Article By Mecca Bos
Everybody loves to show off their hometown to new people, but I think Minneapolis really, really likes to do it. We like to do it because there are so many untold stories here, and there are so many preconceived notions about who we really are. As a born and raised Minnesotan who has been writing about our local food scene for 15 years, it’s one of my life’s great pleasures to continually expose the authentic, nuanced soul of Minneapolis, and specifically, of Northeast. Find the neighborhood with the highest concentration of bars and churches, and you’ll know you’re on the right path. In our town, that’s Northeast Minneapolis, “Nordeast” to the fully initiated, an affectionate nod to the Polish-accented way of pronouncing the neighborhood. Always a community of immigrants, Lebanese and Eastern European working classes arrived in the early 1900’s to work in grain mills, sawmills, factories and railroads. The neighborhood has more recently attracted a large influx of African American, Latin American and Somali populations. The end result is a captivating mix of food, culture, and excellent neighborhood bars. If I had a friend coming to town for the weekend, these are the places I would take her in Northeast. They’re packed (packed!) with wondrous eats and drinks.