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Rochester is worth exploring.
Rochester is worth exploring.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Rochester

This city more than the Mayo Clinic and the parking lot for the Mayo Clinic

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Rochester is worth exploring.
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Rochester, about an hour south of the Twin Cities is known for housing one of the world-renowned medical hospitals and research facilities: the Mayo Clinic. However, like a crate digger flipping through record store shelves to find gems, downtown Rochester, along with other spots on its outskirts, are known for housing some tasty wares. Whether its pizza, or some kabobs and rice, Rochester’s got something to fit every hunger pang possible.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pi Wood-Fired Pizza

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3932 Marketplace Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 424-3885
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With a wood-fired oven churning out traditional favorites like the margherita, or upping the ante for the Buffalo chicken, Pi Wood-Fired Pizza satisfies all the taste buds inside a very casual and chill atmosphere.

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2. Flapdoodles Ice Cream

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3525 22nd Ave NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-3527
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Nearby Woodside Park, Rochester’s own Flapdoodles serves up an endless array of ice cream treats, from scoops to cakes, and with flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry and Cookie Monster to satiate any sweet tooth in its vicinity.

3. Ootori Sushi

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2665 Commerce Dr NW #100
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 258-7888
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A stones throw away from Valleyhigh Drive, Ootori Sushi has a wondrous and flavorful array of sushi selections and high quality Japanese fare. Enjoy it all on the patio outside, or inside some simple and quaint seating.

4. Smoak BBQ - Rochester

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2291 Commerce Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 361-7427
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Smoak (a mix of the word Smoke and Oak) is a Texas styled barbecue establishment that serves anything from shared plates to delectable sandwiches such as their Alabama Chicken Sandwich, served with an Alabama white Barbecue sauce, which is a simple sweet and tangy sauce known to make anything good, especially chicken.

5. Grandma's Kitchen

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1514 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 289-0331
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Adjacent to Rochester’s Mill Race Park, Grandma’s Kitchen has been serving up awesome diner fare since 1977, whether its standard breakfast fare, or a fantastic hot beef sandwich with potatoes and gravy.

6. John Hardy's BBQ

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929 W Frontage Rd
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-3936
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John Hardy’s has been serving Rochester with delectable Southern-styled BBQ since 1972, and while John Hardy may have past on, his legacy of barbecue still lives strong.

7. Pho Chau

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1014 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 281-3342
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Located near Silver Lake Park in Rochester, Pho Chau is not only serving freshly made Vietnamese fare, but the best pho Rochester offers.

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8. Hunan Garden

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1120 7th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 285-1438
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A couple of blocks from Forager Brewery on the outskirts of Rochester, Hunan Garden is serving up classical takes on American Chinese fare such as the General Tso’s Chicken.

9. Tacos Mi Pueblo

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(507) 213-4081

On North Broadway in Rochester, Tacos Mi Pueblo has been providing tacos, tortas, and more to scores of hungry patrons outside of a converted trailer truck. Don’t sleep on their elotes, a perfect side item that pairs perfectly with any of the main menu staples!

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10. Almadina restaurant

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101 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 206-4057
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A short distance away from the Mayo, Almadina has any type of Middle Eastern fare to satiate any appetite. If it’s the first stop made after a long trek from the Twin Cities, and the appetite yearns, tackle one of three Almadina feast meals, filled with kabobs, gyros, and shawarma seated on a plentiful bed of rice.

11. Chocolaterie Stam

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111 Broadway Ave S #208
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 536-2722
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Chocolaterie Stam inside the Galleria Square has an endless display of chocolates, candies, and more to make anyone do the Homer drool. When with a significant other? Splurge on the chocolate covered strawberries.

12. Francisco's Restaurant

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1137 2nd St SW Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 258-7722
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Next to the Mayo Clinic campus, Franciscos has been satisfying slews of patrons cravings for various Cuban and Jamaican fare. From a traditional Cubano sandwich to jerk chicken and braised ox tails, Francisco’s has plenty to choose from. It’s like a mini-vacation within a staycation!

13. Terza

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30 3rd St SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 216-9590
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In the heart of downtown, Terza is serving up mouth-watering Italian fare, whether its grilled goods such as steak and fish, to pasta and pizza whether sitting outdoors with the downtown Rochester soundtrack, or a quiet and romantic seating inside.

14. Snappy Stop

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37 9th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 289-6116
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A short distance away from Slatterly Park, Snappy Stop is a no-frills burger and fries drive-thru that has been serving up thin-pattied smashburgers, fries, shakes, and nuggets. Check out the rotating monthly burger.

15. Taqueria El Kora

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1432 3rd Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 923-9189

Nearby Graham Park, Taqueria El Kora has plenty of wonderful taco and torta selections, served in simple street-styled fashion. Particularly, their Torta Cubana with salsa verde is a sandwich of marvel and wonder.

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16. Los Arcos Kitchen & Cantina

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7386 Airport View Dr SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 206-0302
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Boasting everything from sizzling fajitas, to a burrito menu known to make eyes pop, Los Arcos has been serving countless Rochester residents with tasty Mexican fare. Don’t sleep on the tableside guacamole.

