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Get to know Minneapolis' tastiest stretch of road.
Get to know Minneapolis' tastiest stretch of road.
Katie Cannon

Everything Necessary to Eat on Minneapolis’ Eat Street Corridor

There's a stretch of Nicollet Avenue is packed with good reasons to visit

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Get to know Minneapolis' tastiest stretch of road.
| Katie Cannon

Running from North to South from downtown Minneapolis to that weird Kmart complex that needs to get torn down already, aptly named Eat Street section of Nicollet Avenue is an intriguing and often affordable area to get a full taste of all the different flavors of the Twin Cities. The restaurants are diverse, from tiny, family owned joints with 15 tables – to higher-end restaurants.

Restaurants are in geographical order.

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1. The Nicollet Diner

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1428 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 399-6258
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Hearty diner fare that’s served 24 hours a day. There’s also a full bar, making it a popular spot for long mimosa-fueled brunches or late night burgers and a bump.

2. Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

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1931 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-2334
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There’s been a trend of Cajun boil restaurants opening of late and it is hard to deny the thrill of cracking into some steaming hot seafood just plucked from a bath of spicy water. Cajun Boiling has also has cold beer and a few TV’s for catching the game while tearing into some crustaceans.

3. A Slice of New York

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2407 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-4334
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Exactly what you want in a giant slice of reasonably priced pizza. Fold it up and eat on the go while wandering over to the nearby MIA arts museum or ambling down Eat Street.

4. The Wedge Table

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2412 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 465-8844
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A deli and shop outpost from the popular co-op, the Wedge has organic sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan fare easy to grab and go, or grab one of the few tables.

5. Spyhouse Coffee

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2451 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-3177
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The original location of this local chain is still the must-stop shop for Third Wave coffee on Nicollet. It’s a have for art students and those who love buttery pastries paired with exceptional coffee.

6. The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

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2515 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 872-2221
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Owned and operated by a local couple, Chris and Danielle Bjorling, The Copper Hen is ‘farmhouse chic’ with Instagram-baiting decor. There's a savory menu, full bar, but what this spot is best known for is the boozy cupcakes.

7. KhunNai Thai Cuisine

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2523 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-7721
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Classic, rich curries are served alongside dishes found only here, like a Pad Thai burger topped with peanut sauce and served with spicy fries.

8. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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2524 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen specializes in Jamaican street food. The menu packs some serious heat and is quickly served. It's just as tasty for take-out as it is to grab a seat inside this little tropical oasis in the tundra.

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9. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523
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With a New American menu, live music, and great cocktails, Icehouse is a great spot to take a date, get brunch with the rents, or see a show with friends. It’s upscale but not pretentious, bustling but not annoying.

10. Jasmine Deli

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2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-4700
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This tiny spot is known for it’s great service, awesome Vietnamese food at affordable prices: From banh mi to wonton soup, vermicelli noodle salads to broken rice plates.

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11. Pho 79

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2529 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-4602
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Eat Street is not lacking in great pho spots, but Pho 79 is a favorite among many. It offers 19 varieties of pho – frothy, noodle-filled bowls with meats ranging from rare lean beef and chicken, to seafood and tripe.

12. Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

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2539 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-7014
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Pancho Villa has stellar table side guacamole. Avocado, chopped onion, jalapeño, cilantro, tomato, and a pinch of salt are smashed together in a large molcajete and served with warm chips.

13. Black Sheep Pizza

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2550 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Black Sheep cooks its pizza in a coal fired oven, resulting in a deliciously bubbly, charred crust. Top your pizza with the likes of fennel sausage, Persian beef, pickled peppers, harissa or cracked green olives. If you like your crust a little thicker and richer – ask for a slice of The Sicilian – served by the quarter as it is with olive oil, mozzarella, and red sauce.

