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13 Essential Eats in Northeast Minneapolis

A longstanding food scene encapsulates the best of what Northeast has to offer

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Stretching across the east bank of the Mississippi River and a stone’s throw from downtown Minneapolis, Northeast often feels like a mini city unto itself. Historically an industrial hub, the abandoned warehouses and old grain mills that once shaped the neighborhood have been taken over by startups, a bustling—and rapidly commercializing—art scene, and skyrocketing housing costs.

Still, a longstanding food scene encapsulates the best of what Northeast has to offer: ambitious creativity, diverse histories, playful innovation.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Young Joni

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165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5719
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Countless words have been written about Ann Kim’s Northeast pizza restaurant—a number of them by the James Beard Awards Committee—but all there really is to say is this: order pizza, don’t forget the appetizers, and share everything.

Order to share.

2. The Anchor Fish & Chips

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302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 676-1300
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A Northeast institution, the Anchor serves Irish classics in a warmly lit, wood-paneled space. The eponymous fish and chips are a must—flaky Alaskan cod and thick-cut wedges of potato, fried until golden—and are available both inside the brick and mortar location, and on the Anchor’s food truck.

Closing time at the Anchor.

3. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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From a verdant, intensely savory banana blossom salad to a pungent, herb-heavy rendition of beef larb, chef Christina Nguyen has crafted a menu as colorful as the restaurant it’s served in. Make sure to take a look at the cocktail menu, where a rotating selection of slushies and sangria are a must.

Summer at Hai Hai.
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4. Grumpy's Bar

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2200 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-7429
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A cozy, bustling local bar with rotating tap specials and an excellent happy hour, Grumpy’s patio is the perfect place to while away a few summer hours with cold beers and old jukebox favorites.

5. Emily's Lebanese Deli

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641 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-4069
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A longtime Northeast favorite, Emily’s Lebanese Deli is a family-run operation, serving take-out and dine-in Lebanese dishes in a small standalone building on University. Order a few salads to go, or sit in and enjoy freshly wrapped grape leaves and flaky, crisp spinach pies warm from the oven.

Outside Emily’s Lebanese Deli.

6. PinKU Japanese Street Food

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20 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 584-3167
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Housed in an industrial, art-lined space, PinKU offers a wide selection of shareable small plates, featuring daily selections on a menu board hung at the front of the restaurant. Get a few orders of the wagyu beef on crispy rice, seared salmon nigiri, and an okonomiyaki to share.

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7. Bardo

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222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-8404
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Chef Remy Pettus’ restaurant is a fantastic spot for a date night: either inside the cozy, romantic setting or outside on the gorgeous patio. The menu changes often, with seasonal highlights.

The historic and cozy dining room
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8. Aster Cafe

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125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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At the Aster Cafe, the patio is the place to be—along the cobblestone streets of St. Antony Main, with stellar downtown views across the Mississippi River. Split a cheese plate and a few flatbreads, or order one of the rotating specials from the locally-sourced cafe specials menu.

Cozy up to the bar.
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9. Gardens of Salonica

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19 5th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-0611
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Fresh Greek fare in a beautifully, airy space. Check the specials board for something fresh, or stick to the classics for comforts like gyros or pastitsio.

10. Popol Vuh/Centro

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1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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At Jose Alarcon’s two-sided restaurant, there’s an option for every kind of diner. Pick up a few quick tacos—the barbacoa and carnitas are particular favorites—and a slushy at Centro and that’s dinner solved. For a more formal dining experience, move next door to Popol Vuh, where Alarcon crafts creative, inspired dishes ranging from earthy lamb mole de carderas to a crisp, acidic cactus salad.

A bowl of creamy corn soup garnished with flowers and popcorn
Nasturtium garnishes.
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11. Tattersall Distilling

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1620 Central Ave NE #150
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 584-4152
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At Tattersall, order from a gorgeous selection of creative cocktails, with locally sourced ingredients and featuring house liquors. Then venture outside, where local food truck favorites can be found at any given point throughout the year.

Hanging out after hours at Tattersall
Hanging out after hours at Tattersall
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12. Holy Land

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2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-2627
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With products sold in every major grocery chain in the Twin Cities, Holy Land is no hidden secret. But at their brick and mortar market in Northeast, they sell more than just the Holy Land classics. In addition, you’ll find aisles of fresh produce, a meat counter, a wide selection of specialty groceries, and a counter-service restaurant with an extensive menu of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.

The red brick exterior and red lettered sign of Holy Land
Outside Holy Land.

