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Burgers, beer and way, way more near the U.
Burgers, beer and way, way more near the U.
Katie Cannon

Where to Eat Near the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus

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Burgers, beer and way, way more near the U.
| Katie Cannon

In addition to being a beautiful, walkable campus, the University of Minnesota is surrounded by all kinds of places to grab a quick bite. Whether you are looking for interesting, new takes on Mexican street fare, authentic burn your mouth off Szechuan or the biggest brewery with the best food around, we've got you covered. There's pasta served in a boho paradise and a slice of classic Americana by way of blueberry breakfast pancakes.

This map is sorted geographically. So, whether you're on the West Bank, Dinkytown or on Como Avenue, we have got you covered.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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Al's Breakfast

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This alley-width diner is an icon of the Twin Cities. It's one long counter and plenty of hash browns, mammoth pancakes and old-school diner attitude.
Al's Breakfast

Kimchi Tofu House

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The bubbling cauldrons of fiery broth have a way of warming you straight down to the cockles of your heart. The room is no frills, it's all about these delicious Korean dishes.

Black Coffee & Waffles

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Como’s Black Coffee and Waffle Bar serves up just that: coffee and waffles. And they do it right. Ranging from savory to sweet, their waffles satisfy for those who crave breakfast food all day long.
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Potter's Pasties & Pies

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Head to the basement for this food truck turned take-out joint's hearty fare. A twist on the traditional savory Cornish hand pie, these suckers are hearty and filling wrapped in a flakey crust.

Hard Times Cafe

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The West Bank, late night eatery is famous among students and locals. As a popular destination for vegans and vegetarians, the menu ranges from Mexican fare to classic breakfast foods and perfect for post-bar noshing. Heads up, Hard Times is cash only.
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Afro Deli & Coffee

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The deli specializes in affordable African, Mediterranean, and American cuisine, while focusing on social responsibility, community and culture. All dishes are prepared Halal in this colorful Cedar-Riverside spot, including a complex African noodle dishes, Afro steak dinners and super fresh salads. Afro Deli also offers catering service and has a downtown St. Paul location. Both locations offer outdoor seating.

Camdi Restaurant

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With several Chinese restaurants scattered around in the University area, Dinkytown’s Camdi Restaurants stands out because it is a Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant. When you’re craving a bowl of pho by the University, Camdi is the spot. The portions are big and the flavors are bold.
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Kafe 421

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This lovely little family owned restaurant has fantastic date night specials and an unforgettable lamb burger. [Photo courtesy Kafe 421]

Annie's Parlour

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Burgers and milkshakes dominate the menu, but those creamy, icy treats are some of the best you'll find inside the beloved Annie's Parlour.

Loring Pasta Bar

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Carb lovers will adore this uniquely beautiful two story restaurant with the boho atmosphere. Easily the most stunning restaurant on campus. Plus, it doubles as a fun live music venue.

Little Szechuan

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Smaller and less formal Szechuan dining than rival Tea House, these dishes burn so good. Start with the incomparable dan dan noodles and if you like seriously hot fried chicken, check the Geleshan Ma La.

Caspian Bistro

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Order one of the kebabs from inside this Persian restaurant. Be sure to check out the attached market for hard to find, eclectic ingredients.

Bar Luchador

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Co-owner Angelo Pennacchio has a thing for Mexican wrestling, hence the name and artwork of this taco-focused bar in Stadium Village. The menu’s focus is less on authenticity and more on fun, with cheap bites like achiote chicken tacos or nachos spread out on cookie sheets that can feed a family of four, or one college sophomore. Don’t miss the signature cocktails, crafted with house made syrups and fresh squeezed juices.

Obento-Ya

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Beautiful sushi and one of the best outdoor patio's near campus. In colder months, be certain to try the ramen.

Tea House (University)

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If you have a spicy Szechuan craving, check out this place inside a former Baker's Square location.

