Twin Cities Restaurant Guide – Pinch of Yum



Vital announcement: we like to eat!

And we’re again atcha with an in depth record of all our favourite locations to eat within the Twin Cities.

Whether or not you’re visiting, new right here, or a long-time resident who panics each time you really get an evening out after which can solely consider the identical two eating places to go to…properly, now we have some meals finds for you.

Like, superb locations you possibly can go and other people will ship meals and drinks to you and also you completely don’t need to have something to do with making them. Certain, we’re predominantly a recipe weblog over right here, however now we wish to let you know (ask you? kindly demand?) to go forward and test each single one among these institutions off your record as a result of the Twin Cities has a reasonably superb restaurant scene. 

This record has been a group effort – we’re not saying now we have a devoted Slack channel the place all we do is inform one another the place to go and what to eat but in addition, OF COURSE WE DO. So right here’s somewhat round-up from all of us of those must-eat spots.

From espresso to dinner, this submit lists our collective favorites for:

Is that this an expert meals critic’s record of the highest eating places in Minneapolis and St. Paul? No.

Is that this a listing of a few of OUR favourite locations? Those that we all know and love, which have our hearts, that acknowledge our faces as a result of we frequent them a lot? Sure!

Bless you, hungry eater in Minneapolis / St. Paul! We hope you discover simply what you’re searching for.

For Espresso-Ish Drinks

Penny’s Coffee

If we might completely reside on the out of doors patio at Penny’s downtown (pictured above), we might. Tons of seating choices, a grassy hill to calm down on, and GLORIOUS SHADE. Candy, candy shade for these scorching summer time days.

What we order: Penny’s Chilly Brew, Matcha or Golden Latte, a scrumptious candy or savory crepe, and no matter stunning pastry we see within the case.

100 Washington Ave S Minneapolis

Nina’s Coffee

Located smack dab on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, you possibly can take pleasure in your espresso inside the attractive library-esque Nina’s, sit exterior on the sidewalk on a sunny Sunday morning, or take your jolt to go and stroll round some of the stunning neighborhoods within the Twin Cities. 

What we order: Espresso espresso espresso! Latte, capuccino, Americano, espresso, no matter sounds good and makes us really feel most like F. Scott Fitzgerald

165 Western Ave N, St Paul

Sencha Tea Bar

“Need something from Sencha?” is a very frequent and very essential query round right here. For bubble tea, tea lattes, and iced teas, that is the spot.

What we order: FOR SURE the Royal Tea Latte (scorching or iced, with or with out bubbles)

1692 Grand Ave, St Paul (extra areas in Minneapolis)

For Drinky-Drinks

Snack Bar

Come for the drinks, keep for the snacks. Or come for the snacks, keep for the drinks? The cubicles are cozy, the vibe is 10/10, and you may at all times sneak over to Bar La Grassa throughout the corridor whenever you want second dinner.

What we order: For drinks, Burch Previous Normal or a glass of crimson from their stunning wine record. For snacks, Charred Leeks, Pickled Cauliflower Salad, Schupfnudeln, and PIZZA.

800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom

So many nice native breweries right here within the Twin Cities however Certainly is a deal with. Superb craft beers, an exquisite patio space, and for those who’re fortunate (and also you normally are), the Revival meals truck is correct across the nook. 

(Additionally, their community-driven charitable initiative, Indeed We Can, is one other glorious cause to recover from there on any given Wednesday evening.)

What we order: Flavorwave IPA, Pistachio Cream Ale, or the Mexican Honey Gentle.

711 NE fifteenth Ave, Minneapolis

Volstead’s Emporium

This tremendous enjoyable secret bar is gorgeously designed like a prohibition-era speakeasy with a tricky-to-find, hidden entrance and all. Lovely atmosphere, actually glorious craft cocktails, and for those who occur to get there when the house-made french onion dip is on the menu, you’re in for a TREAT.

What we order: (the menu adjustments typically however…) El Cucuy, Volstead’s Previous Normal, New Romance

711 W Lake St, Minneapolis

Norseman Distillery

The drinks at Norseman are WILD. However in one of the simplest ways. Additionally there’s a meals truck proper out entrance that has superb tacos and actually what extra might you ever need?

What we order: Their menu adjustments typically, so no matter funky new seasonal drink they’ve give you is at all times gonna be good!

451 Taft St NE, Minneapolis


In the event you like your drink to not solely style good however look stunning too, then that is your spot. The bar is small however that simply means you’ll really feel like a VIP.

What we order: G&T, Selene, or Martina Previous Normal

4312 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis

For Breakfast and Brunch

A person holding a sandwich on a plate with a small salad.

French Meadow

Out of all over the place else for brunching within the Twin Cities, that is our go-to spot the place we might virtually simply say “I’ll have the same old.” The same old being an enormous breakfast burrito the dimensions of your head.

