A great playday around the lake starts with a fresh cup of Java at Nokomis Beach Coffee. Regulars rave about their mochas and almond croissants, and it’s totally acceptable to make a return trip in the afternoon for a scoop of ice cream. If you’re a coffee and doughnuts kind of person (and honestly, who isn’t?), take a walk through Hiawatha Park and grab a coffee at Northern Coffeeworks before grabbing donuts next door (or any of the sweet treats they whipped up that day) at Baker's Wife. Walk into Turtle Bread Company and take in the incredible smells of freshly baked goods. They have homemade soup and sandwich lunch options and an array of desserts. Across the street is Sovereign Grounds, a great place to grab a cup of coffee with the kids, because of their indoor play area in the back of the coffee shop.
For another Minneapolis classic, dive into the award-winning Juicy Lucy’s at the 5-8 Club. Around since 1928, the local hot spot has decades of practice mastering the art of the cheese-stuffed burger (try one with a side of deep-fried pickle chips). More classic comfort awaits at Hot Plate, serving carbo-licious breakfasts among eclectic décor—think vintage dolls and mannequin heads. Bull's Horn is a fantastic neighborhood dive, run by an award-winning chef - stop in for a burger or their famous dill pickle fried chicken buckets and stay for the pull tabs and weekly meat raffle. You believe how good the fried chicken is at Herbie Butcher's...because it's actually not chicken! The entire restaurants is vegan, but the flavors are just so good that you would never know the difference.
The Creekside Supper Club serves up classic Midwest supper club fare - think prime rib, shrimp cocktail and crab-stuffed walleye. After dinner, head next door for a nightcap at The Sidecar at the Tap - a cozy neighborhood cocktail lounge. Heather's is a favorite for locals in this neighborhood, serving serving sandwiches, burgers and brunch staples. They even have a covered patio area for dining outside in any weather.
Mexican specialties—handmade tamales, chiles relleno, and carne asada—star at Dominguez Family Restaurant in a colorful space with plenty of outdoor seating. If you’re craving authentic Italian, try the freshly made pastas (the pillowy gnocchi is a favorite) at ie Italian Eatery. Guavas Cuban Café serves up American Cuban cuisine - the Cuban and pan con lechon are not to be missed. More Italian favorites can be found at Fat Lorenzo's. Their pizza's are what they are most known for.
No matter where you head for a meal, save room for a massive scoop of ice cream from Pumphouse Creamery. They serve up delicious, hand-crafted ice cream using natural and organic locally-sourced ingredients. The lemon infused olive oil and sea salt ice cream is a local favorite. Another popular ice cream spot is just up the street from Lake Nokomis and the prefect place to stop after a day of fun at the lake. Grand Ole Creamery serves up a bunch of fun flavors. Make sure you try their freshly made waffle cones, you'll smell them being made before you even walk through the door.
Need a gluten-free dessert option? Sift Gluten Free is an entire bakery devoted to re-creating popular baked goods with gluten-free ingredients. We've got some dessert for the vegan friendly too. Vegan East caterers to those who have sweet tooth for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins and more.