Food & Drink

Where to Boozy Brunch in MSP: A 'Hood-by-'Hood Guide

Published On 12/29/2015 Published On 12/29/2015

While waking up to hit brunch might not be the most appealing idea after a long night out on the town, sometimes a little "hair of the dog" is the best cure for that post-party-head-crusher you might just be rocking. Fortunately for you, we’re revisiting our list of boozy brunches and giving you all the latest in delicious places that are looking to help you cure what ales (pun intended).

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Barbette

Uptown

This is another Uptown spot that rocks the brunch seven days a week featuring beautiful quiches, burgers, and a totally solid croque madame. They’ve also got a good selection of breakfast cocktails because what’s brunch without booze?

C C Club

Uptown

The legendary rock club opens at 8am every day, serves breakfast, and is so wonderfully dark that you can scarf their gloriously cheap whiskey and eggs without even realizing it's morning.

Nightingale

Uptown

They may be known for late-night eating, but on Sunday they will perk you up with a perfectly mixed michelada full of fresh lime juice, zesty pepper, and good ol’ Hamm’s beer.

Icehouse

Uptown

It's one of the best music venues in the Twin Cities, but it’s their brunch that really rocks: grab a savory eclair with pork belly & cheddar cheese for $10, and if you’re feeling frisky, a Col. Mustard -- cheap whiskey poured directly into your maw from a mustard bottle -- at the bar.

Heyday

Uptown

One of our favorites plays a pretty hard brunch game featuring delicious pannenkoeken, biscuits, and gravy with smoked butter, and bubble & squeak with parsnips and pickled beets. They also have one of the very best cocktail programs in town, so it’s wins all around.

Burch Steak

Uptown

This top shelf steak place has got a spectacular brunch menu featuring crab toast, congee, and an ‘Nduja Victor featuring grilled bread, ‘nduja spread, a soft cooked egg, and celery salad. They also have an entire list of various breakfast cocktails including 5 different bloody marys.

Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

Uptown

This place is primarily known for their cocktails, so you know they’ve got you covered there, but with brunch items like lamb belly hash, fried chicken & waffles, and tahini French toast they’re going to help kick off your weekend something solid.

The Lowry

Uptown

These guys open up at 6:30am every day, so brunching doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to weekends, and a lot of their breakfast items are available all day, so you don’t necessarily have to have your brunch limited by time constraints either. Also there’s a full bar and a great beer list.

World Street Kitchen

Uptown

Global flavors meet brunch at this popular Uptown location which offers dishes like the Southside, which comes with caramelized lamb belly with cheesy hash browns, secret sauce, basil, and two basted eggs, or the ‘PB&J’ French toast. They’ve also got your cocktails covered featuring a selection of great brunch themed cocktails like their Spiky Coffee or the WSK Mimosa which is a blend of caramelized orange juice, vanilla, sparkling wine, and bittercube bitters.

Libertine

Uptown

Three bloody marys, five varieties of mimosas, and several other breakfast based cocktails should help you get settled in for a nice pork belly steak, a breakfast steak burger, or a full on bacon chop. Also there are more traditional breakfast items, but seriously, bacon chop.

Coup d’etat

Uptown

If the idea of a Creole-inspired, all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is right up your ally, then check out the new brunches at this Uptown hotspot. $15 snags you the buffet and an additional $10 gets you bottomless beer or mimosas or $8 gets you their fancy bloody mary bar.

Muddy Waters

Uptown

Breakfast poutine? Breakfast pizza? Pigs in a waffle? These are all viable options and there are plenty of others to choose from along with an array of classic breakfast drinks to help you get your motor running.

Moto-i

Uptown

Oh, hell yeah! Japanese brunch? Ok, we'll bite. With offerings like a Benny Bun topped with fried poached eggs, candied miso bacon, miso béarnaise, and scallions or the steak & eggs with a daikon hash and house salad, it’s hard to go wrong. You can also get a sake-based bloody mary or mimosa.

