Foods Minneapolis is Known For
The Juicy Lucy, Tater Tot Hotdish, Lefse—you might be surprised by what we’ve got on our plates.
Here in the Midwest, comfort food is our specialty, and in Minneapolis you’ll find comfort in the form of flavors from dozens of different ethnicities and cultures. Forget the stereotypes—boring doesn’t have a place at the table. Our favorite meals are delicious, home-grown, and sometimes just a little outrageous. Here, we help you discover the top foods that Minneapolis is known for. All you need to do is show up to try them!
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 has been raging for decades, and is still in full swing. Locals each have their favorites, but we’ll let you be the judge. Beyond the two big boys, some other well-loved spots for a quality Lucy are The Nook and Blue Door Pub. If you're feeling adventurous, try The Jiffy at Blue Door—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 a casserole, but in Minnesota we call it a hotdish, often accompanied by crisp, crunchy tater tots. To experience this comfort food at its finest, try The Mason Jar, Crooked Pint Ale House, and Stray Dog.
Lefse, pickled herring, gravlax, Swedish meatballs—our Scandinavian roots have certainly made their mark in the Minneapolis food scene. For authentic breads, sausages and cheeses, and Scandinavian gifts, head to Ingebretsen’s. FIKA, the Nordic-inspired café at the American Swedish Institute, is a great spot for lunch or an afternoon pick me up. Try Tullibee, located in the Hewing Hotel, for a delicious Nordic-inspired dinner.