udupi has a new name and new owners, but serves similarly delicious vegetarian Indian food. The weekday buffet is the most effective way to experience... More >>

Columbia Heights Indian

Namaste Cafe

2512 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-827-2496

Namaste Cafe

Located in a converted Hennepin Avenue house, Namaste has an ambiance that's both cozier and more elegant than most south Asian eateries. Its sunny walls and sparkling hardwood floors make it an inviting spot to linger over a glass of wine or pot of chai. The restaurant trades in Nepalese... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Indian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Nami

251 1st Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-333-1999

Nami

It seems counterintuitive to have a family-run restaurant with all the chic trappings of urban cool, yet here it is. Nami opened in 2002 in an elegantly renovated warehouse with a Japanese sushi chef lured from Los Angeles, a thumping sound system, and an enormous bar full of beautiful people.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Japanese, Sushi $$, $$$

Napa Valley Grille

220 W. Market : Bloomington, MN 55425 : 952-858-9934

Napa Valley Grille

The Napa Valley Grille has always been the best restaurant in the Mall of America. For that matter, it's been the best restaurant in the world of the airport, Bloomington, Eagan, and so forth, but even given that unshakeable designation, it has waxed and waned in excellence over the years. That... More >>

Bloomington American, Wine Bar $$$, $$$$

Natedogs

408 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 888-506-6075

Nate Beck"s Nate Dogs, applies an artisan approach to the humble hot dog cart. To pick just the right dog, Beck visited every craft butcher around the metro and collected a cooler full of samples. After taste testing, he chose an all-pork, skin-on, uncured wiener (and wiener-sized bratwurst)... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Hot Dogs, Street Food $

Naviya's Thai Brasserie

2812 W. 43rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-276-5062

Naviya's Thai Brasserie

Naviya's Brasserie is the fourth Minnesota restaurant of Naviya La Barge and her husband, Kim, and it's tailor made for its Linden Hills locale. The prices are higher than most mom & pop Thai eateries, but in return, there are naturally raised meats, wine and beer lists, and a chic dining room... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Thai Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$

New Scenic Cafe

5461 N. Shore Drive : Duluth, MN 55804 : 218-525-6274

New Scenic Cafe

The New Scenic Café has long been the North Shore's number one dining destination. The space is casual as a family cabin, but the food is first-rate gourmet, and uses lots of seasonal ingredients, from its asparagus flan to its blackberry cream cheese tart. If the Lake Superior herring fish... More >>

Outstate Cafe $

Ngon Bistro

799 University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-222-3301

Ngon Bistro

Elegant as lace curtains, Ngon Bistro is a Frogtown Vietnamese restaurant for the next generation: Consider the lace curtains, pretty acres of which blanket the sunny front windows--those are just not the kind of grace note you commonly find in Frogtown. Neither are the glass-bedecked wall... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Vietnamese Business Dining, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout $, $$

Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant

40 Power St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-331-1800

Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant

Who'd have thunk that this 19th-century factory would one day host the most Martha Stewart-perfect, romantic, firelit, and flower-filled restaurant in town? The weekend brunches are the stuff of legend--five courses plus champagne. Still, it might be argued that the restaurant shines brightest... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Breakfast, Wine Bar Fireplace, Private Party

Nonna Rosa's

4168 W. Broadway Ave. : Robbinsdale, MN 55422 : 763-537-3700

Nonna Rosa's

Nona Rosa's brings authentic, homey Italian fare to downtown Robbinsdale. The dinner menu offers such classics as fritto misto, veal saltimbocca, cioppino, along with a dozen pastas. (The lunchtime pasta bar offers a build-your own option with noodles, toppings, and sauces, for a quick,... More >>

Robbinsdale Italian $

Northeast Social

359 13th Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-877-8111

Northeast Social

Northeast Social is steeped in the traditions of the neighborhood surrounding the Grain Belt Brewery, where Minneapolis's working class gathered in the churches and bars situated on practically every corner. The clubby space, with its original pressed tin ceiling, exposed brick walls, and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Gastro Pub Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Nosh Restaurant & Bar

310 1/2 S. Washington St. : Lake City, MN 55041 : 651-345-2425

Nosh Restaurant & Bar

Nosh's kitchen is the only one in the area elegant enough to send out amuse bouches, but the restaurant's flexible, snack-friendly menu ensures that fine fare doesn't have to be intense or expensive.Greg Jaworski's cooking is seasonally driven, and the menu changes daily based on what he's... More >>

Outstate American, Mediterranean $$

Nye's Polonaise Room

112 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-2021

Nye's Polonaise Room

If Captain Kirk had come to Earth in Nordeast Minneapolis circa 1968 and had wanted to seduce a Polish princess, this is where he would have come. He would have escorted the lucky lass to a sparkly gold booth and impressed her with a dinner that ran the gamut from a chalice of shrimp cocktail... More >>

University American, Polish, Steakhouse Coat Check, Private Party $$, $$$

Olive's

11 Judd St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-538-2124

Olive's dining room has high ceilings and plenty of windows to let the outside in, but there's also a spacious deck attached to the side of the building. The back of the shop is the coziest spot, where diners can watch the artisan pies cooking in a wood-fired brick oven imported from Italy.... More >>

Outstate Pizza Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

On's Thai Kitchen

1613 University Ave. W. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-644-1444

On's Thai Kitchen

On's Thai Kitchen offers authentic, home-style cooking that reaches to the far corners of this favorite southeast Asian cuisine. Plump spring rolls, sweet pad Thai, and complex curries are all excellent, but the best rewards are found in dishes less often found at local restaurants. The Nam... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Thai $

Pairings Food & Wine Market

6001 Shady Oak Road : Hopkins, MN 55343 : 952-426-0522

Pairings Food & Wine Market

Forget Krispy Kreme and Sonic: The next hot fast-food franchise is going to look like Pairings, the all-in-one deli, café, and wine shop in a Minnetonka shopping strip just off Highway 62 and Shady Oak Road. The owners don't call Pairings a restaurant but a "total meal concept," drawing... More >>

Hopkins American $

Pandolfi

3904 W. 50th St. : Edina, MN 55424 : 952-928-3000

Pandolfi is a sweet little shop offering 24 flavors of the Oprah-endorsed Palazzolo"s gelato tucked into the back side of the storefronts at 50th and France and it"s definitely worth navigating Edina"s back alleys. The mascarpone/caramel/pistachio blend is a good place to get started. For... More >>

Edina Gelato $

Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

6010 Lyndale Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-861-9277

Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

Magnifique, fantastique, merveilleux-- prime yourself with French superlatives before you hit this wonderland of a French bakery. The chef is Patrick Bernet, an Alsace native with a dazzling résumé: pastry chef at the Hotel Sofitel, pastry instructor at the Paris Cordon Bleu, and so much more.... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Bakery, Breakfast, Cafe, Deli, French Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

360 St. Peter St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-223-7000

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

Glamour and color bloom in the jewel-colored murals and extravagant floral arrangements in one of downtown St. Paul's white-tablecloth destination restaurants. Also flowering are portions of such things as grilled calamari, house-made mozzarella, fresh gnocchi with four imported cheeses, or... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Health, Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Wine Bar Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Peninsula

2608 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-871-8282

Peninsula

Are you missing your hot, tropical nights among the famous food hawker stands of Kuala Lumpur? Well pine no more, for Minneapolis now has Peninsula, a vast, spic-and-span restaurant that offers an array of authentic Malaysian dishes, foods that spring from that melting of Indian, Chinese, and... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Chinese, Indian, Malaysian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Peoples Organic Coffee

3545 Galleria : Edina, MN 55435 : 888-588-5282

Peoples Organic Coffee

Lynn Gordon, founder of the French Meadow Bakery & Cafe and an early adopter of sustainable eating, recently expanded into the organic, fair-trade coffee business. And after collaborating with European Roasterie to create the People's Organic Coffee brand, she opened a café and wine bar of the... More >>

Edina American Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $

Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill

4820 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-822-2104

Pepitos Tex-Mex Bar & Grill

This longtime, family-run Mexican restaurant has been a favorite for its casual, bring-the-softball-team atmosphere, home-style cooking, and lengthy margarita list. Now that the owners bought the adjacent Parkway Theatre, food and beverages from Pepito's may be ordered takeout and brought into... More >>

Nokomis Tex-Mex Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Pescara

150 S. Broadway Ave. : Rochester, MN 55904 : 507-280-6900

Pescara

The renovated DoubleTree Hotel includes a surprisingly ambitious seafood restaurant called Pescara. The space is clean and modern, and while the breakfast buffet seems like any generic spread set that weary travelers resign themselves to, the lunch and dinner offerings are unparalleled in... More >>

Outstate Seafood $

Pho Tau Bay

2837 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-874-6030

Pho Tau Bay

Some like it because of all that parking and the fact that you can always get a table while suckers wait in lines at Quang; others just like it because it's got the best pho west of the river. Whatever your position, there's no arguing that Pho Tau Bay is as authentic as it gets. Rice paper... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Vietnamese Takeout $

