Foodie File: Eat Your Way Around Minneapolis

Foodie File: Eat Your Way Around Minneapolis

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From food trucks, to formal sit-downs, Minneapolis is a foodie mecca. Whether you're in the mood for a juicy burger or seasonal small plates, we've got you covered with this guide to the top restaurants in the Twin Cities.

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    Totally wacky Korean-meets-American by way of Wonderland (like the ‘Duck Duck Duck’, featuring squishy rounds of rice dough and a rich duck confit-like sauce). Also cool: a slightly moody and weird atmosphere and great drinks menu.
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    What started as one of the best food trucks in the cities is now the best spot to fill your belly for just a couple of bucks. Get an a la carte arepa, a griddled corn cake stuffed with braised meats, house made sauces and crumbly cheese, for under $10.
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    Located in an unassuming storefront on Central and Lowry in NE Minneapolis, El Taco Riendo serves simple, great tacos. On doubled-up corn tortillas, topped with a little cilantro and white onion, there is little interference between your tastebuds and the best al pastor in town.
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    Butter’s claim to fame is its (obviously) buttery, crumbly scones — any version featuring chocolate in some capacity is a sure thing. But the rest of the breakfast menu is not to be missed, especially since nothing costs more than $8. The stuffed-to-the-gills, vegan-chili-topped breakfast burrito can easily feed two (with a scone on the side), and the tender biscuit sandwich featuring egg and cheese is the most satisfying breakfast $5 can buy.
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    For a quick lunch bite, Be’Wiched is a good choice. Highly recommended: the asparagus sandwich. Each sandwich comes with two tastes of their deli salads, which are also good on their own or as part of a half sandwich-half salad combo. Gets busy during the week because of the north loop lunch crowd.
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    There isn’t a better place in town to take in the local flavor. With a theater, a bowling alley, and a full bar and restaurant, the BLB draws in families, artists, disaffected hipster wannabes, career barflies, and Uptown condo dwellers. Sit outside on a beautiful summer day and watch the city go by.
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    You’d really miss out if you came to the Twin Cities without filling your face with amazing (and amazingly cheap) old-fashioned doughnuts from A Baker’s Wife. To super-size your experience, walk around the corner to Angry Catfish (half coffee shop, half bike shop) for a hot cup of Intelligentsia or delicious espresso drink. What’s more Minneapolitan than eating donuts and drinking fancy coffee in a bike shop?
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    With killer coffee, inventive espresso drinks, top-notch tea (from Verdant), and dynamite pastries (from Patisserie 46), Five Watt is an extremely friendly and fun place to sate your caffeine cravings.
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    If you’re the type to substitute pastries and coffee for a true breakfast, head to Bogart’s Doughnut Co. — before 9am if you’re able (there’s a very real risk of sell-out) — for a vanilla cream-filled doughnut and coffee. The newly opened product of several years of success at south Minneapolis’ Kingfield farmers market, Bogart’s doughnuts steer clear of greasy sugar bombs in favor of wholesome, fluffy brioche dough and pared-down, classic toppings.
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    This tiny, venerable, covered-alley nook of a breakfast spot has difficulty with parties larger than two, but the squeeze is worth the hassle. Al’s chewy blueberry pancakes are legitimately second to none and the ambiance alone is worth the modest price of your check.
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    Chef Jamie Malone is a star at McKee’s sustainable seafood place in the Jean Nouvel–designed Guthrie Theater. Try the bouillabaisse.
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    America’s best little-known ethnic market (the Hmong are from Asia’s China-Vietnam-Laos region), with countless fruit and vegetable stalls and rustic, insanely delicious dishes in the food court. From Hmong sausage to made-to-order papaya salad and hearty pho, it’s my top lunch spot in town.
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