What we order: Breakfast Burrito, Zone Omelette, or Cajun Hashbrowns – Tempeh Rueben for those who’re there for lunch

1662 Grand Ave, St Paul (one other location in Minneapolis)

Alma Cafe

Actually, being at ALMA simply makes you’re feeling good. There’s a coursed dinner on the restaurant facet that’s scrumptious, however the cafe facet is ethereal, informal, and has breakfast all day.

What we order: Nook Retailer Breakfast Sandwich, Sunshine Helps Breakfast Sandwich (add bacon!), Blueberry Smoothie, Home Contemporary Ricotta and Toast, Bibb Lettuce Salad, and the Saffron Rice and Chickpeas.

528 College Ave SE, Minneapolis

Colossal Cafe

In the event you ask somebody in the event that they’ve ever been to Colossal they’ll normally simply scream “THE BISCUITS!!!” and that’s all that actually must be mentioned.

What we order: Roasted Pork Shoulder Burrito Bowl, or Breakfast Sandwiches (on a biscuit! duh!)

2315 Como Ave, St Paul (extra areas in Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Hi-Lo Diner

Trendy, enjoyable meals meets an precise 1957 diner. Plus an enthralling patio for the better-weather days. The menu is a component basic and lovable, half zany and bizarre and actually ridiculous. The perfect of each worlds!

What we order: Gary Cooper (fried hen on a donut? you possibly can’t make this up), Huevos Rancheros, or good ol’ Pancakes

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis

Take-Out Favorites

A wooden table is filled with large plate of sushi with sauces and drinks.

Kyoto Sushi

Only a good, fundamental, strip mall, neighborhood sushi spot that may make all of your dynamite roll goals come true. Takeout is the reg for us, however opposite to the whole lot you assume, the in-house all-you-can-eat deal is definitely form of superb.

What we order: Dynamite Roll, Kyoto Roll, Dragon Roll, and perhaps Vegetable Tempura for those who’re feeling grasping

2100 Snelling Ave, Roseville

St. Paul Bagelry

Nothing particular on the within, apart from a contemporary basket of probably the most scrumptious, most life-changing Every thing Bagels that you’ll ever sink your enamel into.

What we order: Something on an Every thing Bagel

1702 Lexington Ave N, Roseville

India Palace

Annoying day at work. Damaged coronary heart. Rushing ticket. There isn’t a bad-day-SOS state of affairs that an India Palace curry with paneer naan can’t repair. That is the last word in consolation meals.

What we order: Palak Aloo is actually life altering – but in addition, Shahi Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Hen Josh, Palak Paneer, and Paneer Naan

2570 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul (a number of areas in Twin Cities)

La Tapatia

Meals truck turned restaurant so you recognize it’s gonna be good. You’ll be able to choose and select between tacos and nachos and burritos and extra, however we’re a fan of an excellent plate of Chorizo Nachos. Lately opened a brand new location with extra seating which may also be cute for an evening out!

What we order: Chorizo Nachos and Carnitas Tacos / Fish Tacos combo

2730 E Snelling Ser Dr Ste 200, Roseville

Pizza Luce

Dubbed “Minnesota’s Finest Pizza” and we’d need to 100% agree. That is an INSTITUTION within the cities and in addition free supply so get on that now.

What we order: Ruby Rae and a Tremendous Greens Salad

1183 Selby Ave, St Paul (a number of areas in Twin Cities)


If we counted up all our Bitesquad orders on the workplace over the previous few years, roughly 95% of them can be from Spitz. This restaurant will not be unique to the Twin Cities and we don’t care. It’s a winner.

What we order: Road Cart Fries, Road Cart Doner, or Doner Basket (with falafel or beef/lamb)

518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

For Informal Lunch and Dinner

Several dishes on a restaurant table.

Hola Arepa

One other legendary spot for our group (see here). A big selection of griddled arepas stuffed to the brim, cocktails that make you swoon, and a few obligatory yuca fries with the well-known aioli verde. YUM.

What we order: Arepas! Duh. Particularly: Gradual-Roasted Pork, Hola Scorching Hen, or Black Bean and Candy Potato PLUS a facet of yuca fries

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

J. Selby’s

Calling all vegans and non-vegans and individuals who simply actually like enjoyable meals! This one is a GAME-CHANGER. A lot in order that it impressed one of our favorite recipes on the weblog.

What we order: Buffalo Cauliflower Wings (ALWAYS, and with further ranch), Soiled Secret Burger, or Crunchwrap

169 Victoria St, St Paul


Southern meals, right here you come. When the yearning for fried hen, candy tea, fried inexperienced tomatoes, and banana cream pie strikes… that is the place. The St. Paul location is our scorching spot.