Lake & Irving

Uptown

While chicken & waffles or a Nutella French toast both might make excellent brunch options, check out the Hawaiian inspired kalua pork torta featuring duroc kalua pork, sourdough, guacamole, a poached egg, and chile japones. Along with the classic Bloody Mary and mimosa offerings they've got a bunch of other breakfasty cocktails to help you break out of your cocktail rut like the Mother's Little Helper or the Powers Up.

Nighthawks & Birdie

Nighthawks

South Minneapolis

One huevos rancheros dog coming right up! If that doesn’t sound like your thing, check out the chicken and waffles, the delicious eggs Bennie, or any one of their EIGHT varieties of pancake. While they don’t have a full bar, they make full use of the beers and wines that they carry by transforming them into delicious cocktails like the Sodak (pickled PBR with tomato juice), the Bellazza (strawberry & rhubarb cordial, zuccu amaro, and prosecco), or the Wide Eyed 2.0 (Big Watt cold-press, bonal, and long pepper).

Blackbird

South Minneapolis

If you’re adventurous, the veal sweetbreads Benedict or the banh mi might be the way to go, but if you’re looking for the more traditional, feel free to set yourself up with a fat breakfast burrito. You should also probably get a mimosa or if you’re not feeling bubbly, grab a Surly Coffee Bender.

Hola Arepa

South Minneapolis

Arepa’s for brunch? Sure. Especially when you’re pairing them with some of the most delicious cocktails in the city. You can also get their incredible fried chicken with cachapas (sweet corn pancakes) which gets served with a fried egg, bacon, and a chipotle-maple syrup that goes incredibly well with a crisp michelada!

The Craftsman

South Minneapolis

Featuring fresh baked scones of the day and delicious pork rillettes, this South Minneapolis restaurant always has the goods. You could also get their seasonal three egg omelet or the ciabatta French toast, but you should definitely get their signature bloody, which features a house-made mix with fresh horseradish, sambal, and beet-infused vodka.

Sonora Grill

South Minneapolis

Sometimes we need to spice up our brunch, and this is place to go in order to do just that. Their chilaquiles are top notch or you can get their hash browns, which come with chihuahua cheese, peppers, onions, two eggs & choice of meat. Of course you’ve gotta wash that down with something, so we suggest their Obregon margarita which is a mix of basil & serrano pepper infused Sauza Signature Blue Tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar.

Le Town Talk

South Minneapolis

This spot is serving up delicious pastries, crepes, and a decedent madame Benedict made with smoked ham, Gruyere, dijon, béchamel, fried duck egg, and brown butter hollandaise. All of which pair beautifully with a variety of brunch cocktails like their El Diablo bloody mary or the Le Maple Classique, which is prosecco, maple bourbon, bitters, and sugar. You can also get a refillable mimosa for $10 with any entree purchase.

Tilia

South Minneapolis

If you didn’t know that you wanted a fried egg and mortadella sandwich, we’re telling you know that you do. The Ruben Benedict is also to die for as are the slow poached eggs in parmesan cream. They’ve also got one of the best tap selections in the Twin Cities or you can groove on an orange or, even better yet, a grapefruit mimosa!

Al Vento

South Minneapolis

This southside Italian restaurant serves up an excellent weekend brunch buffet featuring a variety of classic brunch options, anti-pastas, and various meats and cheeses. For $26 you can do the entire buffet with bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, or screwdrivers included.

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Lush

Northeast Minneapolis

No one makes a cocktail like a gay bar, and the fact that this one serves a killer brunch alongside their $12 bottomless mimosas only makes us love them more. That Summertime patio does not hurt our feelings either.

Psycho Suzi’s

Northeast Minneapolis

The prettiest deck this side of the Mississippi River has some seriously strong tiki drinks and a stacked brunch. Build-your-own Bloodys are $7.95 and tropical mimosas are $6.95.

Elsie’s

Northeast Minneapolis

This spot melds the wonderful worlds of booze and bowling. On the weekends you can get egg-centric breakfasts starting at just $3, plus a full bar at which to spend all that money you just saved.

