I totally became a real-life foodie when I moved to Minneapolis. I have always loved me some good food but once I moved here I started finding the true gems. I am sort of a foodie snob sometimes to be honest. One of my dream jobs is actually to be a food blogger! That would be so amazing.
Minneapolis is filled with great food spots and I have made it a point to try as many as I can. I narrowed it down to my top 15 … there are some other ones that were close to making my list but these top 15 have been tried, again and again, proving to be the best of the best! I’ll share my favorite dishes/orders from each too! (Side note: I have only eaten meat a handful of times in the last 6 months … so some of my choices may change now that I am sticking to a more plant-based diet, but these are my original favorites).
In no particular order here are my top 15 eats of Minneapolis:
#1: Zelo (Downtown) – Italian food is probably my favorite type of food and Zelo never disappoints. It’s cozy, intimate and beautiful inside! Top favorites include the parmesan crusted shrimp appetizer and this amazing fettuccine alfredo below (spinach, almonds & light cream sauce).
#2: Bar La Grassa (North Loop) – Hands down my favorite Italian spot in the city. It is dark inside with a grown and intimate vibe. They have some really unique dishes on the menu but my favorite dish is below … “MUSHROOM & TALEGGIO AGNOLOTTI” … It’s SO rich and filled with fresh mushrooms! My mouth is watering just looking at that picture.
#3: Rise Bagel (North Loop) – This little gem is the best breakfast bagel shop around. I went searching for bagels like I had in Seattle and wound up here. There’s tons of natural light inside and it’s a perfect little bagel/coffee shop. Any of the breakfast bagels are amazing. This one is my new fave … classic egg, cheddar & vegan sausage on an everything bagel.
#4: Crisp & Green (North Loop & Dinkytown) – Where do I even begin on this one?! This has been my go-to place the last few months. They have locations in the burbs too but these two are nestled in Minneapolis. Literally everything I have tried has been amazing. They make fresh salads and grain bowls right in front of you and switch up the menu every new season. My forever favorite is pictured below … The Chef Curry 2.0 bowl. I could seriously eat this every single day. A MUST TRY.
#5: Lago Tacos (Uptown Lyn-Lake) – The best authentic tacos around in my opinion and they also have the BEST queso dip I’ve ever had. There’s a super cute and cozy enclosed patio out back right on Lyndale. Oh yeah! Awesome HH margaritas too! My beloved queso is pictured below. I have not had any vegetarian options here, just different meat tacos and all of them were amazing!
#6: Young Joni (Northeast) – I don’t make it to NE very often but this place blew me away. It has a cozy hipster vibe inside where you can just be yourself. My two favorite pizzas are the Korean BBQ and the Tavern Pie (pepperoni, jalapeño, honey). I know the honey sounds weird but trust me, it just works!
#7: Cocoa & Fig (Downtown) – My cousins got me onto this place at our family Christmas. I have been a serious macaron snob, searching and trying literally all of them in the city and I keep coming back to these babies! They are so fresh and flavorful. Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Pistachio are my favorite flavors.
#8: Manny’s (Downtown) – One of the best meals of my life. Not even kidding. I don’t think you could order a bad thing off the menu. Pictured below: creamed garlic spinach, manny’s brownie, loaded mash potatoes, lobster cakes, and filet mignon. This is definitely a more high-end dining experience but totally worth it.
#9: Red Wagon Pizza (Southwest) – This is seriously a neighborhood gem. It’s just a couple blocks from the school I work at, tucked right into the neighborhood. They have a nice patio to enjoy too. This was the “Red Wagon Pizza” … crispy sopressata ribbons, banana peppers, and sausage … finished with chili flakes & fig balsamic. AMAZING.
#10: Glam Doll Donuts (Eat Street & Northeast) – If you’ve never experienced Glam then you are definitely missing out! They recently opened their second location in NE but I still frequent the original Eat Street location. They have literally every type of donut you could imagine. I am a cake donut girl so lots of times I simply go for one chocolate and one vanilla of the “Darling” donut.
#11: Stellas (Uptown) – An Uptown classic! If you’re in the mood for anything seafood related, this is your place. They have an amazing rooftop which they recently revamped. I think it’s the tallest rooftop in Uptown too. They have a great daily HH where you can get this “Lobburger” … which is seriously delish. And my all time fave is the “Cape Cod Roll” which is a warm lobster roll. There are huge pieces of lobster and just the right amount of butter. The bread is buttery and amazing too. I am super picky about lobster rolls and this is hands down the best in the 612.
#12: Hola Arepa (35th & Nicollet … south of Uptown) – The best Latin food around! The vibe is super laid back and they have a cool patio to enjoy during the summer months. They also have some really unique and fun drink options. My favorites include the chorizo arepa, black bean & queso fresco arepa and the yuca fries. Can’t forget about those yuca fries … so good!
#13: Sleepy V’s Donuts (Northeast) – I was skeptical after being a Glam Doll fan for so long but I was pleasantly surprised! I have only tried their mini donuts and they were awesome! I love that you can try 4 different kinds and it really only equals like one regular donut! I was really surprised that my favorite one is the pink one below … the “Homer” … pineapple-hibiscus icing! WOW.
#14: Copper Hen (Eat Street) – My favorite brunch spot. Not only do they have amazing brunch options that are all from local farms, but they also have bottomless mimosas. Um, HELLO, YES PLEASE. The inside is super unique/rustic and they even do weddings and receptions. It’s not very large so I always do reservations online ahead of time to ensure we get a spot. They now have a sister restaurant in Minnetonka called The Copper Cow … have yet to try it but it’s on my list! I have also had dinner here and love the homemade chicken pot pie. Pictured below was my own creation: scrambled eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream and of course that mimosa!
#15: Amazing Thailand (Uptown) – I am blown away that I don’t have any pictures of my Amazing Thailand food! What in the world?! I searched through all my old pictures with no luck. I literally have been eating here the last 5 years consistently. It must be so good that I don’t have time for pictures, I just gotta chow down! HA! Authentic Thai a few blocks from my place … what more could a girl ask for?! It is sort of dark and mysterious inside so I get it to go a lot of the time. My favorites include the jalapeño cream cheese wontons and the Thai style fried rice. Can’t get enough.
So if you’re ever in Minneapolis or you just can’t decide on something new to try, definitely try something on this list. If you are looking for something specific reach out to me as I certainly have lots more suggestions!