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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Cafe Latte

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.
850 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105 (651) 224-5687

Crooner’s Lounge and Supper Club

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.
6161 Hwy 65 NE on Moore Lake Minneapolis, MN 55432 (763) 571-9020

Hazel’s Northeast

American 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! 2859 Johnson Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 612-788-4778


Deli/ Refresh Juice Bar Owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Mazopiya is a community-oriented natural food market that provides organic, whole foods produced by growers and businesses with ethical practices. Its reFRESH Bar is the first juice and smoothie bar in the Twin Cities to dedicate more than half of its menu to beverages made with green, leafy vegetables. Mazopiya is committed to selling local products whenever possible, including produce from Wozupi, the SMSC’s garden.
2571 Credit Union Drive Prior Lake, MN 55372 (952) 233-9140

Milda’s Cafe

Breakfast / Lunch 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 and caramel rolls, homemade soups and chili plus hot dish specials everyday and authentic Finnish pasty on Mon Wed Fri! Hours: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 3:00pm // Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm  
1720 Glenwood Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-377-9460

Nicollet Island Inn

Power breakfasts. Convenient business lunches.  Romantic dinners. Five-course Sunday brunches. Experience them all from the Nicollet Island Inn’s scenic dining room or beautiful outdoor patio - and see why they consistently earn “Best Brunch,” “Best View” and “Most Romantic Dining” awards from regional and national publications. Private dining experiences are also available for any occasion.

Enjoy convenient free parking adjacent to the Inn. After dinner, take a stroll through the scenic Nicollet Island Park–or journey back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Hitching Company.

To make your dinner reservation, call (612) 331-1800 or click here for online reservations.
95 Merriam St. Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 331-1800


Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Cocktails 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.
2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 612.354.7060

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

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.
3756 Grand Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55409 612-827-8948


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