MSP - NorthEast Neighborhood good eats
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!
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.
600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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
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.
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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.
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
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.
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
Nye's is overpriced and overhyped.
Definitely head to Emily's.
Punch Pizza has a location in NE. The question of whether Punch or Nea has better pizza is the source of much teeth-gnashing. When you arrive, sign up for Punch's e-mail list. They offer very generous specials to their opt-ins.
I've been going to Erte for years. They have a beautiful decor, and their house steak is the only one I'd bother with in the under $20 range.
The U Otter Stop Inn has excellent karaoke every night, and charming regulars on weekdays. They don't have food, but the stiff drinks will make you forget about all that.
Conga is despised around these parts, but it has a great happy hour. There are some really worthy items on their app. menu, which are half price, along with competent latin beverages.
Kikugawa is a very competent, seasoned sushi place in a beautiful location. Getting a riverview seat shouldn't be a problem.
Heading North on Central Avenue, even into the suburbs, will yield plenty of great spots. Sen Yai Sen Lek and Holy Land have been mentioned. Nala Pak (in Columbia Heights) has great veggie Indian. King's Korean in Fridley has a great reputation, though I have yet to get there.
In between, there are no end of bakeries and hole-in-the wall places to try. None will be overpriced or overhyped, I assure you.
Conga's happy hour gets mentioned but not Erte's? there are no food specials but ive had some luck with their meats and cheese platter and found it to be very well priced even without a special, and when i was last there you could get a 20oz Domaine DuPage from two brothers brewing for 2.75!
I am a huge fan of the Modern Café. I haven't been there as recently as I'd like, but all my experiences in the past 2-3 years have been good.
Nye's is a great place for drinks, especially if you want to see the polka band (highly recommended!). Foodwise... I haven't heard much enthusiasm.
I like the Bulldog NE a lot - I usually get the Junk burger but I know there's much enthusiasm for their other offerings. The chili dog is also good.
I don't think I've seen Kramarczuk (sp?) mentioned here yet. I ate in the diningroom there once, and it was good, but I mainly buy sausages there and then grill them at home. Fantastic stuff.
I have to reiterate the praise for the Modern Café. I don't think it gets nearly as much attention as it deserves, perhaps because their setting is so casual and they're not in a trendier area. It's first rate food with a creative kitchen following the local/seasonal trend. The presentations are more comfort food than fine dining, but the quality is first rate.
I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the Sample Room yet. A great blending of well executed old style comfort food with all sorts of modern eclectic dishes. Also a great place to try and share a lot of different dishes with friends.
And let's not forget the Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, for pretty good Bavarian food and a worth-seeing festive dining room atmosphere on Friday and Saturday evenings.
This may be cheating, but a wee bit further north than Nordeast, there is always Kings Korean in Fridley, which is the Twin Cities best Korean food hands down.
337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit
2300 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
1051 Moore Lake Dr E, Minneapolis, MN 55432
2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
I'll second the Modern Cafe. They're most known for their pot roast (both for dinner and as a hash for breakfast), so the comfort food description is spot on.
I will make a special trip across town just for the pot roast--it's rich and meaty and fall-apart delicious. The best I've had anyplace.
I visited Karmaczuk's for my first time (yes! first time) yesterday and was completely underwhelmed by it. My guest and I got: Nalesnyky (Crepes stuffed with meat, and topped with melted cheese, served with sour cream and horseradish sauce) and my guest ordered the Chicken Roll (Chicken croquettes stuffed in puffed pastry served with lettuce, tomato & dressing) and both just did not taste good. The Nalesnyky were doused in cheese, and the chicken roll tasted...weird. The meats in each did not resemble the meat that was supposed to be in them, and we ate 1/4 of each of our meals. However - I am not ready to write them off forever, as they offer sandwiches and many other tasty looking things. I will need to try at least 2 other things before I make an overall judgement.
I like the Modern's pot roast hash ok, it's very inconsistent in both portion size and ingredient levels, but it is pretty good when it's "right". My question has always been why they can't do that with corned beef. That would be awesome! Real corned beef close to home, going to Hell's Kitchen is getting expensive.