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14. Eat Street Social

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2600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 767-6850
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Cozy and comfortable, Eat Street Social has high backed booths, a large bar, and a few tables scattered around to the left of the entrance along with a patio. The food is a great backdrop to the truly stellar cocktails. This bar was built by and for bartenders, meaning top shelf drinks for us normal people. And if eschewing booze, there's an entire creative menu that's n/a dedicated.

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  • 15. The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

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    2 E 26th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    (612) 872-7575
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    This diner and coffeeshop on the corner of 26th Street and Nicollet is aptly named for its lack of tableside service. Order at the counter using a menu form you fill out – and wait for your food. Little to no interaction with waitresses or waiters needed. From sandwiches to salads, burgers to organic egg scrambles – the diner food is farm fresh but keeps it classic.

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    16. Glam Doll Donuts

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    2605 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 345-7064
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    These crazy-creatively flavored doughnuts are as kitchy fun as the room they are served in. Open until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

    17. Lu's Sandwiches

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    2624 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 870-0350
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    Lu’s Sandwiches has a city-wide reputation for a great banh mi. Served on a just-baked baguette it's topped with a choice of meat, pickled veggies, and peppers and more.

    18. Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

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    2653 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 729-6181
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    With bright blue walls and red tablecloths, Harry Singh’s is a fun spot serving up Caribbean cuisine. Never be hungry again after pounding down the gigantic jerk chicken roti. The ginger beer is made right here with just the right amount of bite.

    19. Quang Restaurant

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    2719 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 870-4739
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    One of the most popular, if not the single most popular, Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities – Quang has been going strong since 1989. The pho is a go-to but the grilled sausage spring rolls (#111) must not be forgotten. The pork and shrimp wonton soup (#508) and bo bun hue (#511) are also mainstays on the menu.

    A smiling woman in a red shirt and hair net in the kitchen at Quang, building banh mi
    Fans know their order by number and have a hard time deviating from favorites
    Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

    20. Rainbow Chinese

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    2739 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 870-7084
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    Tammy Wong is one of the most beloved and respected chefs in town. The crispy egg rolls are otherworldly and the lazy susans are best used piled up with dishes and surrounded by a table of friends.

    21. Pho Tau Bay

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    2837 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 874-6030
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    At the very end of Eat Street you’ll find this odd looking restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. With 20 different types of pho and tons of other offerings, Pho Tau Bay is often overlooked – but it shouldn’t be. Don’t miss the papaya salad with beef jerky, it’s the perfect combo of savory and sweet with just a touch of funk.

    1. The Nicollet Diner

    1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Hearty diner fare that’s served 24 hours a day. There’s also a full bar, making it a popular spot for long mimosa-fueled brunches or late night burgers and a bump.

    1428 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    2. Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

    1931 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    There’s been a trend of Cajun boil restaurants opening of late and it is hard to deny the thrill of cracking into some steaming hot seafood just plucked from a bath of spicy water. Cajun Boiling has also has cold beer and a few TV’s for catching the game while tearing into some crustaceans.

    1931 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    3. A Slice of New York

    2407 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Exactly what you want in a giant slice of reasonably priced pizza. Fold it up and eat on the go while wandering over to the nearby MIA arts museum or ambling down Eat Street.

    2407 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    4. The Wedge Table

    2412 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    A deli and shop outpost from the popular co-op, the Wedge has organic sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan fare easy to grab and go, or grab one of the few tables.

    2412 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    5. Spyhouse Coffee

    2451 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    The original location of this local chain is still the must-stop shop for Third Wave coffee on Nicollet. It’s a have for art students and those who love buttery pastries paired with exceptional coffee.

    2451 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    6. The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

    2515 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Owned and operated by a local couple, Chris and Danielle Bjorling, The Copper Hen is ‘farmhouse chic’ with Instagram-baiting decor. There's a savory menu, full bar, but what this spot is best known for is the boozy cupcakes.

