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Twin Cities Restaurant Guide

Whether you are visiting, new here, or a long-time resident who panics every time you actually get a night out…well, we have some Twin Cities restaurant finds for you.

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Important announcement: we love to eat!

And we’re back atcha with a detailed list of all our favorite places to eat with this Twin Cities restaurant guide.

Whether you are visiting, new here, or a long-time resident who panics every time you actually get a night out and then can only think of the same two restaurants to go to…well, we have some food finds for you.

Like, amazing places you can go and people will deliver food and drinks to you and you absolutely don’t have to have anything to do with making them. Sure, we’re predominantly a recipe blog over here, but now we want to tell you (ask you? kindly demand?) to go ahead and check every single one of these establishments off your list because the Twin Cities has a pretty amazing restaurant scene.

This Twin Cities restaurant guide has been a team effort - we’re not saying we have a dedicated Slack channel where all we do is tell each other where to go and what to eat but also, OF COURSE WE DO. So here’s a little round-up from all of us of these must-eat spots.

Is this a professional food critic's list of the top restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul? No.

Is this a list of some of OUR favorite places? The ones that we know and love, that have our hearts, that recognize our faces because we frequent them so much? Yes!

Bless you, hungry eater in Minneapolis / St. Paul! We hope you find just what you're looking for.


In This Twin Cities Restaurant Guide


For Coffee-Ish Drinks

Image of the outdoor patio at Penny’s downtown.

Nina's Coffee

Situated smack dab on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, you can enjoy your coffee inside the beautiful library-esque Nina’s, sit outside on the sidewalk on a sunny Sunday morning, or take your jolt to go and walk around one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Twin Cities.

What we order: Coffee coffee coffee! Latte, capuccino, Americano, espresso, whatever sounds good and makes us feel most like F. Scott Fitzgerald.

165 Western Ave N, St Paul

Sencha Tea Bar

“Want anything from Sencha?” is a very common and very important question around here. For bubble tea, tea lattes, and iced teas, this is the spot.

What we order: FOR SURE the Royal Tea Latte (hot or iced, with or without bubbles)

1692 Grand Ave, St Paul (more locations in Minneapolis)


For Drinky-Drinks

Cocktail in a clear glass with a cherry in it.

Snack Bar

Come for the drinks, stay for the snacks. Or come for the snacks, stay for the drinks? The booths are cozy, the vibe is 10/10, and you can always sneak over to Bar La Grassa across the hall when you need second dinner.

What we order: For drinks, Burch Old Fashioned or a glass of red from their beautiful wine list. For snacks, Charred Leeks, Pickled Cauliflower Salad, Schupfnudeln, and PIZZA.

800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom

So many great local breweries here in the Twin Cities but Indeed is a treat. Amazing craft beers, a beautiful patio area, and if you’re lucky (and you usually are), the Revival food truck is right around the corner.

(Also, their community-driven charitable initiative, Indeed We Can, is another excellent reason to get over there on any given Wednesday night.)

What we order: Flavorwave IPA, Pistachio Cream Ale, or the Mexican Honey Light.

711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis

Volstead’s Emporium

This super fun secret bar is gorgeously designed like a prohibition-era speakeasy with a tricky-to-find, hidden entrance and all. Beautiful ambience, truly excellent craft cocktails, and if you happen to get there when the house-made french onion dip is on the menu, you are in for a TREAT.

What we order: (the menu changes often but…) El Cucuy, Volstead’s Old Fashioned, New Romance

711 W Lake St, Minneapolis

Norseman Distillery

The drinks at Norseman are WILD. But in the best way. Also there's a food truck right out front that has amazing tacos and really what more could you ever want?

What we order: Their menu changes often, so whatever funky new seasonal drink they've come up with is always gonna be good!

451 Taft St NE, Minneapolis

Martina

If you like your drink to not only taste good but look beautiful too, then this is your spot. The bar is small but that just means you'll feel like a VIP.

What we order: G&T, Selene, or Martina Old Fashioned

4312 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis


For Breakfast and Brunch

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French Meadow

Out of everywhere else for brunching in the Twin Cities, this is our go-to spot where we could almost just say “I'll have the usual.” The usual being a giant breakfast burrito the size of your head.

What we order: Breakfast Burrito, Zone Omelette, or Cajun Hashbrowns - Tempeh Rueben if you're there for lunch

1662 Grand Ave, St Paul (another location in Minneapolis)

Alma Cafe

Honestly, being at ALMA just makes you feel good. There’s a coursed dinner on the restaurant side that’s delicious, but the cafe side is airy, casual, and has breakfast all day.