What we order: Fried Hen, Fried Inexperienced Tomatoes, and Banana Cream Pie

525 Selby Ave St. Paul (extra areas in Twin Cities)

Nico’s Tacos

If you wish to sit on a cute patio and eat a la carte tacos and drink margaritas along with your BFFs, go right here now. And by now we imply Tuesday as a result of buy-two-get-one-free-tacos.

What we order: Barbacoa, Chipotle Camaron, or Carnitas Tacos (with a facet of any of the superb salsas)

2516 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (location in St. Paul as properly)

The Market at Malcolm Yards

A brilliant hip meals corridor internet hosting 9 completely different kitchens all bringing small and distinctive menus to the desk. You might seize meals all from one place or, do what we like to do, and bounce round to strive a number of issues! It’s so exhausting to decide on! Oh, and it’s additionally a really enjoyable spot for drinks with a self-pour faucet wall that includes scrumptious beers, wines and ciders.

What we order: Burger and ice cream at Bebe Zito, Korean Hen Sandwich and the Cauliflower at Abang Yoli, Hen Momos at Momo Dosa.

Tori Ramen

Our favourite ramen in all of the Twin Cities. Lovely, complicated, and but someway effortlessly informal. A severe game-changer.

What we order: Bali Bali Ramen

603 seventh St W, St Paul, MN

The Nook

In search of the well-known Juicy Lucy? Right here you go! Sure, you may go to any of the superb spots that serve it however we’re a fan of the fries – er, the vibe – on the Nook (full with classic bowling alley downstairs).

What we order: Juicy Nookie or the Paul Molitor

492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul

World Street Kitchen

Meals truck turned restaurant, leading to counter-service fusion meals at its most interesting. Every thing is somewhat mind-twisty, massively flavorful, and very scrumptious.

What we order: Bangkok Burrito or Yum Yum Rice Bowl

2743 Lyndale Ave S #5, Minneapolis

The Gnome Craft Pub

Small menu, giant beer record, cozy bar for winter, and nice patio for summer time. Cease within the extra correct restaurant for a elaborate steak or lobster mac and cheese, or go for the bar-side for poutine and wings.

What we order: Big pretzel, Gnome Burger and the fries – oh my goodness, THE FRIES

498 Selby Ave, St Paul


This gem over in Northeast serving up conventional meals from Ecuador is actually to not be missed! (However you *might* miss it whereas driving previous as a result of it’s humble little man!) The wealthy coconutty sauce within the encocado is severely drinkable and also you don’t wish to go away this place with out the patacones (fried inexperienced plantains). We don’t dream about them each evening, however most.

What we order: Churrasco, Llampingachos Con Chorizo, Shrimp Encocado, Patacones Con Queso

2851 NE Central Ave, Minneapolis

Anchor Fish & Chips

Actually, actually, hands-down the most effective fish & chips within the Cities. FIGHT US. Simply kidding, please don’t. Simply eat deliciously gentle, crisp-battered, completely salty fish & chips! Since that is the actual genuine Irish deal, you’ll need to ask for tartar sauce, however don’t skip. 

What we order: Fish & Chips, (but in addition typically a Meat Pastie!)

302 thirteenth Ave Northeast, Minneapolis

Hai Hai

One other superb atmosphere and meals extravaganza from the oldsters behind Hola. This brightly coloured oasis is filled with scrumptious craft cocktails and contemporary, daring and zippy dishes impressed by Southeast Asian avenue meals. Order the whole lot, is that an excessive amount of? The patio can be tops!

What we order: Spring Rolls, Crispy Salt & Pepper Tofu, Beef Laab Lettuce Wraps, Hanoi Sticky Rice, and Balinese Hen Thigh.

2121 College Ave NE, Minneapolis


They are saying they’re bringing “a style of Buenos Aires to Minneapolis” and WHOO-BOY, do they ship! The pizza is not like something you’ve ever had and the Argentinian empanadas won’t allow you to down. Are you going to additionally seize some churro donuts and flan? Hear, you’re going to be mad for those who don’t.

What we order: Empanadas! (the Carne, Pollo, and Humita ones are faves). The Campo, Peras, and Sarandano pizzas.

8 W. thirty eighth St., Minneapolis

For Date Evening

A restaurant with outdoor seating in a garden with lights.

WA Frost

Actual speak: that is the most effective patio in the entire Twin Cities. THERE. We mentioned it. Tucked into an enthralling and luxurious nook of outdated Saint Paul with the most effective cheese boards on the town.

What we order: Charcuterie/cheese plates and of any their seafood dishes.

374 Selby Ave, St Paul

Bar La Grassa

If we needed to choose one spot to say “YOU HAVE TO GO HERE” it might be Bar La Grassa. Finest pastas, greatest wine record, greatest cozy date-night ambiance. Simply, actually, greatest the whole lot.