A Piece Of Cake

485 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-846-0016

A Piece Of Cake

Do you know someone whose favorite word is cute, someone who likes ribbons, bows, sparkles, kittens, ponies, tiaras, and ballerinas? If so, run, don't walk, to A Piece of Cake, the most whimsical of all Twin Cities bakeries, and buy that certain someone something that will make her twirl around... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Bakery, Cafe Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $

Pinstripes

3849 Gallagher Dr. : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-835-6440

Pinstripes

Edina's answer to the Bryant-Lake Bowl, this massive, multi-story dining and entertainment concept mixes food and fun. Think of it as Chuck E. Cheese's for yuppies--with a full bar! The fare consists of Italian-American bistro fare, heavy on the flatbreads and pastas, and games include bowling... More >>

Edina American, Italian Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Pizza Lucé Downtown

119 4th St. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-333-7359

Pizza Lucé Downtown

What makes a city cosmopolitan? Ever-ready midnight-or late-breakfast-pizza slices with artichokes next to a good beer is as good a definition as any, so hallelujah for these beloved Minneapolis gems. It's just icing on the cake that at the Lucés beer is served as often as not by someone who... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Breakfast, Italian, Pizza Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Porter & Frye

1115 2nd Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-353-3500

Porter & Frye

Located in the ultra-swank Ivy Hotel near the Minneapolis convention center, Porter & Frye feels as luxurious as a caviar facial, yet as grounded as its surroundings (it's tucked into the historic Ivy Tower, a tiny-castle-like 1930s landmark). There's a hip bar and dining area on the first... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Diner, Fine Dining, Seafood $$$, $$$$

Potter's Pasties

221 E. 5th St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 612-819-3107

Potter's Pasties

A bona-fide Brit-she has the accent to prove it-brings Potter's Pasties & Pies to downtown St. Paul. Fiona Duncan met her husband, Alec, a Minnesota native who started his cooking career at 128 Café, when the two were teaching in Peru, and the two world travelers decided to bring their version... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) British, Street Food $

Prima

5325 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-827-7376

Prima

Prima wants you to know that they don't just serve pasta anymore. Oh, no. This upscale neighborhood Italian place serves lots of other things: crispy crab cakes, grilled Atlantic salmon, Key lime pie, all sorts of things. They've also upgraded their pastas; several are fresh. Some might argue... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Italian Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

1900 Marshall St. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-788-9069

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

A tiki bar and pizza joint with style to burn, Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge puts the va-va-voom back into neighborhood drinking. Its new location, in the former home of Gabby's, has expanded the size of Northeast's most popular watering hole an enormous riverfront patio and three second-floor... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Pizza Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Pumphouse Creamery

4754 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-825-2021

Pumphouse Creamery

What's a classic farm treat from a classic farm kid doing in the middle of the city? Pleasing city slickers with rich, gooey ice-cream mainly. See, Pumphouse creamery is the labor of love of Barb Zapzalka, who grew up as one of ten kids on a Little Falls, Minnesota farm, and decided, after a... More >>

Powderhorn Ice Cream Takeout $

Pure Market Express

500 Chestnut St. : Chaska, MN 55318 : 952-452-4865

Pure Market Express

Are raw food diets--those that include only uncooked foods heated to a temperature of less than 100 or so degrees Fahrenheit--just a fad or a path to healthful eating you'd like to follow? Find out for yourself at Pure Market Express, a prepared-meal service in Chaska (the shop is a small,... More >>

Chaska Health, Vegetarian $

Q Fanatic

180 Miller Road : Champlin, MN 55316 : 763-323-6550

Q Fanatic

The Tennessee-style spice rub that goes onto the meat at Q Fanatic is at least half the reason that the entrees don't need sauce. The other half is how perfectly cooked they are: not tough, not gelatinous, not chewy, but delicate to the tooth, moist, and full of flavor. When you're eating the... More >>

Champlin Barbecue $

Qoraxlow

1821 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-822-4480

Stepping across the threshold of Qoraxlow (it means "handsome" or "beautiful") is more like traveling to another country than strolling into a Minneapolis eatery. Large illustrations of the Koran decorate the wall. One of the three main rooms is dominated by a maroon-and-gold brocade couch, and... More >>

Powderhorn Middle Eastern $

Quang Restaurant

2719 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-870-4739

Quang Restaurant

Quang owner, chef, and mastermind Mrs. Truong has done more to introduce real Vietnamese cooking to Twin Citizens than anyone in town. When she opened her deli in a closet of a Nicollet Avenue space in 1989, she dazzled those willing to venture with big bowls of soup or bun (pronounced "boon")... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Vietnamese Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar

2739 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-870-7084

Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar

Rainbow reigns and Rainbow rules because Rainbow has realized what every restaurant really relishes--simultaneous critical acclaim and popular success. Chinese-food connoisseurs come for the string beans with preserved cabbage and the squid with pickled mustard greens, while the hoi polloi... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Chinese Family Style, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $, $$

Raku Resaurant

3939 W. 50th St. : Edina, MN 55424 : 952-358-2588

Raku Resaurant

The most surprising thing about Raku is that it didn't arrive sooner. How is it that 50th and France, a commercial node noted for its trendy, thick-walleted shoppers, didn't have a sushi bar already? The restaurant is tucked between the movie theater and the Lunds parking lot, with booths along... More >>

Edina Japanese $$

Red Stag Supper Club

509 1st Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-767-7766

Red Stag Supper Club

This latest venture from Kim Bartmann, proprietor of Barbette and the Bryant-Lake Bowl, is Minnesota's first LEED-certified restaurant. Fortunately, this information isn't pushed on diners: A supper club should be fun, not educational. And that convivial, old-school supper-club aura has not... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Brunch, Small Plates Banquet Facilities, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly $$, $$$

Red's Savoy Pizza

421 E. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-227-1437

Red's Savoy Pizza

An old St. Paul family pizza joint and bar where the emphasis is on real family. Kids frolic in one room, slapping their cheese-splattered hands on the aquarium, while in the room with the bar an embittered wife carries in two garbage bags of her husband's possessions, depositing them beside... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Italian, Pizza Takeout $

Red's Savoy Pizza

2329 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-377-3110

Red's Savoy Pizza

The former Golooney's East Coast Pizza Cafe has been replaced by a franchise of St. Paul's Red's Savoy. The shop has cleaned up a bit, but the late-night hours, punky staff, and hard rock on the stereo remains. The ovens now turn out Minnesota-style, super-cheesy pies cut into squares, with a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Pizza Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Republic at Seven Corners

221 Cedar Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55454 : 612-338-6146

Republic at Seven Corners

When local restaurateur Matty O'Reilly, owner of the 318 and Aster Cafés, took over Preston's Urban Pub (formerly the decades-old Sergeant Preston's) on Seven Corners and replaced it with a concept called Republic, the news rankled some of the college bar's loyal clientele. But O'Reilly didn't... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Local/Sustainable Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Restaurant Max

215 Fourth St. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-340-0303

Restaurant Max

Located in the Minneapolis Hotel in the hundred-year-old Midland building, Restaurant Max has contemporary, ruby-hued furnishings that make the space feel more welcoming, particularly the roomy striped booths, which are wide enough to seat six. The restauarnt is operated by Morrissey... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $$

Rinata Restaurant

2451 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-374-8998

Rinata Restaurant

As one Italian empire folds, another takes its place. The former home of Giorgio's on Hennepin Avenue is now owned by Jonathan Hunt, chef-owner of the Al Vento Italian restaurant in Nokomis, and longtime Al Vento server Amor Hantous. The new spot, Rinata, is a lot like Al Vento: Both dining... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Risotto

610 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-823-4338

Risotto

Risotto, helmed by Gabriele Lo Pinto, the chef who ran Edina's Arezzo for eight years, fills the classy-chic niche that post-construction Lyn-Lake has been looking for. The dining room is pretty in a spare, loft-like way, with its concrete floors, rust-and-gold walls, and urban views. The... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$

Ristorante Luci

470 Cleveland Ave. S. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-699-8258

Ristorante Luci

Less than 15 tables prove that the best restaurants are often the smallest. The lengthy wine list is a knockout, full of rare Italian varieties, and features good bargains in the house pours. The southern Italian dishes are painstakingly made: pastas are hand-cut, mozzarella is hand-pulled,... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Italian Takeout $$, $$$

Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar

3745 42nd Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-729-4200

Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar

Do you drink wine fairly often, and wish you knew more about it? Do you find you can't take a class because your free time is occupied with watching your heirs chew on large plastic keys? Well, load up the car seats and head to the Riverview Wine Bar, the greatest thing to happen to sociable... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha American, Health, Wine Bar Delivery, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Roat Osha