What we order: Corner Store Breakfast Sandwich, Sunshine Helps Breakfast Sandwich (add bacon!), Blueberry Smoothie, House Fresh Ricotta and Toast, Bibb Lettuce Salad, and the Saffron Rice and Chickpeas.

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis

Colossal Cafe

If you ask someone if they've ever been to Colossal they'll usually just scream “THE BISCUITS!!!” and that's all that really needs to be said.

What we order: Roasted Pork Shoulder Burrito Bowl, or Breakfast Sandwiches (on a biscuit! duh!)

2315 Como Ave, St Paul (more locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Hi-Lo Diner

Modern, fun food meets an actual 1957 diner. Plus a charming patio for the better-weather days. The menu is part classic and lovable, part zany and weird and really ridiculous. The best of both worlds!

What we order: Gary Cooper (fried chicken on a donut? you can't make this up), Huevos Rancheros, or good ol' Pancakes

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis


Take-Out Favorites

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Kyoto Sushi

Just a good, basic, strip mall, neighborhood sushi spot that will make all your dynamite roll dreams come true. Takeout is the reg for us, but contrary to everything you think, the in-house all-you-can-eat deal is actually kind of amazing.

What we order: Dynamite Roll, Kyoto Roll, Dragon Roll, and maybe Vegetable Tempura if you're feeling greedy

2100 Snelling Ave, Roseville

St. Paul Bagelry

Nothing special on the inside, other than a fresh basket of the most delicious, most life-changing Everything Bagels that you will ever sink your teeth into.

What we order: Anything on an Everything Bagel

1702 Lexington Ave N, Roseville

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India Palace

Annoying day at work. Broken heart. Speeding ticket. There is no bad-day-SOS situation that an India Palace curry with paneer naan can't fix. This is the ultimate in comfort food.

What we order: Palak Aloo is honestly life changing - but also, Shahi Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Chicken Josh, Palak Paneer, and Paneer Naan

2570 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul (multiple locations in Twin Cities)

A table full of tacos and sauce and other mexican food!

La Tapatia

Food truck turned restaurant so you know it's gonna be good. You can pick and choose between tacos and nachos and burritos and more, but we're partial to a good plate of Chorizo Nachos. Recently opened a new location with more seating which can also be cute for a night out!

What we order: Chorizo Nachos and Carnitas Tacos / Fish Tacos combo

2730 E Snelling Ser Dr Ste 200, Roseville

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Pizza Luce

Dubbed “Minnesota's Best Pizza” and we'd have to 100% agree. This is an INSTITUTION in the cities and also free delivery so get on that now.

What we order: Ruby Rae and a Super Greens Salad

1183 Selby Ave, St Paul (multiple locations in Twin Cities)

Spitz

If we counted up all our Bitesquad orders at the office over the past few years, approximately 95% of them would be from Spitz. This restaurant is not exclusive to the Twin Cities and we don't care. It's a winner.

What we order: Street Cart Fries, Street Cart Doner, or Doner Basket (with falafel or beef/lamb)

518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis


For Casual Lunch and Dinner

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Hola Arepa

Another legendary spot for our team (see here). A wide array of griddled arepas stuffed to the brim, cocktails that make you swoon, and some necessary yuca fries with the famous aioli verde. YUM.

What we order: Arepas! Duh. Specifically: Slow-Roasted Pork, Hola Hot Chicken, or Black Bean and Sweet Potato PLUS a side of yuca fries

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

J. Selby's

Calling all vegans and non-vegans and people who just really like fun food! This one is a GAME-CHANGER. So much so that it inspired one of our favorite recipes on the blog.

What we order: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (ALWAYS, and with extra ranch), Dirty Secret Burger, or Crunchwrap

169 Victoria St, St Paul

Revival

Southern food, here you come. When the craving for fried chicken, sweet tea, fried green tomatoes, and banana cream pie strikes... this is the place. The St. Paul location is our hot spot.

What we order: Fried Chicken, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Banana Cream Pie

525 Selby Ave St. Paul (more locations in Twin Cities)

Nico's Tacos

If you want to sit on a cute patio and eat a la carte tacos and drink margaritas with your BFFs, go here now. And by now we mean Tuesday because buy-two-get-one-free-tacos.

