The neighborhood’s eating options are generally outstanding. The indisputable special night out spot in the neighborhood is the romantic Café & Bar Lurcat, offering an indulgent menu of souped-up comfort food in an elegant dining room and awesome patio.
Just a few blocks from Loring Park you'll find the Nicollet Diner. Get your pancake, burger, or chocolate shake fix at any time of day (they're open 24 hours!). For more breakfast and lunch options, check out Zoe's Bakery & Cafe for coffee, croissants, scones, muffins, and cookies, or Eggy's Dinner—their chicken and waffles, loaded omelettes, and Benedicts atop mini Belgian waffles will fill you up.
If you need to quench your thirst, Lakes & Legends Brewing is close by. Stop in for a variety of brews and bring your pooch—the taproom is dog friendly. To soak up your buzz, head to Lotus Restaurant for Vietnamese specialties like pho, vermicelli noodle salads, and pad Thai.
If you have a lot of mouths to feed, the original Buca di Beppo Italian will do the trick. Its mountains of pasta can feed three to five people per serving, perfect for a family night out. The maze-like Loring Park location was the first of what is now over 100 locations worldwide!
Loring Park's neighborhood gay bar 19 Bar has a rich history. Built by the architects behind the historic Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis in 1922, the building housed a speakeasy during Prohibition and became Minneapolis’ first gay bar in 1952. In modern times, the bar has grown into a mainstay during Pride and throughout the year.