Red Stag

Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast’s premier supper club also offers up a hell of a brunch featuring a wide variety of savory and sweet options. You can also get their signature bloody mary or a ‘Wakeup Beer,’ which is a glass of stout with a shot of espresso.

Northeast Social

Northeast Minneapolis

Social's offering a healthy of variety of classic breakfast options including omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and Benedicts. You can also opt for something a little more adventurous like their taco omelette or the Social Skillet, which comes with a leg of duck confit, American fries, and braising jus. Beer & wine is the name of the drinking game here, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have yourself a fantastic mimosa.

Eli’s NE

Northeast Minneapolis

You know that you’ve always wanted to have a turducken benedict, and now you can. You can also have a nice brunch penne and wash it down with any one of their signature cocktails, craft pours, or maybe just a nice glass of breakfast wine.

The Sample Room

Northeast Minneapolis

This is a great little spot right on the river where you can have a delicious trout Benedict or their house-made corned beef hash. Cleanse your palate with a mimosa made from fresh squeezed orange or their house made zesty bloody mary.

Jax Café

Northeast Minneapolis

You can never go wrong with a full on Sunday brunch buffet, and this old-school Northeast spot is a great place to do just that. Made to order omelets, fresh Benedicts, blinis, and two fresh carved meat options will surely go well with a breakfast Manhattan.

Betty Danger’s Country Club

Northeast Minneapolis

If you’ve always wanted to brunch at spot with its own ferris wheel, this is the place for you. Offerings include special brunch tacos, a jalapeño mac & cheese, and a hash with braised beef. Take it all in with a tequila sunrise while you’re at it.

Smack Shack MPLS

Smack Shack

Downtown Minneapolis

Seafood brunches are good brunches. And there’s no better place to get the hook than at this Downtown lobster chapel. Their French Quarter-style brunch features a crab Benedict, an andouille Benedict, and soft scramble eggs with lobster for the win. It’s probably a good idea to get yourself a hurricane to go along with the food as well.

The Local

Downtown Minneapolis

Everybody loves a bit of Irish in the morning, so grab yourself a Jameson and order up their brunch buffet which features a hearty spread of classic brunch items. It also comes with a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa, or screwdriver in case that Jameson just isn’t enough on its own.

Hell’s Kitchen

Downtown Minneapolis

No breakfast list is complete without mentioning these guys. Their powerful Bloody Marys will satisfy your darkest cravings and the sausage bread proves that there are no rules in hell.

Aster Cafe

Downtown Minneapolis

Whether you’re coming for skyline views or weekend brunch, you’ll want to stay for the booze-infused teas. An $8 Lemon Rickey tastes like Summer feels and pairs perfectly with the Minnesota malted waffle.

Triple Rock Social Club

Downtown Minneapolis

Punk-rock-vegan-fare-meets-tattooed-meat heaven: beginning the weekend at Triple Rock Social Club is always a wise decision. Plus, their award-winning Bloody Marys are only $5.50.

Republic

Downtown Minneapolis

A bar for the people by the people... who want the freedom to build their own badass Bloody Mary every weekend from 10am-2pm.

Ike's Food and Cocktails

Downtown Minneapolis

Weekend brunch at this purposefully timeless eat/drinkery includes The Weekender, a 20oz. Bloody Mary topped with things like American cheese, shrimp, and a smoked spicy beef stick, as well as... ugh, vegetables.

Spoon & Stable

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown’s hottest new restaurant is also rocking the brunch scene hard. Start with a few raw oysters and a sturgeon tartine and then move along to a spinach and caramelized onion quiche or the red wine poached eggs. Of course the pastries are all amazing and you can take it all down with any of their incredible cocktails, including the Coffee 43 which features cold-press coffee, Licor 43, tequila, and cream.