2650 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-377-4418

Roat Osha

Roat Osha, which translates roughly to "food for a king," replaced the former Uptown Sawatdee, finally bidding adieu to the tacky curved glass atrium of an erstwhile Arby's-wannabe Rax. Steve and Somsap Hein ran the Uptown Sawatdee franchise for years and decided to remake the restaurant in the... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Thai Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Roman Anthony's Italian Restaurant

1350 E. 96th : White Bear Lake, MN 55110 : 651-414-9613

Roman Anthony's Italian Restaurant

Roman Anthony's is owned and operated by chef Justin Grecco, who opened Bellanotte and spent several years at the Afton House Inn. It's Grecco's second restaurant, named after his young son and tucked into a nondescript strip mall. The restaurant has a vintage Italian-American look: dimly lit,... More >>

White Bear Lake Italian $$

Ronin Sushi Cafe

7704 160th St. : Lakeville, MN 55044 : 952-997-6646

Ronin Sushi Cafe

Marooned in a sea of chain restaurants in Lakeville, Ronin brings a refreshing breath of independent thinking to its neighborhood. The eatery offers both Thai and Japanese dishes at reasonable prices in a pleasant, sit-down atmosphere. Sushi is acceptable but won't impress fans; the Thai food,... More >>

Lakeville Japanese, Sushi, Thai $$

Rooster's BBQ Deli

979 Randolph Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-0969

Rooster's BBQ Deli

This ugly duckling of a storefront boasts two orange formica booths, Memphis-style spice-rubbed ribs, pressure-fried chicken, and some of the best barbecue sandwiches in town: They're made with pork shoulder smoked for so long it develops a nearly custard-soft texture and tastes like the ghost... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Barbecue Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Ruam Mit Thai

475 St. Peter St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-222-7871

Ruam Mit Thai

Who has the best pad thai in all the realm? Whenever that question arises, Ruam Mit enters the conversation. The bright, utilitarian space isn't particularly inviting, but the pad thai--bouncy, toasty, ocean-scented noodles with a twist of lemon and crisp bean sprouts--is unforgettable. The... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Health, Thai Takeout $

Rustica Bakery

3224 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 612-822-1119

Rustica Bakery

Best known for its amazing breads and pastries, Rustica Bakery is also home to the world's greatest bittersweet chocolate cookie, an intense confection that tastes like an entire chocolate cake. More >>

Golden Valley Bakery Takeout $

Saigon Restaurant and Bakery

704 University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-225-8751

Saigon Restaurant and Bakery

Banh mi are Vietnamese submarine sandwiches built on airy French baguettes swiped with mayonnaise. They usually contain pate, as well as some variety of meats topped with sweet pickled carrots and daikon, strips of cucumber, sprigs of cilantro, and fresh slices of jalapeno. The best banh mi in... More >>

Como Vietnamese Takeout $

Saji-ya

695 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-292-0444

Saji-ya

Is there anywhere better to dine with boys of a certain age than at a teppan-yaki table? Knives flash, smoke wafts, meats sizzle, knives flash some more--it's as gratifying as an Evel Knievel jump. Saji-Ya is a fine place for teppan yaki, not least because of the lively bar and the fact that... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Japanese, Sushi Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

Sakura

350 St. Peter St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-224-0185

Sakura

Sakura is the one Japanese restaurant you would want to have in your city if you could have only one Japanese restaurant: It does that much. Look inside the deep red walls on a typical night, and you'll find legions of different customers. In one corner, Wild hockey fans seek the next spicy... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Japanese, Sushi Catering, Takeout $$

Salty Tart

920 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-874-9206

Salty Tart

With all that the Midtown Global Market has to offer in the way of sweets, it might seem surprising that relative newcomer Salty Tart consistently has a crowd gazing through its glass cases. That is, until you realize James Beard Award nominee Michelle Gayer is behind this bustling,... More >>

Powderhorn Bakery $

Salut Bar Americain

5034 France Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 952-929-3764

Salut Bar Americain

Edina has long been said to be an acronym for Every Day I Need Attention, but with the addition of Salut, half French bistro, half all-American crowd-pleaser, it might need to be adjusted to Every Day I Need Absolutely Everything that Human Beings Ever Eat. Well, yes, that would rename the... More >>

Edina American, French, Steakhouse Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$, $$$

Samba

922 Main St. : Hopkins, MN 55343 : 952-935-2708

Samba

Samba's owners, the Pantano family, previously owned the Brazilian Connection grocery store in Minnetonka, and their foray into the restaurant business offers a traditional, home-style take on a South American cuisine rarely seen in the Twin Cities. Brazil is a world-famous cultural melting... More >>

Hopkins Brazilian, International, Italian $, $$

The Sample Room

2124 Marshall St. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-789-0333

The Sample Room

In the 1890s there was a saloon in the old Thies Hotel up on Marshall Avenue Northeast called the Sample Room, and as of 2002, there is a saloon of the same name in the same place again. Visit this 19th-century-feeling saloon to sample the restaurant's two slightly incongruous kitchen... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Health Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$, $$$

Sanctuary

903 Washington Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-339-5058

Sanctuary

If you can overlook the creepy gargoyles outside, Sanctuary restaurant and its dapper host/co-owner Michael Kutschied offers welcome respite to theater district diners. Chef Patrick Atanalian seems to have refined the experimental energy he was known for at the former Loring Café, with creative... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$

Santorini Taverna & Grill

13000 Technology Drive : Eden Prairie, MN 55344 : 952-546-6722

Santorini Taverna & Grill

With its replicas of ancient Greek artifacts, nightclub atmosphere, and booze-fueled bar crowds hitting the dance floor, Santorini Taverna is the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of local Greek restaurants-a fun-loving island vacation. (Santorini's is owned by members of the Nicklow family, the group... More >>

Eden Prairie Greek Patio-Sidewalk Dining $$$

Sapor Cafe And Bar

428 Washington Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-375-1971

Sapor Cafe And Bar

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... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Fusion Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$, $$$$

Saucy Burt's

505 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 :

Sarah Burt has one of the smallest street carts and most limited menus, but her Italian meatball sandwich is so good you won't be looking for anything else. Burt typically sets up shop few blocks from her other cooking job at the more highbrow eatery Haute Dish. Her grandmother's Italian... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Italian, Sandwiches, Street Food $

Sawatdee

607 Washington Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-338-6451

Sawatdee

Supenn Supatanasinkasem Harrison opened a lunch counter in 1979, and now she's got an elegant powerhouse of a Thai restaurant chain feeding thousands of Minnesotans every day. The secret to her success? Simple basics: High-quality ingredients, dynamic decor, and a canny habit of tailoring the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Thai Catering, Delivery, Takeout $, $$

Scusi

1806 St. Clair Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-789-7007

Scusi

Scusi is more focused, chef-driven, and upscale than the other Blue Plate eateries (Edina Grill, Highland Grill, etc.), but it still keeps things casual. Portions are meant to be shared--think Italian tapas--and dishes will come out to the table as soon as they're prepared. The lack of... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Italian, Pizza $$

Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

1007 W. Franklin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55405 : 612-870-0065

Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

There's hardly a destination restaurant in town that doesn't feature a Sebastian Joe's handmade ice-cream choice on its dessert menu. But even the most jaded tablehopper gets dazzled at the source. Danza di Limone is ethereal lemon ice cream with almond slivers. Pavarotti is an inspired... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Cafe, Ice Cream Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Sen Yai Sen Lek

2422 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-781-3046

Sen Yai Sen Lek

Sen Yai Sen Lek (Big Noodle, Little Noodle) is a new Thai restaurant located squarely at the happy intersection of "authentic" and "accessible." Bold, bright, spicy, sharp, challenging flavors dominate the food, but the decor is warm, spacious, modern, and inviting. Even the menus are clearly... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Thai Takeout $

Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar

700 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-238-7777

Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar

There''s a little bit of Las Vegas on Hennepin Avenue at the Seven Sushi Lounge, upstairs from Seven the Steakhouse. The lights are low, the house music incessant, and the stylish crowd is more mature and more moneyed than the rest of the downtown nightlife scene. The sushi and sashimi range... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Japanese, Sushi Business Dining, Coat Check, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$

Seven the Steakhouse

700 Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-238-7770

Seven the Steakhouse

Two of the partners behind Bellanotte, the first downtown venue to combine upscale dining with a nightlife scene, bring version 2.0 of the concept to Hennepin Avenue. The multitiered complex is bigger and better, with two restaurants, four levels, three DJs, and a roof deck. On the ground... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Steakhouse Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi Access $$$

She Royal Deli

7th St. S. & Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-746-4141

The She Royal trailer parks on Nicollet Mall, when weather allows, serving up Ethiopian fare, plus American food with a twist, such as a hamburger made with grass-fed beef and seasoned with Ethiopian spices. The vegetarian platter features spongy injera bread rolled to look like two hot towels,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Ethiopian, Street Food $

Shish

1668 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-690-2212

Shish

Shish is a bargain of a quick-serving Mediterranean deli and counter-service restaurant perched in the heart of Macalester's part of Grand Avenue, but the real plates, real furniture, and prettily decorated restaurant make it feel more posh than penny-pinching. The Shish Maza plate is a must:... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Mediterranean Delivery, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Shuang Cheng

