Foods Minneapolis is Known For

The Juicy Lucy, Tater Tot Hotdish, Lefse. You might be surprised by what we’ve got on our plates.

Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy, Photo by ©Jason Tesauro @themoderngent

Comfort food is our specialty, and you’ll find it in the form of dozens of different ethnicities and cultures. Flavor is never a concern, and boring doesn’t have a place at the table. Our favorite meals are delicious, home-grown and sometimes just a little outrageous. But we love it, and you will too. Discover the top foods that Minneapolis is known for.

Juicy Lucy

Minneapolis is home to the battle of the Juicy Lucys (or Jucy Lucys!). The rivalry between Matt’s Bar the 5-8 Club for the best cheese-stuffed burger in town is still in full swing. Locals each have their favorites, but we’ll let you be the judge. Some other well-loved spots are The Nook and Blue Door Pub. If you're feeling adventurous, try The Jiffy - a Juicy Lucy with peanut butter and bacon. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Tater Tot Hotdish

Tater tot what?! You may know it as casserole, but in Minnesota its called hotdish and it is often accompanied by crisp, crunchy tater tots. To experience this comfort food at its finest, try The Bulldog or The Mason Jar.

Scandinavian food

Lefse, pickled herring, gravlax, Swedish meatballs. Our Scandinavian roots have made their mark in our food scene, and we’re definitely not complaining. For authentic breads, sausages and cheeses, and Scandinavian gifts, head to Ingebretsen’sFIKA, the Nordic-inspired café at the American Swedish Institute, is a great spot for lunch or an afternoon pick me up.

Wild rice

It’s the grain of Minnesota. From soups to pancakes, there’s nothing better than locally harvested wild rice to give you a hearty, flavorful meal. Try the wild rice burger from Common Roots Café, the wild rice pancakes from The Mill Northeast or our personal favorite, the wild rice porridge from Hell’s Kitchen.


Walleye is the most sought-after fish in Minnesota, and for good reason. Found in our lakes and rivers, walleye is the perfect complement to many of our traditional dishes. We recommend FireLake Grill House for their wild rice-crusted walleye, walleye fritters and walleye burger. It’s all authentic, fresh and delicious. 


No, not the kind with cocktails and a tap list. Though we have plenty of those too… We’re talking about good old-fashioned dessert bars. From brownies to lemon bars to those triple layer delights, "bars" are a staple dessert here in Minnesota. For a bar plate sampler, head to Young Joni and order the Church Basement Cookie & Bar Plate. It even comes with a little glass of milk.

Cheese curds

What could make plain old cheese even better? Tossing it in the deep fryer. Often found as an appetizer or side dish, cheese curds are an important essential in Minnesota. Nothing pairs better with a beer than the crisp of a curd. Try Red Cow and dip them in their amazing berry ketchup. 


Home to a large Hmong and Vietnamese community, Minneapolis is a hot spot for pho, a popular Vietnamese noodle soup filled with rice noodles, vegetables, spices and meats. Try Pho 79Zen Box Izakaya or Quang Restaurant for some authentic, delicious pho and ramen. Pro tip: It’s pronounced “fuh” –- you’re welcome.

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