Marin

Downtown Minneapolis

Located right in the heart of downtown, this place is offering things like baked eggs with lobster, lemon ricotta pancakes, and a garlic crab Benedicts. While they have a variety of healthy, non-alcoholic drinking options, they’ve also got a classic bloody mary and a seasonal mimosa.

Red Cow

Downtown Minneapolis

While they might be best known for their burgers, their brunch menu features things like a breakfast chimichanga, smoked salmon toast, or red velvet pancakes. They've also got an excellent selection of craft beers and a full bar.

Eli’s Downtown

Downtown Minneapolis

The downtown branch offers a selection of brunch classics along with a variety of weekend specific specials, and they’ve got all your favorite morning cocktails including bloodies, mimosas, and a little Baileys Irish coffee.

Saint Dinette

Saint Dinette

St. Paul

The Strip Club’s little sister is doing a pretty fantastic brunch, with things like a sope with morcilla (blood sausage), avocado, pickled onion, and a fried egg as well as biscuits and gravy with andouille sausage, a soft cooked egg, and green onion. You can also get yourself a side of potato latkes or green chorizo, just make sure to give their cocktails a try (Pro tip: get the Orange Julio).

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

St. Paul

Given the name of this place, it only makes perfect sense that their brunch involves a hash bar, although theirs is more of the edibles-made-of-savory-meat-and-vegetable hash rather than the 420 sort, plus $5 Bloody Marys.

Wild Onion

St. Paul

This beloved drinking spot in St. Paul doesn’t stop just because it’s morning: from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday they have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and $3 mimosas.

Patrick McGovern’s

St. Paul

MSP's best year-round patio also has $3.75 Bloody Marys and screwdrivers from 10am-2pm.

Meritage

St. Paul

Try their cold seafood tower. It won't steer you wrong. They’re also rocking the classic eggs en cocotte with melted leaks, mushrooms & parmesan, and a delicious lobster & grits. As for drinks, they’ve got a number of fancy champagne cocktails, and how can you say no to that?

Tongue in Cheek

St. Paul

Poached eggs with shrimp and grits, pork belly hash, and a perfectly cooked cheeseburger topped with a fried egg are all extremely viable brunch options, especially when paired with their house bloody mary that's made with horseradish vodka, clam juice, and house-made bloody mix.

The Strip Club Meat & Fish

St. Paul

Good luck not ordering the entire brunch menu because everything here is top notch. Try a pork carnitas Benedict, some sourdough French toast, or the bucatini with shrimp and scrambled eggs. You’re also obviously going to have to order their ‘haus’ made doughnut as you have a run at their amazing cocktail menu.

Ward 6

St. Paul

Hashes, benedicts, and burgers are aplenty and you can also get yourself a nice order of chilaquiles. They also have a nice menu of fancy adult milkshake, and we fully support boozy milkshakes for breakfast.

WA Frost and Company

St. Paul

These guys know how to tow the brunch line, offering a clear cut variety of both breakfast and lunch options including a daily omelet or a nice bouillabaisse. They’ve also got a really superb selection of cheeses which could pair well with any number of fancy wines. If wine isn’t your deal, fear not. They’ve got a full bar.

Moscow on the Hill

St. Paul

Did somebody say blintzes? I hope so because they sure would go well with vodka. They’ve also got something called kasha, which is a traditional Russian style porridge. Also, vodka.

Happy Gnome

St. Paul

Ah yes. Beer for breakfast. If you’re looking for a little bit more substance than just a beer, try out their Hot Brown, a play on a Kentucky classic featuring Sriracha-bacon mornay, turkey, cheddar, prosciutto, tomatoes, and a sunny side-up egg. Legend has it that they also have a fancy bloody mary bar.

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Keane Amdahl is a veteran Twin Cities food writer that all too often struggles to wake up from brunch, although the promise of booze always helps. Follow his sluggish antics on Twitter @Foodstoned.

