late night dining options in the Twin Cities.
Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown is open till at least after bar closing, Pagoda is open till around midnight. not too sure about Bryant Lake Bowl, but I imagine pretty late. Psycho Suzis is open pretty late. Saffron and Solera both have late night Happy Hours. Pancho Villa's is open till 2 I think.
There are a lot of places where the kitchen closes right around midnight - among these are Café Barbette, Duplex, the Bulldog NE (don't know about the other Bulldogs), the Red Stag, the Blue Door Pub, and the Town Talk. There are probably a few others around Uptown and Dinkytown.
After midnight, your options narrow. There's Dulono's Pizza and Pizza Lucé (downtown and Seward, I'm not sure about the other locations). If take out qualifies, there are a couple taquerias on Lake Street that are open late (Pineda #1 and Taco Taxi). The food isn't great at Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul, but it's one of the few 24-hour restaurants around here. The Hard Times Cafe is open until 4 a.m. but food quality will depend on who's cooking.
401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
607 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hard Times Cafe
1821 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
I don't mind Mickey's. I usually go to the outpost toward the airport. Cleaner and less crowded, especially right after bar rush. It certainly isn't gourmet, but I like it a lot.
I'm in the NE metro, so I stray toward Flameburger for my late night dining. Again, not gourmet, but a big step up from Perkins and the like. I prefer the Roseville location on Rice Street.
2534 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55113
I usually will try to hit Bradstreet Crafthouse, Haute Dish or Bar La Grassa (all 1am) after work.
Taqueria Los Ocampos on Lake serves usually until at least 3am on the weekends, for sore really solid authentic mexican. Uptown Diner on Hennepin I believe is 24hrs, and is a solid industry hangout.
I know pizza luce serves late. 2am. Several locations.
That's a start, I will update as more come to mind.,
2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Taqueria Los Ocampo
809 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401