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!
Casper & Runyon's Nook is something of a local institution, the restaurant has a long tradition of serving up delicious burgers to hungry patrons for over seven decades. Bought by the two restaurateurs, the Nook still serves the original burgers for which it became so popular. The restaurant is small, but has a casual, relaxed vibe and is a great place to stop by for a bite and drink with friends. Wash down your burger with a cold beer from their selection. The restaurant stocks both bottled and on-tap varieties. Popular favorites include Mickey's Original Hamburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Juicy Nook Burger and a side of home-made fries. For more information, visit the website.
Just off the Lumber Exchange Building's glorious two-story marble lobby rests this small eatery. Early risers come at opening for a quick breakfast of tasty pastries, muffins, coffee and juice. Be prepared for a worthwhile wait at lunch as the crowd lines up for what is perhaps the best gyro in town. Eat like a Greek god, digging into a generous pile of seasoned beef and lamb on a warm pita topped with a cool cucumber-yogurt sauce and a handful of lettuce and tomatoes. Get a garden-fresh tabbouleh to go with the fabulous two-fisted gyro sandwich and you have one delicious, healthy fast-food lunch. Soups, salads and deli sandwiches round out the menu.
Lotus is one of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in the city. The curry chicken is scrumptious and one of the yummiest appetizers here is the cream-cheese wanton. The interiors are simple yet charming, it is bright and clean with modern decor. Dishes to try include the beef stew pho; the stir-fry beef with broccoli; and the chicken pad-thai (prepared with a Vietnamese twist.) Go ahead and treat yourself to a simply wonderful Asian meal.
If you are a lover of ice cream, you will definitely want to check this place out. The creamerie serves a variety of ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats and shakes. Their signature ice cream is a blend of condensed milk, regular milk and goat milk which are blended together to create a unique and rich combination. Try out flavors like Fishing Blues, Pikachu, Turkish Coffee Toffee and Toasted Coconut.
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 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.
Delighting locals and travelers with their quintessential Latin menu, Cafe Racer Kitchen is a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambiance with ample of seating spaces that can easily accommodate families and friends. The patio is especially endearing as it is here that you can devour empanada, chimichurri laden steaks, Columbian-style pulled pork and many other dishes under the cool shade of tall trees. Eclectic beers from local breweries are available to wash down these delectable dishes.
An ice-cream at Izzy’s can add dollops of sunshine to a gloomy day. Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe at Marshall Avenue is yet another scoop shop outlet among many others that dot the streets St. Paul. But Izzy’s is radically different with its array of unusual and different flavors like the Pumpkin Ice Cream, Bon Bon or Peppermint. Enjoy your ice cream inside the cafe or take in the weather on their outdoor patio. The place is extremely popular, so don’t be surprised if the place is packed with people when you get here.
Kick off your weekend at The Blue Door Pub, a lively neighborhood bar. The bar menu comprises of craft beers along with the usual selection of wines and cocktails. There are also numerous dishes on offer in case you get hungry. Cajun Redux and The Merriam Park are particularly delightful. However, the drawcard of the bar are their range of Blucy Burgers. Definitely try the Belly Ring Blucy when you are here. Prepared with pepper jack cheese, fried BBQ pork belly, house made pickles, and a mac 'n cheese ring drizzled in BBQ mayo, the burger is loved by locals and tourists alike. If you are still wondering about whether you should try out this place, don’t hesitate, as fantastic bites, craft beers and fun vibes are a winning combination for anyone’s Friday night.
Jazz and blues reign supreme in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Many of the Twin Cities' blues musicians call the area home and frequently appear at this popular spot. The airy, spacious interior holds some of the best jazz and blues talent in town. Once booked, the musicians are guaranteed steady work until their act wears thin and the crowd clamors for something new. On weekends, whoever is hot at the time takes center stage, with the spotlight given to old favorites or jam sessions during the week. Darts, pinball, video games or pool help pass the time. Settle in and listen to the music while devouring a burger, sandwich or appetizer. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks can be had for the asking.