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Oct 10, 2006 02:51 PM

New to Powderhorn Park Neighborhood and South Minneapolis

Hey there Chowhounds! I'm glad to see all the food enthusiasts out there, I'm a new hound. My girlfriend and I just moved to the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and are looking for good eats. We're not looking for the upscale places, but for those awesome places that we can go to again and again, finding good food and a sense of place.

So far we've been to the Chatterbox and I'm happy to find good beer and an easy hangout with pretty quality food. Any other suggestions?



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  1. Hi Jay! I live in Powderhorn as well. The Chatterbox is great. Good food and a cozy hang out.

    Other places to check out:
    • The Cardinal Tavern (just west of the 38th Street lightrail station off Hiawatha). The food isn't terribly memorable but they make a decent Juicy Lucy and serve some damn cheap beer (no liquor). Great clientele, too. Always someone to talk to :)
    • Cap's Grille (5000 Hiawatha Ave) - good BBQ. Try the pork chop!
    • Matt's Bar (3500 Cedar Ave S) - one of the best Juicy Lucy's in town. They claim to have created it.

    I admitedly haven't been to the following places but they're all in our neighborhood:

    • Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ (on 38th St. just west of Hiawatha)
    • Sweet Lorraine's (another block or so west of Ted Cooks)
    • Joey D's Chicago Style Pizza, 3101 42nd St. E (


    Otherwise, there are a ton of places within reasonable driving distance to chow at.

    Good luck!

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    1. re: MaggieB

      Ted Cook's is excellent! The pork ribs are some of the meatiest I have had in the metro area (sadly I wasn't quite as impressed with the beef ribs), served with a pile of jojo potatoes - yum! Take out only.

      Sweet Lorrain's is nothing spectacular. A nice little neighborhood place that does a mix of (standard) mexican and american cuisine.

      Joey D's has pretty decent pizza, and chicago style hot dogs.

    2. are you looking for places that are super-close (walkable), or places that are moderately close (quick drive)? I came up with a few possibilities, but I don't think any of them is in your backyard.

      Longfellow Grill: upgraded American fare, reasonably good quality.

      Singapore!: Pan-Asian cuisine, quite good. No website so I just posted the address, etc.:
      (612) 722-0888
      5554 34th Ave S
      Minneapolis, MN 55417

      Craftsman: upgraded pub-food (never been, but there are postings on it


      Midori's Floating World: Japanese/sushi, reasonably priced and very good, just went for the first time this weekend and though it is not close to us, we will go back.

      Does anyone think Manny's Tortas or Midtown Global Market are close enough?

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      1. re: AliceS

        I had a great experience at the Longfellow Grill. Very friendly service and an amazing Turkey burger with all sorts of great flavors all working together. I seem to remember it won 'best burger' from one of the Cities mags, but I can't remember which one.

        Not sold on the decor, but I guess that's not what's most important. The outdoor patio would be hosting me next time I go.

      2. If Midori's is close, Manny's is just across Lake, and the MGMkt (DQ, did I get that right?:)is actually a bit closer to the Powderhorn side of Hiawatha.

        I heartily second all of the above and would tentatively submit what was the Grand Bakery (Grand and 38th), which I haven't been to under the new management, and Victor's 1959 Cafe (38th just up from Grand), which is awesome.


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        1. re: Dragon

          Whoops! I missed this post until just now. Please forgive my delinquency...

          Dragon, yes, MGMkt is the abbreviation we settled on for Midtown Global Market, after much chowhound'ish debate. (I was calling it MGM, but a lot of people objected, thinking it sounded too much like the liquor warehouse...)

          I love MGMkt, I just had an awesome mole chicken poblano there (at A la Salsa) and it came with these wonderful tender tamales on the side (no stuffing in the tamales, it was just on the side as the starch for the meal.) My margarita was a bit too sweet, but the meal itself was lovely.

          Also, let me add, MGMkt is a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping if you want chow'ish or ethnic gifts. I'm done with my shopping now! Maybe I'll make an outside post about it.


        2. Behold the gastronomical watershed of Lake and Bloomington. Las Americas is a huge Mexican supermarket with a snack counter in the entrance and restaurant in back. You could keep yourself occupied for months at the food court in Mercado Central. Try the tamales from the La Loma coffee shop there. On the same block is a new taqueria called Taco Taxi - haven't eaten there, but friends say its tasty, cheap and very friendly.

          Guayaquil (same corner) serves Ecuadorian food - I had some chicken and rice (ok), and a fantastic catfish/yucca soup, but that was when they first opened a few years ago. Always meant to try their arepas... Two blocks east is La Poblanita, which recently moved their restaurant operations from a crowded deli counter to the infamous Pizza Shack space. They make their own masa into tortillas, huaraches, sopes, gorditas and the like. (Oh my, this is making me nostalgic. I used to work right there and lunch was the highlight of my day.)

          The May Day Cafe at 35th and Bloomington is a great place for breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee. I love their cheese danishes with cherries or blueberries, and the breakfast burrito (only served on weekends).

          Jamaica Jamaica is on the corner of 38th and Bloominton. I haven't been there in a while, but the food is tasty and plentiful, and I remember the folks in there being very very friendly.

          These aren't really at all beer and hangout places, but worth checking out sometime if you'd like to try something different in your neighborhood.

          1. You're not too far from the Colossal Cafe, an eeny-beeny little breakfast spot on 42nd & Cedar. Coffee in a french press, lovely omelets.

            You may also enjoy taking the occasional trek down to Hot Plate on 52nd and Bloomington, for breakfast or dinner or simply a gander at their art collection. >;)

            You're in the perfect place to debate whether today's pastry run should go north to the Franklin Street Bakery (10th and Franklin) or south to Turtle Bread (48th and Chicago).

            A block east of Franklin Street Bakery is Maria's Cafe, home to traditional Colombian menu offerings. Not sure if they are still serving dinner, but I get a periodic craving for their chachapas venezolanos y cotija (corn pancakes with crumbled fresh cheese) or their yucca and plantain side dishes.

            On the same intersection as Turtle Bread are two long-timers and two newcomers. Adrian's is a classic beer-and-burger bar that's been there since before time began, and Pepitos has a few Mexican dishes that individuals swear by, like tamales. Two recent arrivals are the Pumphouse Creamery for terrific ice cream and Koyi for sushi. All within 50 yards of one another.

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            1. re: KTFoley

              48th & Chicago has a lot of food places these days. In a addition to the ones KT mentioned there's a high-buck restaurant attached to Turtle Bread called Levain which has mixed reviews, Chicago Deli (breakfast all day), and Sovereign Grounds (coffee shop with food). I won't mention Pizza Hut on the corner (dangnabbit! I guess I just did) or the Chinese takeout across 48th from Levain's red door (anyone tried this place?)

              Actually the new 48th & Chicago sushi place is called Bagu:
     Haven't tried it yet but hope to.

              Koyi Sushi is located downtown in the warehouse district:

              Oh yeah, and Pumphouse Creamery ice cream is crazy delicious!

              1. re: Neitz

                Star Moon (the Chinese place) is OK for takeout. We tried it a few weeks ago ... some dishes were competent, some were so-so. Pretty standard takeout fare.

                Ba Gu is OK. The space is "hip" ... the sushi is decent but doesn't hold a candle to Origami or Fuji-Ya. Its best recommendation is that it's fresh sushi in the neighborhood. Haven't tried any of the non-sushi dishes there yet.

                My one Chicago Deli experience was pretty miserable. Greasy spoon, extra grease, minus any charm.

                Pumphouse Creamery is fantastic.