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Jul 27, 2009 08:34 AM

MSP - NorthEast Neighborhood good eats

Hey everyone-

I'm an east-coaster moving to NE Minneapolis in a week.

I've scanned the boards and can see that there are a lot of really fabulous restaurants in MSP and surrounding suburbs. However, I was hoping you guys could give me a jump start on getting to know my new neighborhood. I am hoping to get some NE specific advice.

Are there any NE restaurants I must go to? (Unique, delicious, etc)


Are there any NE restaurants I'd be wise to avoid? (overpriced, over-hyped, terrible, etc)

Thanks for your help!

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    1. re: greenidentity

      I am a longtime resident of NE Mpls. Here are my suggestions:

      The Front Cafe. I find this palce to be unique AND delicious. Costa Rican food, and burgers etc. Please read my review here if you are interested.

      Emily's Lebanese Deli - If you like Middle Eastern Food, you will love this place. It's really a small, no frill's place, but the food is excellent. I have also reviewed this one in my blog.

      Pizza Nea - arguably the best Neapolitan style pizza in all of NE Mpls. Nice little cafe setting.

      Red Stag Supper Club - a little more expensive, and more of a fine dining experience, but a great little NE spot nonetheless.

      Psycho Suzi's - a funky little tiki bar serving pizza, tots, sandwiches and appetizers. Fun to go with friends and check out the atmosphere and share a decent pizza (or sandwich - they are HUGE!


      Brasa-new to NE. You can order diffent kinds of meats (chicken etc) with sides such as cornbread, grits, veggies etc. Southern comfort food that has been well recieved overall.

      Brasa Rotisserie
      600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Pizza Nea
      306 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden
      2519 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      Emily's Lebanese Delicatessen
      641 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

      Red Stag Supper Club
      509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    2. First, welcome to MSP.

      If you're looking for slightly higher scale, Alma is one of the best restaurants in MSP and isn't far from NE.

      Although I've had uneven experiences there, Bulldog is worth checking out. Good beer menu and good (albeit inconsistent) burgers.

      Other than that (and what greenID mentioned), you aren't too far from downtown, and that opens up a bunch of possibilities.

      Restaurant Alma
      528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Bulldog NE
      401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      1. Welcome to NE Mpls!

        You will find a lot of different options in NE, most of which are at least better than average, and a few are supurb.

        Fine Dining:
        Sample Room: My personal favorite- small plates, bistro type atmosphere
        Erte: trendy supper club vibe, good prices, decent food
        NE Social Club: new place, cool vibe
        Jax: Old School Mpls institution. Celebrate your important life events at this 70 year old supper club.
        Red Stag: Very good food, music, service- all top notch.

        Emilys lebanise deli: Excellent tabouli
        Holy Land Deli: Excellent hummus
        Cresent Moon: Excellent spinich pie
        Sen Yei Sen Lek: Very good thai (at least for mpls)

        Casual: Pizza Nea:
        Bulldog: If there burgers are on, they are the best in town.
        Brasa: Eat on the patio
        Psycho Suzies: Pizza, tiki drinks
        Modern Cafe: Quirky, good quality cafe/bistro hybrid

        1. Welcome! I moved from Boston to the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis a little more than a year ago so NE is not my neighborhood per se, but I do like to visit. A few of my favorite places:

          Brasa: Delicious braised beef, roast chicken and sides. I also liked the pinapple upside down cake a lot.

          Alma: Not quite NE, but very close. Lots of local ingredients and interesting flavor combos. Definitely a bit more of a "special occasion place", but worth the money in my opinion.

          Surdyks: A store, not a restaurant. A very nice wine selection. The best place to find random liquors. Delicious (if expensive) cheese.

          1. Welcome! You've picked a great area to live in, food-wise (and otherwise). I love NE.

            My advice to you - eat on Central Avenue. There are tons of hole-in-the-wall, mom & pop places serving food from all over: Indian, Mexican, Pakistani, Middle-Eastern, Colombian/Ecuadorian. A larger place is the amazing Holy Land Bakery & Grocery, which has a counter-service cafe with shawirma, grilled chicken, and a great halal buffet (sometimes featuring goat!). Holy Land bread, salads, and dips are available at local markets, but this is the mother ship.

            For more upscale, there's the relatively new Sen Yai Sen Lek, a Thai restaurant with a liquor license.

            For organic groceries, there's the East Side Co-op on Central. For gourmet cheese, oils, and various imported ingredients, there's Surdyk's Liquor Store & Deli. I think they have Rustica bread, too (thus saving you a trip to south Minneapolis).

            Down the block from Surdyk's is Kramarczuk's meat market, for great central European sausages and pierogies and goulasch. (The pastries are hit-and-miss, though - stick to Rustica.)

            Oh, and there's the Red Stag Supper Club halfway between Surdyk's and Holy Land. I haven't been there yet, but I've seen some good reviews. [EDIT: Aha, missed GreenIdentity's mention above. Consider that one of the good reviews. :-)]

            Yup, you're in a great area! As you explore, we'd love to hear your reports on your favorite finds.


            Surdyks Liquor and Bistro 2go
            303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            Holy Land Bakery & Grocery
            2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

            Kramarczuk Sausage Co
            215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

            Red Stag Supper Club
            509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

            Sen Yai Sen Lek
            2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

            East Side Food Co-Op
            2551 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Definitely make a trip to Red Stag for the Friday Night Fish Fry. It is a slightly upscale version of the Upper Midwest tradition.