1320 4th St. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-0208

Shuang Cheng

Fresh, succulent sea life prepared Cantonese fashion is the specialty at this beloved, brightly lit Dinkytown storefront. Be sure to check the specials board before ordering--does it feature razor clams? Dungeness crabs? Geoducks? Fried oysters? Seared yellowfish? What is yellowfish, anyway?... More >>

University Asian, Chinese, Seafood Family Style, Takeout $, $$

Signature Café & Catering

130 Warwick St. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-0237

Signature Café & Catering

The Signature Café among the most hidden eateries in the Twin Cities, tucked into a deeply residential pocket--but that gives the cozy space an even more homey, welcoming feel. Dinner entrees range from seared scallops to pasta to pot roast to duck leg confit, but the best way to go may be the... More >>

University American, Mediterranean Catering, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$

Simply Steve's

1000 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 :

Simply Steve's

While Simply Steve's serves a full list of lunch items, including bacon-Gouda burgers and buffalo chicken wraps, it's the first street truck in the Cities to open early in the morning and place heavy emphasis on its breakfast options. Chef Steve Ramlow is a veteran of such Twin Cities... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Street Food $

Smack Shack

1st Ave. N. & 4th St. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-379-4322

Smack Shack

When the weather allows, a guy in a truck can be spotted picking leaves off a sprig of fresh tarragon, readying it for a lobster roll, just down the block from the party scene outside the The Fine Line. The vehicle, Smack Shack, which is parked in a surface lot a First Ave. and Fourth St. N.,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Seafood, Street Food $

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar

423 Main St. : Stillwater, MN 55082 : 651-439-5375

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar is the collaboration of Shawn Smalley, a former La Belle Vie cook and his longtime boss, the restaurant's esteemed chef/co-owner Tim McKee. Smalley's is McKee's first foray into casual fare, an island-esque bar that attempts to replicate true Jamaican... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barbecue $$

Smashburger

3900 Silver Lake Road NE : Columbia Heights, MN 55421 : 612-252-0412

Smashburger

Not only does the name of this small, Colorado-based chain sound silly, it also seems off-base. Doesn't smashing meat squish out its juices and dry the patty out? Perhaps because the squishing happens while the meat's still raw-the cooks start with a ball of ground beef and smash it on the... More >>

Columbia Heights American, Burgers, Fast Food $

Solos Pizza Cafe

2700 Annapolis Circle : Plymouth, MN 55441 : 763-331-0233

Solos Pizza Cafe

Offering quirkily named (and distressingly large) 10-inch "individual pizzas," the Solos chain aims for fast service and reasonable prices--and succeeds on both counts. The pizza is solid and unremarkable-a fairly thin crust with just a touch of doughy softness is topped by restrained amounts... More >>

Plymouth Pizza $

Sonic

1960 Suburban Ave. : Maplewood, MN 55119 : 651-379-9898

Sonic

Sonic may be the country's largest drive-in chain, its burgers really aren't worth the bother. The basic Sonic Burger seems largely indistinguishable from those served at McDonald's-even with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on top, the patty still tastes like soggy cardboard. Sonic's real draw... More >>

Maplewood American, Burgers, Fast Food Drive-thru, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Sontes

4-3rd St. SW : Rochester, MN 55902 : 507-292-1628

Sontes

Vibrant food and wine lists and a chic collection of contemporary art make Sontes among the best restaurants in Rochester. Sontes is one of the rare restaurants with a cuvee wine system, which greatly expands its by-the-glass options. Reds are grouped under such headers as "Lighthearted,"... More >>

Outstate American $

Soprano's Italian Kitchen

5331 W. 16th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 952-345-2400

Soprano's Italian Kitchen

You won't find any kitschy, old-school, red-and-white checked tablecloths at the new Sopranos restaurant in St. Louis Park's West End. The space is decorated in luxurious red curtains, velvety upholstery, and a bowl-shaped light fixture so enormous that sitting beneath it can test one's nerves.... More >>

St. Louis Park Italian Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$$

Spasso

17523 Minnetonka Blvd. : Minnetonka, MN 55345 : 952-224-9555

Spasso

Hey, cheapskate! Did you know that Spasso is bucking the industry standard on hefty wine markups and selling its bottles of wines at retail price? That's roughly half what you'd pay at any other restaurant. Sure, it sounds as suspicious as an email that begins with "Dear Sir" and ends with a... More >>

Minnetonka Italian $$

The Spyhouse Espresso Bar And Gallery

2451 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55404 : 612-871-3177

The Spyhouse Espresso Bar And Gallery

Spyhouse radiates London art school circa 1962. Why? It's all smart, it's all stylish, and it's all wearing peg pants in gray-green tones. Well, not really, but Spyhouse is full of vintage '60s furniture and paintings of sad-eyed Mary Quant types doing the monkey. Other amenities include the... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Cafe, Coffeehouse $

St. Croix Chocolate Co.

261 Parker St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-1400

St. Croix Chocolate Co.

Chocolatier Robyn Dochterman turns chocolate from all over the world into elegant truffles, using cream and butter from the nearby Crystal Ball dairy to create the candies' soft, luscious centers. She has about 30 flavors in her repertoire, with at least a dozen selections available in the... More >>

Outstate Comfort Foods, Dessert $

St. Paul Grill and Bar

350 Market St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-224-7455

St. Paul Grill and Bar

Postcard-perfect views, textbook-perfect steaks, and big, solid drinks will keep the crowds coming to this dark-oak-burnished bit of history, at least until the next ice age. While the items that require a chef's skill often are lackluster, you can't really say you've been to St. Paul if you... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Steakhouse Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout $$$$

St.Paul Bagelry & Deli

1702 Lexington Ave. N. : Roseville, MN 55113 : 651-488-1700

St.Paul Bagelry & Deli

A good bagel should be more like Jimmy Durante and less like Rock Hudson, more like a short story and less like a billboard. It shouldn't be bloated and pleasant when seen from a great distance, it should be unique, a little tough, a little strange--the way faces are strange, the way life is.... More >>

Roseville American, Breakfast, Deli $

Stella's Fish Cafe

1400 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-824-8862

Stella's Fish Cafe

Minnesota is, obviously enough, practically perfect in every way, except for the notable lack of good oceanfront footage. As we all wait patiently for global warming to remedy that, we finally have a really good, beachy place to wait: Stella's Fish Cafe and Prestige Oyster Bar. It might seem... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American, Seafood Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Water View $$

The Stockholm Pie Company

N2030 Spring St. : Stockholm, WI 54769 : 715-442-5505

The Stockholm Pie Company

The Stockholm Pie Company's sweet, cinnamon-scented wares are surely, as they claim, "a little slice of happiness." Entering the shop is like stepping into a Little House on the Prairie dream sequence: a line of red barstools leads to owner Janet Garretson standing behind a case containing... More >>

Wisconsin Bakery $

Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-354-3414

Sun Street Breads

A quick look at Minneapolis's riverfront ruins and you'd think we'd let our city's proud heritage slip away: A relic that was once the world's largest flour mill is now a museum devoted to its history. But a few patient, nocturnal souls like Solveig Tofte are building on our city's... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Bakery, Breakfast, Pastries, Sandwiches Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Surdyk's

303 E. Hennepin Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-3232

Surdyk's

Some of the best sandwiches in the state can be found in the cheese shop here, made out of their hundreds of cheeses, artisanal salamis and cold cuts, roasted meats, and inventive vegetable salads. It's a perfect lunch destination when you're out on the happy errand of buying cheese, wine, or... More >>

University Deli $

Sushi Tango

3001 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-822-7787

Sushi Tango

Everybody, now! Tengo had a little cult, little cult, little cult, Tengo had a little cult... And the cult has followed Tengo, and his sideman Sefu and Tengo's brother Pao, as they blazed an award-strewn trail through all the best sushi bars in town. When he opened this little spot on the... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Japanese, Sushi Delivery, Takeout $$, $$$

Swede Hollow Cafe

725 E. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55106 : 651-776-8810

Swede Hollow Cafe

An oasis of beautiful gardens and beautiful views, Swede Hollow, the coffee shop, sits on a hill on the east side of St. Paul and offers many, many joys to those who venture into this undeservedly overlooked part of town. First among the joys is the view: Seen from the eastern slopes, St. Paul... More >>

Phalen Breakfast, Cafe, Deli Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Sweet Retreat

5013 France Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-353-6230

Sweet Retreat

Sweet Retreat has a homey baking style, serving nothing but made-to-order scratch-baked cakes and a case full of cupcakes frosted with icing that's piped out through star-shaped tips. Most of the flavors are basic--vanilla, chocolate-chocolate, or banana-chocolate (cutely topped with a banana... More >>

