THE RESTAURANTS OF
MINNEAPOLIS

(And a few from St. Paul and Stillwater)



Produced by MALL for the AALL 94th Annual Meeting




July, 2001

 

RESTAURANT GUIDE KEY

** =Mpls St. Paul Magazine Editor’s Choice 2001

CP= City Pages Best of 2001

Price categories reflect typical cost of entree for 1:

$ - $10

$$ - $10-$20

$$$ -$20-$30

$$$$ – over $30

outdoor = outdoor dining avail.

WB = wine and beer only

DRY = no alcohol

SF = smoke free

Guide includes no hotel restaurants.

Please Note: Various members of MALL will be guiding groups of interested people to their favorite restaurants on Tuesday night. Check at the Hospitality Booth to sign up. These dinners will be "no host" so BYO$$.



Eat Street / Nicollet Mall (walk) Mpls Riverfront (easy cab)
Diverse / Ethnic (easy bus or cab) Museums
Harmon Pl / Loring (walkable) Uptown (easy bus or cab)
Warehouse (easy cab) St.Paul
Coffee Shops nearby Stillwater


EAT STREET/ NICOLLET MALL OR OTHER STREETS NEARBY (Easy walk)

**Aquavit ... 80 8th St. (IDS Tower)   612-343-3333 . Scandinavian $$$
Exceptional modern Scandinavian fare served in a beautiful dining room. Prix fixe six course dinner a $65 tour de force, lunch at $15 is a great value!

**Brasserie Zinc ... 1010 Nicollet Mall    612-904-1010 . French $$
Onion soup, bouillabaise, oysters...
[outdoor]

**Brit’s Pub ... 1110 Nicollet Mall   612-332-3908 (British) $$$
Authentic pub, watched over from above the bar by Her Royal Highness. Rooftop lawn bowling court. High tea on weekdays- reservations required. Try the sliced steak sandwich or the fish ‘n chips.
[outdoor]

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery ... 1110 Nicollet Mall    Fast food   $
Good for quick breakfast and lunch.

**Café Un Deux Trois ... 114 S. 9th St (Foshay Tower)    612-673-0686     French $$$ Among the top French restaurants in the Twin Cities. Noisy and unpretentious but excellent. [outdoor]

DuJour’s Casual Café ... 89 S. 10th St.    612-333-1855    American $
Good breakfast and lunch.

**Goodfellow’s ... 40 S. 7th St.    612-332-4800    Regional American $$$$
One of area’s top restaurants. Art deco interior. Kitchen table available by reservation.

Hamlin’s Coffee Shop ... 512 Nicollet Mall    612-333-3876     $
Great breakfast and lunch spot. Awesome homemade pie. Open 6am- 2pm weekdays.

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse...1333 Nicollet Mall    612-339-0540    Japanese $$$
Sushi and tempura bar. Sushi buffet on Sunday and Wednesday. Teppanyaki meals prepared at your table.

Jerusalem’s ... 1518 Nicollet Av.    612-871-8883     Middle Eastern $
[CP, outdoor]

Kieran’s Irish Pub... 330 2nd Av. S.    612-339-4499 $
Good pub food- corned beef and cabbage, stews, and fish and chips.
[outdoor]

King and I Thai ... 1346 LaSalle    612-332-6928    Thai $$ [outdoor]

La Cucaracha Bar and Grill... 533 Hennepin    612-339-1161     Mexican$
Favorite lunch spot. Great guacamole, and then there’s Nina’s cactus-pepper stew.

**The Local ... 931 Nicollet Mall    612-904-1000    American/Irish $$
Very authentic pub. American food with Irish twist. Great atmosphere. Reservations good idea for restaurant, but it’s fun to wait in this bar.
[outdoor]

Lotus ... 113 W. Grant St.    612-870-1218    Vietnamese $
One of the older Vietnamese restaurants in town. Wide variety of flavorful entrees.
[WB]

Market Bar-B-Que ... 1414 Nicollet Av.     612-872-1111   American/BBQ $$
A local favorite for ribs.

