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Where to Eat at the 2016 Minneapolis Aquatennial's Mess Hall

Local drinks, food and pop-ups dominate the lineup.

The Aquatennial is always a high flying time.
The Aquatennial is always a high flying time.
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The 2016 Aquatennial, hailed as "The Best Days of Summer," kicks off today, and with it a plethora of opportunities to feast under the beating sun of July. There are plenty of new food and drink experiences to be had this year, but most exciting is a new a "Mess Hall" on Boom Island, featuring craft beer and food vendors this Saturday, July 23. Here are all the places you'll want to eat.

Dumplings Mpls

Bunbob Chhun and James Munson’ Dumpling pop ups offer hand-made dumplings and other Asian-inspired cuisine. They are not super active, so catch them while you can.

Fro Yo Soul

Organic frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors dispensed out of a baby blue bus. What could be more summer than that?  Fro Yo Soul has both dairy or non-dairy fro yo, always antibiotic-free with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, corn syrups or GMOs. So, yeah, just the good stuff.

Get Sauced

Get Sauced is a team of chefs that bring fine-dining food to the customer. Get Sauced menu at Mess Hall will include their signature sandwiches like BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Pulled Chicken and Kalbi Pork, and tacos in a variety of styles like Mexican, BBQ and Asian.


MyBurger, a Minneapolis-rooted, family-run mini-chain serves classic burgers and malts at four locations around the Twin Cities. Their menu is simple and to the point, offering a variety of fun toppings like a fried egg or a jerk spices to their traditional style burgers, all on a buttered bun.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Winners of Food Network’s Food Court Wars, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen serves family matriarch Sylvia "Baby Lue" Jones’ traditional recipes, handed down to her grandson, Tomme "Young General" Beevas. Beevas and partners now serve classic Jamaican cuisine at the original Burnsville Mall location as well as their food truck and newest restaurant on Eat Street in Minneapolis.

Potter’s Pasties

Potter’s serves the classic British pasties out of a few trucks and a brick and mortar on Como Avenue. Their savory pasties (not to be confused with the glue-on tasseled patches) range from traditional with minced beef to a Thai Veggie version as well as sweet pies like Banoffee pie with banana, toffee and whipped cream on a graham cracker crust.

Rainbow Restaurant

Chef and owner Tammy Wong has been feeding the masses at her iconic Eat Street Chinese restaurant for 27 years. The beloved Chef’s passion for her food shines through dishes like her Hong Kong style noodles with fermented black bean sauce or Ma Po Tofu in a kicky bean sauce.

Turbo Taco

Turbo Tacos are reportedly inspired by fresh fish tacos from Southern California, serving flour tortilla tacos with beer battered cod, marinated steak, crab cake poppers, fried avocado and the best of all worlds, the Surf and Turf combo. The Baja-style tacos are fresh and simple, topped with pico and crunchy cabbage.

Whole Sum Kitchen

Whole Sum Kitchen, the mobile juice and smoothie bar making waves with its menu of healthy and vegan friendly juices and smoothies has recently introduced salads and acai bowls to its unique menu. We hear a bricks and mortar space is in the works too.

Wyn 65

Wyn65 Mobile Food Emporium by the team from Lyn65 Kitchen & Bar has been serving Southern inspired dishes like fried chicken and fried bologna sandwiches out of a converted camper truck this summer and Twin Citians are loving every bite.

Egg Roll Mpls

Egg Roll Mpls is a pop-up serving chicken wings, fries and obviously, egg rolls. While they hope to open a Vietnamese spot in Northeast soon, you can get their wings at Mess Hall this weekend.

Rebel Donuts

Rebel Donut Bar prides itself on bending the rules of doughness, offering creative flavors like chocolate cucumber parsley, Cajun apricot Habanero and a beauty called Mother of Dragonfly. Rebel Donut Bar serves mini donuts so you can try all the quirky options and save room for all the beers.

The Wurst

It’s summer, and it’s basically law that one must consume their body weight in cased meat by September (not including State Fair consumption, that’s cheating.) The Wurst is here to help with their fun and funky bratwurst options like the Brat Mi featuring lemongrass and ginger pork sausage with pickled carrot, Jalapeno and cucumber topped with basil aioli and fresh cilantro.