Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Spoon and Stable211 North First St, Minneapolis
2. Red Wagon Pizza Company5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis
3. The Salt Cellar173 Western Ave N, Saint Paul
4. Surly Beer Hall520 Malcom St SE, Minneapolis
5. Town Talk Diner & Gastropub2707 East Lake St, Minneapolis
6. Pilgrimage Café2403 E 38th St, Minneapolis
7. GYST Fermentation Bar25 E 26th St, Minneapolis
8. Eastlake Craft Brewery920 E. Lake St. #123 , Minneapolis
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.
What started as a pizza food truck has evolved into a stylish brick-and-mortar in Armatage, where thin-crust pies and handmade pastas are the focus. The pizzas have an inevitable crispness that comes from being cooked in a wood-fired oven. The signature Red Wagon pie is topped with house-made cheese & sausage, soppressata, banana peppers, chili flakes, and fig balsamic. As for pastas, go with the fire-roasted meat lasagne.
After successfully navigating several bumps in the road, this St. Paul spot is winning over a lot of folks. With a focus on old classics with a bit of modern flair, this is another great excuse to dine on the other side of the river.
The destination brewery of our dreams has finally arrived, and aside from the fact that it's flush with all of the Surly you can handle, the new menu has everybody in a frenzy! Run by veteran chef Jorge Guzman, it basically features anything and everything that pairs well with beer, which basically makes it a utopia for food and beer-o-philes.
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.
Pilgrimage Cafe in the Powderhorn district is a friendly neighborhood bistro offering contemporary American cuisine with a global twist. Equally as comfortable making short ribs as they are bahn mi and tacos, the chefs at Pilgrimage have honed in on the best of comfort food. The casual dining atmosphere adds to the feeling of comfort you get from the food, and a sunny, dog-friendly patio amps up the neighborhood hang out feel. A beer and wine list of local favorites complements the fare by highlighting the flavors of Minneapolis, and the seasonal menu changes accordingly.
For those of you that love all things fermented, cured, or foods that are otherwise preserved, this is the place for you! Think charcuterie boards, cheese plates, and sandwiches paired with a variety of delicious wines or craft beers.
Located in Midtown Global Market, this brewer offers both post-modern American and traditional European beers. With options like Shoot From The Hip Belgian IPA and Mud In Your Eye American Brown Ale, there is something for every type of brew lover. And for everyone else? There's also Dean kombucha on tap and several flavors of botanically brewed soda in bottles. Bombers and growlers are available for purchase as well, and their location in the Global Market means you can pair their brews with everything from a camel burger to custom pizza. The best part is, you can bring your food right into the taproom!