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Places to eat/drink for a nice but casual night out in Minne.

My wife and I will be visiting friends and checking out the city (perhaps to move to) this October and would love some recomendations on places to eat. We've been told that we'd like "Hennepin Avenue" in the Uptown neighborhood. So anywhere around there would be cool as we'd like to check out that hood as well. 


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  • Chino Latino (restaurant)

    2916 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis 55408.0 (612) 824-7878

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    Minneapolis MN

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  • 112 Eatery (restaurant)

    112 N 3rd St Minneapolis MN 55401 (612) 343-7696

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  • colleen nelson

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    Uptown has many great places to eat - some of my favorites are: Lucia's (midwest farm to table cuisine in a bistro setting) great for dinner lunch & brunch, Tryg's (american fusion), Chino Latino (Asian/Latin fusion - make sure to order to share) - fun loud eclectic, Burger Jones (upscale interesting great burgers. There are also a lot of new places in the Calhoun Square . For Downtown: Monte Carlo Restaurant (cool bar & great food), 112 Eatery (sit on the 1st floor if you can, J.D. Hoyt's (best chops in town), Saffron Restaurant (mediterranean), Sawatdee on Washington Ave, Bar La Grassa $$$ upcale, Sanctuary $$$, Mission American Kitchen & Bar $$$ Midwest comfort food, Zelo -- excellent Italian!!! Masa (designer mexican).

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    • Michael C.

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      Saffron for sure. Its Greek To Me also. Dont forget about St Paul! · (1 likelikes)

    • Bobbie P.

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      Chino Latino is a great spot! Definitely order to share like Colleen suggested. · (1 likelikes)

    • erik j.

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      Thanks!! Planning out our trip now. Going to make a check list with your suggestions and work it out with my friend that we're staying with : ) · (0 likelikes)

    • Kelly L.

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      So many options - assuming you want to go local (vs. chain which some of the above posts contain) and have a wonderful cozy farm to table culinary experience I'd go for @Tilia which is right near "the lakes" close to Uptown, @Cafe Barbette right in Uptown (sunday brunch there is good too), @Haute Dish right on the edge of the Warehouse district and close to Target Field downtown...and if you go there you should definitely hit @Marvel Bar for a craft cocktail before or after dinner it's sort of a modern speakeasy feel, and lastly, @Borrough also on Washington...again hit Marvel Bar too. You can wear jeans and a sweater to any of these but the food is off the charts on all of them...I'd put all of them on equal footing with Barbette falling short a bit putting it behind. Hopefully you can go out to eat more than once cuz we've got options!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jess Baden

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    I live downtown and if you are looking for a great dining experience, I would have to recommend 112 Eatery as my top pick and a close 2nd Restaurant Alma . Both are a little more expensive, but they are worth it. If you are looking to enjoy the scenery with your meal, I'd recommend Union Restaurant & Rooftop (also downtown) it's an enclosed, greenhouse-style rooftop so, since you are coming in October, so you will still be warm. Their food and amibance is casual and you look out onto Hennepin Ave downtown as well. If you are thinking Uptown, my favorite spot is Urban Eatery on the Northwest side of Calhoun. Unique dishes and fun drinks and you get a beautiful view of the lake. Once you dtuff your faces, Calhoun Square is a 3 mile circumfrence to walk it off :)

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      Love Jess's suggestion about The Union. It has a very cool retractable greenhouse rooftop! It is such a great place to enjoy downtown - especially on a nice evening when the roof is open. · (1 likelikes)

    • Kelly L.

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      Alma is phenomenal...what it lacks in atmosphere it makes up in spades with the food. That said, very expensive and no real way to get around a hefty bill unless you want to leave hungry. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Tyler Olson

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    Hey Erik,


    Great quesiton. One thing I think the Twin Cities is really underated for is their food - tons of amazing restaurants and bars all over.

    Colleen gave you a great list, so let me chime in a little bit on which neighborhoods to check out. The Minneapolis downtown area, to me at least, is a bit of a bummer, as in you won't find too many gems or 'must do' places (except for The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar , go there). However, get outside of the downtown proper area and you can find tons of amazing places in every direction.

