Dining in and around the Twin Cities

A sample of restaurants recommended for evening dining. These are more distant from campus and have been rated I, M, X (inexpensive, moderate, expensive) by typical cheapskate physicists.

Downtown Minneapolis

From campus, there are buses every few minutes along Washington Avenue.
Brits Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall: "English-Kitsch" pub atmosphere, not-bad food; decent beer. Open late. (I)
Buca
1204 Harmon Place: Family style Italian, noisy, boisterous, fun. (I)
Cafe Brenda
300 1st Ave N: Gourmet vegetarian (M)
Cafe Luxeford
1101 LaSalle Ave: Live Jazz, OK food, open late (I,M)
D'Amico Cucina
100 N.6th St. (Butler square warehouse area); Excellent Italian (M,X); good deals on Sunday evenings (I,M)
Fine Line Music Cafe
Live folk/country/??; OK food (I)
Ichiban
Japanese tepenyaki and sushi bar (M)
Linguini and Bob
100 N.6th St.(Butler square warehouse area): Casual family-style italian. (I,M)
Loring Cafe
1624 Harmon Place at Loring Park; Theater folks, rather weird but interesting (M)
Murray's
26 S.6th St.; Classic old-style "fancy" with little old ladies as waitresses; excellent steaks; (M,X); good deals before 6.30.
New French Cafe
128 N 4th St.; very good French; (M,X)
Palomino
825 Hennepin Ave; Yuppy, excellent place for seeing and being seen; good place for a date! (M,X)
Rock Bottom Brewery
Street level below Palomino (above); microbrewery ales made on the premises; noisy, fun, separate area with pool tables (I,M)
Sawatdee
607 Washington Ave S.: spicy Thai (M)

Uptown

A bit further afield in Mpls. down Hennepin/Nicollet Avenues towards Uptown, at Lake and Hennepin, which is a trendy, funky, noisy, green hair sort of area.
Black Forest Inn
Nicollet and 26th St: good, authentic German, has an outside patio (M)
Christo's Greek Restaurant
2632 Nicollet; (M)
Figlio
Uptown area at Lake St. and Hennepin; bistro atmosphere; one of the best late night places; bar and restaurant areas. (I,M,X)
Giorgio
2451 Hennepin Ave: excellent Tuscan specialties, small; (M,X)
Green Mill
2626 Hennepin Avenue; variety of pizza types, popular, there are several others in the suburbs (I,M)
It's Greek To Me
Lyndale and Lake St.(30th): excellent Greek specialties (M)
Sri Lanka Curry House
2821 Hennepin Ave; order mild or medium, hot is ridiculous! (M)
El Meson
3450 Lyndale Ave: Cuban/Spanish-American food. (I)

Also in South Minneapolis

Broder's Pasta Bar
at 50th St and Penn Ave; in a converted gas station, probably the best pasta dishes in town, plenty of garlic; no reservations unless you have more than 6 people, but call your name in a half hour earlier and you'll be put on a list. (M) (Walk it off around scenic Lake Harriet which is just 2 blocks north).

Mall of America

The mall (if you're not a snob!) has several decent restaurants, most notably:
Rainforest
Has tropical rainstorms, parrots, very popular, amazingly good food, inc. burgers (I,M)
Planet Hollywood
Restaurant/nightclub, owned by movie stars who are occasionally seen. No physicist has yet admitted to having been there.

St.Paul

You'll need a car or taxi for most of these...
Cafe Latte
850 Grand Ave; noisy, very popular, great salads, soups, sandwiches, desserts. (I,M)
Dakota Bar and Grill
In Bandana Square; The best known live jazz place in the area, often featuring nationally known artists; (M)
Caspers Cherokee Sirloin Room
886 S.Smith, W. St Paul, (several blocks south over the High Bridge); old-fashioned steak/chop house (M)
Lindey's Prime Steak House
3600 Snelling Ave N; only 3 things on the menu: medium, large and X-large superb steaks. The fixings are poor, but you won't care (M)
Tavern on Grand
656 Grand Ave; eat the Minnesota state dish, which is also the state fish (the walleye), prepared many ways. There are other things on the menu (I,M)
Cossetta's
211 W 7th St.; Italian cafeteria, has been in the neighborhood for decades, close to downtown and the river (I)
Khyber Pass
1399 St.Clair Ave; Afghani, small, great food (I)
La Cucaracha
Grand Ave at Dale St.; probably the best Mexican food in the cities (I)
Table of Contents
1648 Grand Ave; cosy restaurant/wine and espresso bar in a wonderful bookstore, imaginative food (M). (Readings by authors on many evenings in the store). They have recently opened a more pompous version in Minneapolis, also called T of C.
W.A. Frost
Western and Selby Ave in Cathedral Hill area; in an interesting restored 1880's building, restaurant and bistro indoors, check these out but, in summer, the patio dining or drinking is to be preferred. (M)

Main street area

Site of the original Pillsbury flour mills and the origins of Minneapolis at the St. Anthony's Falls (a longish walk from campus). Some of the old warehouses were rehabilitated and filled with candle shops and restaurants, most of which failed. Cobbled streets, etc. Good places to have a beer al fresco and view the skyline over the river.
Anthony's Wharf
good seafood (M)
Pracna on Main
the original restaurant on old Main, serves mainly burgers and beer. (I)
Nicollet Island Inn
a fancier restaurant, also overlooking the river (M,X)

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