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May 7, 2010 05:33 PM

New to Minneapolis (Minneapolis Park Area)-Places to eat/bars?

Hi everyone,

My fiance is being relocated for the summer to Minneapolis. He will be living in the Minneapolis Park Area (Edmund Blvd and 38th Street). I will be staying with him for a week or so, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend places to eat or bars in the area (biking or short car ride).


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  1. The google map may say "Mississippi Park" near that address, but folks know it as "right next to the West River Parkway in the Longfellow neighborhood." Down there, it's pretty much parkland (and pretty, at that!) everywhere you see water.

    Sea Salt Eatery - seafood, fresh air, ice cream
    Riverview Wine Bar - wine & small plates
    Buster's - burgers and beer
    A Bakers Wife - pastries
    Colossal Cafe - breakfast

    Sea Salt Eatery
    4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop
    4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Buster's on 28th
    4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Colossal Cafe
    1839 E 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Riverview Wine Bar
    3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

    1. Also not far from 38th St. & Edmund on the Minneapolis side:
      The Craftsman (43rd Ave & Lake) - nice dinner place w/a bar, focus on local/seasonal ingredients, great house-cured meats
      Town Talk Diner (27th Ave & Lake) - I like it primarily for the bar, but the food is good, too - nice friendly atmosphere, interesting cocktails, good cheese curds

      If you cross the river on Lake Street, it will turn into Marshall Avenue in St. Paul, and you will be very close to Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe (you didn't ask about ice cream, but chances are you'd like it) and the Blue Door Pub.

      I'm not aware of anything called "Minneapolis Park", but if you tell people 38th and West River Road, they'll know where you're talking about. The stuff recommended so far is all within fairly easy biking distance, by the way.

      Town Talk Diner
      2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

      Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe
      2034 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      The Blue Door Pub
      1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      1. Google map did say Mississippi Park :) Thanks for enlightening me on what to call the area!! Thanks for the recommendations, we won't go hungry or thirsty!

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        1. re: sirryosk

          You're moving to Longfellow. Best dinner spot is The Craftsman. Best (wine) bar is Riverview. Best lunch spot is Longfellow Grill. Best bar bar is....good luck. Make sure you bring your bike. Good neighborhood to feel safe in. Sea Salt's not bad too.

          Longfellow Grill
          2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

          Riverview Cafe
          3753 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

          1. re: sirryosk

            yes, please call the area LONGFELLOW so as not to confuse people. minneapolis park does not exist and nobody knows what mississippi park is, since there is so much park land along the mississippi river. great bike trails along river road, btw :)

            Craftsman Restaurant
            4300 Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

            Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
            2823 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          2. The Birchwood Cafe is a very bike-friendly place nearby. Good food with a crunchy vibe.

            Gandhi Mahal has solid Indian food.

            Birchwood Cafe
            3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

            Gandhi Mahal
            3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

            1. Yeah, as others have pointed, we don't know of any area called "Minneapolis Park". I live a few blocks away from the point you described. When I describe my location I normally go with "in South Minneapolis near the river". I think for people in MPLS this is more specific thant "Longfellow" since Longfellow is a pretty large neighborhood. For out-of-towners and suburbanites it is bit more descriptive in case they don't know the neighborhood names.

              My food recs would include:

              1) Craftsman : Probably nicest option for fine dining neighborhood. Nearby on lake steet with a real nice patio. Don't forget to try the charcutie plate.
              2) Sea Salt: Located in Minnehaha park, this is nice stop it spot for some fish tacos, calamari, etc. Just don't go during nice weather and peak times on weekend unless you are ready for wait.
              3) Longfellow Grill. Longfellow grill is a decent go-to joint for upscale type diner food for breakfast thru supper. Nice location with Patio on Lake street and the River.
              4) Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ. We don't have a lot of take out food in the neighborhood. But if you like BBQ, you are in luck. Straight west about 2 miles on the 38th Street is ted cooks. Take away only. Once you are sitting in the car with your tasty package of ribs and jojo's you will be praying for green lights to speed your journey home.

              Other spots you might want to consider are El Norteno for some authentic Mexican food. As others have mentioned Town Talk Diner is pretty cool spot for both food and drink.

              Town Talk Diner
              2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

              Longfellow Grill
              2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406