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1. Barbette 1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Frities at their finest! If there’s anything the folks over at Barbette know, its classic French fare and these pomme frites are the evidence that slams this case shut. Served with a side of rich, yet slightly tangy, saffron aioli, the only other thing you’ll need is a big glass of wine and good book and you’ll feel like you're right at home, but with really awesome fries.

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2. CC Club 2600 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This Uptown bar and eatery has a divey, rock club feel (complete with jukebox!), rocks an outdoor patio, frequent happy hours, and boozy brunch specials which're highlighted by crispy hash-browns and whiskey & eggs.

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3. Nightingale 2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Whittier)

This tapas-style restaurant in Whittier seats 75 in its homey, reclaimed space, complete with open brick walls and comfy blue leather booths. It serves up a variety of small and large sharable plates with American and European fare like lamb meatballs, chicken wings, halibut and burgers. What you don't want to share is the drink you order from the massive selection of sparkling wines and house cocktails or the handful of local draft beers.

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4. Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This laid-back Whittier spot hosts live indie and jazz music acts daily in a two-story, polished industrial bar and restaurant (complete with plenty of large, comfy leather booths for the whole party). Head upstairs and watch the show, or stay downstairs for gourmet European and American fare like lobster gnocchi or a lamb platter. And it wouldn't be a real night at the Icehouse without going for one of their specialty cocktails or something from its massive top-shelf whiskey collection.

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5. Heyday 2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

When it comes to affordable yet elegant cuisine, Heyday is your spot. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, if not the country. Head to this rustic-chic space (it sports exposed brick and a gorgeous wooden-beamed ceiling) for favorites like the chicken liver tart, chilled blue mussels, and grilled quail, which all help to create a downright exquisite menu. Be sure to leave room for at least one of the inventive desserts including pea shell sorbet, and wash it all down with a creative cocktail like the Don't Think Twice with pisco, aperol, grapefruit, and elderflower.

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6. Burch Steak & Pizza Bar 1942 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Uptown)

One of the newer beef houses in town, Burch offers a solid variety: you’ve got a choice of traditionally raised, grass-fed, or even 100% certified Japanese premium wagyu beef, along with a selection of both classic and less-than traditional butcher’s cuts. What’s that you say, a 34oz porterhouse for “two”? Yes please, we’ll have that, but we’re not sharing.

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7. Bradstreet Neighborhood Crafthouse 1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Uptown)

Bradstreet Neighborhood Crafthouse has some of the absolute best cocktails in Minneapolis and a nice array of small plates to go with them. Try the pork neck toast with their classic black walnut old fashioned. For the best cocktail experience, order the signature Bradstreet cocktail, made of Jim Beam Rye, jasmine, ginger, lemon, and egg white. The bar also offers on-tap cocktails, which are a must-try in this hip yet comfortable establishment.

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8. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.

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9. World Street Kitchen 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

WSK offers a beautiful amalgam of global flavors that introduces Uptown diners to tastes of the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean with additional American and Mexican influences, all in a fast-casual brick and mortar version of their food truck that started it all. “Fusion” menu items include Bangkok burritos, yum yum rice bowls, and the sweet onion stuffed falafel burger. It’s a family-run joint, and the Wadi family certainly has done an awful lot to progress food culture in the Twin Cities via its restaurants, food truck and cookbook.

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10. Libertine 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef, pork, and lamb hard, plus serving up some exotic cuts of meat in the process: lesser known chops like feather steaks, point steak, and onglets are on the menu here. But don’t worry veg-heads, they’ve got plenty to offer you too, like an entire section of the menu that's dedicated to vegetarian dishes.

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11. Coup d'état 2923 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Uptown)

Coup d’etat, a modern American eatery in the heart of Uptown serves food and cocktails with a whole lot of class.

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12. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.

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13. Moto-i 2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

A Japanese resto that is also a sake brewery (!), serving their in-house namazake on draft alongside eats like Tokyo frites and miso popcorn on a sweet patio.

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14. Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar 1513 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This Uptown eatery has over a dozen brews on tap, plus killer eats like their burger on a fresh brioche bun, and a pulled-pork topped hot dog that's sure to please.