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1. Pi Wood-Fired Pizza

3932 Marketplace Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Pi Wood-Fired’s Margherita
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With a wood-fired oven churning out traditional favorites like the margherita, or upping the ante for the Buffalo chicken, Pi Wood-Fired Pizza satisfies all the taste buds inside a very casual and chill atmosphere.

3932 Marketplace Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901

2. Flapdoodles Ice Cream

3525 22nd Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Nearby Woodside Park, Rochester’s own Flapdoodles serves up an endless array of ice cream treats, from scoops to cakes, and with flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry and Cookie Monster to satiate any sweet tooth in its vicinity.

3525 22nd Ave NW
Rochester, MN 55901

3. Ootori Sushi

2665 Commerce Dr NW #100, Rochester, MN 55901

A stones throw away from Valleyhigh Drive, Ootori Sushi has a wondrous and flavorful array of sushi selections and high quality Japanese fare. Enjoy it all on the patio outside, or inside some simple and quaint seating.

2665 Commerce Dr NW #100
Rochester, MN 55901

4. Smoak BBQ - Rochester

2291 Commerce Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Smoak (a mix of the word Smoke and Oak) is a Texas styled barbecue establishment that serves anything from shared plates to delectable sandwiches such as their Alabama Chicken Sandwich, served with an Alabama white Barbecue sauce, which is a simple sweet and tangy sauce known to make anything good, especially chicken.

2291 Commerce Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901

5. Grandma's Kitchen

1514 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55906

Adjacent to Rochester’s Mill Race Park, Grandma’s Kitchen has been serving up awesome diner fare since 1977, whether its standard breakfast fare, or a fantastic hot beef sandwich with potatoes and gravy.

1514 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906

6. John Hardy's BBQ

929 W Frontage Rd, Rochester, MN 55901

John Hardy’s has been serving Rochester with delectable Southern-styled BBQ since 1972, and while John Hardy may have past on, his legacy of barbecue still lives strong.

929 W Frontage Rd
Rochester, MN 55901

7. Pho Chau

1014 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55906
Pho Chau’s Pho
Yelp

Located near Silver Lake Park in Rochester, Pho Chau is not only serving freshly made Vietnamese fare, but the best pho Rochester offers.

1014 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906

8. Hunan Garden

1120 7th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

A couple of blocks from Forager Brewery on the outskirts of Rochester, Hunan Garden is serving up classical takes on American Chinese fare such as the General Tso’s Chicken.

1120 7th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901

9. Tacos Mi Pueblo

Rochester, MN 55906
Tacos & Tortas from Tacos Mi Pueblo
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On North Broadway in Rochester, Tacos Mi Pueblo has been providing tacos, tortas, and more to scores of hungry patrons outside of a converted trailer truck. Don’t sleep on their elotes, a perfect side item that pairs perfectly with any of the main menu staples!

10. Almadina restaurant

101 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, MN 55906

A short distance away from the Mayo, Almadina has any type of Middle Eastern fare to satiate any appetite. If it’s the first stop made after a long trek from the Twin Cities, and the appetite yearns, tackle one of three Almadina feast meals, filled with kabobs, gyros, and shawarma seated on a plentiful bed of rice.

101 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906

11. Chocolaterie Stam

111 Broadway Ave S #208, Rochester, MN 55904

Chocolaterie Stam inside the Galleria Square has an endless display of chocolates, candies, and more to make anyone do the Homer drool. When with a significant other? Splurge on the chocolate covered strawberries.

111 Broadway Ave S #208
Rochester, MN 55904

12. Francisco's Restaurant

1137 2nd St SW Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55902

Next to the Mayo Clinic campus, Franciscos has been satisfying slews of patrons cravings for various Cuban and Jamaican fare. From a traditional Cubano sandwich to jerk chicken and braised ox tails, Francisco’s has plenty to choose from. It’s like a mini-vacation within a staycation!

1137 2nd St SW Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55902

13. Terza

30 3rd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904

In the heart of downtown, Terza is serving up mouth-watering Italian fare, whether its grilled goods such as steak and fish, to pasta and pizza whether sitting outdoors with the downtown Rochester soundtrack, or a quiet and romantic seating inside.

30 3rd St SE
Rochester, MN 55904

14. Snappy Stop

37 9th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904

A short distance away from Slatterly Park, Snappy Stop is a no-frills burger and fries drive-thru that has been serving up thin-pattied smashburgers, fries, shakes, and nuggets. Check out the rotating monthly burger.

37 9th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904

15. Taqueria El Kora

1432 3rd Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Tacos from Taqueria El Kora
Postmates

Nearby Graham Park, Taqueria El Kora has plenty of wonderful taco and torta selections, served in simple street-styled fashion. Particularly, their Torta Cubana with salsa verde is a sandwich of marvel and wonder.

1432 3rd Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

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16. Los Arcos Kitchen & Cantina

7386 Airport View Dr SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Fajitas from Los Arcos
Yelp

Boasting everything from sizzling fajitas, to a burrito menu known to make eyes pop, Los Arcos has been serving countless Rochester residents with tasty Mexican fare. Don’t sleep on the tableside guacamole.

7386 Airport View Dr SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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