Edina Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream $

Sweets Bakeshop

2042 Marshall Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-340-7138

Sweets Bakeshop

If food trends evolve as movements do, then Sweets Bakeshop may be a part of third-wave cupcakism. One petite sweet called Breakfast is frosted with maple buttercream and has its center filled with bacon bits to replicate the sweet-savory tingle of syrup commingling with salt; Kettle Corn is a... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream $

Szechuan

2193 N. Snelling Ave. : Roseville, MN 55113 : 651-633-3113

Szechuan

This strip-mall eatery focuses on all the Szechuan favorites, from Szechuan green beans to Ma Po Tofu with Szechuan peppercorns, whose fiery menthol leaves a numbness that suggests your mouth was just treated for overuse following strenuous sports activity. Szechuan serves broccoli beef, spicy... More >>

Roseville Chinese $$

Tahtianna's Soul Food

4330 N. Lyndale Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55412 : 612-208-0103

Tahtianna's Soul Food

This Camden eatery's digs look rather like a retro diner, but its menu is pure soul. They offer all the staples: pork chops, catfish, collard greens, red beans and rice, cornbread, and so-on. The best way to experience it all is vial the buffet. More >>

Camden Soul Food $

Tai Hoa

854 University Ave. W. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-298-8480

Tai Hoa

Truly a priceless local gem, Tai Hoa serves real Vietnamese barbecue that's both really, really good, and really, really real. Step up to the counter and choose between the various animals suspended on hooks in the window or the various critter bits simmering in trays. But as essentially... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Barbecue, Vietnamese $

Taqueria La Hacienda

334 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-822-2715

Taqueria La Hacienda

A leader among East Lake Street taquerias, La Hacienda is a high-ceilinged, light-filled, tangerine-tinted treasure by I-35. Walk in the door and you'll be immediately transfixed by a psychedelic orange spit of spiced, barbecued pork topped with a pineapple core, spinning like a gyro cone.... More >>

Powderhorn Mexican $

Taqueria Los Ocampo

920 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-825-4978

Taqueria Los Ocampo

The textural differences of various dishes at Los Ocampo are riveting: The tlacoyo ($3.50)--in which the masa is combined with pinto beans and cheese, griddle-fried, and topped with radishes, lettuce, and crema--is rustic and rough-hewn. Meanwhile, the gordita ($4) has almost polenta-like... More >>

Powderhorn Mexican Takeout $

Taste of Scandinavia Bakery

845 Village Center Drive : North Oaks, MN 55127 : 651-482-8285

Taste of Scandinavia Bakery

The Finns like a good cup of coffee, and something special to go with it. Lucky for us, that something special comes in the form of fresh-baked pulla rolls that sit in the cases of these bakeries and coffee stops like fat little birds scented with cardamom and scattered with raisins. Also look... More >>

North Oaks Cafe, Deli, Pastries, Scandinavian Catering, Delivery, Takeout $

Tavern on France

6740 France Ave. S. : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-358-6100

Tavern on France

Hemisphere Partners (Mission American, Kabobi) reconcepted their short-lived Via, across the street from Southdale, as Tavern on France, a DIY-diner's dream come true. Their custom-designed burgers, pizzas, and salads cede ultimate control to the diner: In essence, they stock the salad bar,... More >>

Edina American, Burgers, Pizza $$

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

88 N. Nathan Lane : Plymouth, MN 55441 : 763-544-3422

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

Of course, there is no Chinese food, just as there is no Chinese phone number--there are lots of them. It's a big country. But if you want Sichuan, or Szechuan, food, there is only one choice in Minnesota, and that's the wonderful Tea House, the Chinese restaurant with the special (ask for it!)... More >>

Plymouth Chinese $$

Teasource

2908 Pentagon Drive NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-788-4842

Teasource

Stop in to sample a pot of one of nearly 200 teas and other infusions in this clean, well-lighted place. Proprietor Bill Waddington is usually on hand to offer advice and help navigate a world in which first flus means the first tea growth of the season and words like flowery and tippy are... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Cafe $

Terra Waconia

140 W. Main St. : Waconia, MN 55387 : 952-442-3353

Terra Waconia

Downtown Waconia looks like a quintessential small-town Main Street, between the quaint storefronts and billowing American flags. Among the bars and theater and chiropractic offices sits the restaurant Terra Waconia, tucked into the first floor of a narrow, barn-red home. The space previously... More >>

Outstate American, Wine Bar $$

Tian Jin

463 W. 79th St. : Chanhassen, MN 55317 : 952-934-4111

Tian Jin

According to The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, there are more Chinese restaurants in this country than McDonald's, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets combined. And far too many of them seem hell-bent on following the mass-produced, fast-food model, and taking one of the world's most... More >>

Chanhassen Chinese Delivery, Takeout $

Tiger Sushi 2

2841 Lyndale Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55411 : 612-874-1800

Tiger Sushi 2

Tiger Sushi 2, the Uptown spinoff of the Mall of America eatery, looks as slick and modern as the new Murals of LynLake apartment building it inhabits. Angular panels suspended from the ceiling brighten the space with wasabi green and Veuve Clicquot orange and its patio, which overlooks the... More >>

North Minneapolis Sushi Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Tin Fish

3000 Calhoun Parkway E. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-823-5840

Tin Fish

A clanging bell at the Lake Calhoun pavilion signals each Tin Fish order at the walk-up window. There's no sweeter spot to eat fish in all forms--fried in a sandwich, grilled on a plate, tucked into a taco--than one of the Adirondack chairs overlooking the water. More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Seafood Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

415 N. First St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-333-4305

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

Toast is the wine bar put together by one of the founders of dear, departed Auriga, and if you can find its little half-underground home in the northern reaches of downtown Minneapolis's Warehouse District, you will be amply rewarded with fine, unusual, affordable wines and some of the best... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Pizza, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining $, $$

Town Hall Tap

4810 Chicago Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-767-7307

Town Hall Tap

To take advantage of its production capacity, Minneapolis's iconic Town Hall Brewery opened a second burger joint to showcase its beers, Town Hall Tap, at 48th and Chicago. The cozy space has high-backed booths, vintage beer signs, a hand-carved antique oak bar, and garage door-style windows to... More >>

Nokomis American, Bar Food $

Tryg's

3118 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 612-920-7777

Tryg's

Tryg's is all cool stone and soaring ceilings, and looks something like a combination airport-ski chalet. The cooking, though, is old-fashioned in the best way: Grandma's favorite classics like meatloaf are prepared the way we like them now, made out of first-quality raw materials sourced from... More >>

Golden Valley American, Brunch, Health Banquet Facilities, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Water View $$, $$$

Tum Rup Thai

1221 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-824-1378

Tum Rup Thai

At first glance Tum Rup seems different from the million local Thai joints mainly because of its Uptown style: Dark woods, scarlet and gold silk, glass walls, and industrial mesh blinds create a feeling of airy urbanity, making it one of the few inexpensive southeast Asian restaurants in town... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Thai Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Turkey to Go

101 7th St. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-655-1795

Turkey to Go

Turkey To Go, a Minnesota State Fair mainstay since 1959, has brought its famous turkey sandwiches--along with homemade, build-your-own cookie-and-ice cream sandwiches--to Nicollet Mall. You can have your turkey drumstick slathered in a sweet, savory, or spicy Buffalo sauce, or, if you ask... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Street Food $

Turtle Bread Company

1 Financial Plaza : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-455-2552

Turtle Bread Company

Why are there limousines and Porsches stacked up outside Turtle Bread every holiday? Because fresh baked-from-scratch pies, heart-shaped cookies, and world-class breads have profound emotional value. Pick up one of the dense, almost meaty breads here and it's clear that the bakers are competing... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Bakery, Cafe, Deli Takeout $

Twisted Fork Grille

1342 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-690-5901

Twisted Fork Grille

Twin Cities restaurants that espouse a local/sustainable/organic ethic tend to fall into three categories: hippie, hipster, or haute. For all these eateries' importance, one thing they aren't-yet, at least-is mainstream. The diners you find at Heartland don't tend to frequent McDonald's, and... More >>

Macalester/Groveland American $$

The Twisted Sister House of Hunger

618 2nd Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 :

The Twisted Sister House of Hunger

The Twisted Sister House of Hunger offers a short menu of deep-fried hot dogs, tacos, and sliders. There's better beef brisket to be found at eateries that specialize in barbecue, but Twisted Sister's has a pleasant smokiness and crisp, browned edges. The secret to the sandwich is the griddled... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Hot Dogs, Street Food $

Ugly Mug Minneapolis

106 N. 3rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-343-5930

Ugly Mug Minneapolis

During a typical morning at the Ugly Mug, signs of last night's debauchery are everywhere: The women's restroom has a broken stall door handle and the men's room has a hunk of broken glass on the floor. Someone left behind a broken plastic tiara-hopefully the only goods damaged at that... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Coat Check, Patio-Sidewalk Dining $

