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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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The Nicollet Diner

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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.

Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

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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.

A Slice of New York

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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.

The Wedge Table

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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.

Spyhouse Coffee

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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.

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

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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.

KhunNai Thai Cuisine

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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.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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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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Icehouse

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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.

Jasmine Deli

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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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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.

Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

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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.

Black Sheep Pizza

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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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Eat Street Social

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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.

The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

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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.

The Bad Waitress

Glam Doll Donuts

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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.

Lu's Sandwiches

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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.

Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

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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.

Quang Restaurant

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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
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Rainbow Chinese

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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.

Pho Tau Bay

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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.

The Nicollet Diner

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.

Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

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.

A Slice of New York

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.

The Wedge Table

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.

Spyhouse Coffee

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.

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

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.

KhunNai Thai Cuisine

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

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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.

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Icehouse

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.

Jasmine Deli

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.

Yelp

Pho 79

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.

Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

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.

Black Sheep Pizza

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.

Andy Lien

Eat Street Social

The Bad Waitress Diner & Coffee Shop

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.

The Bad Waitress

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Glam Doll Donuts

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

Lu's Sandwiches

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.

Harry Singh's Carribean Restaurant

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.

Quang Restaurant

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.

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

Rainbow Chinese

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.

Pho Tau Bay

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.

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