The Twin Cities Restaurant Scene: Eating and Imbibing During The Week Of The Big Game

The pinnacle of football game days is almost upon us and the anticipation has been building.  There are throngs of exciting events surrounding this colossal affair.  The Bold North is ready! We’re bursting with immense cultural activities, tremendous musical talent, ice bars aplenty and of course bounteous opportunities for dining and imbibing.

There is a definite synergy that binds sports & food and Minnesota has become a hot culinary destination where just about any craving can be accommodated.  We can rock anything from coffee and crazy good donuts to burgers to fine dining experiences.  This is a photo gallery of some of my favorite sips and bites.  This is not all-inclusive as you’d be looking at pics for days.  It merely scratches the surface of the first-rate deliciousness that the Twin Cities has to offer.  Feel free to comment and share your top restaurant choices with us!

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Hover over the images for the restaurant/café names.  See the links below the gallery for associated websites. 



Alma   Cafe, Restaurant and boutique hotel (Minneapolis) Pictured: Fresh Ricotta and Toast and a chocolate orange financier pastry

Anelace Coffee (Central Avenue, Minneapolis) Pictured: Hot Latte

Bachelor Farmer Café (North Loop – Minneapolis) Pictured: Latte

Barbette (Uptown – Minneapolis) – Pictured: Ham Eggs Benny

Bellecour (Wayzata) – Pictured: Macaron and the Croque-Madame

Constantine (Bar in the lower level of the Hotel Ivy – Downtown Mpls) Pictured: Mezcal Tequila and an orange slice with worm salt

Dalton and Wade (Minneapolis) Pictured: The Wade Old Fashioned

Excelsior Brewing Company (Excelsior, MN) Pictured: Big Island Blond

Five Watt (2 locations) Pictured: Latte

Fulton Beer (Downtown Minneapolis) Pictured: 2 Lonely Blonde Ale’s

George & The Dragon Pub (South Minneapolis) Pictured: The Uncle Bryan Burger

Ideal Diner (Central Ave, NE Minneapolis) Pictured: The Chorizo Eggs Benedict

Kramarczuks – Link Currently Unavailable (NE Minneapolis) Pictured: Cranberry Wild Rice Sausage

Macarons by Maddie Lu – (Mall of America) Pictured: Caramel Vanilla Macaron

Martina (Linden Hills – Minneapolis) Pictured: Martina Burger, the Lobster Toast and the Orange Brunch Cocktail

Masu Sushi and Robata ( 2 locations – NE Minneapolis and Mall of America) Pictured: Tonkatsu Ramen

Lago Tacos – 2 locations, Excelsior and Uptown (Lunch/Dinner/Weekend Brunch) Pictured: Eggs Benedict

Parlour Bar (North Loop in Minneapolis, second location just opened in St. Paul) Pictured: The infamous Parlour Burger and a Cocktail

Penny’s Coffee – (Linden Hills) Pictured: Latte

Quixotic Coffee  (Cleveland Ave in St. Paul) Pictured: A Latte and an herbed goat cheese and turkey Sandwich

Revival (2 locations – Minneapolis and St. Paul) Pictured: Fried Chicken with poultrygeist sauce

Rose Street Patisserie (Linden Hills – Minneapolis) Pictured: Guacamole Toast and an amazing pastry

Sebastian Joe’s – Coffee, pastries and Ice Cream (2 Minneapolis locations)

Saint Dinette (Downtown St. Paul)

6Smith (Wayzata, overlooks Lake Minnetonka) Pictured: The Fat Burger

Small Cakes MN (Apple Valley) Pictured: Chocolate cupcake with Pink Buttercream

St. Genevieve (South Minneapolis) Pictured: Lamb Sausage topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg

Spyhouse ( 5 locations) – Pictured: Latte

Tattersall Distilling (NE Minneapolis) Pictured: The Roamer Cocktail

The Nook (St. Paul) Pictured: The Mickey’s Original Cheeseburger

Tin Whiskers Brewing (St. Paul) Pictured: Electric Love Craft Beer

Young Joni Restaurant and Back Bar ( Minneapolis) Pictured: The Korean Pizza

Zen Box Izakaya ( Minneapolis) Pictured: Ramen of the day


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