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Jul 29, 2008 12:14 PM

Good Eats Along Light Rail (MSP)?

Hey hounds. . . so I finally took a ride on the light rail. I know, old news. But the dang thing goes so fast that I couldn't really see where the good chow might be.

So, what are your best recommendations within reasonable walking distance of the light rail line?


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  1. There are a million (and I know there are some threads from years past that are still valid). The whole Cedar-Riverside area, Seward, Lake Street (near Town Talk Diner, etc.) are in play. So are things like Sea Salt, Ted Cooks, the Cardinal Bar and Cap's, all of which have some redeeming qualities.

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    1. re: MSPD

      Is the Cardinal Bar any good? I've always wondered about that place as it looks so convenient to the light rail line and a lot of the folks who take the lightrail to the Metrodome seem to like to stop there en route...


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        (((dh and i always snarked about the cardinal because of it's huge, proudly painted sign on the side of the building. . . . that says something like "cardinal bar. . . home of the 12 oz tap". . . !!!-- like, omg, there isn't *anything* else notable about your establishment, your catchphrase has to be "home of the 12 oz freaking TAP?!!?"))) lol ;-) it's probably a perfectly adorable old-school south mpls tap beer & burger place.

        on topic i think the cedar-riv area is great for keefer court, tam-tam's, triple rock, hard times, the sometimes great and sometimes not mediterranean deli/gyro place, the joint is drink-worthy, though of course so is 3-rock.

        MSPD i know you've probably talked about this in other threads but what are your current recs (menu items) for ted cooks if i find myself there soon?

        1. re: soupkitten

's generally pork ribs for me at Ted Cooks.

        2. re: The Dairy Queen

          If you're a Viva & Jerry fan (Mpls cable viewers only), a stop at the Cardinal Bar is a must. Dunno about the food, but rumor has it that there's a Juicy [sic] Lucy on the menu.

          My light rail dining faves would include T's Place, Midori's, and Gandhi Mahal - all a few blocks east of the Lake Street stop. And of course the places soupkitten mentioned at the Cedar Ave. stop.


          Here's the big light rail thread from 2+ years ago. (Caution: a number of the places mentioned therein have closed.)

          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Oh golly, now I'm going to have to check with my Twin Cities trivia expert to understand the MPLS cable viewers reference because I'm sure once I know I'll have to stop at the Cardinal Bar. (It sure looks divey enough from the outside to be a place I might like, in spite of the whole 12 oz tap thing.)

            It's bad enough I had to have the whole Greg Norton of "Norton's Restaurant" fame/Husker Du reference explained to me.

            I'll just have to keep reminding myself that it should be enough for me that I get all the doggie diner references in the Zippy the Pinhead strip.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Or you could google "viva and jerry" to watch clips of the show (esp. on and see what all the buzz is about.

              Food reference: I found a review of the Cardinal's lucy at . It doesn't sound like it's worth a trip for the lucy, or for the other food. But the media-star sightings...! (Another fan calls Viva and Jerry "... local celebrities who will someday top Prince and the Pillsbury Doughboy as Minnesota's top celebrities.")


          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            My single experience was a burger there a few years ago. Exactly what you'd expect. Not horrible but nothing I'd go out of the way for.

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              The Cardinal has that unique south minneapolis dive bar character. It's a fun place to get a drink, but I wouldn't recommend it for the food. The Jucy Lucy's I've had there were pretty dry and overdone. There are much better places for burgers in S. Mpls--Matt's, Cedar 5-8, and Busters. Buster's isn't too far off the light rail line, though I'm not sure I'd call it walking distance.

          3. I once took a lunch trip from downtown Minneapolis on the light rail to the Rail Station Bar & Grill at 3675 Minnehaha Avenue. You have to walk about three blocks to get to it but their deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich was worth it. They have a pretty extensive bar food menu.


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            1. re: Davydd

              Awesome! Thank you for this, davydd. I drove past that place awhile back and have been meaning to check it out, but couldn't exactly remember where it was...