Uncle Franky's

728 Broadway St. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-455-2181

Uncle Franky's

Uncle Franky's is head-and-shoulders above the competition. Their menu is crammed with Windy City favorites (all-beef Chicago dogs, messy beef sandwiches, and burgers) plus a full complement of more Easterly delights (cheesesteaks, brats, New York pastrami, Polish sausages, veggie burgers, and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis American, Cafe Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Uncle Franky's

10160 6th Ave. N. : Plymouth, MN 55441 : 763-746-3643

Uncle Franky's

Uncle Franky's is head-and-shoulders above the competition. Their menu is crammed with Windy City favorites (all-beef Chicago dogs, messy beef sandwiches, and burgers) plus a full complement of more Easterly delights (cheesesteaks, brats, New York pastrami, Polish sausages, veggie burgers, and... More >>

Plymouth American $

University Buffet

225 W. University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-366-6858

University Buffet

This humungous eatery in the Hmong Minnesota Professional Building offers an ambitious buffet that includes a mix of Chinese American favorites plus a little sushi. Seafood abounds, including salmon, coconut shrimp, and maki that's better than expected for the buffet's cheap price tag--and you... More >>

Como Chinese, Japanese, Korean $

Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group

3001 Hennepin Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-877-7263

Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group

Before the first martini glass or appetizer plate hits the table, the Parasole-owned eatery in the northeast corner of Calhoun Square is, first and foremost, the neighborhood's new commons. Spend a few hours there and you'll be just as apt to bump into an old high school friend as your dental... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street American $$

Urban Eatery

2730 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 612-920-5000

Urban Eatery

Urban Eatery is a new concept from Kaskaid Hospitality, the team behind the Crave chain as well as the newly opened Sopranos, that softens its sports bar vibe--a large, square bar with multiple overhead televisions anchors the main room--with weathered wood on the walls, antique-style light... More >>

St. Louis Park American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Ursula's Wine Bar & Cafe

2125 4th St. : White Bear Lake, MN 55110 : 651-429-9600

Ursula's Wine Bar & Cafe

Ursula's is like the proverbial clown car, except with wine bottles busting the walls of a shoebox-size eatery instead of red-nosed comics being stuffed into a Volkswagen. Located in downtown White Bear Lake, Ursula's is one of the few upscale restaurants in the area and pairs its wines with... More >>

White Bear Lake Wine Bar $$

Vellee Deli

120 S. 6th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 :

Vellee Deli

Vellee Deli serves up both Asian and Mexican fare, from eggrolls to tacos. Some items are traditional, such as the Vietnamese pork banh mi, others are fusion riffs, like a sandwich called Mojo, which stuffs a crusty baguette with a spicy sausage, pico de gallo, and fresh papaya. Vellee's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Asian, Fusion, Mexican, Street Food $

Village Scoop

101 Judd St. : Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 : 651-433-3030

Even the Village Scoop's own employees aren't sure if it has an actual address, but fortunately it's easy to locate: Just look for the large ice cream cone and the arrow pointing behind the Marine General Store. The tiny operation typically scoops more than 20 kinds of hard ice cream, including... More >>

Outstate Ice Cream Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Village Wok

610 Washington Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-331-9041

Village Wok

Cheap, fast, good--really, really good if you order seafood, particularly off the sheets of paper taped to the wall. The hot and sour soup is also noteworthy, uniting pork crumbles, plump squares of tofu, cabbage, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots in a thick, spicy broth. Late studiers and snackers,... More >>

University Chinese Takeout $

W.A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-967-7259

W.A. Frost and Company

Romance is different things to different people. To you, it might be the roughly six fireplaces in the charming Victorian dining rooms at W.A. Frost, or the gorgeous summer patio, with its trees soaring four stories above the flowering plantings and candles on the garden-party-perfect brick... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Wine Bar Banquet Facilities, Catering, Fireplace, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$$$

Wasabi Fusion Cuisine

903 Washington Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-338-6688

Wasabi Fusion Cuisine

Sushi lovers who are also penny-pinchers who also party hard have one clear destination in Minneapolis: Wasabi Fusion Cuisine. Wasabi has lots of free parking and is enclosed within a beautiful, temple-like space of soaring ceilings and sturdy 19th-century rafters. Beyond that, all its... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Japanese, Sushi $$, $$$

Wayzata Eatery & Wine Bar

1179 Wayzata Blvd. E. Wayzata, MN : Wayzata, MN 55391 : 952-288-2866

Wayzata Eatery & Wine Bar

As a matter of course, you expect waiters and waitresses to at least feign enthusiasm for their place of work and the food that comes out of it. And as a matter of course, the reality tends to clock in somewhere between "phoned in" and "professionally committed." But at the Wayzata Eatery,... More >>

Wayzata American $$$

Whisky Park

15 S. 5th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-545-5235

Whisky Park

Shea Design turned the former home of Banana Joe's nightclub into a country bar by bringing in a few whiskey barrels and black-and-white portraits of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton and asking the waitresses to wear tiny jean shorts. On weekend nights, the hip hop is loud enough to cause... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Dance Floor $

The Wienery

414 Cedar Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55454 : 612-333-5798

The Wienery

This West Bank dive might be the messiest restaurant in the city, but that doesn't mean they don't make a great dog. The meat is Vienna Beef brand and so are the buns, which are speckled with purple poppy seeds. The man manning the grill, owner Pat Starr, with his trademark beard and stocking... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Takeout $

Wilde Roast Cafe

65 Main St. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-331-4544

Wilde Roast Cafe

Wilde Roast Café began as a Hennepin Avenue coffee shop-with-benefits before expanding into larger, prettier Riverplace digs. The owners, a gay couple who named the place after one of the community€„¢s icons, Oscar Wilde, retained the comfortable conversation nook from the old space,... More >>

University American, Breakfast, Health Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout $$

Wise Acre Eatery

5401 Nicollet Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55419 : 612-354-2577

Wise Acre Eatery

Wise Acre Eatery is the restaurant for which Twin Cities locavores have long been waiting. Two grown-up farm boys, Scott Endres and Dean Engelmann, owners of Tangletown Gardens, bought the building across the street, the former home of Liberty Custard, and turned it into a single-source,... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis American, Local/Sustainable Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $, $$

Wok in the Park

3005 Utah Ave. : St. Louis Park, MN 55426 : 952-657-5754

Wok in the Park

After Thanh Do moved across the street to a larger space, several of owner Thom Pham's adoptive siblings (and former Thanh Do employees) decided to stay in the original spot and open their own Pan-Asian eatery, Wok in the Park. Wok's dining room feels airy and open, despite its small size, with... More >>

St. Louis Park Asian $

World Street Kitchen

5th St. S. & Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-840-2522

World Street Kitchen

World Street Kitchen is a more casual offshoot of the upscale Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant Saffron operated by chef Sameh Wadi out of a parking lot at Nicollet and Fifth when weather permits. The truck's menu spans the globe: everything from family recipes (Mom's spinach pie) to lamb... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Street Food $

Zelino Deli

825 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-7000

Zelino Deli

Zelino is the brassy, classy backdoor to-go counter where you can get treats prepared in the kitchen of fancy Italian restaurant Zelo. Why should you care? First, because you're looking for lunch in the Minneapolis skyways. Second, the phenomenal lasagna salsicca: For less than the cost of a... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Deli, Italian $

Zelo

831 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-7000

Zelo

Splashy, sexy, and great service are the watchwords at downtown's glitziest contemporary Italian joint. Recommended dishes? Skip the big entrées, which tend to be too crowd-pleasing with their reliance on the sweet and the salty, and focus on the other offerings--foremost the affettato misto an... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Wine Bar Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$$, $$$$

Zen Box Japanese Eatery

601 Marquette Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-341-3313

Zen Box Japanese Eatery

How far has news of general boredom with skyway food traveled? All the way to San Francisco, at least. Believe it or not, husband-and-wife team Lina Goh and John Ng moved here all the way from that land of fog and gold exclusively to open a Japanese takeout in the skyways. Today, their little... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Japanese Takeout $

Zumbro To Go

2803 W. 43rd St. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-920-3606

Zumbro To Go

Many of our best thinkers have concluded that the true work of adulthood is the raising of children. Obviously enough, if you can hook up that noble goal in a Victorian home with a porch swing in halcyon Linden Hills, you are doing all right. And then you will be making snacks, wrangling... More >>

Southwest Minneapolis Cafe Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

10-50 Club

20115 County Road 10 : Hamel, MN 55340 : 763-420-3606

Outstate American $

Nic's On Nicollet

1313 Nicollet Mall : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-359-2260

Fresh seasonal foods with bold flavors, presented with flair and splashes of vivid color, crunchy textures, and innovative garnishes. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Fast Casual

1st Cup Cafe

2740 Hiawatha Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-735-8801

Powderhorn Cafe, Eritrean, Ethiopian $

1st Wok

3236 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55416 : 612-922-8883

1st Wok specializes in Hunan- and Szechuan-style food. The signature dishes are chicken and peanuts in hot pepper sauce, beef with vegetables, and shrimp chow mein. The lunch menu is less extensive and offers egg roll and egg drop soup for under $2 and six fried chicken wings for $3.25. 1st Wok... More >>