What we order: Barbacoa, Chipotle Camaron, or Carnitas Tacos (with a side of any of the amazing salsas)

2516 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (location in St. Paul as well)

The Market at Malcolm Yards

A super hip food hall hosting 9 different kitchens all bringing small and unique menus to the table. You could grab food all from one place or, do what we love to do, and bounce around to try several things! It’s so hard to choose! Oh, and it’s also a very fun spot for drinks with a self-pour tap wall featuring delicious beers, wines and ciders.

What we order: Burger and ice cream at Bebe Zito, Korean Chicken Sandwich and the Cauliflower at Abang Yoli, Chicken Momos at Momo Dosa.

A warm bowl of ramen with tons of goodies on top.

Tori Ramen

Our favorite ramen in all the Twin Cities. Beautiful, complex, and yet somehow effortlessly casual. A serious game-changer.

What we order: Bali Bali Ramen

603 7th St W, St Paul, MN

The Nook

Looking for the famous Juicy Lucy? Here you go! Yes, you could go to any of the amazing spots that serve it but we're partial to the fries - er, the vibe - at the Nook (complete with vintage bowling alley downstairs).

What we order: Juicy Nookie or the Paul Molitor

492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul

World Street Kitchen

Food truck turned restaurant, resulting in counter-service fusion food at its finest. Everything is a little mind-twisty, hugely flavorful, and extremely delicious.

What we order: Bangkok Burrito or Yum Yum Rice Bowl

2743 Lyndale Ave S #5, Minneapolis

The Gnome Craft Pub

Small menu, large beer list, cozy bar for winter, and great patio for summer. Stop in the more proper restaurant for a fancy steak or lobster mac and cheese, or opt for the bar-side for poutine and wings.

What we order: Giant pretzel, Gnome Burger and the fries - oh my goodness, THE FRIES

498 Selby Ave, St Paul

Chimborazo

This gem over in Northeast serving up traditional food from Ecuador is truly not to be missed! (But you *could* miss it while driving past because it is humble little guy!) The rich coconutty sauce in the encocado is seriously drinkable and you don’t want to leave this place without the patacones (fried green plantains). We don’t dream about them every night, but most.

What we order: Churrasco, Llampingachos Con Chorizo, Shrimp Encocado, Patacones Con Queso

2851 NE Central Ave, Minneapolis

Anchor Fish & Chips

Really, truly, hands-down the best fish & chips in the Cities. FIGHT US. Just kidding, please don’t. Just eat deliciously light, crisp-battered, perfectly salty fish & chips! Since this is the real authentic Irish deal, you’ll have to ask for tartar sauce, but do not skip.

What we order: Fish & Chips, (but also sometimes a Meat Pastie!)

302 13th Ave Northeast, Minneapolis

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Hai Hai

Another amazing ambience and food extravaganza from the folks behind Hola. This brightly colored oasis is full of delicious craft cocktails and fresh, bold and zippy dishes inspired by Southeast Asian street food. Order everything, is that too much? The patio is also tops!

What we order: Spring Rolls, Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu, Beef Laab Lettuce Wraps, Hanoi Sticky Rice, and Balinese Chicken Thigh.

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis

Boludo

They say they are bringing “a taste of Buenos Aires to Minneapolis” and WHOO-BOY, do they deliver! The pizza is unlike anything you’ve ever had and the Argentinian empanadas will not let you down. Are you going to also grab some churro donuts and flan? Listen, you’re going to be mad if you don’t.

What we order: Empanadas! (the Carne, Pollo, and Humita ones are faves). The Campo, Peras, and Sarandano pizzas.

8 W. 38th St., Minneapolis


For Fancy-Ish Date Night

A restaurant with outdoor seating in a garden with lights.

WA Frost

Real talk: this is the best patio in all of the Twin Cities. THERE. We said it. Tucked into a charming and lush corner of old Saint Paul with the best cheese boards in town.

What we order: Charcuterie/cheese plates and of any their seafood dishes.

374 Selby Ave, St Paul

Bar La Grassa

If we had to pick one spot to say “YOU HAVE TO GO HERE” it would be Bar La Grassa. Best pastas, best wine list, best cozy date-night atmosphere. Just, honestly, best everything.

What we order: Charred Red Onion and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Gnocchi with Cauliflower and Orange (A MUST), Pappardelle with Veal Ragu, Mushroom & Taleggio Agnolotti, Crab Ravioli.

