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Inside the lively taproom at Fair State Brewing Cooperative on Northeast’s bustling Central Avenue
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Discover the Wealth of Fantastic Restaurants on Northeast’s Central Avenue

Panderias, German breads, cooperative craft beer, monster sandwiches, and more

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Inside the lively taproom at Fair State Brewing Cooperative on Northeast’s bustling Central Avenue
| Fair State Brewing Cooperative [Official]

Just north of Tattersall Distilling, in the heart of Northeast, is a mile-long stretch of Central Avenue that’s home to many restaurants, bakeries, and shops selling an array of cuisines and goods from around the world. Nestled right along that same stretch, new spots continue to open that draw visitors from across the cities to drink and eat. As this corridor slowly snowballs towards what seems like complete gentrification, now’s a great time to take in the area’s unique mix of dining and drink offerings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sabor Cuencano

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2552 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 236-4718
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Recently relocated from East Lake Street, Sabor Cuencano offers a variety of Ecuadoran comfort food served in a bright, casual space serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Don’t miss out on the hornado, topped with crispy pork skin or the llapingachos – fried potato pancakes filled with cheese. Stop by on a weekend for an expanded menu with rotating specials.

2. Holy Land

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2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-2627
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Holy Land needs no introduction, as a well-loved local spot with multiple locations. Not only is the Central Avenue location a spacious grocery store that makes arguably the best hummus in the area, the sit-down deli touts healthy Mediterranean eats that are, love it or hate it, Triple D-approved. The chicken shawirma never disappoints. Try the falafel combination with equal parts cauliflower and falafel for a top-notch vegan option.

3. Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 444-3209
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Not only has Fair State consistently created some of the Twin Cities’ most highly regarded beers, their brewery features a minimalist taproom with a large beer garden in the back. Grab a glass of Roselle sour or a pilsner, order some delivery from nearby spots like Minnesota BBQ, and enjoy accordingly with friends and dogs.

4. Aki's Bread Haus

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2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 578-7897
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Owned and operated by native German Joachim “Aki” Berndt, this bakery specializes in dense and savory Deutsch breads, although a variety of sweets are also available. Standbys include pretzels, bacon cheese chive rolls, and broetchen (hard rolls).

5. Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai

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2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3046
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Joe and Holly Hatch-Surisook’s Sen Yai Sen Lek touts a menu inspired by Bangkok’s street food, and has been a mainstay on Central Avenue for a little over a decade. Standouts are both the chicken and pork laab, served with sticky rice, and the tod nun – curried fish cakes with a peanut cucumber relish on the side. Pair both with a cold beer.

6. Dipped & Debris

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2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 800-9424
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Inhabiting what used to be one half of Sen Yai Sen Lek’s dining area and under the same ownership, Dipped & Debris serves up gooey frozen custard and hefty throw-your-diet-out-the-window sandwiches like the King of Siamwiches with chicken satay, cucumber relish, peanut sauce and Mississippi Queen, a catfish po’ boy.

7. Durango Bakery

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2418 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 706-7950
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This panaderia packs a mighty amount of baked goods into a small space. With over 80 varieties of breads, cakes, and pastries, it’s the perfect spot for a treat before or after dining at one of the many restaurants in the area. 

8. Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

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2409 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 354-3113

Do not pass this place by as inside awaits a wonderland of any just about any baked good imaginable, including cookies, cakes, and more savory rolls like empanadas de yema. This spot also offers a substantial food menu that includes fried pork ribs and plantain balls stuff with cheese, all at very reasonable prices.

9. Adelita's | Mexican Restaurant

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2405 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-2526
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While it’s hard not to order at the always-appealing milanesa de res torta at Adelita’s, it’s even harder to order one without a margarita, especially during happy hour. The Mexican fare here is among the best in an area ripe with competition. On Fridays and Saturdays, Adelita’s is a great destination for late night food, drinks, and karaoke.

10. The Mill Northeast

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1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 315-2340
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The Mill sets inside a modern space towards the south end of the Central Avenue corridor. A seasonal menu draws lines between American and Americanized staples, upping the ante with items like a peanut butter pub burger with whipped chevre and house made pickles, and a wood-smoked ramen bowl. The Mill also serves brunch on the weekends and currently has a Tiki themed bar menu that is worth a visit alone.    

11. Maya Cuisine

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1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0775
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With fun decor that harkens to a warm night dining outdoors – but indoors – Maya is a popular casual lunch and dinner spot where each meal is highly customizable and made-to-order. Top that with a large salsa bar, and the flavor combos may just be endless. As such, it’s the flavors at Maya that really shine, from house made corn tortillas to the chicken tinga to the well-seasoned barbacoa.

