You might find the map of the East Bank campus (including Dinkytown and Stadium Village) helpful for locating some of these places.
- Nolte Cafeteria
- Located under the Nolte Center on the U East Bank Campus. The Nolte
serves coffee, sandwiches, bagels, and light cafeteria fare during the day. Cheap.
- Coffman Union
- Coffman is the student union for the
Minnesota campus. There are several restaurants in the building, from the
private Campus Club on the fourth floor to the student cafeterias in the
basement. The Little Brown Jug in the basement has salads, subs, pizza and
a grill open for lunch. Cheap.
The origin of the name is obscure, but Dinkytown is the commercial area around
4th St and 14th Ave at the north side of the main campus. It is the home of
many restaurants, student slums, laundromats, used book stores and a music store.
- Fowl Play
- At the corner of University and 13th, Fowl Play is a bar with
reasonable sandwich fare. Summit beers (a local minibrewery) on tap. 1301 4th St.
- Camh Di
- Very cheap Vietnamese food in Dinkytown. Lunch specials for $3.95 all
- Shuang Cheng
- Full-service Chinese restaurant in Dinkytown. Excellent chef! Lunch
specials for $3.75 as well as a huge selection of dinner dishes.
- The Bangkok is a Thai restaurant in Dinkytown, a little off the
beaten path- it's in the first floor of the huge apartment building. They
have a very nice lunch buffet for fixed price, as well as a full-service
- Kwong Tuk
- The Kwong Tuk is across the
street from the Bangkok, and has recently changed owners. I haven't eaten
there since the new people took over.
- Burger King
- Same as everywhere else.
- Cafe Royale Coffee Shop
- The Cafe Royale is a 24-hour hangout for those who want to play chess,
drink cappucino, nibble scones, and read the paper. The people-watching can
- Rocky Roccocco's Pizza
- A large chain pizza place. The salad bar is usually pretty good. This
place is much bigger than it looks, as the basement is all extra seating.
407 14th Ave.
- Dinkydale Deli
- Tucked away in the
back of the Dinkydale Building is the Deli, a nice homey place with
excellent sandwiches and soups. It's at the end of the corridor.
- Vescio's is a sit down Italian
restaurant on 14th in Dinkytown. It has the usual bill of fare for
Midwestern Italian restaurants.
406 14th St.
- Annie's Parlour
- Annie's Parlour is
a little tricky to find (up the stairs above where they're repairing the
railroad bridge), but they make excellent burgers and shakes. If you
order fries, be sure to just get a half-order, which is already more
pleasure than most mortals can handle.
315 14th Ave.
- Al's Breakfast
- The funkiest diner in Minneapolis,
and home to some of the greatest pancakes ever made, Al's is a very narrow
storefront on 14th. They only do breakfast, and the people waiting are
standing behind you, but it's a great place. Here's their
413 14th Ave.
- Bon Appetit
- Sandwiches, fruit drinks
and veggie stuff for cheap.
- Bruegger's Bagels
- Bruegger's Bagels are
made fresh daily in each store. They are the best bagels around, which
won't thrill any New Yorkers, but not bad anyway. Very cheap!
- Pizza Hut
- Just like all the others but with
Goldie Gopher, the local sports mascot.
- Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck
- A bar which also serves the foods of Buffalo, New York. Their wings are
pretty good, if a bit mild. The beef on kummelweck is rather lacking- there's
no rock salt on the bun, and the horseradish is feeble. No Gennesee Cream Ale
412 14th Ave.
- Corner of 15th and University.
- Tucked away behind McDonald's is a
Subway sandwiches just like any other Subway.
- Erbert and Gerbert's
- A sub shop
down 15th from the Dinky Dome. Pretty good sandwiches!
The Dinky Dome is on the corner of University and 15th. It was originally the
library for a small Bible college, but is now the home of small lunch places.
- Taco Bell
- The finest tacos in the Dinky Dome!
- Big Ten
- Excellent Subs! A branch of the Big
Ten in Stadium Village, this place has the yummiest sub sandwiches around.
- Taste Of New York
- Falafels, hummus, gyros, pizza, stromboli,
and calzone. Soul food for expatriates from the Bronx.
- Hong Kong Express
fast Chinese food (not bad for steam table Chinese).
- Espresso 22
- Another nice coffeehouse, this
one has a limited vegetarian lunch menu. Large quantities for little dough.
This is the area around the Radisson hotel on Washington Ave.
- Espresso Expose
- A coffee shop across the street from the Radisson. Also makes blender
- Big Ten
- Directly across Washington
from the Radisson is the original Big Ten. Famed far and wide for its
magnificient submarines, the Big Ten also has great chili! Take out
subs from the sub station next door.
606 Washington Ave.
- Village Wok
- The Village Wok has delicious Chinese food in a no-frills
atmosphere. Lots of seafood specials, it's all good, and the price is right
610 Washington Ave.
- Pizza Oven
- Across Washington Ave from the Radisson, this place serves pizza by
the slice. It looks good through the window, but I've never eaten there.
- Sally's is the local watering hole for thesis defence parties. They
have a reasonable sandwich/fries menu for lunch and dinner, and you
can sit outside and watch everybody go by. Summit beer is on tap.
712 Washington Ave.
- For some strange reason the sign says "Cuu Long". Whatever they call it,
the Chau has pretty good Vietnamese food, and some nice lunch specials.
The special combination plate is my favorite. Full service dinner menu
- Bruegger's Bagels
- Good bagels made on the premises. The fillings can get a bit pricey,
but you can always buy naked bagels and some cream cheese a block down.
Where else in the Midwest can you get some nice Nova lox on a crusty
garlic bagel? 800 Washington Ave.
