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The downtown Minneapolis institution Eli's has expanded to Northeast. Like it's cousin, you're all but guaranteed a good time at the new Eli's East, with its friendly service and classy but casual fare. Many of the original Eli's favorites remain, such as penne and cheese, the black and blue burger, house-made pastrami, and good steaks. The new place has added some ambitious small plates and a wider variety of entrees in the "upscale home-style" category, like bacon-wrapped meatloaf and coq au vin. It's also a great late-night dining option till 1 a.m. PHOTOS BY E. KATIE HOLM. Eli's East Food & Cocktails: 815 East Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis / 612.331.0031; elisfoodandcocktails.com. Read the review.