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Introducing 11 of the Twin Cities' Most Iconic Meat Dishes

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To kick off The Five Days of Meat with a meaty bang, we present 11 of the Twin Cities' most iconic meat dishes, mapped in roughly geographic order. From new classics gaining icon status to bona fide favorites that have been around for 70+ years and from upscale restaurants with white linen tablecloths to dive bars serving up dishes with a side of surliness, we've got all your meat needs covered.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Corner Table

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4537 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 823-0011
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The Kingfield neighborhood spot's ever changing farm-to-table menu typically features crispy pork belly. The current iteration of this modern classic is confit crispy belly on a bed of sweet and spicy pickled cabbage with chicharrón and pepita oil.

2. Manny's Steakhouse

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825 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-9900
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Ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the nation, Manny's serves up high-quality, dry-aged beef steak. If it is your first time dining at the iconic restaurant, don't miss the famous meat cart, which shows off all of Manny's cuts including the Bludgeon of Beef, 50 ounces of bone-in rib eye.

3. Murray's Steakhouse

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26 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-0909
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This family-run steakhouse has been a Minneapolis institution for more than 70 years. Murray's signature steak is the award-winning Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two, which is 28 ounces of strip sirloin carved table-side.

4. HauteDish

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119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-8484
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Another new classic has returned for the summer at Landon Schoenfeld's North Loop restaurant. The Picnic Salad is the epitome of elevated Midwest comfort food. The dish features barbecue-glazed pork belly atop potato salad, maple butter beans, and housemade pickles.

5. Parlour

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730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-3135
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Over the past year, Parlour's burger has gained attention and is becoming as iconic as head bartender Jesse Held's cocktails. The crispy, toasted bun holds two beef patties and super melty white cheese, and there's a side of housemade pickles.

6. Be'Wiched Deli

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800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 767-4330
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This favorite North Loop sandwich spot is best known for its housemade pastrami sandwich, served on rye bread with pickled cabbage and coarse mustard. Go "New York style" for $4 more and get twice the pastrami goodness.

7. Dusty's Bar

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1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-2118
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This beloved Northeast bar (established in 1952) is known as the Home of the Dago. A dago is essentially a hamburger but with the patty made of Italian sausage instead of beef. Get it plain, with an egg, cheese, or whatever you want. Just get it.

8. Jax Cafe

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1928 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-7297
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Rich with history, Jax Cafe is a classic steakhouse in Northeast. The iconic bone-in steer tenderloin is a 14-ounce cut of meat and combines the flavor of the bone with the tenderness of the filet mignon. It's topped with a giant mushroom cap.

9. Matt's Bar

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3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
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Since 1954, Matt's Bar is said to be the original home of the jucy lucy (and don't even think about spelling "jucy" any other way). The classic, cheese-stuffed burger is also said to be "better than sex and twice as messy."

10. Mancini's Char House & Lounge

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531 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-7345
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The family-run steakhouse has been a St. Paul tradition since 1948. Sidle up in the red leather booths and dig into buttery grilled bread and pickle plate while ordering the iconic New York signature strip steak: 13 ounces of center-cut aged strip steak, grilled on Mancini's open-hearth charcoal pits.

11. The Strip Club

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378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-6247
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The seasonally changing menu at the Dayton's Bluff hot spot always features the New York strip steak. The plate comes with ten ounces of Thousand Hills Cattle Company grass-fed beef served with grilled lemon and duck fat poached carrots.

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1. Corner Table

4537 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419
The Kingfield neighborhood spot's ever changing farm-to-table menu typically features crispy pork belly. The current iteration of this modern classic is confit crispy belly on a bed of sweet and spicy pickled cabbage with chicharrón and pepita oil.
4537 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. Manny's Steakhouse

825 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the nation, Manny's serves up high-quality, dry-aged beef steak. If it is your first time dining at the iconic restaurant, don't miss the famous meat cart, which shows off all of Manny's cuts including the Bludgeon of Beef, 50 ounces of bone-in rib eye.
825 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

3. Murray's Steakhouse

26 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
This family-run steakhouse has been a Minneapolis institution for more than 70 years. Murray's signature steak is the award-winning Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two, which is 28 ounces of strip sirloin carved table-side.
26 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

4. HauteDish

119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Another new classic has returned for the summer at Landon Schoenfeld's North Loop restaurant. The Picnic Salad is the epitome of elevated Midwest comfort food. The dish features barbecue-glazed pork belly atop potato salad, maple butter beans, and housemade pickles.
119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Parlour

730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Over the past year, Parlour's burger has gained attention and is becoming as iconic as head bartender Jesse Held's cocktails. The crispy, toasted bun holds two beef patties and super melty white cheese, and there's a side of housemade pickles.
730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Be'Wiched Deli

800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
This favorite North Loop sandwich spot is best known for its housemade pastrami sandwich, served on rye bread with pickled cabbage and coarse mustard. Go "New York style" for $4 more and get twice the pastrami goodness.
800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Dusty's Bar

1319 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
This beloved Northeast bar (established in 1952) is known as the Home of the Dago. A dago is essentially a hamburger but with the patty made of Italian sausage instead of beef. Get it plain, with an egg, cheese, or whatever you want. Just get it.
1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Rich with history, Jax Cafe is a classic steakhouse in Northeast. The iconic bone-in steer tenderloin is a 14-ounce cut of meat and combines the flavor of the bone with the tenderness of the filet mignon. It's topped with a giant mushroom cap.
1928 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Since 1954, Matt's Bar is said to be the original home of the jucy lucy (and don't even think about spelling "jucy" any other way). The classic, cheese-stuffed burger is also said to be "better than sex and twice as messy."
3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

10. Mancini's Char House & Lounge

531 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
The family-run steakhouse has been a St. Paul tradition since 1948. Sidle up in the red leather booths and dig into buttery grilled bread and pickle plate while ordering the iconic New York signature strip steak: 13 ounces of center-cut aged strip steak, grilled on Mancini's open-hearth charcoal pits.
531 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

11. The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
The seasonally changing menu at the Dayton's Bluff hot spot always features the New York strip steak. The plate comes with ten ounces of Thousand Hills Cattle Company grass-fed beef served with grilled lemon and duck fat poached carrots.
378 Maria Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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