Featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, Brasa offers classic American favorites with a twist. Try the Creole Style Rotisserie Chicken or the Spicy and Sweet Braised Beef. Brasa also features a decent selection of beverages, including cane sugar sweetened sodas. If you're having a hard time deciding what to order, try one of the combination plates, which includes a "sides only" plate. Brasa is definitely an excellent choice for all the carnivores in the Minneapolis area.
Masu Sushi & Robata is one of the favorites for Japanese and vegetarian cuisines in the area. The ambiance is lively and trendy. You will definitely not want to miss the sushi here. Some of the items you could try are Omakase sushi, pork belly ramen, tonkatsu curry ramen and the firecracker sushi roll. Pair a glass of wine with whatever delectable dish you choose. They also offer a selection of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.
Nothing beats the combination of fresh, healthy American food and an array of American beverages and drinks specials. Icehouse, which is a deli located in Whitter, offers just that and much more for the fun loving foodies. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, just what you'd expect from a deli. However, the popularity of this eatery is due to the range of scrumptious delights which are made exquisitely from scratch by the expert chef. This includes the small plates delicacies like foie gras burgers and scallops, as well as the special brunch items like Po Boy sandwiches and pastrami and eggs. In the end, you can wash it down with the drinks specials like Mothership Rita and Butterfly Kiss, or a glass of Cedar Ridge Bourbon or George Dickel 12 year from its splendid whiskey bar. Jazz and rock bands pack a punch with their performances every night, so make sure you reserve your table at Icehouse in the evening, to enjoy a satisfying American meal.
This classy bar and grill has been a pioneer among local restaurants by offering regional, home-produced food. This casually chic establishment has evolved into the best place to hear local and national jazz acts. An intimate stage separates the bar from the dining room. The acoustics are considered some of the best in the Upper Midwest. The menu features trout from a Wisconsin farm and local game fowl, mushrooms, and wild rice. It is all put together with the utmost care and a lot of imagination. The wine (including some by local wineries), beer and liquor selection is impeccable.
La Cocina de Ana is located in the Zona Dorada of Mazatlan. This place specializes in a hearty and delicious buffet lunch. Types of food, in addition to local traditional favorites, rotate during the week, and the days Ana serves Chinese food, many will agree it is the best Chinese food in the city. They also offer takeout so you can enjoy Ana's delicious food for dinner as well. It is only open for a few hours each day, so make sure you show up before the food is gone!
Pizzeria Lola is charming, intimate and quirky, making it the perfect place for a one-of-a-kind date night. Inside, you will find a disco ball and photo booth, making this a date that's about more than just the pizza - although the pies are pretty noteworthy as well. Try the Korean BBQ or Sweet Sausage pizzas to get a taste of Pizzeria Lola's eclectically brilliant recipes.
This down to earth restaurant serves up home cooking at its best. The original restaurant on Raymond Avenue opened in 1973 and always has a line waiting for breakfast. And since breakfast is served throughout the day, the place always seems to be packed. The customary breakfast staples can be found here, along with a few surprises, including a Mexican Omelet and Bran Apple Walnut Pancakes. Lunch offers meatloaf and potatoes and roast beef, grilled pork chops, liver with onions and bacon and other comfort foods make patrons feel right at home. Soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers are also served at lunch and dinner. There are a number of locations throughout the Twin Cities. All serve breakfast and lunch, but only a few locations stay open for dinner. Check website for more details.
Appetizing, reasonably priced and full of surprises, Birchwood Cafe is an excellent place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The atmosphere has an old-fashioned "take a load off and sit a spell" feel about it. The menu is on a blackboard as you enter, then place your order at the counter. The menu consists of mostly vegetarian and organic fare. Soup, salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza are the mainstays. Desserts are too good to pass up, so save room. Juices, soft drinks and coffee are served.
This is another successful endeavor by the Blueplate Restaurant Company (no relation to H. W. Longfellow and his penciled ponderings!). In this grill, dark wood rules the interior, and the many windows allow for natural lighting. Dine on the patio and watch the Mississippi flow by, or inside, where the feisty waitresses are at your beck and call. An entree like the French Quarter Fettuccine should not be given a miss, unless you opt for the Gorgonzola Tamales. Enjoy the funky paintings as you wait for your meal to arrive.
Hi-Lo Diner is based in a vintage structure with characteristics typical to that of a bustling diner. Staying true to its nature, it serves diner food, however, with a little bit of Hi-Lo creativity. The menu is composed of items like Quack of Dawn- a Hi-Lo variant of Egg Benedict, American breakfast plate, fluffy pancakes, Mac N cheese and some delicious pies like Pie Caramba. Along with these sumptuous meals, it features beverages which includes cocktails, wines and beers on tap.
Formerly The Ace Box Bar, this pub has come a long way from its blue-collar roots. The old sign still hangs in the back, and the beautiful art deco bar is still there, but that's where the similarities end. Come in the afternoon and you're likely to witness a practice session of Riverdance-type Irish dancing. The secret is out, and this pub now draws patrons from both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Irish and non-Irish pack the small establishment for happy hour. Melodious Irish folk singers grace the small stage in the evening. Dance an Irish jig or relax with a game of darts or pinball. The beer always flows freely with the pints being the primary beverage of choice for most. Munch on the free self-serve popcorn or get peanuts, chips and pretzels from behind the bar.
Surly Brewing Co. is counted among the most renowned breweries in the city. The brews from here, that have garnered a lot of praise include, Coffee Bender, Furious, Surly Hell and many others. The brewery is one of the best in the city, providing tours to all beer enthusiasts, giving a detailed account on how their delicious beer is prepared. There is a restaurant housed within the campus of the brewery, offering sandwiches, pretzels, BBQ dishes as well as toothsome desserts. Take time out to visit Surly Brewing Co. and spend time relishing some of the best beers, in town.