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Tamales from Cantina Laredo at the MOA.
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10 Mall of America Restaurants That Are Actually Good

Where to eat at the biggest mall in the country

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Tamales from Cantina Laredo at the MOA.
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The Mall of America, which sits just south of the Twin Cities in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the biggest mall in the entire United States. (At 5.6 million square feet, the mall actually has its own zip code: 55425.) Just a stone’s throw from the airport, it’s a popular spot for tourists — and a long day of shopping, of course, calls for a solid meal. Here are ten places to grab a bite in the MOA.

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Cantina Laredo

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Chef Mauricio Legorreta hails from Mexico City, and the dishes served inside this corner sit-down restaurant are fresh and flavor-dense. Don’t miss the guacamole, tamales, or el relleno de camarones. There’s also a full bar with plenty of tequila to take the edges off the shopping experience. Find it at West Market on level three.

Masu Sushi & Robata

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Tonkatsu ramen, stuffed gyoza, myriad sushi rolls, and plenty of sake await at this popular restaurant, which sources its fish with an eye toward sustainability, following recommendations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Masu’s sushi menu is a little slim, but its cocktail menu is extensive and grouped by pairings: light drinks for nigiri and sashimi, fruity for rolls and appetizers, and earthy for meat and noodle dishes. Find it at South Street Dining on level three.

Ramen is served in a black bowl on a black table.
The best bet for ramen at MOA.
Masu Sushi & Robata

FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

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This expansive restaurant’s menu is locally sourced and changes seasonally. There’s wild Alaskan salmon with watercress and shaved fennel, a barbecue chicken sandwich, and rotisserie chicken with white cheddar mashed potatoes. Save room for strawberry rhubarb fritters or a flourless chocolate torte. Find it on level two at the Radisson Blu.

Bonchon Mall of America

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This popular Korean fried chicken chain opened at the MOA a few years ago. Fried food rules here, so grab the spicy or sweet soy-garlic wings (or just drumsticks, if you prefer), and maybe a side of takoyaki. Both pair well with the chain’s pickled daikon. This is a good budget spot, too: There’s plenty to choose from on the menu that’s under $10. Find it on South Avenue on level three.

La Michoacana Purepecha

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This popular Lake Street spot has an MOA outpost. La Michoacana Purepecha serves a vast array agua frescas and over 30 flavors of ice cream, but perhaps most popular are the paletas — some tart and fruity, and others made with a rich cream base, served plain or dipped in chocolate. Order a sandia y limon after a long day of shopping, and balance the sweetness out with some Dorilocos or chicharrones. Find it on East Broadway on level two.

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

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Cedar and Stone offers an alternative to food court fare, if you’re looking for a more upscale, sit-down meal. Dive into a juniper mule or sip a chilled glass of riesling before feasting on the crispy pancetta-topped brussels sprouts, a bowl of creamy wild rice soup, or pan-roasted walleye. This restaurant is located in the base of the MOA’s adjacent Marriott Hotel.

Twin City Grill

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Unabashedly Minnesotan, this dim, cozy restaurant is a perfect antidote to the mall’s fluorescent vibe. The onion bread staves off hunger pangs and pairs well with a martini. Go for the walleye, a classic burger, or the wedge salad, crispy and drenched in briny blue cheese dressing. Find it on level one in the North Garden.

Piada Italian Street Food

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This fast-casual Italian restaurant is a great place to stop for a quick bite. Try the chef’s favorite piada — an Italian-style street wrap with romaine, mozzarella, sweet peppers, and spicy diavolo sauce. Or get some tossed pasta, or a grain bowl. Find it on level three in the North Garden.

Bussin' Birria Tacos

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Bussin Birria Tacos is the latest venture by chef Janene Holig and owner Amol Dixit of Hot Indian —this new spot is all about juicy, messy, birria-style tacos. Ride the escalators up to third-level culinary and order a few in beef or chicken, or vegan (the latter made with help from Minneapolis’s own Herbivorous Butcher). Bussin Birria also serves nachos and quesadillas, and sources many of its ingredients from local Mexican-owned businesses around the Cities.

Three birria tacos on a plate; one being dipped into a dish of consomé.
Bussin Birria Tacos is located on the third level of the MOA.
Bussin Birria Tacos

Wafels & Dinges

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Don’t be deterred by the unusual name. This spot is all about fluffy Belgian waffles — or “wafels” — and “dinges” means toppings. For a sweet bite at the end of the day, load up a waffle with Speculoos (gingerbread cookie butter) and whipped cream, or Belgian chocolate fudge. Find it on level three in the West Market.

