1. The Lowry2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Red Stag Supperclub509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis
3. Good Day Café Bad Day Bar5410 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley
4. Mesa Pizza Uptown1440 W Lake St, Uptown
5. Brasa Premium Rotisserie777 Grand Ave, Saint Paul
6. HauteDish119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
7. Smack Shack603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
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.
Red Stag's got organic, Northwoods-inspired eats, classic cocktails, and live music nightly.
As American as a blueberry muffin (which they have on their baked goods menu), this place is offering up traditional comfort food options, like burgers and made-from-scratch fries. Don't miss their gussied up takes on classics, too, like the maac and cheese with gorgonzola, fontina, aged Wisconsin cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato, and smoky bacon with a roasted garlic crust.
A late night favorite, Mesa prides itself on its wide and eccentric range of pizza toppings, but their signature slice is the infamous macaroni and cheese pizza featuring creamy sauce and noodles baked on to one of their enormous by-the-slice pieces.
For whatever reason, the folks at Brasa can do no wrong. They serve Creole-insprired comfort food. One dish you must try? The mac & cheese. There’s absolutely nothing fancy about it. It has macaroni and it has cheese. The end.
The revered HauteDish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac & cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos, and steak & potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast (go for the chicken & waffles), lunch, and dinner, but if you go in later hours, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house-made cocktails and dozens of draft beers from nearby breweries, too.
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.