Restaurants in Minneapolis, MN

Every culture has its favorite comfort food, and you will find most of them in Minneapolis. A large Vietnamese population means there are dozens of restaurants where the pho is star of the menu (not to mention the city’s plethora of banh mi sandwiches). Minnesota’s own grain, wild rice, dates back to the native-American diet, and you will find a stellar take on it at Hell’s Kitchen, where one of the most popular dishes, featuring wild rice, maple syrup, nuts, and cream, is called mahnomin porridge. Even if they’re not specifically devoted to Scandinavian food, plenty of eateries around town offer Swedish meatballs, lefse and lutefisk, and smoked fish, with shots of Aquavit to back them up. We’re not sure if Somalis consider it comfort food, but you can get a bowl of camel stew at a food-court eatery called Safari Xpress. Hot dish featuring tater tots is more home-cooking comfort food, but it’s so important to Minnesota cuisine that several restaurants around town offer it as a special. One dish that is unique to the city is the Juicy Lucy, which is spelled Jucy Lucy by one of the places that says they invented it. Think of it as an inside-out cheeseburger, with molten cheese (and optional garnishes) secreted inside the meat patty. Minneapolis happens to be a great breakfast city — for new age donuts, colorful diners (vintage and modern) and nutritionally virtuous fare at America’s first certified organic bakery, called French Meadow.

Minneapolis’s Most Famous Dishes

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon

Donuts

Kielbasa soup with tortellini & greens

Soups

Thick, horseshoe-shaped sausage ring is tightly cased.

Sausage

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Great Minneapolis Recipes

Wild rice becomes a pudding with hazelnuts, craisins, heavy cream, and maple syrup

Mahnomin Porridge

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