13. Chimborazo

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2851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1328
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Located in a hole-in-the-wall in Northeast, Chimborazo is a neighborhood institution. Serving Ecuadorean and Andean fare all day, seven days a week, it’s the perfect spot for anything from breakfast to late night snacks. Don’t miss the patacones con queso, fried green plantains stuffed with cheese and served with an intensely herbed aji crillo.

Make sure to get extra peanut sauce.

1. Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Order to share.

Countless words have been written about Ann Kim’s Northeast pizza restaurant—a number of them by the James Beard Awards Committee—but all there really is to say is this: order pizza, don’t forget the appetizers, and share everything.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. The Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Closing time at the Anchor.

A Northeast institution, the Anchor serves Irish classics in a warmly lit, wood-paneled space. The eponymous fish and chips are a must—flaky Alaskan cod and thick-cut wedges of potato, fried until golden—and are available both inside the brick and mortar location, and on the Anchor’s food truck.

302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

3. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Summer at Hai Hai.
Hai Hai / Facebook

From a verdant, intensely savory banana blossom salad to a pungent, herb-heavy rendition of beef larb, chef Christina Nguyen has crafted a menu as colorful as the restaurant it’s served in. Make sure to take a look at the cocktail menu, where a rotating selection of slushies and sangria are a must.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

4. Grumpy's Bar

2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

A cozy, bustling local bar with rotating tap specials and an excellent happy hour, Grumpy’s patio is the perfect place to while away a few summer hours with cold beers and old jukebox favorites.

2200 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

5. Emily's Lebanese Deli

641 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Outside Emily’s Lebanese Deli.

A longtime Northeast favorite, Emily’s Lebanese Deli is a family-run operation, serving take-out and dine-in Lebanese dishes in a small standalone building on University. Order a few salads to go, or sit in and enjoy freshly wrapped grape leaves and flaky, crisp spinach pies warm from the oven.

641 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. PinKU Japanese Street Food

20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A hand picking up charred salmon from a silver tray
Try a little of everything.
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Housed in an industrial, art-lined space, PinKU offers a wide selection of shareable small plates, featuring daily selections on a menu board hung at the front of the restaurant. Get a few orders of the wagyu beef on crispy rice, seared salmon nigiri, and an okonomiyaki to share.

20 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

7. Bardo

222 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The historic and cozy dining room
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Chef Remy Pettus’ restaurant is a fantastic spot for a date night: either inside the cozy, romantic setting or outside on the gorgeous patio. The menu changes often, with seasonal highlights.

222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

8. Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cozy up to the bar.
Aster Cafe [Official]

At the Aster Cafe, the patio is the place to be—along the cobblestone streets of St. Antony Main, with stellar downtown views across the Mississippi River. Split a cheese plate and a few flatbreads, or order one of the rotating specials from the locally-sourced cafe specials menu.

125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Gardens of Salonica

19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Fresh Greek fare in a beautifully, airy space. Check the specials board for something fresh, or stick to the classics for comforts like gyros or pastitsio.

19 5th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

10. Popol Vuh/Centro

1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A bowl of creamy corn soup garnished with flowers and popcorn
Nasturtium garnishes.
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

At Jose Alarcon’s two-sided restaurant, there’s an option for every kind of diner. Pick up a few quick tacos—the barbacoa and carnitas are particular favorites—and a slushy at Centro and that’s dinner solved. For a more formal dining experience, move next door to Popol Vuh, where Alarcon crafts creative, inspired dishes ranging from earthy lamb mole de carderas to a crisp, acidic cactus salad.

1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55413

11. Tattersall Distilling

1620 Central Ave NE #150, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hanging out after hours at Tattersall
Hanging out after hours at Tattersall
Joy Summers

At Tattersall, order from a gorgeous selection of creative cocktails, with locally sourced ingredients and featuring house liquors. Then venture outside, where local food truck favorites can be found at any given point throughout the year.

1620 Central Ave NE #150
Minneapolis, MN 55413

12. Holy Land

2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The red brick exterior and red lettered sign of Holy Land
Outside Holy Land.

With products sold in every major grocery chain in the Twin Cities, Holy Land is no hidden secret. But at their brick and mortar market in Northeast, they sell more than just the Holy Land classics. In addition, you’ll find aisles of fresh produce, a meat counter, a wide selection of specialty groceries, and a counter-service restaurant with an extensive menu of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.

2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

13. Chimborazo

2851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Make sure to get extra peanut sauce.

Located in a hole-in-the-wall in Northeast, Chimborazo is a neighborhood institution. Serving Ecuadorean and Andean fare all day, seven days a week, it’s the perfect spot for anything from breakfast to late night snacks. Don’t miss the patacones con queso, fried green plantains stuffed with cheese and served with an intensely herbed aji crillo.

2851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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