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Where to Eat Near the U of M: 10 Best Stadium Village Eats

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The eating landscape near the University of Minnesota campus can seem like a wasteland of chain restaurant after chain restaurant, but with the any-day-now light-rail opening approaching, Stadium Village is seeing more and more places offering good, quick, affordable eats for undergrads, faculty, and visitors alike. Today: where to eat and drink in Stadium Village, mapped.

Did we miss your favorite Stadium Village spot? Let us know in the comments.


Lucy Nieboer

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bun Mi Sandwiches

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604 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-3286
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Sub slumps are hard to avoid; choosing the same tasteless lunch meat and grabbing the same bag of chips every day while rushing to the next class or next meeting on the agenda. Bun Mi brings a much needed lunchtime shake-up. There’s bbq pork, curry chicken, mock dock, and tons of other Vietnamese flavor choices to pile high on a crunchy baguette with daikon, cilantro, pickled carrots and jalepeños. PSA: The fries here are a crisp potato nirvana complete with sriracha mayo dipping sauce.

2. Abdul's Afandy

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614 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 872-0523
This teeny tiny middle eastern deli dishes up overflowing styrofoam containers of heartily spiced kofta (a flat ground lamb meatball), sticky saffron rice, tangy tabouli, and some of the smoothest hummus in town. Also available are the classic gyro, shwarma, and falafel sandwiches for grab-n-go meals.

3. Korea Restaurant

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221 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 746-0559
Foggy windows and only one small sign keep this small counter-service spot shielded in mystery from the surrounding neighborhood. Once inside, the blasting aroma of spicy kimchi, marinated mushrooms, and bubbling oil hits, and the behold, the Twin Cities’ most authentic Korean delicacies. One highlight is the bibimbap served in a huge sizzling earthenware bowl: crunchy rice, marinated meat, a sunny-side up egg, and all the fixings.

4. MyBurger

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213 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 345-4892
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The Stadium Village installment of this Minneapolis chain, now with three locations, has everything you want in a burger joint. There are juicy, not greasy burgers, fries that are golden slivers of perfection, and unlimited mayo, ketchup, and mustard for whatever your dipping pleasure. Set up in a boxy garage style space, the vibe is half modern, half playful with bright orange accents and colorful condiment displays.

5. Stub & Herb's

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227 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-0555
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After a tough exam or yet another Gopher loss, a stiff drink is just what Dr. Goldie ordered. At the grungy but beloved “Sterbs” you can just that and a side of fries. Or tots. Or nachos. Or cheese curds. Nothing pairs with (the right kind of) greasy bar grub than dirt-cheap beer and rail specials. The hoppy notes of $7 all-you-can-drink kill-the-keg-Thursdays really accentuate the buttery notes of those battered onion rings.

6. Punch Neapolitan Pizza

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802 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-3122
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Punch brings a slice of Napoli, where pizza is king, to eight Twin Cities locations. With piping hot, flame-treated crust serving as the base, choose from the classics — the Margherita with basil, fresh mozz, and tomatoes, or the Napoli with crushed tomatoes, oregano, and shredded cheese. For the gourmand experience, try the Bufalina with arugula, prosciutto, and mozzarella di bufala — now that’s amore.

7. Tofu House

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307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-1112
The favorite dish at this small Korean restaurant just steps off of Washington Avenue is sundubu jiggae. Although the bright red broth of this comfort food soup is somewhat intimidating in hue, once the spicy, salty broth hits the taste buds, it’s an instant addiction. Creamy chunks of soft tofu are pillowy and soft, and beef, dumplings, or seafood make this soup one that sticks to your ribs and warms you up.

8. Little Szechuan

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304 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-3906
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The latest branch of the much-lauded szechuan specialty resto family sizzles with the same hot stuff made famous first in St. Paul and later St. Louis Park’s West End. Many dishes are smothered with an insane amount of chilis like the “Red Revolution” fish in a hotpot, and the traditional ma po tofu. To fill up without overheating, there are plenty of mellow neutralizers like the poached Chinese broccoli and slippery dan dan noodles.

9. Hong Kong Noodle

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901 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-9472
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The cozy Hong Kong Noodle has a menu that reads like a phone book. It’s got everything from congee to Thai style fish dishes. As a general rule, if a restaurant has a food item in its name, it’s a safe pick from the menu. HKN is no different. The noodle soups here are impressive bowls of steaming broth, with different proteins ranging from roast duck to BBQ pork wontons. The noodles themselves are chewy with a rich egg-y flavor. Slurp slurp.

