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Let's start our global barbecue journey off in Jamaica.
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From our backyards to backyards thousands of miles across the global, the art of barbecue is alive and well in the world. While most other countries don’t slather on a gooey sauce like Americans typically too, the love and appreciation of elegantly grilled, roasted, and smoked meats is universal. Next time you are in the mood for barbecue, consider enjoying one of these global varieties.

- by Theresa Swaney
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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2524 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
To be transported to an island paradise without the airfare, order a bowl of jerk spiced chicken barbecue at East Street’s Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. Their intensely spiced and spicy jerk chicken is served on a bed of rice and beans with a side of coleslaw and sweet fried plantains. Add on a cold bottle Ting, a Jamaican grapefruit soda, to keep your mouth cool.

2. Gogi Bros

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6407 City W Pkwy
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 941-4644
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Korean barbecue is delicious. Period. Lucky of us, Gogi Bros House showcases the heavenly tastes of Korean barbecue in their modern, sun-filled Eden Prairie restaurant. Newbies can get acquainted with the sweet and spicy flavors of Korean barbecue by ordering the Bulgogi Burger while more adventurous types can dive right into their Korean BBQ crash course for two. Sweet, smokey with just a hint of spice, you'll be a graduate student in no time.
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3. Ha Tien Grocery Store

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353 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 227-7136
There are moments in life when nothing less than a whole roasted duck will do, and in those moments you go to Ha Tien Grocery & Deli. This take-out only, Vietnamese grocery and deli on University Ave, proudly hangs their bright red whole roasted ducks, taunting and teasing you to indulge. Pick out your favorite duck, grab a few fresh baguettes, and head to the park for a picnic.

4. Obento-Ya

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1510 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-1432
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A visit to the quaint Japanese eatery, Obento-ya, is a great opportunity to try robata barbecue. Small skewers of everything from chicken to scallops are grilled over an open flame and served with light but savory sauces like miso-garlic. Their hidden patio now includes a smokeless grill, which means spending a lazy summer afternoon sipping Sapporo beer and enjoying savory meats is within reach.

5. Chimborazo

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2851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1328
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To discover the art of churrasco barbecue head over to Chimborazo on Central Ave. This Ecuadorian restaurant’s grilled and roasted meats puts every backyard barbecue to shame. Try their churrasco platter, which comes with a juicy grilled flank steak, rice and beans, French fries, sweet plantains, a fried eggs and the all important bright green chimichurri sauce.

6. Keefer Court

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326 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 340-0937
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Chinese barbecued pork, or char siu, is a time-tested method of making roasted, glistening, storefront ready red pork. At Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe you can eat this slow roasted, sweetly flavor pork every which way. Lay it atop a bed of rice, enjoying it in a noodle soup, or chow down on a steaming hot barbecue pork bun while on the go.

7. Gardens of Salonica

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19 5th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-0611
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Mediterranean cuisine is rife with appetizing barbecued meats and veggies. At Gardens of Salonica in Northeast you can learn to appreciate Greece’s sophisticated knack for grilled lamb with an order of their Petimezi riblets. These lamb chops are marinated in grape molasses, sherry vinegar, and olive oil and then grilled to a juicy perfection.

1. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
To be transported to an island paradise without the airfare, order a bowl of jerk spiced chicken barbecue at East Street’s Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. Their intensely spiced and spicy jerk chicken is served on a bed of rice and beans with a side of coleslaw and sweet fried plantains. Add on a cold bottle Ting, a Jamaican grapefruit soda, to keep your mouth cool.
2524 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

2. Gogi Bros

6407 City W Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Joy Summers
Korean barbecue is delicious. Period. Lucky of us, Gogi Bros House showcases the heavenly tastes of Korean barbecue in their modern, sun-filled Eden Prairie restaurant. Newbies can get acquainted with the sweet and spicy flavors of Korean barbecue by ordering the Bulgogi Burger while more adventurous types can dive right into their Korean BBQ crash course for two. Sweet, smokey with just a hint of spice, you'll be a graduate student in no time.
6407 City W Pkwy
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

3. Ha Tien Grocery Store

353 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103
There are moments in life when nothing less than a whole roasted duck will do, and in those moments you go to Ha Tien Grocery & Deli. This take-out only, Vietnamese grocery and deli on University Ave, proudly hangs their bright red whole roasted ducks, taunting and teasing you to indulge. Pick out your favorite duck, grab a few fresh baguettes, and head to the park for a picnic.
353 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55103

4. Obento-Ya

1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A visit to the quaint Japanese eatery, Obento-ya, is a great opportunity to try robata barbecue. Small skewers of everything from chicken to scallops are grilled over an open flame and served with light but savory sauces like miso-garlic. Their hidden patio now includes a smokeless grill, which means spending a lazy summer afternoon sipping Sapporo beer and enjoying savory meats is within reach.
1510 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Chimborazo

2851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
To discover the art of churrasco barbecue head over to Chimborazo on Central Ave. This Ecuadorian restaurant’s grilled and roasted meats puts every backyard barbecue to shame. Try their churrasco platter, which comes with a juicy grilled flank steak, rice and beans, French fries, sweet plantains, a fried eggs and the all important bright green chimichurri sauce.
2851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Keefer Court

326 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Chinese barbecued pork, or char siu, is a time-tested method of making roasted, glistening, storefront ready red pork. At Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe you can eat this slow roasted, sweetly flavor pork every which way. Lay it atop a bed of rice, enjoying it in a noodle soup, or chow down on a steaming hot barbecue pork bun while on the go.
326 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

7. Gardens of Salonica

19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Mediterranean cuisine is rife with appetizing barbecued meats and veggies. At Gardens of Salonica in Northeast you can learn to appreciate Greece’s sophisticated knack for grilled lamb with an order of their Petimezi riblets. These lamb chops are marinated in grape molasses, sherry vinegar, and olive oil and then grilled to a juicy perfection.
19 5th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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