With its proximity to Lake Harriet, independent shops, and historic character, Linden Hills is the perfect place to spend a day exploring. The best part? The vibrant restaurant scene belies the neighborhood’s small footprint. From exquisitely crafted cocktails to premium ice cream, perfect pad Thai to stellar sandwiches, here are the best places to eat in Linden Hills.Read More
There’s Much to Savor in Minneapolis’ Picturesque Linden Hills Neighborhood
Dukkah spiced lattes, epic sandwiches, piles of pasta, and rich scoops of ice cream covered in sprinkles
1. Hello Pizza
At the very edge of the neighborhood is Ann Kim’s Hello Pizza. The chef is known for her pizzas, but there’s something extra special and just a little different about this spot. Hot from a traditional deck over, the crust has a different kind of allure and chew. Toppings continue her tradition of mixing traditional with unexpected. Order a New York Style pizza with foldable slices, or a pie topped with tender, spiced chicken adobo. Expert orders always include a pint of Bebe Zito ice cream. Available for delivery and pick up Wednesday through Sunday.
2. Cafe Ceres
This darling little coffee shop and cafe is ideal for those who appreciate a little spice with their sweets. Pastry chef Shawn McKenzie makes great use of unexpected seasonings, like a little dukkah in a latte, or za’atar on the side with labneh and a sesame-crusted Turkish style bagel. Don’t miss the dense and moist carrot tahini muffins. Open daily.
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Daniel del Prado’s second restaurant is this tucked off the street pizza restaurant that offers traditional, food-fire charred pizzas, and slices of thick foccacia-like fluffy crust, available at an affordable price. The brief menu makes it easy to find a favorite and the newly expanded hours means that it’s all available for lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and everything travels well for takeaway.
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Daniel del Prado has spent the early part of 2021 on a restaurant boom, but it all began with the easy elegance of Martina. Dishes range from the toothsome pastas of southern Italy to Argentinian-style grilled meats and seafood. Don’t miss the impressive cocktails or the date-worthy n/a beverages. Service inside, or at a few sidewalk tables is exceptional. Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner.
5. Naviya's Thai Brasserie
The focus at Naviay’s Thai Brasserie is on the vegetables: always fresh and prepared over high heat to coax out flavors. Meats options range from chicken and beef to Canadian duck breast and wild Coho salmon. The menu features familiar dishes like curries, pad Thai, and pho, as well as house specialties including basil turkey stir fry and pineapple duck curry. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
6. The Zumbro Cafe
A popular stop for families in the area, Zumbro Cafe serves comfort food for breakfast and lunch daily. Order the buttery-sauced Benedict and a cappucino to wrap your cold hands around.
7. Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Shop
The Linden Hills outpost of the beloved ice cream shop features a rotating selection of premium ice creams made by hand with all-natural ingredients. The best-selling flavors are always on offer: salty caramel, Oreo, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry chocolate chip, Nicollet Avenue Pothole (a must for chocolate lovers), and Pavarotti (a delightful combination of caramel, banana, and chocolate chips). Other flavors vary seasonally and often include a handful of dairy-free sorbets.
8. Clancey's Meats & Fish
An excellent butcher shop that works with small farmers, this tiny shop is known all around the city as an excellent place to grab high quality meat and a few deli-made snacks. Try one of the legendary sandwiches made fresh to order are a vital building block to an ideal picnic at nearby Lake Harriet. Throw in a side of bright yellow pickled cauliflower for a tart, crunchy treat. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Chef Steven Brown is one of the most respected chefs in Minneapolis and his cozy neighborhood restaurant reflects the effortless cool the chef exudes. Try the positively perfect rueben, where everything’s made from scratch. Finish with the spring sweetness of strawberries and cream on a spongey poundcake. There’s even a fantastic kids menu. Plus, oenophiles sing high praises for this wine list. Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
10. The Harriet Brasserie
Housed in a historic firehouse, The Harriet Brasserie’s menu is influenced by French, Italian, Brazilian, and classic American cuisine. Wander around the menu with snacky little duck tacos, or a more substantial steak frites. The dessert menu is pointedly brief: this tres leches cake is an instantly craveable dish that’s probably best ordered by the twosome. A second day piece banked in the fridge is a perfect gift to your future self. Open Thursday through Sunday.
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