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15. Nighthawks 3753 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Nighthawks in Kingfield offers amped-up diner classics, making it a go-to spot for weekend brunches, weeknight dinners or a late-night case of the munchies. The fried chicken is some of the best in town and its list of daily blue plate specials keeps things fresh. While they don’t have a full bar, they make full use of the beers and wines that they carry by transforming them into delicious cocktails like the Sodak (pickled PBR with tomato juice), the Bellazza (strawberry & rhubarb cordial, zuccu amaro, and prosecco), or the Wide Eyed 2.0 (Big Watt cold-press, bonal, and long pepper).

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16. Blackbird 3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This eclectic cafe features flavors from around the world as well as New American fare. They serve beer and wine alongside dishes like chickpea griddlecakes and truffle gnocchi.

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17. Hola Arepa 3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Downtown)

Originally a food truck, the brick and mortar incarnation has a menu is stuffed with long-braised meats, crumbly cheese and their fiery sauces. They've got a great drinks menu too.

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18. The Craftsman 4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

The Craftsman charcuterie plate is legendary, their farm-to-table inspired dishes are expertly crafted and their cocktails are simply delicious. Enjoy all of these things on their secluded, leafy patio. You can thank us later.

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19. Sonora Grill 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

With new digs and a full bar at Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill is a great place to grab a taco before venturing onto other foods at the Global Market.

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20. Town Talk Diner & Gastropub 2707 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Town Talk has lived many lives in Longfellow as a classic diner, a French restaurant, and currently a modern gastropub, but the Lake Street landmark still shines as a beacon with its retro, vanity-lit sign, and serves an ever-changing menu of seasonal American plates (brunch is a fan favorite) and inventive craft cocktails. For dinner, you can nosh on fresh, locally sourced dishes that have included braised beef cavatelli and pan-roasted scallops (alongside a Sazerac or Dill Gimlet), and on Sunday mornings, shrimp & grits and cinnamon French toast with a prosecco-and-guava Brunch Bellini.

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21. Tilia 2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

New American plates are doled out at Tilia, a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in Linden Hills. The lunch and dinner menu offer potato leek soup, potted meat, bacon cheeseburgers, and Parmesan agnolottim, but Tilia’s best meal is its Saturday and Sunday brunch, which leans heavily on savory flavors apart from the glazed brioche donuts and custard dipped sweet potato brioche French toast. Try a fish taco torta or buttermilk biscuits to complete your belly-filling meal. Tilia also offers over 15 beers on draft and as many bottled brews.

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22. Al Vento 5001 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (Nokomis)

This is the place to go if you want stuff your face full of breakfast classics and anti-pasti. Choices vary from week to week, but you can always count on the bottomless mimosas.

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23. Lush Food Bar 990 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

This Northeast eatery serves up classic bites like burgers and sandwiches (hot pastrami sando! Brunch burger with fried eggs!), but this hot spot is also known for throwing parties and events.

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24. Psycho Suzi's 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

A tiki bar with hilariously kitschy themed drinks and an incredible patio right on the Mississippi River, plus tons of vegetarian and vegan options (wink, wink. Get the burger.).

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25. Elsie's Restaurant, Bar & Bowling 729 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

Have you ever said to yourself, "UGHHH why can't I ever find a solid place to eat, drink, go bowling, AND enjoy a killer brunch?"... well, stop saying that, because Elsie's delivers all of the above and more. Take THAT, self.

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26. Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Red Stag's got organic, Northwoods-inspired eats, classic cocktails, and live music nightly.

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27. Northeast Social 359 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This casual bistro has serves wine, beer and refined American and continental cuisine.

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28. Eli's East Food & Cocktails 815 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

Bravely crossing the mighty Mississippi, Eli's East is bringing the same cocktailing mastery you know and love to Northeast (which you know and regard with patronizing acceptance) in a larger, red-hued, natty-leathered space that's barely recognizable from when it housed O'Brien's Decoy -- really a lot of real estate for one wooden duck.

