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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).

Thanks!!

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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.

    So:
    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

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    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.

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      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.

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          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 :)

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            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.

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            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.

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

              Longfellow Grill
              2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

              1. If you're willing to venture across the river, Punch Pizza isn't far.

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                Punch Pizza
                3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

                1. I will echo the recommendations for Sea Salt, Buster's, Craftsman and A Baker's Wife.

                  Lake St. has a string of great Mexican food, but I will defer to the others for specifics on that.

                  I would also recommend finding your way across the river via Lake St./Marshall and trying Brasa on Grand Ave. They have a nice (if not small) outdoor seating area and they open their large front doors/windows when the weather is nice.

                  1. The Minneapolis side of the river is well-covered, but I will also add that to just hang out with a cup of coffee, there is a Dunn Bros at Lake and the Parkway. There is also the coffee house part of the Riverview Wine Bar. at 38th and 42nd.

                    Two ways for you to cross the river into St. Paul -- the Lake Street Bridge and the Ford Parkway Bridge. Both are equal distance from 38th and Edmund.

                    Lake Street Bridge will bring you to Izzy's Ice Cream (already mentioned). But also to Trotter's Cafe (good bakery and breakfast spot) at Cleveland and Marshall. And just a little bit further is Blue Door Pub at Selby and Fairview. Great burger and beer joint.

                    Ford Parkway Bridge will bring you to Punch Pizza (already mentinoed). Sadly, there's nothing else I'd recommend in the Highland Village area that surrounds Punch, except Highland Grill, which is almost a replica of Longfellow Grill much closer to 38th and Edmund. Luci Ancora at Randolph and Cleveland can be decent.

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

                    Highland Grill
                    771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

                    Luci Ancora
                    2060 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

                    Longfellow Grill
                    2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                    Punch Pizza
                    3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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

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

                    Dunn Bros
                    15265 Galaxie Ave Ste 600, Saint Paul, MN 55124

                    1. Hey, did you get the memo that Minneapolis Park isn't the right term for the Longfellow neighborhood? Yikes. Suffices to say, Longfellow residents tend to me awfully assertive about their neighborhood pride.

                      That aside, the recommendations here are solid. What is your definition of a "bikable" or "short car ride" distance? To put it in perspective, very few of our best restaurants are more than 8 miles away, or 15 minutes by car.

                      The geo-engineering here is not conducive to clusters of great restaurants, a la Chicago, LA or even Portland. On the flip-side you have great parks, bike trails, and reasonable commutes just about anywhere.

                      Where you are from will also dictate what you will find interesting about our cuisine. Gandhi Mahal has great Indian, but is par for the course in other metro areas. Our Vietnamese cuisine, on the other hand, is worth a long bike trip.

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                      Gandhi Mahal
                      3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

                      1. As one of the board's resident cyclists, I'll focus on your biking hint -- Longfellow gives you perfect access to the east end of the Midtown Greenway, an excellent bike facility to get you to some great Chow areas. As you head west on the Greenway, you are running parallel to Lake Street which includes a number of intriguing options. Craftsman, Town Talk Diner, Katar River (a virtually unknown, hidden Ethiopian place)...then a little further, you have the Freewheel Bike Center -- a great bike shop ON the Greenway with good coffee, juices, soups/sandwiches and decent baked goods. The Bike Center is also connected to the Midtown Global Market, which you can read about in abundance on here.

                        Continue a couple miles and you are at Lake Calhoun and the Uptown area. Tin Fish is a park building on the lake serving your basic picnic style seafood. Rustica Bakery, one of MSP's finest sources for bread and pastries is steps from the Greenway. They also have a highbrow coffee operation in there if you a serious afficianado. Warning: Don't ask for espresso to go or even a shot to add to your coffee. You will be refused.

                        This is a very easy, completely flat bike path.

                        Also from Longfellow, the West River Road goes right up into the Seward neighborhood (just follow the stream of fixies from the River Road to the co-op) and downtown Minneapolis. A bit more hilly for the bike travel, but it gives you great access to the area around the Guthrie, the U of M, and downtown proper. You can also go across the Stone Arch Bridge, and you're in "Nordeast" -- Kramarczuk's, Surdyk's, Brasa and a whole host of other oft-mentioned places.

                        Bike south on the River Road and you're in Minnehaha Park with Sea Salt Eatery.

                        One last thing...Birchwood Cafe in the Longfellow area has its own cycling team. They are accessible and welcoming (obviously) of folks on bikes. Also, if you're seriously into bike culture, get over to One on One Bike in the Warehouse District or Cars R Coffins in south Minneapolis. Both have coffee and baked goods (One on One has soups/sandwiches/etc.) and are very interesting shops.

                        You can get anywhere by bike in this metro area, and very easily at that.

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                        Midtown Global Market
                        920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                        Sea Salt Eatery
                        4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

                        The Tin Fish
                        3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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

                        1. Thank you all so much for your great recommendations. We have been here now since Saturday and have been able to try some of the places already (Punch Pizza, Izzy's, Longfellow Grill, Gandhi Mahal) and I have to say I am loving the LONGFELLOW area, both scenically and food-wise!! We are from Iceland originally but have been (and are) living on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the past couple years going to Grad School, so we have been looking forward to getting a break from Pasties!! I am really looking forward to going to the Craftsman (next on our list). Thanks again to everyone for their wonderful recommendations and also for your great information on the area for a newbie!!

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                          Longfellow Grill
                          2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                          Gandhi Mahal
                          3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

                          1. I didn't mention it before, because I've not eaten there myself, but you may also be interested in T's Place, which is right around the corner from El Norteno and Gandhi Mahal. It's Ethiopian/Asian fusion. I still need to get over there and try it. If you do, report back!

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                            T's Place
                            2713 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                            El Norteno Authentic Mexican
                            4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                            1. If you like sushi, and a small mom and pop business with glacial service, Midori's Floating World Cafe is a nice spot. Their Unagi is probably my favorite bite of sushi I've had so far in the Twin Cities.

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                              Midori's Floating World Cafe
                              2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406