12. MOMO Sushi

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1839 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-9190
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With an extensive menu of Japanese favorites like sushi rolls, udon and soba noodle dishes, and bento box lunches, don’t pass over what might be the best item on the menu, the Tibetan momo, dumplings stuffed with beef, rice noodles, and green onion.

1. Sabor Cuencano

2552 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Recently relocated from East Lake Street, Sabor Cuencano offers a variety of Ecuadoran comfort food served in a bright, casual space serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Don’t miss out on the hornado, topped with crispy pork skin or the llapingachos – fried potato pancakes filled with cheese. Stop by on a weekend for an expanded menu with rotating specials.

2552 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

2. Holy Land

2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Holy Land needs no introduction, as a well-loved local spot with multiple locations. Not only is the Central Avenue location a spacious grocery store that makes arguably the best hummus in the area, the sit-down deli touts healthy Mediterranean eats that are, love it or hate it, Triple D-approved. The chicken shawirma never disappoints. Try the falafel combination with equal parts cauliflower and falafel for a top-notch vegan option.

2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

3. Fair State Brewing Cooperative

2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Not only has Fair State consistently created some of the Twin Cities’ most highly regarded beers, their brewery features a minimalist taproom with a large beer garden in the back. Grab a glass of Roselle sour or a pilsner, order some delivery from nearby spots like Minnesota BBQ, and enjoy accordingly with friends and dogs.

2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

4. Aki's Bread Haus

2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Owned and operated by native German Joachim “Aki” Berndt, this bakery specializes in dense and savory Deutsch breads, although a variety of sweets are also available. Standbys include pretzels, bacon cheese chive rolls, and broetchen (hard rolls).

2506 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

5. Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai

2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Joe and Holly Hatch-Surisook’s Sen Yai Sen Lek touts a menu inspired by Bangkok’s street food, and has been a mainstay on Central Avenue for a little over a decade. Standouts are both the chicken and pork laab, served with sticky rice, and the tod nun – curried fish cakes with a peanut cucumber relish on the side. Pair both with a cold beer.

2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Dipped & Debris

2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Inhabiting what used to be one half of Sen Yai Sen Lek’s dining area and under the same ownership, Dipped & Debris serves up gooey frozen custard and hefty throw-your-diet-out-the-window sandwiches like the King of Siamwiches with chicken satay, cucumber relish, peanut sauce and Mississippi Queen, a catfish po’ boy.

2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

7. Durango Bakery

2418 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

This panaderia packs a mighty amount of baked goods into a small space. With over 80 varieties of breads, cakes, and pastries, it’s the perfect spot for a treat before or after dining at one of the many restaurants in the area. 

2418 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

2409 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Do not pass this place by as inside awaits a wonderland of any just about any baked good imaginable, including cookies, cakes, and more savory rolls like empanadas de yema. This spot also offers a substantial food menu that includes fried pork ribs and plantain balls stuff with cheese, all at very reasonable prices.

2409 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. Adelita's | Mexican Restaurant

2405 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

While it’s hard not to order at the always-appealing milanesa de res torta at Adelita’s, it’s even harder to order one without a margarita, especially during happy hour. The Mexican fare here is among the best in an area ripe with competition. On Fridays and Saturdays, Adelita’s is a great destination for late night food, drinks, and karaoke.

2405 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

10. The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

The Mill sets inside a modern space towards the south end of the Central Avenue corridor. A seasonal menu draws lines between American and Americanized staples, upping the ante with items like a peanut butter pub burger with whipped chevre and house made pickles, and a wood-smoked ramen bowl. The Mill also serves brunch on the weekends and currently has a Tiki themed bar menu that is worth a visit alone.    

1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

11. Maya Cuisine

1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

With fun decor that harkens to a warm night dining outdoors – but indoors – Maya is a popular casual lunch and dinner spot where each meal is highly customizable and made-to-order. Top that with a large salsa bar, and the flavor combos may just be endless. As such, it’s the flavors at Maya that really shine, from house made corn tortillas to the chicken tinga to the well-seasoned barbacoa.

1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

12. MOMO Sushi

1839 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

With an extensive menu of Japanese favorites like sushi rolls, udon and soba noodle dishes, and bento box lunches, don’t pass over what might be the best item on the menu, the Tibetan momo, dumplings stuffed with beef, rice noodles, and green onion.

1839 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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