McCormick and Schmick ... 800 Nicollet Mall     612-338-3300     Seafood $$
Great "happy hour" food from 4-6pm in the bar.
[outdoor]

**Morton’s of Chicago... 555 Nicollet Mall    612-673-9700     steak $$$
One of best local steakhouses featuring prime beef and finest quality vegetables.

**Murray’s... 26 S. 6th St.    612-339-0909    Steak $$$
Popular local steakhouse immortalized by Garrison Keillor. Home of the "silver butterknife steak".

** Palomino (LaSalle Plaza) 825 Hennepin    612-339-3800    Bistro $$
Dependable and comfortable with enough creativity to be appealing.

**Peter’s Grill ... 114 S. 8th St.    612-333-1981    $
American made-from-scratch diner food. A bargain!!
[SF]

Safari ... 1424 Nicollet Av.    612-872-4604    Somalian $$
One many ethnic spots that give Eat Street its charm.
[SF, DRY]

**Skyroom (Dayton’s)... 700 Nicollet Mall    612-375-6936    American $
Fine cafeteria/ food court for fast bargain lunch. Great salad bar!
[SF]

Staccato ... 1125 Marquette    612-375-9009    American $$
Very convenient to Convention Center, serving great salads, gourmet pizza, steaks, pastas, and sandwiches.
[outdoor, WB]

**Table of Contents ... 1310 Hennepin    612-339-1133     International $$
Well prepared food, good service. Nightly pretheater prix fixe meal.
[outdoor]

**Zelo ... 831 Nicollet Mall    612-333-7000     Italian/eclectic $$
Downtown’s best Italian. Creative menu and rollicking bar. Appetizers and pizzas better than large entrees. Great desserts
[outdoor]

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EAT STREET /NICOLLET AV. - A BIT FURTHER DOWN- DIVERSE ETHNIC RESTAURANTS (Easy bus, short cab)

**Black Forest ... 1 E. 26th St. (at Nicollet)    612-872-0812     German $$
Nice outdoor beer garden, good traditional German fare.
[outdoor]

**Christos ... 2631 Nicollet Av.    612-871-2111    Greek $$
Very traditional Greek /Cypriot food, well prepared. Lunch buffet on weekdays.
[WB]

**El Mariachi ... 2750 Nicollet Av.    612-871-5200     Mexican $$
Festive atmosphere, fantastic carne asada, assorted Mexican beers to wash it all down.
[outdoor]

**Pho Tau Bay ... 2837 Nicollet Av.    612-874-6030    Vietnamese $
Among the best Vietnamese fare. Superb spring rolls.
[DRY]

**Quang Restaurant ... 2719 Nicollet Av.    612-870-4739    Vietnamese $
Great pho and bun and crunchy egg rolls. Rated by one reviewer as his favorite $5 meal.
[DRY]

**Rainbow ... 2739 Nicollet Av.    612-870-7084    Chinese $$
Authentic, flavorful. Some of the best Chinese food in Mpls.

**Taco Morelos... 14 W. 26th St.   612-870-0053     Mexican $
Small but wonderful taqueria. Try the licuados (Mexican milkshakes).
[DRY]

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HARMON PL./ LORING PARK (Walkable)

Buca di Beppo... 1204 Harmon Pl.    612-288-0138     Italian $$
Fun atmosphere, all dishes served family style, a good place for groups.

Joe’s Garage ... 1610 Harmon Pl.     612-904-1163    American/eclectic $$
Good salads, non-beef burgers, etc.

**Loring Bar and Café ... 1624 Harmon Pl.    612-332-1617    International $$$
Can be pretentious, but patio is one of prettiest places to eat in Mpls. Excellent chef- known for odd combinations.

510 Restaurant ... 510 Groveland    612-874-6440     French $$
Contemporary menu features fresh seafood, wild game specials and prix fixe dinners. Dinner only.
[SF]

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WAREHOUSE DISTRICT (Short cab)

**Café Brenda ... 300 N. 1st Av.    612-342-9230     Vegetarian/ Seafood $$
A chic bistro that’s a favorite of vegetarians and omnivores alike. Fresh ingredients straight from the farmers’ market, a good wine list and reasonable prices. Reservations a good idea.
[SF, WB]

**Chez Bananas ... 129 N. 4th St.    612-340-0032     Caribbean $$
Fun atmosphere with toys and tablecloths, large entrees at reasonable prices, and wide variety of excellent rums.

