1. Burger Jones3200 W Lake St, Minneapolis
2. The Blue Door Longfellow3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis
3. Northeast Palace2500 4th St NE, Minneapolis
4. Wings N' Things324 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
5. Spill The Wine901 W Lake St, Minneapolis
6. The Lowry2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
7. Red Cow3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis
Known for dishes like their french beef gravy-covered, chopped, chicken-fried bacon, and cheese curds-topped poutine, Burger Jones serves up killer American-style eats.
The Blue Door is home of the Blucy, a legendary St. Paul burger that combines a pair of patties with a cornucopia of other ingredients, which depend on what style Blucy you order, and upon completion, will prompt you to light up a cigarette in satisfaction.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, so are palaces. But what this dive bar lacks in actual palace-ness, it makes up for in delicious deep-fried awesomeness. And to be fair, no one can disagree it's in Northeast Minneapolis.
An updated take on an old-school chicken 'n waffles joint, Wings n' Things is the latest addition to NoMi's rapidly revitalizing West Broadway Ave: a sherbet-colored, to-go-style storefront that slings the type of damn tasty/ maddeningly unhealthy soul food, presumably so-called because it's certainly not doing anything for your body.
Spill The Wine's Uptown location is totally different from its former Washington Ave digs: it's bigger and more open, the menu is almost entirely retooled, and it's just a generally cooler wine bar (which is totally better than a generally wine-cooler bar, by the way).
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.
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.