CURRENT FAVE EATS

I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever. To be honest, I haven’t been in the mood. I’ve been busy with other things & just really have needed to rest in my spare time. But I did want to do a post today with some MPLS restaurants that I’ve been digging or plan to try in the near future. You all know how I love me some good food. #foodie

There’s been a lot of turnover in Minneapolis lately in regards to restaurants. I revamped my ongoing food list when I moved to another area of the city in August. I’m more NE and DT now so some of these may be old news, but new to me! I’m going to do a little run though of my thoughts & if you’re looking for some good local MPLS eats, try something from my list below! Going to try & highlight places that I haven’t blogged about before! I have a few random pics to accompany my thoughts but I’ve been so bad @ taking food pics … need to stop just inhaling first – HA!

PIZZERIA NEA: so sad to report that after 17 years they closed a couple weeks ago! Bummer since it’s right out my front door. I did get to try it before they closed their doors & it was amazing.

STRAY DOG: aka my new hangout. This is literally 20 steps out my front door. They also have an entire vegetarian menu! My favorites include the house baked soft pretzels & cheese dip and the vegetarian nachos!

MACS: never eaten here but did have some drinks & watched a vikings game. Another one right out my door. Seems like pretty basic bar food.

SAVOYS: has been a fave for years but now I’ve got one a block away! Green & black olives are my go to toppings!

SONDER SHAKER: I was so excited to try this one & it didn’t disappoint! The loaded fries were on point! They have a new fall/winter menu out that I’m excited to try. This one is about 2 blocks from me! Yay! They also have crazy good fancy drinks!

GINGER HOP: I was sad to move away from Amazing Thailand but now I’ve got this! Thai style fried rice is my jam.

BLACK COFFEE & WAFFLE: the Como one isn’t far from me & I’ve fallen madly in love with the strawberry cheesecake waffle. I’m heading there this weekend with my girlfriend & we plan to try the new pumpkin waffle & the apple one that I’ve been eyeing up for awhile now!

ASTER CAFE: haven’t been here recently but it’s not far from my place & I’ve had it in the past and loved it. Nestled right down by the river & Stone Arch Bridge too! I want to go one night when they have live music!

R TACO: another walk across the street gem. If you’ve never tried their tacos, you must do so. They are on my foodsby app @ work too … very tempting to eat tacos 24/7!

HIDEAWAY BURGER BAR: went here for a Vikes game & got a burger, which looked so good online but I would say it was a so/so burger … really greasy, very little flavor & not much there. I’m gonna stick to Shake Shack or Five Guys for my burger cravings!

WILDE CAFE & SPIRITS: breakfast gem! I love their breakfast & brunch food. Down by the river with cozy vibes.

KEYS FOSHAY: another breakfast gem & a classic. Everything they serve here is so delish. Mushroom omelet has been a fave in addition to the French toast!

MUCCIS: before moving out of Uptown, you bet I tried this new hot spot! It lived up to the hype for sure! Tried the pizza, garlic montanara & rigatoni. Everything was awesome!

HERBIVOROUS BUTCHER: interesting concept, was sort of weirded out by the look & texture of the “meat” … but my sandwich did taste like a normal Italian sandwich.

CHEESE LOUISE: this is a southwest mpls gem. The grilled cheese was some serious comfort food. The bread was so soft & the combo of cheeses was perfect. Also fell in love with the parmesan truffle fries. Who doesn’t love fries!?

LIST TO TRY:

FIRST DRAFT TAPROOM: been here several times before but they recently added more food to their menu & the pics make my mouth water every time!

TARACCINO COFFEE: across the street & it looks like they have some good breakfast options in addition to fancy coffees.

TRIO: this one is back in good old Uptown. a plant based vegan restaurant! The food looks seriously bomb.

BARDO: fancy date night spot right out my door! I’m waiting to see their winter menu!

BACON SOCIAL HOUSE: this is next on my list … need to try a bacon flight!

PRACNA: don’t know much about this one. Just saw it down by the river & thought it may be a good one to check out.

GRAZE: a new North Loop Food Hall! Exciting! It appears to have awesome DT view too.

JEFE: Mexican food … right next door to Aster & Hideaway. Good HH!

SAMPLE ROOM: NE … don’t know much about this one either but would like to check it out as I’ve read good things!

RED RABBIT: this one has been on the list for awhile & it just never works out to go. I think my problem is that I compare it to my real fave Italian spot & don’t even give it a shot! (see below)

SNACK BAR: not sure this is even open yet … was slated for October. Small bites, wine & pizza in North Loop, what’s not to love?!

GIGIS: another one back in Uptown that I never got to. A little neighborhood cafe.

BOLUDO: EMPANADAS! YUM!

AND OF COURSE MY ALL TIME FAVE PLACE & LAST MEAL PICK …. would be @ the one & only BAR LA GRASSA. I’ve posted about BLG before & I honestly can’t get enough of it. It’s been a once a month affair for awhile now! Planning to go back in 2 weeks! HA! Highly Highly recommend if you want AUH-MAZING Italian.

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