At the southern end of Longfellow by its scenic waterfall is Sea Salt Eatery, a seasonal restaurant located right in Minnehaha Park. Open from spring to late fall, this local favorite serves fresh and fried seafood, wine, beer, and treats.
Go back in time at Hi-Lo Diner, a 1950s-themed diner car with modern takes on old favorites. Try the lauded Hi-Tops, house-made donuts piled high with a wide variety of toppings like fried chicken, peanut butter, and bacon, or pulled pork and zesty salsa. After breakfast, head across the street to Dogwood Coffee for a caffeinated drink.
Sonora Grill on East Lake Street is the perfect indoor getaway in the winter and ideal culinary escape in the summer, featuring a beautiful patio to enjoy the weather with a warm ambiance and plant-filled space. Owner and Chef Conrado Badilla Paredes brings a modern twist on Sonora-style Mexican cuisine to Minneapolis with a variety of tacos, seafood, soups, and handmade tortillas ALL packed with flavor. Don't forget to indulge in their creative cocktails and fully stocked tequila and mezcal bar while you're there.
A short stroll from Sonora Grill, Urban Forage Winery & Cider House features unique ferments made with locally foraged ingredients. Each summer and fall the Urban Forage tam picks apples, pears, plums, and cherries off of local residents’ fruit trees and from local orchards with permission of the landowners. (They'll also harvest rhubarb, dandelions, hops and other flowers in season for truly adventurous sips.) Urban Forage is also known for hosting great themed trivia nights each Thursday.
Due north of the Falls at the corner of East River Road at Lake Street, the Longfellow Grill attracts out-of-towners, locals, and cyclists who enjoy an extensive made-from-scratch menu in the light-filled restaurant or on the spacious outdoor patio in the warmer months. Known for specialties like sweet potato fries, fish tacos, turkey burgers, banana waffles, and tasty, potent craft cocktails, this spot is a family-friendly crowd pleaser. Smack dab on Minnehaha Mile’s retail road, located at 3637 Minnehaha Ave, the Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar offers a pub-like setting, huge weekend brunches, and a mind-blowing 40 beers on tap. If your pooch is indispensable to your outings, the Howe showcases not only a dog friendly patio, but a Fido-friendly menu as well! Check the website for the many happy hour specials and events. Just a few blocks south of Howe at 3860 Minnehaha Ave is Selam Restaurant, a Longfellow mainstay coffee shop-turned-Ethiopian restaurant.
For something sweet but nutritious, check out The Dripping Root nearby for their fresh cold-pressed juice, acai bowls, and smoothies. Further north at 3262 Minnehaha Ave, find the community-based Wildflyer Coffee in all its caffeinated glory. They are dedicated to providing job stability to youth experiencing homelessness and serving up fresh roasted brew and a variety of pastries. The spot is laid-back Longfellow at its most authentic.