800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis

Estelle

A Saint Paul neighborhood favorite. Pasta, tapas, housemade desserts, the coziest bar, unique and delicious cocktails… Estelle’s got it all.

What we order: Patatas bravas, the pasta with jalapeño pesto, the silky sausage rigatoni, the cheeseburger, Star Bar for dessert, and any of their specialty cocktails.

1806 St Clair Ave, St Paul

Pajarito

A refined Mexican bistro on a neighborhood corner. Kind of hip, kind of mod, kind of moody and intense? But in the most delicious and romantic way.

What we order: Queso Fundido, Elote Style Brussels Sprouts, Birria.

605 7th St W, St Paul

Young Joni

If its long list of reservations doesn't already tell you that it's good, then you'll just have to take our word for it when we say this: Korean. BBQ. Pizza.

What we order: The Cauliflower, Bibim Grain Bowl, and Korean BBQ Pizza, and Tavern Pie.

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis

Broders' Pasta Bar

This sweet little family-owned pasta bar in South Minneapolis is and Italian gem. The pasta is always perfect, the sauces are drinkable and the wine menu has everything you need. Everything about it feels special.

What we order: Olive Ripiene, Burrata, Bucatini al Mascarpone e Ruccola, Fettucini con Gamberi, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Lemon Chicken Risotto

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis

Mucci's

A teeny-tiny little pasta joint with a small and thoroughly excellent menu. Adorable patio for summer and fall, and cozy tables inside for the colder months. House-made pastas, creative appetizers, and a classic Italian hand-me-down recipe for that Mucci's red sauce... so yes, you'll want to eat everything.

What we order: Lasagna, Bucatini (POY version here), Chicken Parm, and for surely the Hangover Kale with a hunk of focaccia for dipping.

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis

Baldamar

This is one of my favorite borderline-fancy date night spots for double dates or girls' nights. You can go all-out and order steak, lobster, and the whole shebang (it IS a steakhouse, after all), or you can do what we often do, which is order lots of small plates to share. Just like the good old days of Applebees half price apps, but make it elegant, beautiful, and bougie.

What we order: Bread Is Life, Short Rib Chorizo Nachos, Corn Dip, Chimichurri Shrimp

1642 County Road B2 West, Roseville

Gus Gus

This is hands-down my favorite burger in the Twin Cities - unapologetically cheesy, saucy, loaded with caramelized onions, and just generally over the top. I love it. But contrary to what it sounds like, the vibe is not greasy diner - it's more of a charming neighborhood bistro. It's in an older building, teensy-tiny, and packed in real tight, which I find sweet and cozy and perfect for a date night. Love this place.

What we order: Show Me Your Spritz (NA cocktail), Gem Lettuce Salad, Cheeseburger with fries (and add a side of bagna cauda aioli!)

128 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul


Food In The North Suburbs

Oliver's

A spacious, airy, and Joanna-Gainesy looking space that is supremely comfortable and ideal for long catching-up conversations. Try not to get mesmerized by watching pizzas come in and out of the woodstone fire oven.

What we order: the Oliver's salad (POY version here!), the loaded tots, the corn dip, the burgers or fried chicken sandwiches, OR the scrambler and breakfast tacos for brunch.

159 Grass Lake Pl, Shoreview

Churchill Street

A little taste of the city food scene up here in the suburbs. Loaded with modern charm. Amazing pastries and creative, unique, fun lunch and dinner dishes.

What we order: Arancini, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Churchill Burger, OR the Old Fashioned donut for morning times.

4606 Churchill St, Shoreview

Taste of Scandinavia

Absolute essential brunch experience for anyone living in the north suburbs. Less of a magazine vibe and more of a neighborhood bakery feel brimming with tried-and-true Scandinavian favorites.

What we order: Swedish Pancakes, Swedish Sausage Scrambler, Breakfast Croissant, Bacon Avocado Lefse Wrap, and of course, Swedish Meatballs (the best anywhere).

845 Village Center Dr, North Oaks

Tavern Grill

Kind of like a local-chain, upscale, grown-up Applebees - meaning this as a true compliment. Great place for happy hour or an outdoor dinner on their twinkle-lighty patio.

What we order: Buffalo Chicken Salad, Tavern Style Burger, Crab Artichoke Dip, and absolutely do not skip the waffle fries with the seasoned sour cream or - in true Midwestern form - one of their many varieties of housemade ranch.

