The first Cambodian restaurant in the Twin Cities, this is a gem waiting to be discovered. For those who have not yet experienced Cambodian cuisine, you are missing something special. Albums featuring colored photographs of most dishes sit on the tables to make ordering easy. Virtually fat free, the cuisine is tangy, fresh and lean. Start with an appetizer of spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and fresh herbs. The papaya salad, spiked with red pepper, is hot and cool. The lean beef stir-fry is spicy and moist. A rice-flour crepe, folded omelet-style around ground pork, shrimp, cucumber slices and bean sprouts wrapped in cool lettuce and dipped in a rich peanut sauce, is a wonderful blend of flavors and textures. Most desserts involve a combination of fresh fruit, rice and coconut. Beverages include a variety of tea, both hot and iced, mineral water and soft drinks. The prices are really inexpensive too!
767 Raymond Avenue South St Anthony St. Paul, MN 55114
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.
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.
La Cuc's started humbly in the 60s with a single location, a beer and wine-only license, and surprisingly spicy chips and salsa. The menu has expanded to include an impressive number of vegetarian and seafood options as well as the usual spiced meats. The portions tend to be quite large. Though this venue can get very crowded, afternoon and late evenings are perfect for grabbing a signature margarita with your meal. Locals continue to flock here for good, local food with real Mexican flair that walks the line between Minnesotans and spice.
A local chain of restaurants with multiple locations is Axel's Bonfire for you. Their unique feature is that they offer you food cooked on wood, that is in the traditional way. And nothing can get tastier and delicious than this. The latest addition to their already mouth-watering servings is their grill specialties. The chain basically offers American cuisine and specializes in contemporary preparations. A popular hang-out among families ans youngsters alike, the place is also a hot party destination. Besides, they have regular theme nights and live music just cannot be done away with. Axel's Bonfire is probably the most happening place in the city!
Fasika has developed a loyal following because of its large portions, excellent prices, and exotic, Ethiopian cuisine. The charbroiled beef strips are a house favorite, served with "Gomen", a mix of collard greens and kale. This kind of food is both healthy and different, and definitely worth a try!
Come to this famous chalet style bistro to savor some award winning dishes made by Chef JD Fratzke. The menu comprises of dishes from around the globe, and each dish has a unique flavor. This place is perfect for office goers to grab a gourmet sandwich for lunch. The list comprises of Asian Burger, Grilled Chicken Avocado Sandwich, Yellowfin Tuna Steak, Chipotle Pork and many more. For dinner the must haves include, tender Moroccan Chicken Tagine, Port Tournedo and the Hangar Steak. In addition, you can try the Sunday supper, which boasts of a variety of dishes and changes every week.
1928 University Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55418
This supper club has been a northeast Minneapolis icon since it opened in 1933. The service is impeccable and the surroundings are stylish, whether it is the white linen main dining area or the relaxing garden patio. The stained glass windows, the antique wooden phone booths and the large fireplace provide a nostalgic, yet elegant, atmosphere. Steak, prime rib, lobster, salmon and trout head the menu. Each is served with a crispy salad or bowl of homemade soup, choice of potato or vegetable of the day and a large breadbasket. You'll know the lobster and trout are fresh as you pick them from the large tanks and fresh water stream that greets patrons as they enter. An excellent selection of beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks are available.
2300 University Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55418
An authentic, boisterous German beer keller awaits behind the large wooden doors. Leaded-glass windows, Tiffany-style lamps, elaborately painted walls and the high, beamed ceiling lend a old world atmosphere. The veal in mushroom wine gravy served with bread dumplings and vegetables or a thick smoked pork chop served with potato salad and sauerkraut, topped off with a side of red cabbage, is true German fare. Traditional German-style rabbit marinated and braised in a sweet and sour sauce, bratwurst, sauerbraten aspic, Polish sausage and Weiner Schnitzel are other menu highlights. For dessert, do not pass up the apple strudel. If beer is not your idea of a thirst quencher, German and other imported wines, cocktails and soft drinks are available.
50th Street Bryant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55419
Burgers, fries and malts; as American as mom, apple pie and the Fourth of July. This comfy restaurant is a throwback to days gone by. Extra thick malts and shakes in frosty tin containers just beg to be served with a good old fashioned burger basket. Choose from more than 25 flavors, made with real ice cream, to compliment your juicy cheeseburger with your choice of toppings, surrounded by a pile of crispy fries or onion rings. The menu features a fine selection of salads, sandwiches and vegetarian entrees for lighter appetites. Soft drinks, juices, iced tea and coffee are also served. There is another location at Snelling Ave in St. Paul.
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