Cantina Laredo

Chef Mauricio Legorreta hails from Mexico City, and the dishes served inside this corner sit-down restaurant are fresh and flavor-dense. Don’t miss the guacamole, tamales, or el relleno de camarones. There’s also a full bar with plenty of tequila to take the edges off the shopping experience. Find it at West Market on level three.

Masu Sushi & Robata

Ramen is served in a black bowl on a black table.
The best bet for ramen at MOA.
Masu Sushi & Robata

Tonkatsu ramen, stuffed gyoza, myriad sushi rolls, and plenty of sake await at this popular restaurant, which sources its fish with an eye toward sustainability, following recommendations from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Masu’s sushi menu is a little slim, but its cocktail menu is extensive and grouped by pairings: light drinks for nigiri and sashimi, fruity for rolls and appetizers, and earthy for meat and noodle dishes. Find it at South Street Dining on level three.

Ramen is served in a black bowl on a black table.
The best bet for ramen at MOA.
Masu Sushi & Robata

FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

This expansive restaurant’s menu is locally sourced and changes seasonally. There’s wild Alaskan salmon with watercress and shaved fennel, a barbecue chicken sandwich, and rotisserie chicken with white cheddar mashed potatoes. Save room for strawberry rhubarb fritters or a flourless chocolate torte. Find it on level two at the Radisson Blu.

Bonchon Mall of America

This popular Korean fried chicken chain opened at the MOA a few years ago. Fried food rules here, so grab the spicy or sweet soy-garlic wings (or just drumsticks, if you prefer), and maybe a side of takoyaki. Both pair well with the chain’s pickled daikon. This is a good budget spot, too: There’s plenty to choose from on the menu that’s under $10. Find it on South Avenue on level three.

La Michoacana Purepecha

This popular Lake Street spot has an MOA outpost. La Michoacana Purepecha serves a vast array agua frescas and over 30 flavors of ice cream, but perhaps most popular are the paletas — some tart and fruity, and others made with a rich cream base, served plain or dipped in chocolate. Order a sandia y limon after a long day of shopping, and balance the sweetness out with some Dorilocos or chicharrones. Find it on East Broadway on level two.

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

Cedar and Stone offers an alternative to food court fare, if you’re looking for a more upscale, sit-down meal. Dive into a juniper mule or sip a chilled glass of riesling before feasting on the crispy pancetta-topped brussels sprouts, a bowl of creamy wild rice soup, or pan-roasted walleye. This restaurant is located in the base of the MOA’s adjacent Marriott Hotel.

Twin City Grill

Unabashedly Minnesotan, this dim, cozy restaurant is a perfect antidote to the mall’s fluorescent vibe. The onion bread staves off hunger pangs and pairs well with a martini. Go for the walleye, a classic burger, or the wedge salad, crispy and drenched in briny blue cheese dressing. Find it on level one in the North Garden.

Piada Italian Street Food

This fast-casual Italian restaurant is a great place to stop for a quick bite. Try the chef’s favorite piada — an Italian-style street wrap with romaine, mozzarella, sweet peppers, and spicy diavolo sauce. Or get some tossed pasta, or a grain bowl. Find it on level three in the North Garden.

Bussin' Birria Tacos

Three birria tacos on a plate; one being dipped into a dish of consomé.
Bussin Birria Tacos is located on the third level of the MOA.
Bussin Birria Tacos

Bussin Birria Tacos is the latest venture by chef Janene Holig and owner Amol Dixit of Hot Indian —this new spot is all about juicy, messy, birria-style tacos. Ride the escalators up to third-level culinary and order a few in beef or chicken, or vegan (the latter made with help from Minneapolis’s own Herbivorous Butcher). Bussin Birria also serves nachos and quesadillas, and sources many of its ingredients from local Mexican-owned businesses around the Cities.

Three birria tacos on a plate; one being dipped into a dish of consomé.
Bussin Birria Tacos is located on the third level of the MOA.
Bussin Birria Tacos

Wafels & Dinges

Don’t be deterred by the unusual name. This spot is all about fluffy Belgian waffles — or “wafels” — and “dinges” means toppings. For a sweet bite at the end of the day, load up a waffle with Speculoos (gingerbread cookie butter) and whipped cream, or Belgian chocolate fudge. Find it on level three in the West Market.

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