Food Fanatic Road Trip: Minneapolis

Get a mouthful from our resident expert

Visitors always wonder how we locals can stand the cold, as if the Twin Cities were on the same latitude as Antarctica. Believe it or not, it’s not all ice floes and igloos up here.

Minnesota’s known as the land of 10,000 lakes, but I’d say it’s also a land of 10,000 tastes. We’re famous for the Juicy Lucy (a cheese-stuffed burger that oozes melty goodness on the first bite) and Eat Street—block after block of ethnic restaurants on Nicollet Avenue. There are too many to name, but if Jay Leno overnights ribs from Market BBQ and hordes line up for Masa, that’s good enough for me.

Take my advice and it won’t matter whether it’s 80 degrees or 8 below. You’ll see why “the Cities” is such a great food town.


Brit’s Pub (Minneapolis)
Home to the best burger in town, but it's also the place this Irishman heads when he wants a piece of home. The fix: a little lawn bowling.

Bunkers (Minneapolis)
So many restaurant types show up on Mondays for live music (where Prince once jammed) that it’s become an unofficial industry night.

Crave (Bloomington)
Mall of America visitors can find something for everyone here.

Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria (St. Paul) 
The best pizza in town, bar none.

Eat Street Social (Minneapolis) 
A crowd-pleaser for fans of charcuterie everywhere (me included).

112 Eatery or Bar La Grassa (Minneapolis)
Either one of Isaac Becker’s restaurants will impress you, but the bar-like seating that runs along the open kitchen at La Grassa might tip the scale.

The Strip Club Meat & Fish (St. Paul)
In one word: great. The menu wants to have fun and it does. Let the bartender make a “one-off” cocktail, a libation spurred by the “moment” with your input.

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John Byrne is a Food Fanatic for US Foods, an adventuresome diner and avid ice fisherman who lives in Minneapolis.

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