Shag Sushi
Prairie Dogs Hot Dogs & Handcrafted Sausage
Cafe Racer
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1. Shag Sushi 730 Washington Ave s, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

While dining on plates filled with raw tuna in a '70s Vegas-themed sushi bar might sound a little awkward at first, having our North Loop sushi void filled is actually kind of nice. Just remember, whatever happens in your local Vegas-themed sushi restaurant, stays in your… well, you get the idea.

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2. Du Nord Craft Spirits 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Serving seasonal cocktails using their own distilled takes on gin and vodka, this South Minneapolis haunt is filling a much needed neighborhood niche. The cocktail room, which is in the distillery, was the first one in the Twin Cities area when it opened in 2015, and since then, it has been named "Best Cocktails" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It also allows you to bring in your own food or have it delivered to the cocktail room.

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3. Prairie Dogs 610 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Locally-sourced gourmet hot dog and sausage purveyor.

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4. Cafe Racer 2929 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

These Latin American BBQ fanatics have turned the success of their food truck into a real live, brick-and-mortar restaurant featuring all their street food favorites plus the sophistication that only a stationary kitchen can bring. Brunch is served everyday, with classics like their signature Colombian street dog and breakfast Yucca poutine. During dinner the food gets fancier, trading quick-serve staples for more elaborate dishes that take advantage of the local meats in Minneapolis. The clean and modern interior doesn't pull focus from the food, and doesn't go overboard with the Latin American theme. For hip, casual dining with a ton of flavor and authenticity, Cafe Racer is your go to.

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5. Revival 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This place is serving fried chicken and other fine Southern fare.

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6. Tinto Cocina & Cantina 901 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This Mexican restaurant that actually has homemade tortillas. Offering a variety of small plate and large plate options along with cocktails, sangrias, and variety of craft taps, this could finally be the Mexican restaurant that Uptown has sorely needed.

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7. Vellee Deli Minneapolis 109 South 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

We’ve long since been in love with their food truck, but finally the folks serving up their wonder brand of inspired Vietnamese fair have gone brick and mortar thereby giving the downtown lunch crowds a bit more of year round lunchtime stability.