You’ve been logging plenty of hours, steps, and miles, so if you want to sleep in a little, it’s totes understandable. Get a bit further off the beaten path, and jump on the blue line towards the Mall of America. But don’t go all the way to the Mall. Instead, jump off at 46th Street Station, and walk the block or so to Bull’s Horn, where top chef Doug Flicker has taken things delightfully lowbrow, and made updates to a longtime neighborhood dive bar. Inside, scratch bar food meets zero pretense (pull tabs and an original jukebox) for a relaxing lunch over tap beers. Think ring bologna, fried chicken gizzards, and meatloaf for eats.
I love the “Daily Trays” with rotating platters of mains (fried chicken, pork shoulder) and sides (baked beans, macaroni salad) appropriate for sharing.
Since it’s your final day in town, do a little afternoon, instead of late night bar hopping for a reasonable bedtime and relatively pain-free travel morning. Get back on the train towards downtown, and disembark at Cedar Riverside. Palmer’s Bar is a West Bank neighborhood live music and drinking institution dating from 1906, and is always a scene of some kind with a diverse cast of characters and good tunes. If it’s nice out, check out the sunny back patio.