3561 Lexington Ave N, Arden Hills

Namaste

A nearly-weekly takeout order for us in the colder months especially. The actual definition of comfort food. So lovely to have such amazing Indian food in our little Minnesotan suburb!

What we order: Chicken Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer or Palak Aloo, Paneer Shahi Korma, and the “Bread Basket” aka a sampler platter of all the varieties hot, steamy naan.

3673 Lexington Ave N Suite L, Arden Hills

Winkin Rooster

AKA Doug's Place! Perfect little lunch stop with sandwiches as big as your whole head.

What we order: The California (ordering Lindsay-style will get you the aioli instead of the mayo, which is a winning swap), and the “Bjorkie” Reuben will get you a less meat, more kraut reuben that is very very yum.

3600 Lexington Ave. N, Shoreview


Do you have a favorite that's NOT on our list? Leave it in the comments and tell us what to order. Pinky promise we will keep hunting down your good recommendations (and updating the list as necessary)!

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Timely post! I’m coming up to run the Twin Cities Marathon so I’m keeping this list!

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    YES. TO. THIS. LIST. 🙌🏻

    A couple of other thoughts:
    1. Penny’s makes the best darn cold brew in the city. Locations in Linden Hills, North Loop & now Wayzata.
    2. Parlour is one of the BEST spots for fancy dranks. Their burger is also damn good.
    3. Speaking of burgers…Martina makes a MEAN burger. It’s only at brunch, make a res!
    4. The Cuban arepa at Hola Arepa will change your life. Magic. ✨

    So fun to see team POY’s faves! Thanks for putting this together!

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    There are places you feature that I haven’t been to, so I have some eating to do! A fancy date place I’d add is 112 eatery. It’s so cozy so the perfect place for a special occasion meal (we went there the night we got engaged!). I love their pasta with lamb sugo (usually not a lamb person but this sauce is amazing!). I have celiac so I love that they actually make their own GF pasta. It tastes so much better than the store bought crap! We also always get the scallop appetizer and the butterscotch buddino for dessert. Sooo good!

    For any gluten intolerant readers, I also highly recommend Sift Bakery on 45th & Bloomington in S Mpls. Everything is GF and it’s amazing! My fave thing is the cinnamon rolls – pro tip is to take it to go and heat it up. Yummmmm!!

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    As someone who lives in the north metro, I am SO GRATEFUL for this list and will refer to it often! So often my husband and I google new places to try, but then because of decision paralysis end up at um, well, Chipotle….so I am excited to go through your list of recs!

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    As I am a foody person I was looking for a perfect restaurant where I can find Indian food. I will definitely try India palace food and as you mentioned palak aloo, shahi paneer, vegetable korma, and chicken josh will be my top priority.

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      You listed quite a few that I’ve never tried – how exciting! From one St. Paulite to another, here are some of my favorite neighborhood spots: iPho (Dale and University), Seoul Cafe (Snelling and University), Tavial Grill and Supatra’s both on W. 7th.

      Oh! And, the Birchwood Cafe in Longfellow.

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    Thank you for this list! For pizza we love Black Sheep (as do all the guests we take!) and for other generally just delicious food, 6Smith in Wayzata is great!

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    Thanks for posting!! There are a few I haven’t been to yet… definitely second Revival, World Street Kitchen, Hi-Lo, Spitz, and Young Joni.

    Some of my other faves:
    The Commodore for drinks
    Trapeze Bubbles Bar for drinks
    Al’s Place (above Stanley’s NE, password is furniture!) for drinks
    Prohibition (in the Foshay) for drinks
    Rincon 38 for tapas
    Bungalow Club for a special occasion (amazing cocktails, apps, and main courses)
    Lake Wine & Spirits (cheese shop) for incredible sandwiches!

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    Oh my gosh! So excited to see this! There are so many I’ve not heard of before, but now will definitely need to try. Thanks!

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    Thank you for this post! I used to write about Twin Cities restaurants, so this list makes me oh-so-happy!

    I can second many of your suggestions: Marvel Bar & Martina for cocktails, Cooks St. Paul for Short Rib Eggs Benedict, the Yum Yum Bowl at World Street Kitchen…

    But I’d like to add that while the patio at W.A. Frost is unparalleled, the interior is very cozy in the winter. We love Pajaritos for brunch. (I can’t quit the chilaquiles!) We also love Red Rabbit for breakfast/brunch (me: breakfast bowl; husband: cavatelli).