**D’Amico Cucina ... 100 N. 6th St. (Butler Square)    612-338-2401    Italian $$$
Critics agree this is the best of the local Italian restaurants – and among the nation’s finest.

**Monte Carlo Bar & Grill ... 219 3rd Ave. N.    612-333-5900     American $$
Super club atmosphere, generous portions, gorgeous bar. Picked by City Pages for having the best restrooms in the Cities.

**New French Café & Bar ... 128 N. 4th St.     612-338-3790     French $$$
Well known in Twin Cities for years, serving sophisticated French cuisine.
[outdoor]

**Origami ... Market Hotel 30 N. 1st St.    612-333-8430     Japanese/ sushi $$
Top notch sushi plus a blending of Japanese and western culinary traditions. An inexpensive lunch menu. Make reservations.
[outdoor]

Pickled Parrot ... 26 N. 5th St.    612-332-0673    Ribs $$
Mix of Southwest and Caribbean. The Shack Sandwich is a winner. Ribs smoked on site.
[outdoor]

**Pizza Luce ... 119 N. 4th St.    612-333-7359     Pizza $
Gourmet pizza that traditional pizza lovers will appreciate.

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UPTOWN -A trendy area with good movies and shops (Easy bus, short cab)

**Bryant Lake Bowl ... 810 W. Lake St.    612-825-3737    American $
Bowling, theater, and good food in one destination. Eighteen kinds of beer on tap!
[WB]

**Chino Latino ... 2916 Hennepin S.     612-824-7878    Eclectic $$
A happening place. Loud and fun. Serves food late. Appetizers are better bet than entrees.

**Fuji-Ya... 600 W. Lake St.    612-871-4055    Japanese $$
Choose from private tatami rooms or have excellent sushi at the horseshoe shaped sushi bar.
[outdoor]

It’s Greek to Me ... 626 W. Lake St.    612-825-9922     Greek $$
Rated best Greek by City Pages.

** La Bodega ... 3005 Lyndale Av. S.     612-823-2661    Mediterranean $$
Good tapas and fine sangria. Late food service.
[outdoor, WB]

**Lucia’s ... 1432 W. 31st St.     612-825-1572     American/ wine bar $$
Vegetarian friendly, short but varied menu using seasonally fresh ingredients. Good wine at reasonable prices. Good pancakes for breakfast, too.
[outdoor, WB, SF]

**Machu Picchu ... 2940 Lyndale Av. S.     612-822-2125     Peruvian/ seafood $$
Charming, low key with good service. Good ceviche.
[SF,WB]

**El Meson ... 3450 Lyndale Av S     612-822-8062     Caribbean/Spanish $$
Comfortable with specialties from plantains to paella.
[WB]

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MPLS RIVERFRONT AREA (easy cab)

Bobino Café and Wine Bar ... 222 Hennepin Av. E.    612-623-3301     Bistro $$$
Fresh soups and tapas, plus a brief but changing menu.
[outdoor]

** Gardens of Salonica ... 19 NE 5th St.    612-378-0611     Greek $
Good Greek food, some say the best in town. Appetizers are wonderful. Small, can be crowded.
[WB]

**Kramarczuk’s ... 215 E. Hennepin Av.    612-379-3018     Deli $
A local insitution serving homemade sausages and salamis. The sandwiches are huge, the rolls crusty, and the beer frosty, but it is sooo hard to choose.
[outdoor, WB]

**Nicollet Island Inn ... 95 Merriam St.     612-331-3035     American $$
Good food in charming early American dining room with great river views. Sunday brunch buffet.
[outdoor]

**Nye’s ... 112 Hennepin Av. E.    612-379-2021    Polish American $$
Known for geneously poured drinks, Lou at the piano, and the piroghi.