    2515 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    7. KhunNai Thai Cuisine

    2523 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Classic, rich curries are served alongside dishes found only here, like a Pad Thai burger topped with peanut sauce and served with spicy fries.

    2523 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    8. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

    2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

    Pimento Jamaican Kitchen specializes in Jamaican street food. The menu packs some serious heat and is quickly served. It's just as tasty for take-out as it is to grab a seat inside this little tropical oasis in the tundra.

    2524 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    9. Icehouse

    2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    With a New American menu, live music, and great cocktails, Icehouse is a great spot to take a date, get brunch with the rents, or see a show with friends. It’s upscale but not pretentious, bustling but not annoying.

    2528 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    10. Jasmine Deli

    2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Yelp

    This tiny spot is known for it’s great service, awesome Vietnamese food at affordable prices: From banh mi to wonton soup, vermicelli noodle salads to broken rice plates.

    2532 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    11. Pho 79

    2529 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Eat Street is not lacking in great pho spots, but Pho 79 is a favorite among many. It offers 19 varieties of pho – frothy, noodle-filled bowls with meats ranging from rare lean beef and chicken, to seafood and tripe.

    2529 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    12. Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

    2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Pancho Villa has stellar table side guacamole. Avocado, chopped onion, jalapeño, cilantro, tomato, and a pinch of salt are smashed together in a large molcajete and served with warm chips.

    2539 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    13. Black Sheep Pizza

    2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Andy Lien

    Black Sheep cooks its pizza in a coal fired oven, resulting in a deliciously bubbly, charred crust. Top your pizza with the likes of fennel sausage, Persian beef, pickled peppers, harissa or cracked green olives. If you like your crust a little thicker and richer – ask for a slice of The Sicilian – served by the quarter as it is with olive oil, mozzarella, and red sauce.

    2550 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    14. Eat Street Social

    2600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    15. The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

    2 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    The Bad Waitress

    This diner and coffeeshop on the corner of 26th Street and Nicollet is aptly named for its lack of tableside service. Order at the counter using a menu form you fill out – and wait for your food. Little to no interaction with waitresses or waiters needed. From sandwiches to salads, burgers to organic egg scrambles – the diner food is farm fresh but keeps it classic.

    2 E 26th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

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    16. Glam Doll Donuts

    2605 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    These crazy-creatively flavored doughnuts are as kitchy fun as the room they are served in. Open until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

    2605 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    17. Lu's Sandwiches

    2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Lu’s Sandwiches has a city-wide reputation for a great banh mi. Served on a just-baked baguette it's topped with a choice of meat, pickled veggies, and peppers and more.

    2624 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    18. Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

    2653 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    With bright blue walls and red tablecloths, Harry Singh’s is a fun spot serving up Caribbean cuisine. Never be hungry again after pounding down the gigantic jerk chicken roti. The ginger beer is made right here with just the right amount of bite.

    2653 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    19. Quang Restaurant

    2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    A smiling woman in a red shirt and hair net in the kitchen at Quang, building banh mi
    Fans know their order by number and have a hard time deviating from favorites
    Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

    One of the most popular, if not the single most popular, Vietnamese restaurant in the Twin Cities – Quang has been going strong since 1989. The pho is a go-to but the grilled sausage spring rolls (#111) must not be forgotten. The pork and shrimp wonton soup (#508) and bo bun hue (#511) are also mainstays on the menu.

    2719 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    20. Rainbow Chinese

    2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Tammy Wong is one of the most beloved and respected chefs in town. The crispy egg rolls are otherworldly and the lazy susans are best used piled up with dishes and surrounded by a table of friends.

    2739 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    21. Pho Tau Bay

    2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    At the very end of Eat Street you’ll find this odd looking restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese cuisine. With 20 different types of pho and tons of other offerings, Pho Tau Bay is often overlooked – but it shouldn’t be. Don’t miss the papaya salad with beef jerky, it’s the perfect combo of savory and sweet with just a touch of funk.

    2837 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

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