- A standard of the local restaurant scene, the Lotus always has
great Vietnamese lunch fare. Winner of the "Best of the Twin Cities"
competition more times than I can count. Get the Pork salad, the curried
chicken, or the Imperial beef.
- Stub and Herbs
- Another bar with some food service. Stub and Herbs goes after the
sport set, but without being annoying. It's kind of like the bar in
- Big Mike Subs
- Mostly takeout subs from small storefront. I like Big Mikes subs-
they know about things like cappocolo and Genoa salami. Usually made
cold, unlike the ones at the Big Ten.
- Another Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant. The decor is a step up
from the Camh Di or the Village Wok. Lunch specials.
802 Washington Ave.
- Dunn Bros Coffee
- Part of a local chain of tony coffee shops. Not as funky as the
Cafe Royale or the Espresso 22, but closer to the Radisson.
- Just like any other Subway!
- Way down at the end of Washington Ave is an Arby's. It's just
like any other Arby's, and you can see the big neon hat from the Radisson.
- Peking Garden
- A full service, sit-down Chinese restaurant. The food is very good.
It's a nice place to go with a group for dinner. 2324 University Ave.
Over the river from the Radisson, on the other side of the campus, is the
West Bank area. There are lots of bars in the West Bank, there are at least
theatres, there are many restaurants, and its just across the Washington Ave
Bridge. The bridge has a completely pedestrian upper deck, and it's a
beautiful walk on a summer night.
- Hard Times Cafe
- An (almost) 24-hour coffeeshop. They do serve food, but the real sport
is in people-watching.
- Kwang Pok
- A new Vietnamese/Chinese/Malaysian restaurant. The food is good,
and the prices are reasonable.
- Chili Time
- The Chili Time does serve chili and hamburgers and spaghetti. The
real specialty, however, is in their East African menu. You get
a platter sized piece of budeena, which is rather like a pancake.
On it are veggies and sauces, which you scoop up with little pieces
of budeena, and eat with your fingers. It's to die for...
- Korea House
- The Korea House has some of the best food, and the worst
atmosphere, in the whole state. The bulgogi is delicious, the
kim chee is delightfully hot, and the service is charming. The
building could use a little work.
- The Wienery
- The Wienery makes Chicago-style hot dogs for those desperate for
a taste of the mother land. My office-mate is from Chicago, and he says
they use the wrong relish. So skip the relish.
- The Odaa is the grand-daddy of the Minneapolis East African
restaurants. The food is great, with spicy hot balanced by yogurt
cool. You eat it with your fingers like at the Chili Time above.
Try the Devonshire cream with mango sauce for dessert.
- The New Riverside Cafe
- The Riv is the kind of place where tie-dye was in, and then it
was in, and now it's still in. You can get large quantities of
vegetarian burritos and other delights, or you can just have
some of their fabulous desserts. 329 Cedar Ave.
- Perfume River
- The Perfume River is another Vietnamese restaurant on the
West Bank. I have eaten there, but don't remember much special about it.
- The Red Sea
- The Red Sea is an Eritrean restaraunt. Eritrean food is very similar
to Ethiopian- see the Chili Time above. They have reggae music at night.
Over the highway bridge from the West Bank is an area known as Seven
Corners because it has 7 corners. And three theatres, three bars, four
restaraunts, a coffee shop, and the Radisson Metrodome.
- Cafe Havana
- A Cuban cafe in Minnesota? Yah sure, you betcha. I haven't eaten here,
but I hear good things about it. The menu looks tasty and tropical- and
you can eat outdoors if its nice.
- Sgt. Prestons
- Sgt. Prestons is basically a bar with an "up-North" theme. They
do make nice sandwiches too. 221 Cedar Ave.
- Taste of India
- The Taste of India is an Indian in the Seven Corners area. I've
never been there, but my office-mate says it's good.
- Grandma's is actually a good place to eat- the food is a couple notches above
the basic chain restaraunt stuff. 1810 Washington Ave.
Live Music In Walking Distance
The U of M has an enrollment of 40,000+. Not surprisingly, there are a lot
of live-music venues in the area. These are all on Cedar Ave, West Bank.
- The Cabooze
- A blues club on the West Bank. Follow Cedar Ave south until it turns,
but you go straight, and there you are. The Cabooze books mostly blues
acts, some national caliber, mostly local. It's big, it's dark, it's
smoky, and it's really loud. Covers run $5-$10.
- Whiskey Junction
- The Cabooze's little brother, where there's never a cover and there's
live music every night. The Whiskey tends toward local blues and rhythm
and blues acts. "The worlds' finest non-threatening biker bar."
- Five Corners
- On Cedar Ave in the West Bank. They have a lot of live music, but I've
never gone inside. The bands sound good from outside.
- Palmers is another West Bank bar on Cedar Ave. I've never been in here
- Cedar Cultural Center
- The Cedar does have a liquor licence, but they are much more than a bar.
Inside, it's an old movie theatre, which has been converted into a
non-profit showcase for some of the greatest shows in town. I've seen
Brazilian chanteuses, amazing jugglers, and the Austin Lounge Lizards
at the Cedar. The schedule tends toward the folky, but it's all good.
Try the City Pages Events listings
to see what's cooking.
- The Four Hundred Bar
- Playing the 400 bar is a right of passage for Minneapolis garage
bands, and watching people play there can be quite an experience. The
bands have weird names like "Dumpster Juice" or "Johns Black Dirt",
but they all have SOMETHING TO SAY, and the crowd loves to hear it.
Go there to relive your tormented youth.
- The Viking Bar
- There is a lot of good blues in this town, and the Viking is its
sacred city. It's basically a dive, but if you like the blues and don't
mind sitting next to somebody who lives the blues, it's a great place.
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