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THE MUSEUM RESTAURANTS

Artscafe (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)... 2400 3rd Ave. S.    612-870-3180
In the newly refurbished MIA, a lovely café with excellent soups, salads, and entrees that change daily. Open 12- 2:30 on Sundays, convenient if you want to attend the free concerts in the Medieval Courtyard.

Café Minnesota (Minnesota History Center) ... 345 Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul    651-296-6126
Gourmet food, even though served cafeteria style. Go for the Sunday brunch.

**Gallery 8 (Walker Art Ctr) ... Vineland Pl.    612-374-3701     Eclectic $
Great place for lunch and a walk through the sculpture garden. The food is simple but well made and creative. The beef and mesclun salad and the lemon bars are notable. Affordable, which leaves money to spend in the irresistible Walker gift shop.
[outdoor, WB]

Kaffe Stuga (American Swedish Art Institute)... 2600 Park Ave. Mpls.    612-871-4907
In one of the few museums celebrating Swedish culture, a coffee shop with terrific cardamon rolls, indecent cookies, and other treats. Great coffee!

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ST. PAUL RESTAURANTS

Babani’s ... 544 St. Peter St.    651-602-9964     Kurdish $$
This country’s first Kurdish restaurant. A wonderful place decorated with rugs and photos and mementos of "home". The food is excellent- variations on other middle eastern fare. Try the dowjic (lemon soup). Tasty salads and many vegetarians options.

**Mildred Pierce ... 786 Randolph     651-222-7430    Eclectic $$
A small neighborhood place with a great chef. A limited but very creative menu featuring food that is well prepared and well served. Great place for breakfast, too.

**Sakura (Carriage Hill Plaza) ... 350 St. Peter    651-224-0185     Japanese $$
First rate sushi from very comprehensive menu.

**St. Paul Grill (St.Paul Hotel)... 350 Market     651-224-7455     American $$$
Place for power lunches and pretheater dinners.

**Vine Park Brewery ... 242 W. 7th    651-228-1358    $$
Brew pub with best accompanying food in TC.
[outdoor]

**Zander Café ... 525 Selby Av.   651-222-5224     Bistro $$
Small, urbane spot with eclectic food and interesting wine.

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STILLWATER RESTAURANTS -Visit this old River town with lots of antiques.

Dock Café ... 425 Nelson Av. E.- 1 blk off Main    651-430-3770     American $$
Menu features pasta, fresh fish, beef, salads, and homemade soups. Nice place looking out over the St. Croix River.
[outdoor]

**La Belle Vie ... 312 Main St.    651-430-3545     Mediterranean $$$
An under appreciated gem of a restaurant that is clearly one of the area’s best. A meal in this stunningly restored storefront would be a great way to top off a day of antiquing in this lovely riverfront town.
[CP]

Lowell Inn ... 102 N. 2nd St.    651-439-1100   American $$$$
In a lovely historic inn. Matterhorn Room features a great fondue dinner. Brunch buffet.
[SF]

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COFFEE SHOPS NEAR THE CONVENTION CENTER

Cafe Patteen (Kinnard Financial Cntr) ... 920 2nd Av.
Opens 6:30am weekdays, 9am weekends.

Café Zev ...1362 LaSalle Av.... Opens at 7am

Caribou Coffee... 555 Nicollet, 651 Nicollet, 1104 Nicollet, 527 Marquette Av., and 222 S. 9th St.      Open 6am weekdays, varies on weekends.

Dunn Brothers Coffee... 201 3rd Av.... Open 6:30am daily.

Guru Koffee... 1428 Nicollet ... Opens 5am weekdays, 8am weekends.

Omega Café and Restaurant... 1819 Nicollet ... Opens 9am weekdays, 10am weekends.

Starbucks ...607 Nicollet, 80 8th St. (IDS Ctr.), 120 S. 6th St. (One Financial Ctr.), 81 S. 9th St.(Young Quinlan)      Open 6:30am weekdays, varies on weekends.

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Credits: Susan Kiefer, Mary Ann Archer, Suzanne Thorpe