Golden Valley Chinese, Szechuan $

2nd Street Depot Bar and Grill

320 E. 2nd St. : Hastings, MN 55033 : 651-319-0459

Outstate Bar Food, Burgers, Sandwiches $

3 Tiers

5011 34th Ave. South : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-746-1767

3 Tiers
Nokomis Bakery $$$

4 Seasons Restaurant

114 Mahtomedi Ave. : White Bear Lake, MN 55115 : 651-429-2201

White Bear Lake American

5 Dollar Pizza

10529 University Ave. NE : Blaine, MN 55434 : 763-757-0000

Blaine Pizza Kid Friendly, Takeout $

5-8 Tavern & Grill

6251 Douglas Court N. : Champlin, MN 55316 : 763-425-5858

Champlin Bar Food, Grill

50's Grill

5524 Brooklyn Blvd. : Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 : 763-560-4947

The '50s Grill has doing its signature take on American comfort food for a quarter century, and it shows in the restaurant's atmosphere (authentic without being too cutesy) and the food. Popular dishes include beef and chicken potpies, hot-plate meals, and plenty of sandwiches. This isn't haute... More >>

Brooklyn Center American, Burgers, Diner Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

508 Bar & Restaurant

508 1st Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55403 : 612-339-0036

508 Bar & Restaurant

One of the newer generation of sports bars to benefit from the close proximity of Target Field, the 508 isn't just a crash pad for Twins fans left without a ticket -- it's a booming, two-level club with sidewalk patio seating and better-yet-cheaper-than-average bar food. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American

50th & France

3925 50th St. W. : Edina, MN 55424 : 952-922-1524

Edina Fast Casual

5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar

5120 American Blvd. W. : Bloomington, MN 55437 : 952-698-4864

Bloomington American $$

612 Brew

945 Broadway Street NE : Minneapolis, MN 55413 : 612-217-0437

Northeast Minneapolis Bar Food, Brewery

7th Street Pizzeria

184 W. 7th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 651-225-2999

7th Street Pizzeria
St. Paul (Downtown) American, Burgers, Deli, Sandwiches, Wraps Delivery

8th Street Grill

800 Marquette Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-349-5717

8th Street Grill

In this skyway-strewn downtown, some of the best after-work hangouts still sit at street level, and the 8th Street Grill is one of them. The subdued decor and emphasis on homestyle cooking make it a subtler alternative to the garish whimsy of your typical chain restaurant, though the real... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Traditional Business Dining, Patio-Sidewalk Dining

A&J Fish & Chicken

500 E. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-7000

A&J Fish & Chicken
Uptown/ Eat Street Pizza $

Abetto's

560 Como Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-488-4040

Abetto's
Como Deli, Pizza Banquet Facilities, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Abol Cafe

2505 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-781-6547

Northeast Minneapolis Cafe $

Abundant Catering

453 Whitall St. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-209-1707

Como Soul Food Catering, Takeout $, $$

Acadia Cafe

329 S. Cedar Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55454 : 612-874-8702

Acadia Cafe

Ever since they moved into their current location at Cedar & Riverside on Minneapolis' West Bank, the Acadia has made itself a welcome presence in a neighborhood with no shortage of great bars. Part of that owes to the club's bountiful beer selection, with more than two dozen tap brews and more... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Cafe Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano

3069 White Bear Ave. : Maplewood, MN 55109 : 651-748-0316

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano
Maplewood Mexican

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano

1240 W. Frontage Road : Stillwater, MN 55082 : 651-351-9462

Northeast Minneapolis Mexican

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano

12759 Riverside Blvd. : Coon Rapids, MN 55448 : 763-323-8772

Coon Rapids Mexican

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano

9360 Baltimore St. : Blaine, MN 55449 : 763-795-0347

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano
Blaine Mexican

Acme Comedy Co.

708 N. 1st St. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-338-6393

Acme Comedy Co.

Located in the Warehouse District, this house of humor sits just outside of the downtown scene. Comedians take the stage Mondays through Saturdays twice each evening. Jokes aren't the only thing you get at Acme -- the adjacent restaurant Sticks includes a full menu, and the cocktail specials in... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) American Wheelchair Accessible $$$

Acme Deli

1552 Saint Clair Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-698-8191

Acme Deli
Macalester/Groveland Deli Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Acropol Inn

748 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-298-0151

Acropol Inn

Genuine gyros, moussaka and honey-drenched baklava make for a stuffed tummy, and also make for a pleasant change of pace amidst the routine frill and pomp of Grand Avenue. More >>

Macalester/Groveland Greek, Mediterranean Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $, $$

Adagio Cafe and Espresso

5001 Penn Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55410 : 612-922-2233

Southwest Minneapolis Coffeehouse, Tea

Adelitas Mexican Restaurant

2405 NE Central Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-789-2526

Adelitas Mexican Restaurant
Northeast Minneapolis Mexican Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Admiral D's

4424 Lake Ave. : White Bear Lake, MN 55110 :

White Bear Lake Seafood

Adrian's Tavern

4812 S. Chicago Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55417 : 612-824-4011

Adrian's Tavern
Nokomis American Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Aesop's Table

919 N. Dale St. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-488-6591

Aesop's Table
Como American Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

African Food Market & Deli

5736 Lakeland Ave. N. : St. Louis Park, MN 55426 : 763-560-2263

St. Louis Park Deli, Market

African Soul Food Restaurant

4326 Lyndale Ave. N. : Minneapolis, MN 55412 : 612-522-4919

Camden African, Soul Food $$

Afro Deli & Coffee

1939 5th St. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55454 : 612-871-5555

Minneapolis (Downtown) African, American, Middle Eastern $

Afton House Inn

3291 S. St. Croix Tr. : Afton, MN 55001 : 651-436-8883

Afton House Inn

Minutes away from the slopes, this historic inn serves fancy meals in the main dining room (rack of lamb, escargot, shrimp Dijon prepared table side, filet mignon, and flaming desserts) with more casual fare served in the saloon (think catfish, burgers, and pizza). More >>

Outstate American Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $$

Ah Sa Wan

607 Marquette Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-339-1267

This business-lunch friendly franchise has lots of delectables on its menu, including beef lo mein, chicken almondding, and mushroom tofu. L. More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Chinese

Al Baker's Classic Americana

3434 Washington Drive : Eagan, MN 55122 : 651-454-9000

Al Baker's Classic Americana
Eagan American Banquet Facilities, Kid Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible $

Al Hues Bakery & Deli

432 W. University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55103 : 651-602-0231

Como Bakery, Cafe Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-331-9991

Al's Breakfast

There might be a million joints that flip flapjacks in this town, but you're not truly a Minneapolitan until you've eaten the ones at Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown. Crammed into a former alleyway, the 10-foot wide, 14-stool diner has become a local institution in the past 50-plus years. Regulars... More >>

University Breakfast, Diner Kid Friendly $

Al's Place

300 S. 4th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-339-1599

Minneapolis (Downtown) American, Coffeehouse Kid Friendly $

Ala Francaise

823 W. University Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55104 : 651-291-2661

Ala Francaise
Macalester/Groveland French Kid Friendly, Takeout $, $$

Alamo Grill

396 S. Blvd. : Bloomington, MN 55425 : 952-854-7456

Alamo Grill

Chili that kicks back, bread pudding with bourbon, fajitas and skillets, meat loaf with hot sauce, these are a few of my favorite things... (the margaritas go down nicely, too). More >>

Bloomington Grill

Alexis Bailly Vineyard

18200 Kirby Ave. : Hastings, MN 55033 : 651-437-1413

Outstate Small Plates

Ali Baba's King of Gyros

1264 Robert St. S. : West St. Paul, MN 55118 : 651-552-9660

West St. Paul Deli, Greek Takeout

All About Fish

2184 Terrace Drive : Moundsview, MN 55112 : 763-780-5900

Moundsview American, Seafood $

All Season Beverage

20261 Polk St. NW : Elk River, MN 55330 : 763-717-7214

Outstate American $

All Star Bar & Grill

10940 4th St. NE : Hanover, MN 55341 : 763-498-8038

Outstate American $

Allie's Deli & Catering

527 Marquette Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55402 : 612-333-6425

Minneapolis (Downtown) Deli, Sandwiches Catering, Takeout

ALM Corner Cafe

3301 Central Ave. NE : Minneapolis, MN 55418 : 612-781-3526

Northeast Minneapolis Coffeehouse, Latin American, Tea $

Amanda's

332 Minnesota St. : St. Paul, MN 55101 : 651-222-3883

St. Paul (Downtown) American, Deli Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Amazing Grace Bakery And Cafe

