Spoon and Stable, overseen by James Beard Award winning chef Gavin Kaysen, is a top recommendation for anyone who wants a taste of truly inventive Midwestern cuisine. (These are coveted tables most weekends so it’s best to reserve well in advance.)
Locals will also often mention Bar La Grassa as a neighborhood favorite for a wide variety of pastas and other crowd-pleasing Italian staples. Next door to Bar La Grassa is its sister restaurant, Snack Bar which is known for small plates, pizza, and signature cocktails. Smack Shack is best known for their lobster rolls and lobster boils, and they also excel at oysters, crab, scallops, calamari, walleye, and other varieties of seafood.
The much-awarded Borough is a popular Minneapolis dining destination. Their downstairs bar, Parlour, is one of the city’s top cocktail labs. No matter which floor you’re on, know that “The Burger” (ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket, white American cheese, and an egg bun) has caused virtually every local food critic to use uncharacteristic superlatives.
Enjoy the unique Japanese-Italian cuisine offered at Sanjusan or head upstairs for true Tokyo style and flavor at Kado No Mise, where every meal is carefully hand-crafted from a select choice of fresh, local Japanese ingredients. Finish the night off at Gori Gori Peku, the Japanese whisky bar across the hall.
With Target Field and Target Center in such close proximity, this part of downtown is frequently visited by sports fans. Accordingly, the area is filled with plenty of bars and clubs to extend the merriment before and after a game. Just a few of the options in the area include The Loop (sports bar), Thr3 Jack (sports bar with plenty of gaming options), Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar (German beer, pub food), Cuzzy's (sports bar), and Lyon’s Pub (English pub, bar food).
Dating back to 1906, the Monte Carlo is a classic supper-club with an old-school coppertop bar. The awe-inspiring wall of alcohol behind it is hypnotic and the patio is considered one of the best in the neighborhood. JD Hoyt's Supper Club is another North Loop institution and is known for its fire-grilled entrees with a Cajun flair.
Sample food from many local chefs at Graze Provisions + Libations, a collective of small food businesses that includes James Beard nominated Union Hmong Kitchen and a variety of other cuisines including Soul, Mexican Vietnamese fusion, an avocado bar, and two indoor/outdoor bars.
If you're looking for a quick breakfast, grab a coffee at Spyhouse Coffee Roasters and walk a few blocks over to Rise Bagel Co. for artisan bagels.