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Where to Eat on the Fourth of July 2015

A handy guide to what is open this Independence Day

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Everyone loves a picnic, but sometimes it’s nice to be catered to, even on the Fourth of July. Many restaurants are open on the Fourth (it is on a Saturday this year, after all) and you may even catch a glimpse of a fireworks display while dining at a few of these fine establishments. Keep in mind, most patio seating is first come first serve.

- by Alex Lodner

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. moto-i

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2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6262
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Pull up a seat at their sprawling rooftop patio and catch the fireworks spectacle from downtown Minneapolis while slurping some of the best ramen in town. Don’t skip the steamed buns. The house made buns- fluffy as little clouds- are so addicting, you will not want to share them. [Photo courtesy Moto-i Facebook page]

2. Sea Change

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806 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 225-6499
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Not only is Sea Change open for business on the 4th, they are throwing a hell of a party! Join them for a good ol’ American style lobster boil on the river front patio, complete with a spectacular view of Minneapolis’ fireworks display. Lobster boil reservations required, $200 per person. [Fireworks view from Sea Change. Photo via Facebook]

3. Aster Cafe

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121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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Across the river, on quaint, tree-lined Main Street, sits Aster Café. With reasonable prices and friendly service, Aster may be the place to catch the fireworks display over the river. Aster is pooch friendly, so if Lady doesn’t freak when things that go boom, bring her along. [Photo courtesy Aster Cafe Facebook page]

4. Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

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4453 Lake Ave S
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 407-7317
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Nestled on the shores of White Bear Lake, Acqua serves delightful Italian dishes in a gorgeous setting, With several levels of outdoor seating space to choose from, Acqua is the perfect spot to catch the fireworks display over the marina while sipping a cold, crisp limoncello. [Photo courtesy Acqua Facebook page]

5. Sea Salt Eatery

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4825 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 721-8990
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Sensing a theme? Seafood is where it’s at this weekend, and no one does it better than Sea Salt. On the 4th, they will be welcoming the throngs of hungry fans just like they do every single day during the warm months. Pull up a seat and enjoy a po’ boy and a Crispin - or five. It’s the American thing to do. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

6. Como Dockside

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1360 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Como Dockside serves New Orleans style picnic food and a stellar local beer selection at the majestic Como Lakeside Pavilion. Make a day of it and choose from a variety of recreational rentals like kayaks or Surreys- those weird, giant bike-fit-for-a-family thingies- then get your groove on with music on the promenade at 7:00 p.m.

7. Sandcastle

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4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 722-5550
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Yep, they’re open, and they’ve got some tunes too. Live music from Noon to 4 p.m., plus fried cheese curds, sweet corn fritters and Nokomis Dog- a pork hot dog loaded with coleslaw and tangy sweet peppers- what could be more American than that? [Photo by Joy Summers]

1. moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pull up a seat at their sprawling rooftop patio and catch the fireworks spectacle from downtown Minneapolis while slurping some of the best ramen in town. Don’t skip the steamed buns. The house made buns- fluffy as little clouds- are so addicting, you will not want to share them. [Photo courtesy Moto-i Facebook page]
2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Sea Change

806 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Not only is Sea Change open for business on the 4th, they are throwing a hell of a party! Join them for a good ol’ American style lobster boil on the river front patio, complete with a spectacular view of Minneapolis’ fireworks display. Lobster boil reservations required, $200 per person. [Fireworks view from Sea Change. Photo via Facebook]
806 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

3. Aster Cafe

121 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Across the river, on quaint, tree-lined Main Street, sits Aster Café. With reasonable prices and friendly service, Aster may be the place to catch the fireworks display over the river. Aster is pooch friendly, so if Lady doesn’t freak when things that go boom, bring her along. [Photo courtesy Aster Cafe Facebook page]
121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

4. Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar

4453 Lake Ave S, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Nestled on the shores of White Bear Lake, Acqua serves delightful Italian dishes in a gorgeous setting, With several levels of outdoor seating space to choose from, Acqua is the perfect spot to catch the fireworks display over the marina while sipping a cold, crisp limoncello. [Photo courtesy Acqua Facebook page]
4453 Lake Ave S
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

5. Sea Salt Eatery

4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Sensing a theme? Seafood is where it’s at this weekend, and no one does it better than Sea Salt. On the 4th, they will be welcoming the throngs of hungry fans just like they do every single day during the warm months. Pull up a seat and enjoy a po’ boy and a Crispin - or five. It’s the American thing to do. [Photo by Katie Cannon]
4825 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417

6. Como Dockside

1360 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Como Dockside serves New Orleans style picnic food and a stellar local beer selection at the majestic Como Lakeside Pavilion. Make a day of it and choose from a variety of recreational rentals like kayaks or Surreys- those weird, giant bike-fit-for-a-family thingies- then get your groove on with music on the promenade at 7:00 p.m.
1360 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55103

7. Sandcastle

4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Yep, they’re open, and they’ve got some tunes too. Live music from Noon to 4 p.m., plus fried cheese curds, sweet corn fritters and Nokomis Dog- a pork hot dog loaded with coleslaw and tangy sweet peppers- what could be more American than that? [Photo by Joy Summers]
4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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