Target Field dining: Top 5 North Loop restaurants
While we're big fans of the food inside the stadium, we realize that sometimes you're going to want to hit a nearby restaurant before or after the game, too (those innings can drag on for hours sometimes...) With the Twins back to town this Friday, here are our Top 5 picks for North Loop dining.
1. Black Sheep Just look what that white-hot coal-burning oven does to the crust, making it all bubbly and just a little bit charred--delish! That's one of the big reason Black Sheep makes some of our favorite pies in town. The hip, basement-level digs are now open for lunch, so you can stop in any time between 11:30 and 10 (11 on weekends) to get your pizza fix.
3. Be'Wiched We love, love, love that house-cured pastrami at Be'Wiched. Get takeout (add something sweet from the bakery case) and stroll down to the riverfront for a little picnic action. Be'Wiched offers specials for game attendees and also has a daily happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. with all tap beers $3, and all glasses of wine $4.
4. Bar La Grassa Taking someone to the Twins game who insists on wearing her fur coat and heels in the stadium seats, a la Carrie Bradshaw at the Yankees game? Then you'll want to visit the trendiest spot in the neighborhood, Bar La Grassa, for a late-night plate of pasta or a few cocktails (it's open 'till 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat. and midnight on Sundays). The gnocchi with cauliflower is one of our perennial faves--but anything you order comes with a side of people watching.
5. Sapor Sick of all the crowds, the cheering, the beer-spilling and general stadium hullabaloo? Then head to Sapor, a Washington Avenue oasis, where the vibe is always serene, if a little austere. The dining room might be a little formal for jerseys and flip-flops, but all are welcome in the bar (pictured), for sharable small plates from all over the globe, including several vegetarian-friendly options.
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