I'm fairly new to the Twin Cities area. I've been here for a few months and still feeling like I'm getting to know the stores, bars, and restaurants. I love to eat simple, local, but yet high quality food (and of course inexpensive). I'm wondering if anyone could suggest local places for meat, veggies, and/or bakery items????
thanks for any help!!!
Welcome to the Twin Cities, hashbrown! It would help folks here to know in what part of The Cities you live, so we're not recommending places way across town from you. But, really, this entire forum discusses restaurants, markets, CSAs, and a bunch of other places where you can find good food. A few hours looking around the site would be time well spent.
Welcome! It's great to hear from a "new local" who's exploring the metro area.
Your nearest co-op probably has good meats and veggies. My local place is Seward Co-op, which has an AWESOME meat-and-fish department; their fruits and veggies are good but not as stellar as the Wedge.
The farmer's markets are wonderful, too. Here's the Strib's map of FM locations around the Twin Cities:
Take a look at all the links in the "Do we have a best of list?" thread:
For butchers, I love Clancy's (pricy and worth it), Kramarczuk's (E. European), and Everett's (classic old school). Or check out these threads:
And here's another good thread on affordable organic food:
Please report back on your favorite finds!
I also live close to the Wedge (and think it is a fantastic option for groceries). If you are not a member, you may want to consider becoming one if you are going to be doing a lot of shopping there. Between the monthly discounts and the end of the year profit sharing, I more than made back my cost of shares in a year shopping for two people.)
Off the top of my head, a few other places in/near the Uptown area that have food that I think fit your criteria are:
Rustica Bakery (near Lake Calhoun) - I love their breads.
Common Roots Cafe (on Lyndale) - I like their bagels (which I think they recently started selling at the Wedge) and they have soup, etc.
Lucia's (expensive at the restaurant, but not as expensive to grab a few bites at the wine bar or to sit in the "take-away" section - it actually has a decent cafe feel).
816 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
I am always impatient for some of our yearly rites. Firstly of course is the MN State Fair that I start jonesing for sometime in February. Secondly I start wishing for the farmer's markets to open, probably the week after they close, (a date that varies with each market).
Here's an all-in-one list of Minneapolis Farmer's Markets which is ironically missing Minneapolis Farmer's Market.
That list even links to CSAs, which is cool.
Minneapolis Farmer's Market