What we order: Charred Purple Onion and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Gnocchi with Cauliflower and Orange (A MUST), Pappardelle with Veal Ragu, Mushroom & Taleggio Agnolotti, Crab Ravioli.

800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis


A Saint Paul neighborhood favourite. Pasta, tapas, housemade desserts, the coziest bar, distinctive and scrumptious cocktails… Estelle’s bought all of it.

What we order: Patatas bravas, the pasta with jalapeño pesto, the silky sausage rigatoni, the cheeseburger, Star Bar for dessert, and any of their specialty cocktails. 

1806 St Clair Ave, St Paul


A refined Mexican bistro on a neighborhood nook. Type of hip, form of mod, form of moody and intense? However in probably the most scrumptious and romantic means.

What we order: Queso Fundido, Elote Model Brussels Sprouts, Birria.

605 seventh St W, St Paul

Young Joni

If its lengthy record of reservations doesn’t already let you know that it’s good, then you definitely’ll simply need to take our phrase for it after we say this: Korean. BBQ. Pizza.

What we order: The Cauliflower, Bibim Grain Bowl, and Korean BBQ Pizza, and Tavern Pie.

165 thirteenth Ave NE, Minneapolis

Broders’ Pasta Bar

This candy little family-owned pasta bar in South Minneapolis is and Italian gem. The pasta is at all times excellent, the sauces are drinkable and the wine menu has the whole lot you want. Every thing about it feels particular.

What we order: Olive Ripiene, Burrata, Bucatini al Mascarpone e Ruccola, Fettucini con Gamberi, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Lemon Hen Risotto

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis


A teeny-tiny little pasta joint with a small and completely glorious menu. Lovely patio for summer time and fall, and comfortable tables inside for the colder months. Home-made pastas, inventive appetizers, and a basic Italian hand-me-down recipe for that Mucci’s crimson sauce… so sure, you’ll wish to eat the whole lot.

What we order: Lasagna, Bucatini (POY version here), Hen Parm, and for absolutely the Hangover Kale with a hunk of focaccia for dipping.

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis

Meals In The North Suburbs


A spacious, ethereal, and Joanna-Gainesy trying area that’s supremely comfy and best for lengthy catching-up conversations. Attempt to not get mesmerized by watching pizzas come out and in of the woodstone fireplace oven.

What we order: the Oliver’s salad (POY version here!), the loaded tots, the corn dip, the burgers or fried hen sandwiches, OR the scrambler and breakfast tacos for brunch.

159 Grass Lake Pl, Shoreview

Churchill Street

Slightly style of town meals scene up right here within the suburbs. Loaded with fashionable appeal. Superb pastries and artistic, distinctive, enjoyable lunch and dinner dishes.

What we order: Arancini, Crispy Hen Sandwich, Churchill Burger, OR the Previous Normal donut for morning instances.

4606 Churchill St, Shoreview

Taste of Scandinavia

Absolute important brunch expertise for anybody residing within the north suburbs. Much less of {a magazine} vibe and extra of a neighborhood bakery really feel brimming with tried-and-true Scandinavian favorites.

What we order: Swedish Pancakes, Swedish Sausage Scrambler, Breakfast Croissant, Bacon Avocado Lefse Wrap, and naturally, Swedish Meatballs (the most effective anyplace).

845 Village Heart Dr, North Oaks

Tavern Grill

Type of like a local-chain, upscale, grown-up Applebees – that means this as a real praise. Good spot for completely happy hour or an outside dinner on their twinkle-lighty patio.

What we order: Buffalo Hen Salad, Tavern Model Burger, Crab Artichoke Dip, and completely don’t skip the waffle fries with the seasoned bitter cream or – in true Midwestern kind – one among their many types of housemade ranch.

3561 Lexington Ave N, Arden Hills


An almost-weekly takeout order for us within the colder months particularly. The precise definition of consolation meals. So beautiful to have such superb Indian meals in our little Minnesotan suburb!

What we order: Hen Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer or Palak Aloo, Paneer Shahi Korma, and the “Bread Basket” aka a sampler platter of all of the varieties scorching, steamy naan. 

3673 Lexington Ave N Suite L, Arden Hills

Winkin Rooster

AKA Doug’s Place! Good little lunch cease with sandwiches as massive as your entire head.

What we order: The California (ordering Lindsay-style will get you the aioli as a substitute of the mayo, which is a successful swap), and the “Bjorkie” Reuben will get you a much less meat, extra kraut reuben that may be very very yum. 

3600 Lexington Ave. N, Shoreview

Do you may have a favourite that’s NOT on our record? Go away it within the feedback and inform us what to order. Pinky promise we’ll hold looking down your good suggestions (and updating the record as obligatory)!


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