394 Lake Ave. S. : Duluth, MN 55802 : 218-723-0075

Outstate Bakery, Cafe

Ambrosia Coffee

430 1st Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-338-7005

Ambrosia Coffee
Minneapolis (Downtown) Cafe, Coffeehouse Kid Friendly $

Ambrosia Coffee

7373 France Ave. S. : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-831-6232

Edina Bakery, Cafe, Coffeehouse Kid Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible $

America's Harvest

7025 Boone Ave. N. : Crystal, MN 55428 : 763-536-3333

America's Harvest

Traditional American cuisine, much of it cooked over an open hearth; order wisely and you'll fast be sinking yourteeth into broiled Canadian walleye. More >>

Crystal American Banquet Facilities

American Bistro

155 5 Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55415 : 612-341-4227

Minneapolis (Downtown) Bistro $

American Burger Emporium

7455 Currell Blvd. : Woodbury, MN 55125 : 651-739-6299

Woodbury American $

The American Hero

1262 Lone Oak Road : Edina, MN 55439 : 612-688-6864

You may feel a little silly calling out your sandwich order;they're each named after a different celebrity. (You want aShirley Temple with hot peppers and red vinegar? For shame.) It'sall in good fun though, and these authentic New York style herosandwiches do taste good. Daily soups and side... More >>

Edina American

The American Hero

7031 Cahill Road : Edina, MN 55439 : 952-943-8148

You may feel a little silly calling out your sandwich order;they're each named after a different celebrity. (You want aShirley Temple with hot peppers and red vinegar? For shame.) It'sall in good fun though, and these authentic New York style herosandwiches do taste good. Daily soups and side... More >>

Edina American

The American Hero

68 S. Snelling Ave. : Edina, MN 55439 : 612-699-9490

You may feel a little silly calling out your sandwich order;they're each named after a different celebrity. (You want aShirley Temple with hot peppers and red vinegar? For shame.) It'sall in good fun though, and these authentic New York style herosandwiches do taste good. Daily soups and side... More >>

Edina American

American Motorsports Bar

7240 E. Point Douglas Road S. : Cottage Grove, MN 55016 : 651-768-0303

Play bingo and pull tabs while watching your favorite NASCAR driver win this weekend's race (or the Twins, Vikings, Wild). Throw in a couple of Miller High Lifes and some fried appetizers and you've got American Motorsports Bar. Standard bar food at standard bar prices (about $5 to $13) is the... More >>

Cottage Grove American Kid Friendly, Takeout $

American Pie

11056 Cedar Lake Road Minnetonka, MN : Hopkins, MN 55305 : 952-546-5995

American Pie
Minnetonka Buffet, Pizza, Sandwiches $$

American Pie Pizza

6529 S. Nicollet Ave. : Richfield, MN 55423 : 612-243-3777

American Pie Pizza
Richfield Pizza Catering, Delivery, Order Online, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Amian American & Asian Bistro

14755 Victor Hugo Blvd. N. : Hugo, MN 55038 : 651-407-1888

Outstate American, Asian $

Amore Coffee

917 Grand Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55105 : 651-222-6770

Amore Coffee
Macalester/Groveland Cafe Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Wheelchair Accessible $, $$

Amore Coffee

879 Smith Ave. : West St. Paul, MN 55118 : 651-330-0570

Amore Coffee
West St. Paul Coffeehouse $

Amore Victoria

1601 W. Lake St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-823-0250

Amore Victoria

Serving classic Italian and modern fusion dishes, Amore Victoria has carved out a unique niche in the Uptown neighborhood. The care starts from the first step, with fresh, organic produce, never-frozen chicken, and natural, hormone-free meats. The dishes show signature flair, from the favorite... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Italian Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Amoure Pizzaria

3200 Lyndale Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-825-3715

Homemade pizza, pasta, hoagies and all the best marinara sauce enhanced treats for your saucy life. More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Pizza

Amsterdam

6 W. 6th St. : St. Paul, MN 55102 : 612-285-3112

Amsterdam

Don't let the downtown St. Paul location throw you: having spotted a gap in the area's live music department, Amsterdam has jumped into it feet-first. A destination bar with a focus on live music and DJs, this venue from the same Oulman-family braintrust that gave Nordeast the 331 has a modern,... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) American

Amsterdam Cafe

112 3rd St. : Excelsior, MN 55331 : 612-333-4119

Excelsior Coffeehouse, Tea

Andale Taqueria y Mercado

7700 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55423 : 612-259-8868

Richfield Mexican $

Andiamo Italian Ristorante

1629 Lena Court : Eagan, MN 55122 : 651-289-2000

Andiamo Italian Ristorante
Eagan Italian $

Andrea's Pizza

330 2nd Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55401 : 612-332-6457

Andrea's Pizza

Minneapolis isn't known for its great or plentiful slice shops, but Andrea Pizza may be one of the best. Novices will know they've arrived when they see the massive lunch lines--a true sign of a good pizza joint. They slice their hand-tossed New York style pies large and serve everything from... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Pizza Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Andy's Garage

920 E. Lake St. # 151 : Minneapolis, MN 55407 : 612-886-2602

Andy's Garage
Powderhorn American Takeout $

Andy's Garage

1825 University Ave. W. : St Paul, MN 55104-3401 : 651-917-2332

Macalester/Groveland American, Burgers, Traditional

Angelina's Cafe

2230 Eagle Creek : Woodbury, MN 55129 : 651-436-6999

Woodbury American $

Angelina's Kitchen

2170H Eagle Creek Lane : Woodbury, MN 55129 : 651-998-0474

Angelina's Kitchen
Woodbury American Catering, Takeout $

Angelo's Pizza

1668 N. White Bear Ave. : St. Paul, MN 55106 : 651-771-8484

Angelo's Pizza
Phalen Pizza Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $, $$

Angelo's Pizza

1203 Southview Blvd. : South St. Paul, MN 55075 : 651-450-1270

Angelo's Pizza
South St. Paul Pizza Banquet Facilities, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout $

Angeno's Pizza & Pasta

13588 80th Circle N. : Maple Grove, MN 55369 : 763-420-8200

Angeno's Pizza & Pasta
Maple Grove Italian, Pizza Delivery, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Angeno's Pizza & Pasta

3060 Brookdale Drive : Brooklyn Park, MN 55444 : 763-560-0481

Angeno's Pizza & Pasta
Brooklyn Park Italian, Pizza Kid Friendly, Takeout $

Angry Catfish

4208 28th Ave. S. : Minneapolis, MN 55406 : 612-722-1538

Angry Catfish

Ever had one of those days so madly fueled by espresso that it's all you can do not to race through the city streets like the Greek god Mercury? Well, the Angry Catfish can help you get across town in record speed. Not only does it boast some of the best-brewed coffee in the metro, but it’s... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Cafe

Anna Chung Oriental

1960 Cliff Lake Road : Eagan, MN 55122 : 651-454-8543

Anna Chung Oriental
Eagan Chinese, Pan-Asian Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible $

Annamarie's Bakeshop & Eatery

820 W. 36th St. : Minneapolis, MN 55408 : 612-822-3411

Donuts and danishes right between the butcher and the hardware store. More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Bakery, Fast Food

Annie's

4640 W. 77th St. : Edina, MN 55435 : 952-832-5203

Edina American $

Annie's Parlour

313 14th Ave. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-379-0744

Annie's Parlour

The place to go if you want an old fashioned burger and hand-cut fries. It will be a true test of will to resist ordering a custom-blended malt, complete with your choice of syrup, candies, splinters of ice, and whipped cream, big enough to give three people stomach aches or satisfy four... More >>

University American, Burgers Kid Friendly, Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Annie's Wok

9372 Lexington Ave. N. : Circle Pines, MN 55014 : 763-784-0118

Outstate Chinese $

Anodyne Coffee House

4301 Nicollet Ave. : Minneapolis, MN 55409 : 612-824-4300

Anodyne Coffee House

Their name comes from a word meaning that which soothes, calms or comforts--and appropriately a visit to this quiet stylish cafe will leave you placid and peaceable. Light homemade fare including oatmeal dressed up with pears, pecans, and wild rice; Square Eggs and Spam; and vegetarian chili. More >>

Kingfield Breakfast, Cafe Patio-Sidewalk Dining, Takeout $

Anoka Coffee Shop

530 W. Main St. : Anoka, MN 55303 : 763-421-9749

Outstate Cafe, Coffeehouse $

Ansari's Mediterranean Grill and Lounge

1960 Rahncliff Rd. : Eagan, MN 55122 : 651-452-0999

Ansari's Mediterranean Grill and Lounge
Eagan Greek $$

Anthony's Wharf

201 Main St. SE : Minneapolis, MN 55414 : 612-378-7058

Beautiful view, beautiful seafood, enjoy the Mississippi and the skyline as you wallow in Alaskan snow crab, grilled swordfish, lobster tail, and scallops. If shellfish makes you squirmy, don't fret; they serve fresh walleye, steaks, and chicken, too. More >>

University Seafood

Antiquity Rose

429 Second St. : Excelsior, MN 55331 : 952-474-2661

Excelsior American $
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