    I could go on and on about recommendations (but then I should go back to posting them, right?) and most you’ve probably had. So I’ll just say this… Hodges Bend in St. Paul is quite possibly one of the most underrated, hidden gems in St. Paul – coffee, wine and cocktail bar with small plates and more using local ingredients. We sat at the bar on a Sunday afternoon and had the best service, too. 🙂

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      YESSS to Hodges Bend! So happy to see someone mention them! This is our neighborhood spot, and while part of me would love to keep it that way, this team of people deserve all the kudos they get!

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    We love traveling up to the Twin Cities and we discovered a place on our 1st anniversary and can’t stop going back! It’s called 112 Eatery and it’s in downtown Minneapolis. HIGHLY recommend checking it out. And I know we’ll be checking out some places on this list we haven’t hit yet!

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    Amazing list! It’s worth noting that St. Paul Bagelry has a location in Minneapolis as well – it’s a little cuter inside as well 🙂

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    Love this list! I live abroad now, but we come back to visit family every year. I’m looking forward to trying a few of these when we’re back this fall. I’d also add Sea Salt (in Minnehaha park) – delicious food, great beer, and Sebastian Joe’s ice cream.

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    Great list! We also love Fig & Farro at Calhoun Square. All vegan and so delicious. Recommend Hai Hai for yummy Vietnamese street food and Crepe & Spoon has vegan ice cream and gluten free crepes.

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    Don’t sleep on that sundried tomato bagel at the Bagelry. The sausage egg and cheese on a sundried bagel *chef’s kiss* perfection.

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      oh and also my favorite dish in all of the Twin Cities is the beef saltado at Chimborazo in Northeast.

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    some of my faves you missed: Boludo, Colita, Popul Vu, Grand Cafe, Bungalow Club, Tilia, Hello Pizza, Animales BBQ, Muddy Waters, Cafe Racer, Clancey’s, Kyatchi..

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    GREAT list! I also love Delicata and Punch for pizza, and think 112 Eatery is actually even better than Bar La Grassa (although the lobster egg bruschetta at BLG is among my favorite dishes ever). La Tapatia is my fave, while the nachos are my go-to, the al pastor burrito with the works is amazing.

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    What a great list! Something for every eating out occasion.
    One of my favorites didn’t make your list… Shish. Shish is a Mediterranean, laid back locale to enjoy the best cup of Turkish coffee, amazing humus, any entree, and top it off with the best cake selection you can find – brought to you table in portions that could feed a small army. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Yum! One of my favorite NE Minneapolis gems is Chimborazo! It’s consistently delicious, casual and affordable. Some of our go-to items are: Shrimp Encocado, Ecuatoriano Vegetariano, Churrasco and (always) yuca fries.
    A few other favorite spots – Gorkha Palace, Red Wagon Pizza Co, Maya Cusine and Broders’ Pasta Bar.

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    Love this list BUT FOR Pizza Luce. I honestly think the toppings are great but the crust is bland. I much prefer Red Wagon, Lake Harriet or Broder’s (if you want a gigantic pizza that is oh-so-fulfilling, especially with a light sprinkle of Maldon on top).

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    Yes!! I read this list yesterday morning and it got me so excited for my reservation for Young Joni later that afternoon. Definitely did not disappoint. Love reading the suggestions in others’ comments, too!

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    I’ve only been to Minneapolis once and it was for a three-day conference. We went to Chimborazo for dinner and loved it so much went back the next night. I still think about it. So good.

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    I love many of these places and would add: Tongue in Cheek, Neighborhood Cafe (but for dinner!), Birchwood Cafe, and Maria’s Cafe

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    I love this!! My fav coffee spots are Spyhouse (get the spygirl) and a new find is Misfit Coffee (get the smoked peach vanilla latte with oatmilk). For drinks I actually don’t love Marvel Bar, Tattersall and Lawless Distilling are our superstars. Brunch: Hell’s Kitchen is still a winner after all these years (get the bison benedict or huevos), and then stop in at Angel Food Bakery on your way out. For those bigger nights out: Bachelor Farmer in Mpls or Octo Fishbar in St Paul (bonus to Octo: kitty corner is Black Dog cafe, with an awesome wine-by-the-glass list and amazing fries for pre/post dinner!)

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    Hi, guys! Are you using a plugin to create these content blocks for this roundup? I absolutely love it (huge fan of your plugins). Let me know! 🙂