This is really the place to be. You can enjoy yourself at the oyster bar, the liquor bar, or simply grab yourself a booth in one of the dining rooms. If that's not enough, then head straight to the rooftop! Gorge on some Fresh Oysters, for a maximum or try Stella's Gulf Shrimp Salad Roll with Overnight Pickles. If you're in a group, simply share one of the large entree salads or one of the extra large side dishes. A reason to celebrate is a reason to visit Stella's!
Awarded for excellence by the Wine Spectator and for culinary excellence from the City Pages, you can expect to enjoy dining at Cosmos. One can binge on the lip-smacking Grilled Tail of Maine Lobster, or the Stuffed and Wrapped Rare Seared Ahi Tuna among other dishes. If you still have room, indulge in delicious desserts like the Cosmos Chocolate Globe and the Citrus Tart Gratin. Apart from the large list of red and white wines, you will also find an array of martinis, scotch and cognac offered. Make sure to visit this place on public holidays, as you get to order from a special menu.
With a reputation of serving the best sushi in town since the 1950's, Fuji Ya has become an institution in the Twin cities. Pop in during happy hour from Tuesday to Thursday or Sunday, sit at the sushi bar and take your pick of over twenty varieties. The restaurant also serves traditional Japanese soup like Udon and Miso as well as Tempura and Teriyaki. Don't leave without having one of Fuji Ya's special entrees like the Crab and Lobster doria. Visit website for more details.
3001 Hennepin Avenue South Calhoun Square Minneapolis, MN 55408
This is the hip Uptown version of an authentic Thai restaurant, quite elegant and romantic. Start with fried spring rolls stuffed with pork, deep-fried chicken drummies or fried calamari rings in tempura batter. Next, try a green papaya salad or the hot-and-sour chicken noodle soup. Grilled chicken breasts marinated in tangy citrus sauce or beef tenderloin with distinctive Thai flavoring are excellent entrée choices. Stir-fries and rice dishes are made-to-order, tossed together from a selection of mix-and-match ingredients. Choose from a combination of vegetables, hot peppers, tofu, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, catfish and squid prepared in your choice of sauces ranging from very mild to crazy hot. Top it off with coconut and green tea ice cream or sticky rice with Thai custard.
Lake Harriet Pizza, the popular pizzeria that features take-out only is a hit among the residents of the area and those visiting Lake Harriet for a leisurely afternoon or evening. Combined with an evening of superb music and a cool beverage, a Lake Harriet pizza is a perfect complement to a romantic or fun-loving evening beneath the stars. Especially busy when the Lake Harriet Band Shell is in full swing, patrons call ahead or line up to place their order for one of the eatery's vegetarian delights.
This noisy, crowded place has been popular with the hip, artsy crowd. Everyone can enjoy the great food, friendly service and pleasant surroundings. Come for the spectacular fire-roasted pizza, seafood linguine or huge burgers. The happy hour offers discounted drinks and Small Plates, including Mini Pizzas and Mini Burgers.
Chino Latino in artsy Uptown is usually wall-to-wall people, noisy and busy. Chino Latino is about dressing well, being current and making the scene. Look for the sparkly glitter marquee. If you can, stake out a large round, comfortable booth or group size table. The food and drink is as chic as the crowd. The menu features dishes from south of the border and Asia with many selections being hot and spicy. Choose from tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, Sweet and Sour Chicken, spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, chicken or noodles, shrimp and chicken curries, or Thai Curry Beef. The bar serves Japanese Saki, wines from France, Italy and Germany along with domestic vintages. The beer list is one of the best in town and cocktails are made with 'top shelf' liquors. Of course, soft drinks and fruit juices are also available.
For over a decade, Lucia's has been one of the area's most appealing restaurants. The modest and reasonably priced menu changes weekly, normally offering two or three appetizers, soup, salad and four entrees. Start with some delicate appetizers to rev up your tummy and then follow with entrees that will please your palate. The wine list is, of course, quite extensive. The selection of imported beer is exceptional. Inquire about the wine bar's Happy Hours. Brunch is served on the weekends.
This is possibly the finest Chinese restaurant in the Twin Cities. Family-owned and run, the Rainbow boasts time-tested recipes and a rich interior. Seafood is one of the specialties of the house, but the place does a lot for vegetarians, too. Pan-fried vegetable dumplings make the perfect appetizer. Start off with one of the many noodle soups or cashew salad. Duckling or beef with mustard greens, sliced chicken with peapods, water chestnuts and baby carrots and tempura-style prawns with broccoli and red curry sauce are highlights of a diverse and delectable menu. The Rainbow offers a full bar.
This restaurant puts the cosmopolitan into the west. Head here for an upscale repast in a relaxed atmosphere, where the service is excellent and the food is imaginative. Longhorn skulls, cowhide seats, lariats, and black-and-white westerns on the multiple TVs set the theme. Great appetizers, happy hour specials, and people watching make it a favorite among Minneapolis patrons. The menu is American Southwest featuring mesquite-grilled salmon and beef. Try the chili powder-seared catfish, an excellent tamale, pasta or a burger and fries. Appetizers are the size of Texas. Try the baked apple tostada heaped with cinnamon ice cream and rum caramel sauce. The bar boasts 100 tequilas and 25 flavored margaritas. You can also try a Mexican beer, cocktail or soft drink.
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