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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Also Ingebretsen’s Kaffe Bar

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.
913 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis
Phone: 612 870 5772

Burger Moe’s

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!
242 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-3100

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

Common Roots Café

At Common Roots Cafe, we serve hand-crafted food made with the best local and organic ingredients available. Our kitchen and bakery strive to create an innovative menu of seasonal offerings. We are proud to be part of Minneapolis' vibrant local food movement. From the day we opened in 2007, we've categorized each purchase, averaging 50.2% local ingredients (within 250 miles of the cafe). This number goes up in the summer, but all year long we serve local meat, dairy, and flour. We are located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Parking is available in our lot just north of the building. The #4 and #113 buses stop in front of our building, and there is a Nice Ride station right across the street.
2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 871-2360

Crooners Lounge

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
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

Heirloom Kitchen & Bar

American 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
2186 Marshall Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 493-7267

Lowry Hill Meats

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.
1934 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 999-4200

Milda’s Cafe

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.
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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

Our Kitchen

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.
813 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3718

Seward Co-Op Creamery Cafe

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.
2601 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-230-5575


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.
24 University Ave NE #125
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 900-0021

The Bad Waitress

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 (612) 354-7947
700 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 354-7947

The Downtowner Woodfire Grill

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!
253 West 7th Street
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-9500

The Great Wall

Chinese Restaurant 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.
4515 France Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 (952) 927-4439

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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