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Restaurants in Minneapolis

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11 places to eat in Minneapolis

Cafés in Minneapolis
Espresso Royale Caffe
Grab the green tea matcha latte and grab a seat next to one of the large windows in the front of this cafe for a afternoon of work, internet surfing or just relaxing with a steaming hot cup of joe. The front of the house has terrific light, high ceilings and a friendly atmosphere. There are also seats in the very back of the coffee shop, but they don't get the nice natural light. That area tends to be more dark and less welcoming- which could be great if you're just trying to escape people- so a little bit of everything for everyone. A wide variety of choices for hot beverages- several hot tea lattes types that I had never heard of or seen, which is a fun treat. There are always various options for different pastries available too- so grab something that sounds delicious to you Note: the bathrooms in this shop leave a lot to be desired so not worth the stop if you're just looking for that.
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Hot Indian Food
What originally started out as a food truck became a highly successful restaurant in the heart of Minneapolis. Serving some amazingly delicious Indian food. It's not hard to see why it's been so wildly popular- with a myriad of flavors- including sweet and spicy and cooling and smooth all in a single bite. Follow their food truck on Facebook or twitter to know where they will be next or stop into their restaurant. Or if you're in the Target Field stadium stop by their cart on the main floor and grab a bite to enjoy while watching the Twins play some baseball- it's the healthiest food option in the entire stadium and won't leave you feeling hungry like a lot of the food options there.
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Pizzeria lola
Kimchee on a pizza or potatoes? The artesan pizzas at Pizzeria Lola are wood-fired, creative mixes and absolutely to die for! The Margherita pizza is an easy stand by and absolutely delicious, but get outside your comfort zone and try the Sunnyside or Korean BBQ pizzas! And definitely don't pass up the appetizer menu. The roasted cauliflower (pictured) is one of those things that once you eat it this way you'll never want to eat it another. Chili and lemon combine together to perfectly coat the cauliflower when cooked. Definitely not a fast food meal or cheap pizza, but if you plan for a wait (or try making reservations ahead of time, or better yet, go during off hours) you'll be blown away by the complexity of flavors.
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Hookah Kingdom
We ventured to Hookah Kingdom on a random Tuesday night because it was the first Shisha place we found on Google. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the owner, Mohammed, who offered to buy our drinks since it was our first time there. We ordered two hookahs once we narrowed down a flavor from the extensive list. The service was friendly and professional, but the vibe is not at all what we expected. That's not a bad thing, though - we were just picturing a dimly lit lounge and instead got a bright, pop music infused spot full of men playing cards and smoking shisha. It was busy on a Tuesday night so I assume it's a fairly popular spot. I would go back!
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Mt Noodles
Strip mall restaurants can be a hit or miss, so I always like to hear from friends before trying one. MT Noodles lived up to its high high expectations and beyond! Great food- from my Vietnamese friends they are the only restaurant in the Twin Cities metro to serve BÁNH BÈO (steamed rice cakes filled with mung bean paste topped with scallions, green onions and pickled carrots, served with shredded pork and fish sauce). Which is a traditional dish from the northern part of Vietnamese that is usually served as part of a pre-engagement ceremony! If you're looking for the largest amount of food for your money try #14- their broken rice platter. The menu description more than explains why: broken rice with grilled marinated pork, shredded bbq pork, steamed eggloaf , chinese sausage and shrimp in a crispy beancurd wrap (pictured). For only $12 you will have plenty of leftovers!
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Tii Cup
If you have never had bubble tea then you are in for a treat- Tii Cup has a never ending list of combinations of different milks, mixes, puddings and boba balls to try! Bubble tea usually consists of an iced slightly-sweet milky tea beverage with some sort of large tapioca pudding ball at the bottom that adds to the texture and flavor as you're drinking. Since the tapioca balls are much bigger than a normal straw you also get served with an extra thick straw. If you're not sure about which boba flavor to start with you can ask for samples. If you want something hot my recommendation is the Jasmine Milk Tea with a mango pudding custard at the bottom! You'll never want to go back to your boring old coffee shop after that experience!
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Barrio
We went to Barrio for a quick lunch during a conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and we were pleasantly surprised. Our server did a phenomenal job, despite being absolutely swamped by our conference on a Sunday lunch break. The tacos are small, but fairly priced, so order a few if you are exceptionally hungry. Try all of the different kinds! We also ordered the guacamole, which was fantastic and so fresh. The atmosphere is super quaint and classy. It's a pretty small place, but very cozy and trendy. If I lived in Minneapolis, I would return again and again.
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Skywater
Skywater is the lounge located in the Hilton Minneapolis hotel on South Marquette Avenue. We didn't actually go to the lounge, but we did order in-room dining service, and even though the cost was outrageous (that's pretty typical of in-room dining) the pizza was actually pretty great. We also ordered the soft pretzels as an appetizer, but we ate them before I could take a photo! The lounge itself is very lively, and is easily accessed by the Minneapolis skywalk system that connects downtown. It would make for a great lunch stop or a place to meet your friends to socialize over a few after work drinks.
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Brit's Pub
A classic British Pub in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Brit's Pub is busy all the time, whether it's a Friday night or mid-day on a Tuesday. The atmosphere is that of a traditional British pub, and there is seating both downstairs and upstairs, which makes this place fairly large. Our server was attentive and friendly without being overbearing, and our food was what you'd expect - fast, greasy and delicious. I can personally recommend the Fish n Chips, but the burgers looked really good as well. Average price, casual atmosphere, good pub food. If I'm ever back in the MSP area, I will be going back.
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Zen Box Izakaya
When I got the news that I was going to be traveling to Minneapolis on business, the first thing I did was begin to research all of the best restaurants in the city. Possibly one of my favourite cuisines of all time is authentic Japanese ramen, so when I found the Instagram page for Zen Box Izakaya, I absolutely knew I had to check it out when I was in the Twin Cities. And it did not disappoint. I dined with 3 other coworkers, and we all had something different, but I went with the Tonkotsu Ramen and I was in heaven. If you're dining during dinner or lunch hours, I'd recommend a reservation because we did have to wait for about 20 minutes, but it was well worth it! Also - if you like avocado - try the avo tempura. It's weird but strangely addictive.
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Fasika
Fasika has the best Ethiopian food in the state of Minnesota. While it does get crowded there is usually a table open and available so check it out today! If you're unfamiliar with Ethiopian food it's important to note that it is usually eaten with your hands. All the dishes are served on top of Injera- which is a large flat spongy-type "bread" that you will use to grab the food. Tear off a piece of injera for every bite of food you grab. If you're not sure about the flavors try one of the popular items marked on the menu- you can't go wrong with the tibs. There are also several menu options to order a sampler of many items- this is a fantastic way to start getting a sense of the flavors and to find out which ones you like best.
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