Surly Brewing Company

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This massive brewery boasts a gorgeous outdoor area, phenomenal cheffed-up bar food and a separate, more formal dining area that is one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities. Be prepared to wait for a seat - even on an average Tuesday night. This place has been insanely popular since day one.
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Burrigato

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Burrigato is the brainchild of University of Minnesota alumni Korra Ektanitphong and Daniel Ringgenberg, a couple who wanted to add to the offering of fast casual on campus, focusing on Ektanitphong’s Thai heritage as well as Japanese and Korean flavors. The succinct menu offers dishes like panang or Korean BBQ in a burrito or bowl form.

SSSDUDE-NUTZ

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These square cut doughnuts have become an obsession thanks toppings that include Fruity Pebbles, crushed Oreos, salted caramel and all other manner of sinfully good munchie-friendly combinations. It is open late nights Fridays and Saturdays.
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Sprout WaHu

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Sprout serves an extensive menu of fresh salads in a sunny spot in Stadium Village, offering dishes made to order with ingredients brought in fresh daily. Order off the menu or create your own by choosing salad or wrap form and top with one of over a dozen house made dressings like the balsamic black garlic.

The Blue Door Pub University

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The burger joint known for its Blucys (that's a cheese-stuffed burger) opened on Como Avenue by the U of M in 2016. Available only at this location is the Como Bluse with brie, bacon jam and "Berry Jamilow."
A person holding a burger with a bite out of it, cheese is oozing out of the center, there is also a basket of tater tots on the table. Katie Cannon

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Al's Breakfast

Al's Breakfast
This alley-width diner is an icon of the Twin Cities. It's one long counter and plenty of hash browns, mammoth pancakes and old-school diner attitude.
Al's Breakfast

Kimchi Tofu House

The bubbling cauldrons of fiery broth have a way of warming you straight down to the cockles of your heart. The room is no frills, it's all about these delicious Korean dishes.

Black Coffee & Waffles

Katie Cannon
Como’s Black Coffee and Waffle Bar serves up just that: coffee and waffles. And they do it right. Ranging from savory to sweet, their waffles satisfy for those who crave breakfast food all day long.
Katie Cannon

Potter's Pasties & Pies

Head to the basement for this food truck turned take-out joint's hearty fare. A twist on the traditional savory Cornish hand pie, these suckers are hearty and filling wrapped in a flakey crust.

Hard Times Cafe

Wikipedia
The West Bank, late night eatery is famous among students and locals. As a popular destination for vegans and vegetarians, the menu ranges from Mexican fare to classic breakfast foods and perfect for post-bar noshing. Heads up, Hard Times is cash only.
Wikipedia

Afro Deli & Coffee

The deli specializes in affordable African, Mediterranean, and American cuisine, while focusing on social responsibility, community and culture. All dishes are prepared Halal in this colorful Cedar-Riverside spot, including a complex African noodle dishes, Afro steak dinners and super fresh salads. Afro Deli also offers catering service and has a downtown St. Paul location. Both locations offer outdoor seating.

Camdi Restaurant

Camdi Mpls
With several Chinese restaurants scattered around in the University area, Dinkytown’s Camdi Restaurants stands out because it is a Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant. When you’re craving a bowl of pho by the University, Camdi is the spot. The portions are big and the flavors are bold.
Camdi Mpls

Kafe 421

This lovely little family owned restaurant has fantastic date night specials and an unforgettable lamb burger. [Photo courtesy Kafe 421]

Annie's Parlour

Burgers and milkshakes dominate the menu, but those creamy, icy treats are some of the best you'll find inside the beloved Annie's Parlour.

Loring Pasta Bar

Carb lovers will adore this uniquely beautiful two story restaurant with the boho atmosphere. Easily the most stunning restaurant on campus. Plus, it doubles as a fun live music venue.

Little Szechuan

Smaller and less formal Szechuan dining than rival Tea House, these dishes burn so good. Start with the incomparable dan dan noodles and if you like seriously hot fried chicken, check the Geleshan Ma La.

Caspian Bistro

Order one of the kebabs from inside this Persian restaurant. Be sure to check out the attached market for hard to find, eclectic ingredients.

Bar Luchador