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29. The Sample Room 2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

The Sample Room's a classy barstaurant with skyline views, serving up twisted takes on classics like Trotter Tots (brasied pork & dijon) and house-made charcuterie and pasta.

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30. Jax Cafe 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN (Northeast)

For nearly 80 years, Northeast's beacon of classic dining Jax Cafe's been "serving steaks, not trends." This steakhouse, outfitted out in 60s esque decor and run by a tuxedo-ed waitstaff, is the perfect spot to go all out on Manhattans and Porterhouse and hold court a la Don Draper in Mad Men.

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31. Betty Danger's Country Club 2501 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

This retro, Mexican-American spot serves fusion fare and cocktails. The space features a ferris wheel and mini golf, and the "country club" is far from exclusive: everyone's invited!

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32. Smack Shack 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

Previously, the seafood-centric fare from Smack Shack was only available out of a food truck, but now it's served up in a spacious warehouse setting with plenty of seats available that aren't a curb or roadside bench.

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33. The Local 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

The Irish hospitality at The Local lets you load up on all your bangers and eggs, plus killer Bloodys, at this quintessential Irish pub Downtown. The interior here is gorgeous, the food is delicious, and they sell more Jameson Irish whiskey than almost any bar in the world. We highly recommend stopping by The Local if you are hanging out downtown.

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34. Hell's Kitchen 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

This quirky, underground American restaurant has an all-day menu and frequent live music. Their brunch Bloody Mary's are awesome and the sausage bread prove there are no rules in hell.

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35. Aster Cafe 125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

St. Anthony Main's purveyor of craft suds, coffee, and breakfast, boasts eats like a bacon/ roasted onion/ Brie/ scrambled egg sandwich, a chorizo and scrambled egg Breakfast Pizza, and more.

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36. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

This bar and music venue is often blessed with brews curated by Artisanal Imports, and rocked by tunes from local favorites such as The Dead Pigeons, Crankshaft, and L’Assassins.

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37. Republic 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Downtown)

With more than 30 reasonably priced brews on draught, 30-foot oak bar, and gastropub-quality food, Republic will find its way into your heart quicker than its gastropub-quality food.

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38. Ike's Food & Cocktails 50 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

This quaint restaurant serves tapas as well as large plates of American comfort food alongside a full bar. Stop by for brunch and order a 20oz. Bloody Mary with American cheese, shrimp and a smoked spicy beef stick.

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39. Spoon and Stable 211 North First St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

The crew puts a lot of work and effort into the array of exquisite dishes and cocktails at this Downtown/Northloop. While nabbing a reservation might still be a little difficult, walking into the bar hasn’t ever really been an issue -- and you can order the full menu there, or choose from the equally delectable bar-only menu. The pastries are a solid choice for brunch, and mix up your typical Sunday mimosa morning with a Coffee 43 cocktail, which features cold-press coffee, Licor 43, tequila, and cream.

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40. Marin Restaurant & Bar 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

With a luxurious interior, an extensive cocktail menu and a brunch menu specifically for cheat days, this central-city pick inside The Chambers Hotel, is a surefire way to treat yourself. Brunch is packed with classic like breakfast tacos and biscuits and gravy, and lunch and dinner features inventive gourmet dishes like BBQ salmon and duck breast with sweet potato gnocchi. The real star of this show, however, is the bar, which serves specialty gin and tonic (the tonic of which is made in-house).

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41. Red Cow 3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

The Red Cow on 50th Street specializes in fine burgers and specialty sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients and an inventive eye. The burger menu covers a wide range of proteins, always including grass-fed beef, but also including bison, turkey, lamb, and duck depending on availability. Toppings range from the expected (lettuce, cheese, etc) to the extreme (bone marrow, piquillo peppers), but the resulting concoctions are always juicy and delicious. Local Minneapolis beers (plus microbrews from around the country) are in heavy rotation at the bar, but you can also order from a selection of red and white wines, curated specially by the owner.

