St. Anthony's Top 5 restaurants for food and fireworks
Minneapolis's Red, White, and Boom fireworks take place this Sunday, July 4, at 10 p.m. over the Mississippi River right between St. Anthony Main, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the Guthrie Theater. Here are our suggestions for where to eat before the big display on the Northeast bank. (Also, re-use this info July 24 when the post-Aquatennial Target Fireworks display takes place in roughly the same spot.)
We're guessing that everything in St. Anthony Main is going to be mobbed--though if you dare fight the crowds, check out the new Aster Cafe or the great beer list at Pracna--and would suggest heading to Hennepin Ave. instead.
3. Burgers at Bulldog NE Here's what we like to see in a neighborhood bar: 24 tap beers (lots of Belgians), jukebox, shuffleboard, tots, and burgers. Bulldog NE has all the bases covered. We're big fans of the Junk Burger, made with double-ground, house-cured Wagyu beef layered with a junk-drawer of toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and roasted garlic aioli. In fact it's among our Top 10 in the Twin Cities.
2. Asian Eats at Ginger Hop We like the General Tsing's Chicken (there's the hops in "Hop"), which is a milder version of General Tso's, and the Hop Laab, or Thai lettuce wraps, made with minced chicken that's seasoned with lime, cilantro, and toasted ground rice. Supplement with something ginger: the Ginger-or-Mary Ann cocktail and the house-made ginger snaps with candied ginger ice cream if they're on the menu.
1. Brasa Have we ever had a bad meal at Brasa? No. Have we ever had a dish we didn't like at Brasa? No. Do we like to go to Brasa pretty much any chance we get? Of course. We could live on nothing but a plate of sides, if we could possibly choose between the cheese grits, yucca, plantains, beans and rice, yams and andouille sausage, the collard greens with smoked turkey...etc., etc.
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