Most Outrageous Foods in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a place for foodies—there's no denying that. Challenge yourself to some of the city's most memorable dishes! (Saint Paul even made the cut.)

Hi-Top at Hi-Lo Diner, Photo by Jason Tesauro @themoderngent

Milkjam Creamery: “All of them”

Sure, you could get 1, 2, 3, or 4 scoops of ice cream. But why not get ALL OF THEM? Yes, at Milkjam, you can order all of their current flavors—which typically includes at least 16 different varieties. Did we mention that some of them are vegan and a select few contain alcohol? Pass the spoon, please!

Hell’s Kitchen: Bloody Mary Bar

How much can you pack into your Bloody Mary? We’re not talking about a single meat stick and maybe a couple of olives. Hell’s Kitchen’s 35-foot, jacked-up Bloody Mary bar includes 247 different hot sauces, gourmet salts, specialty olives, all kinds of cheeses, bacon, wings, peppers, mini muffins, and other delicious add-ons. It’s truly a meal in itself. (Note: the walk-through experience is currently on pause, but the restaurant offers a “Build-at-your-table” Bloody—they'll bring all the fixings to you!) 

Blue Door Pub: Jiffy Burger

Peanut butter on a burger? Don’t knock it 'til you try it! The Jiffy Burger at Blue Door Pub (known for their Juicy Blucys, a spin on the Minneapolis-famous molten-cheese-filled burger) contains crunchy peanut butter, thick-cut bacon, mayo, and pickles and is stuffed with spicy pepper jack cheese.

New Bohemia: Rattlesnake Rabbit Jalapeño Sausage

Forget your basic beef hot dog. New Bohemia will step up your sausage game with interesting meats like rattlesnake and rabbit, lamb gyro brats, wild boar with blueberries, and even adventurous vegan options from Herbivorous Butcher (Thai Kimchi Brat, anyone?). Don’t forget to try a giant soft pretzel. It’s bigger than your face and full of salty deliciousness. 

Vinai Feast

Pop-up phenom Union Hmong Kitchen is renowned for its flavorful celebration of Hmong culture and rituals, and chef Yia Vang's private feast venture Vinai is raising the bar again. Served on banana leaves, eaten by hand, and featuring whole fish, whole roasted chickens, purple sticky rice, roasted seasonal veggies, fermented mustard greens, and more, this is an experience you'll never forget. 

Taco Libre: The Machete

Tacos are great, of course, but have you every had an 18-inch long masa dough tortilla filled with Oaxacan cheese, sour cream, and your choice of meat or veggie fillings? The Machete from Taco Libre is sure to impress (and fill you up!).

Hi-Lo Diner: Hi-tops

It’s not a donut, it’s not a biscuit, it’s a hi top! Hi-Lo Diner is known for this unique mashup of fried dough with toppings that range from savory (think buttermilk fried chicken or pulled pork and eggs) or sweet (like the Velvet Elvis with peanut butter, honey, bacon, and banana). 

The Gary Cooper Hi-Top at Hi-Lo Diner

Rise Bagel: Wonton Breakfast Bagel

These organic artisan "Minneapolis Style" bagels got their start at the Fulton Farmers Market, and are now making a name in North Loop with all-day breakfast bagels like the Wonton—a toasted sesame bagel loaded with jalapeño cream cheese, sweet & sour sauce, hot mustard, and crunchy wontons.

Café Astoria: 24k Latte

Looking for that Instagram-worthy coffee shot that actually tastes as good as it looks? Head to Café Astoria in St. Paul and order the 24k latte off of their not-so-secret secret menu (that you can check out here). The drink is topped with real, edible gold, amaretto, and white chocolate.

Cafe Astoria Specialty Lattes

T-Rex ½ Pound Cookies

Half pound cookies. Need we say more? The sea salt caramel chocolate chip is a local favorite. If that’s not your style, they have 18 other flavors that rotate weekly at a variety of grocery stores, small food businesses, and restaurants around the metro area. 

Mushroom Pecan Ice Cream from Bebe Zito 

Small-batch scoop shop Bebe Zito features a few adventurous flavors on their menu, like Gochujang Brownie (spicy brownies made with Korean gochujang chili paste in dark chocolate ice cream), Vanilla MSG (Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream with a touch of MSG for flavor pop), and Mushroom Pecan, made with a rare mushroom that tastes like maple syrup!

Cereal Milk French Toast from Hope Breakfast Bar 

Breakfast of champions! French toast dipped in the milk leftover from your bowl of cereal that's slightly sweet that you wish you could drink by the cup instead of regular milk? Yeah, that stuff. To make it even better, it's topped with cotton candy and cream cheese maple syrup. Where else can you find that?

Eye Candy at Waffle Bar 

Waffle Bar's bubble waffle cones come loaded up with a variety of sweet and savory fillings, but this one is just extra outrageous. A rainbow explosion of vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, gummy bears, fruity pebbles, edible glitter, rock candy, and cotton candy. Dig in!

Anything at the Minnesota State Fair

From Sweet Martha’s giant bucket of chocolate chip cookies to duck drumsticks to deep fried avocado to peaches n' cream nachos to pizza burritos to waffles loaded with peanut butter cups and fruity pebbles, the State Fair has some of the most outrageous foods we’ve ever eaten. We dream about it all year long.

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