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42. Eli's Food & Cocktails 1225 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

This little Downtown bistro serves some pretty serious hot dogs, including the Big Ben topped with smokey bacon and cheddar cheese, and the Sloppy Dog, which comes with sloppy joe meat and a slice of American cheese, but don't forget to try the cocktails too!

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43. Saint Dinette 261 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

Sant Dinette in Saint Paul is famous for its burger, which is a masterclass in simplicity—it’s a rich and succulent double burger engulfed in creamy cheddar cheese between light-yet-buttery toasted buns with a side of sweet pickles. An order of crispy, salty, crinkle cut fries will complete your true Saint DInette dining experience. Don't forget about its amazing cocktail list, which include signature cocktails Thanks for Last Night and Healthy Vacation. If you're there for brunch, make sure to indulge in the killer Bloodys.

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44. Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 6th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

This rock music venue features a pair of bars and stages in a large warehouse space, and although you can't do most things here that you'd find in the Red Light District, it still has a distinct Dutch theme (minus thousands of people on bicycles).

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45. Wild Onion 788 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (Downtown St Paul)

Sandwiches! Salads! Wraps! Burgers & sliders! You'll find it all at this Downtown St. Paul eatery that slings killer cocktails/bites that're all inspired by the dining and nightlife of Chicago.

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46. Patrick McGovern's Pub 225 7th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

McGovern's Upstairs serves as home base for the Steelers Fans of Minnesota, offering copious beer deals, and a Pittsburghian menu with eats like the Strip District Stacker, Islay's BBQ Sandwich, and the Big Ben Burger. We suggest stopping by McGovern's for a beer and a pint whenever you are in the area.

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47. Meritage 410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Meritage is a swanky French brasserie slinging lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, including eats like an outrageous French onion soup, oysters, and crepes. Their wine list is expertly curated, and perfect for anyone with any range of wine knowledge.

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48. Tongue In Cheek 989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130 (Downtown St Paul)

Sustainably sourced stuff is served with style at Tongue in Cheek. The menu has must-tries like the fries with gravy and popcorn shrimp. There's a happy hour from 4-7pm every day too.

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49. The Strip Club Meat & Fish 378 Maria Ave, St. Paul, MN 55106 (Downtown St Paul)

Grass-fed beef is the name of the game at St. Paul’s premier meatery, an independent St. Paul chop and fish house, helmed by chef JD Fratzke. Strip House exhibits incredible use of ingredients from small, local farms, but it’s also distinctly unique and almost rustic despite its overall level of refinement and balance. The drink menu changes seasonally and the results are always spectacular, but even the long-standing staple drinks, like the Cobra Kai, are simply stunning.

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50. Ward 6 858 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130 (Payne Phalen)

This beer bar and eatery boasts a menu specifically with "food for drinking", as well as a load of other entree options for three squares a day, as well as a a drink menu with plenty-o-beers, adult milkshakes(!), and cocktails, which begs the question why Wards 1-5 even bother to compete.

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51. WA Frost & Company 374 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Classic American food, prepared with local ingredients -- like tons of other places. But, at W.A. Frost they've been local sourcing since the beginning and have a killer outdoor space in their flower covered patio. Look out for seasonal menu changes and their expansive wine list.

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52. Moscow on the Hill 371 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Russia is a big place, and Moscow on the Hill offers food from nearly every part. Dine like a Czar with a five course meal of caviar and Russian vodka, salmon, champagne, blini or piroshkies (or just have a normal dinner), and hang out on the outdoor patio on Cathedral Hill.

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53. The Happy Gnome 498 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Despite the diminutive name, you’ll want to arrive at this St. Paul bar with a giant-sized appetite, because not only is the 70-strong draft list deep on Midwest favorites and reliably on-point, but the juicy burgers are also a must-try. Better yet -- have that burger and beer on the patio when the Minnesota weather permits, because let’s be honest, there’s no better state to be in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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