10. Cupcake

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3338 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-4818
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A bit further down University Ave. towards St.Paul, you can spot this bakery/cafe by the gargantuan bright blue coffee mug stuck to its brick exterior and its sunny orange awnings. The sweet treats here may look tiny, but these little devils have enough cream and sugar packed into the tiny cake liners to satisfy the most dire dessert cravings. There are 20-25 varieties of cupcakes served daily as well soups, paninis, and salads for those avoiding a major sugar crash.

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1. Bun Mi Sandwiches

604 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Sub slumps are hard to avoid; choosing the same tasteless lunch meat and grabbing the same bag of chips every day while rushing to the next class or next meeting on the agenda. Bun Mi brings a much needed lunchtime shake-up. There’s bbq pork, curry chicken, mock dock, and tons of other Vietnamese flavor choices to pile high on a crunchy baguette with daikon, cilantro, pickled carrots and jalepeños. PSA: The fries here are a crisp potato nirvana complete with sriracha mayo dipping sauce.
604 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

2. Abdul's Afandy

614 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
This teeny tiny middle eastern deli dishes up overflowing styrofoam containers of heartily spiced kofta (a flat ground lamb meatball), sticky saffron rice, tangy tabouli, and some of the smoothest hummus in town. Also available are the classic gyro, shwarma, and falafel sandwiches for grab-n-go meals.
614 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

3. Korea Restaurant

221 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Foggy windows and only one small sign keep this small counter-service spot shielded in mystery from the surrounding neighborhood. Once inside, the blasting aroma of spicy kimchi, marinated mushrooms, and bubbling oil hits, and the behold, the Twin Cities’ most authentic Korean delicacies. One highlight is the bibimbap served in a huge sizzling earthenware bowl: crunchy rice, marinated meat, a sunny-side up egg, and all the fixings.
221 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

4. MyBurger

213 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Stadium Village installment of this Minneapolis chain, now with three locations, has everything you want in a burger joint. There are juicy, not greasy burgers, fries that are golden slivers of perfection, and unlimited mayo, ketchup, and mustard for whatever your dipping pleasure. Set up in a boxy garage style space, the vibe is half modern, half playful with bright orange accents and colorful condiment displays.
213 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Stub & Herb's

227 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
After a tough exam or yet another Gopher loss, a stiff drink is just what Dr. Goldie ordered. At the grungy but beloved “Sterbs” you can just that and a side of fries. Or tots. Or nachos. Or cheese curds. Nothing pairs with (the right kind of) greasy bar grub than dirt-cheap beer and rail specials. The hoppy notes of $7 all-you-can-drink kill-the-keg-Thursdays really accentuate the buttery notes of those battered onion rings.
227 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

6. Punch Neapolitan Pizza

802 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Punch brings a slice of Napoli, where pizza is king, to eight Twin Cities locations. With piping hot, flame-treated crust serving as the base, choose from the classics — the Margherita with basil, fresh mozz, and tomatoes, or the Napoli with crushed tomatoes, oregano, and shredded cheese. For the gourmand experience, try the Bufalina with arugula, prosciutto, and mozzarella di bufala — now that’s amore.
802 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Tofu House

307 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The favorite dish at this small Korean restaurant just steps off of Washington Avenue is sundubu jiggae. Although the bright red broth of this comfort food soup is somewhat intimidating in hue, once the spicy, salty broth hits the taste buds, it’s an instant addiction. Creamy chunks of soft tofu are pillowy and soft, and beef, dumplings, or seafood make this soup one that sticks to your ribs and warms you up.
307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

8. Little Szechuan

304 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The latest branch of the much-lauded szechuan specialty resto family sizzles with the same hot stuff made famous first in St. Paul and later St. Louis Park’s West End. Many dishes are smothered with an insane amount of chilis like the “Red Revolution” fish in a hotpot, and the traditional ma po tofu. To fill up without overheating, there are plenty of mellow neutralizers like the poached Chinese broccoli and slippery dan dan noodles.
304 Oak St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Hong Kong Noodle

901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The cozy Hong Kong Noodle has a menu that reads like a phone book. It’s got everything from congee to Thai style fish dishes. As a general rule, if a restaurant has a food item in its name, it’s a safe pick from the menu. HKN is no different. The noodle soups here are impressive bowls of steaming broth, with different proteins ranging from roast duck to BBQ pork wontons. The noodles themselves are chewy with a rich egg-y flavor. Slurp slurp.
901 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Cupcake

3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A bit further down University Ave. towards St.Paul, you can spot this bakery/cafe by the gargantuan bright blue coffee mug stuck to its brick exterior and its sunny orange awnings. The sweet treats here may look tiny, but these little devils have enough cream and sugar packed into the tiny cake liners to satisfy the most dire dessert cravings. There are 20-25 varieties of cupcakes served daily as well soups, paninis, and salads for those avoiding a major sugar crash.
3338 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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