    Uptown is the sort of legacy 'cool spot'. It's gotten busy and a tiny bit commercialized lately, but you can still find some of the best bars and nightlife here. Stay away from the big restaurants ( Chino Latino is really fun, but you can spend money better elsewhere), and grab some sushi or Vietnamese at a little shop.

    Northeast Minneapolis is an up and coming area with a lot of new micro-breweries and historical bars. The older bars in the area have been party spots for a long time, and you can probably skip them, but the breweries (I suggest Dangerous Man Brewing Co ) make for an amazing night out and top notch beer. There are little shops and cafes all over - I'd suggest The Anchor Fish & Chips for a quick meal, or Erte for something fancier.


    Saint Anthony Main is right next to the Northeast area (and may overlap, depending on who you ask), but this is where you can find some really cozy, cool restaurants to eat. Open up Yelp over here and you'll run into a lot of things.

    Dinkytown is right across the river from Minneapolis, and is the little downtown area for the University of Minnesota students. Lots of cheap bars, which are probably best avoided, but great Chinese food. Also, check out Al's Breakfast over here for an amazing breakfast, or just take a walk around campus. It's not a traditional campus where everything is closed off - the school blends into the city well and makes for a really fun area.

    Overall, don't be afraid to just show up somewhere and explore. You can go 5-10 minutes from Downtown Minneapolis in almost any direction (except West, probably) and almost always end up in a cool spot.

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      Erik - Tyler gave such an excellent description of the areas and the restaurants mentioned. I love the Northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Main areas myself. If you enjoy beer the Dangerous Man micro brewery is most certainly a must! I live in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul and I have to say don't forget to check out the little capital across the river :) Enjoy your trip! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Heather Abzug

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    Uptown has tons of great options - I would recommend Broders' Pasta Bar (delicious fresh pasta!) or Chino Latino (Asian fusion). I've also heard really good things about Butcher & the Boar , which is on Hennepin Ave. For dessert, you have to go to Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe (locations in Uptown or Linden Hills) for ice cream. The ice cream is made fresh everyday and they have tons of quirky, unique flavors with fun Minnesotan names. After getting ice cream, waking around Lake Harriet / Lake Calhoun is a nice way to end the night. Hope you have a good trip!

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      Good call on taking a spin aroud Lake Calhoun. If the weather is right, it's a must. · (0 likelikes)

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    Hello-I'm not as familiary "hennepin avenue" in Uptown. But downtown has some great, casual places to grab some food. I love The News Room and they have a wonderful Happy Hour. The Local , Irish-ish food and Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment are great options too with lots of outdoor street seating. All are on Nicolet Avenue Mall. My absolute favorite place for fun food, atmosphere and views of the river is Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge & Tiki Garden . It's a bit further north from downtown, but only by about 5 minutes in the car. If you want to try anything more upscale, let me know.

    As for the Uptown area, it is a great area to live. There are tons of local shops, restaurants and bars and you are very close to several walking/running/biking paths because of the lakes in the neighborhood.

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    Colleen had many great places listed, but all you have to do is drive down Hennepin Ave or Lake St and pick out what appeals to you. The variety is endless.

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    The area around the intersection of Hennepin Avenue & Lake Street in Uptown is a lot of fun, lots of energy at night, crowd typically trends in the 20s, and it can be more bar-focused than restaurant. That said, one place that gets a lot of good buzz (and has been on my list to try) is coup d'état.

    An alternative area to try is the North Loop. More restaurant-focused than bar-focused, crowd trends a little older than Uptown. Plenty of great places to eat, including Bar La Grassa (pasta), Borough Minneapolis (more upscale than the others), Parlour (downstairs from Borough, and one of the best burgers around), The Freehouse (casual brewpub), Smack Shack (lobster rolls) and Black Sheep (great coal-fired pizza)...just to name a few, and they're all within a couple blocks of one another.

    Have fun!

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