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.
Come! Explore Eat Local Minnesota and discover your new favorite restaurant!
Ingebretsen’s, the go-to market for Scandinavian foods and gifts for 95 years, has branched out. There is now Also Ingebretsen’s Kaffe Bar and gift shop located in Norway House at 913 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Enjoy sweet and savory waffles, in a welcoming dining area and shop the gift store, featuring many of the items popular at our main store.
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!
Heirloom Kitchen and Bar - named one of Minneapolis Saint Paul Magazine’s top 50 restaurants! At Heirloom they work with the best seasonal product they can get our hands on. From farm, forest, pasture and stream, they work to create a meal that nourishes the body as well as the heart by providing a sense of place and season. They preserve the bounty of spring and summer to sustain us through the fall and winter while respecting what each season brings anew. They're forward thinking by looking backwards, create something new by acknowledging the past. Their food is called “modern farmhouse cuisine” and they look forward to sharing it with you! Heirloom was also just named
Ice Cream. Baked Goods.
La La Homemade Ice Cream is a small ice cream company that began in 1993. La La is committed to making the best ice cream possible using the highest quality ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Low overrun and flavor forward ice cream makes for delicious, smooth, creamy, dense, and satisfying product. La La has a mixture of 16 different flavors to choose from including some vegan options in the form of sorbets and also milk alternative frozen desserts.
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.
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.
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.
Vittles. Vino. Beer.
Brought to you by a multi-generational family working and cooking together in the neighborhood they call home, Milton's is a family friendly place to eat and hang out. They specialize in scratch cooking with a soul food bent, and have carefully curated beer and wine lists to boot. If that's not enough, they've got a comfy couch, free WiFi, artwork by local artists, and an amazing bananas foster for your sweet tooth.
Come on in; Sip, savor and stay a while.
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.
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.
Nestled in a cozy, diner style restaurant off 36th
and Lyndale, Our Kitchen in Minneapolis serves some of the most delicious, classic, American breakfast and lunches you'll find! They've been in business for over 76 years serving up favorites like French toast, eggs, burgers, coffee and soups - their pancakes and made from scratch hash browns have even won numerous awards! Plus you can watch your food being prepared. They're open weekdays 6:30-3, weekends 7-2
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.
Stem is located in the historic Fire Barn building, a beautiful space showcasing a culmination of old world and new. Historic beams and exposed brick, paired with elegant chandeliers and warm booths make an encompassing feel of comfort and extravagance.
The Stem manifesto is to bring our valued guests exquisite and exciting wines from around the world, featuring a strong collection of small lot wines from boutique growers. We feature a daily rotating by the glass wine menu and beckon you to see what our unique suppliers have brought for us to share with you every week.
Although wine is our focus, they have fantastic artisan and local beers as well as a full bar with a diverse section of craft cocktails changing seasonally, made by their talented bar staff who implements their personal touch into every drink.
The kitchen menu at Stem is full of flavor and beauty featuring a seasonally rotating list of small plates, perfect to share and try a menagerie of items. All sauces are scratch made and small plates elegantly presented a crafted.
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.