is a resource to find truly independent Minnesota restaurants; restaurants with high quality food and unique eating experiences; restaurants with great wines, local foods, microbrews, original dishes and vegetarians options; neighborhood restaurants that have a sense of community and provide their employees the ability to earn a decent living.
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Located in downtown St. Paul, Burger Moe's is the perfect neighborhood gathering spot before or after Xcel Energy Center events. Moe's offers a relaxed atmosphere, gorgeous outdoor patio and fabulous food! They have 20 fresh never frozen varieties as well as delicious apps, soups, salads, dogs, paninis, shakes, and deserts. Plus they have many delicious unburger options as well as two happy hours and more than 60 beers on tap!
Gourmet Cafeteria / Pizza & Wine Bar / Bakery
Award winning salads and sandwiches are made fresh right in front of you. Take a tray, you’re in for a wonderful experience - unique soups, legendary desserts - don’t forget the Chocolate Turtle Cake! Come back for the fun Pizza & Wine Bar.
Crooners Lounge and Supper Club celebrates and pays homage to the second Golden Age of the 20th century and the fabulous dining experiences it provided. In America’s best restaurants “Continental Cuisine” graced the tables. Dishes brought back from the GI’s experience in Europe had evolved into something uniquely American. People dressed for dinner and added to the level of sophistication that made dining out a special occasion. And everywhere there was live music from Crooners tinkling the 88’s and giving us their versions of Sinatra, Martin, Como and Darin.
Crooners Lounge and Supper Club bring it to you with their own contemporary spin that is at once mid-20th century and yet current and relevant for today. Join them on a trip back to that iconic time on 21st century wings.
Hazel’s Northeast has what every neighborhood needs – real, good food. Comfort food isn’t a trend at Hazel’s it’s five decades of family tradition! Scratch pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juicy cheeseburgers, and hearty entrees are served daily. And don’t forget the bread pudding!
Lowry Hill Meats is your neighborhood butcher shop!
Lowry Hill Meat’s butcher case focuses on old-world skills with a culinary background. They rely on regionally sourced, clean, quality meats. They work directly with family farms and receiving whole animals gives Lowry Hill Meats the benefit of preparing custom cuts, as well as dry aging, and several bone-in cuts that have fallen behind at your everyday supermarket.
Lowry Hill Meats takes pride in their aged beef, skin-on pork, house-made sausage, and air-dried poultry. They love talking about what’s in the case, their cooler, or what you are looking to prepare.
For 45 years Milda’s Cafe has been serving the ever changing faces of Minneapolis with home cooked breakfast and lunch. It’s a family commitment to fresh omelets, terrific hashbrowns, cinnamon caramel rolls, and hot dish specials everyday. Stop in and savor Milda’s popular homemade buttermilk pancakes made with the same recipe since 1965. Or try Milda’s newest addition to the menu, Belgium Waffles with chicken wings. And don’t forget about the authentic Finnish patsy’s served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays! Open weekdays 6:00am - 3:00pm and weekends 8:00am - 2:00pm.
The dedicated staff at Nightingale restaurant take pride in presenting a thoughtful and delicious approach to food and drink, whether you’re visiting for dinner, happy hour, or brunch. Their focus on made-from-scratch meals, using sustainable and local ingredients, is likely to make Nightingale your go-to spot for inspired food and drinks.
In the Co-op Creamery Café, farmers, workers, and producers are valued and compensated fairly at each step of the supply chain. The Co-op Creamery Café builds on the relationships that Seward Co-Op has cultivated for more than 40 years. The Co-op Creamery is more than a place to gather or share a meal; it is part of an enterprise that drives social change. The Creamery purchases locally grown and raised ingredients from small-scale farmers and artisans to create their tasty seasonal menus.
The Bad Waitress in Northeast Minneapolis is a bit more “grown up” than its sister on Nicollet. This “finer-diner” vibe has a full bar serving craft cocktails, and a brand new inventive dinner menu including the Chicken and Waffle with a roasted half chicken, bourbon-pickled jalapeno-corn waffle and a roasted poblano gravy. The Bad Waitress buys organic and local too! These relationships create a philosophy of food ethics and morality while supporting other area businesses to create a network of sustainability and vitality.
700 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Downtowner Woodfire Grill is the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Their menu considered American Bistro with a Persian touch. They have fresh seafood specials, fire roasted meals prepared over an oak-burning wood-fire grill, exquisite pizza, and ½ priced bottles of wine Mondays and Tuesdays except on Xcel event nights. And be sure to checkout their fresh, wood-fired pizza.
Once you experience their cozy fireside dining, delicious food, and extensive wine list and bar you you'll be back for more. They also offer a beautiful private dining room that is available for special events and business meetings. Gift certificates are available too!
The Great Wall restaurant has provided a delicious taste of authentic Chinese cuisine since 1981. Specializing in Szechuan and Peking dishes, the Great Wall restaurant offers one of the most extensive Chinese menus in the Twin Cities.
Authentic Cuban Cuisine / Patio
Visit Victor’s 1959 Café for some “Revolutionary” Cuban cooking! Sip on a delicious champagne Mojito while you bite in to Ropa Vieja or the Picadella. Enjoyed by Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Victor's will make you feel like you’ve walked right into Havana, Cuba.