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Where to Eat Around Steven’s Square and Loring Park

There are gems to be found inside this urban part of town

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Perhaps the reason that the Steven's Square / Loring park neighborhood gets overlooked as a food destination is because it’s hard to classify. Sure, it’s a great neighborhood for art with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Children’s Theater, the original Electric Fetus, MCAD and more, but it’s also mixed bag of culinary options. That’s exactly what makes it stand out. Within a few blocks there is traditional barbecue, a 24-hour diner, and some of the best oysters in the city, all encircling a park that literally lights up in the winter and offers plenty of shade and free public swimming in the summer. Whether craving shepherd’s pie or sweet and sour chicken, you’ll find it in this rough-around-the-edges neighborhood in central Minneapolis.

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Cafe & Bar Lurçat

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Not far from Loring Park is Cafe & Bar Lurçat, a swanky dining and drinking spot with valet parking steps from downtown Minneapolis. Visitors will find an expertly lit space that serves thoughtfully plated dishes composed of sophisticated comfort foods. Drinking on their quaint patio is a must-do in the summertime.

One of the prettiest restaurants in the Twin Cities
Cafe & Bar Lurçat / Facebook

4 Bells

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For anyone who has spent time on the east coast and or has developed a love affair with Old Bay seasoning, 4 Bells is perhaps where to go to get a dose of the special seasoning which is used on their homemade saltines and is sprinkled on a few other dishes. Dine outside and gaze upon Loring Park in the summer or stay inside and cozy up to some wine and oysters when winter sets in.

A tray filled with oysters and a few king crab legs
Shut the shuck up
4 Bells / Facebook

Eggy's Diner

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Nestled next to a yoga studio and down the block from a local brewery, Egg’s Diner boasts classic breakfast staples in a brownstone-filled neighborhood that feels a little bit like Brooklyn in Minneapolis. Of course there are a variety of egg-centric dishes, but there are other offerings, too, like crepes and panini in this carefully styled diner with an art-pop vibe.

Eggy's
Gettin’ eggs
Eggy’s Diner / Website

Lotus Restaurant

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Lotus serves everything from bahn mi and pho to spring rolls in a no-frills spot just a couple of blocks from Loring Park. Specializing in Vietnamese fare, the spot has been in the same location for over 30 years. The only thing they don’t have is any MSG here.

A secret stop for area chefs before and after work
Lotus / Facebook

Salsa A La Salsa

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Flanked by a barbershop on one side and an Irish Pub on the other, Salsa a la Salsa crafts authentic Mexican food right on Nicollet Avenue which, thanks to their very own meatless chorizo, is super veggie friendly. The bites are central Mexican style and the recipes have been in the owner’s family for generations.

A feast of dishes from Salsa a la Salsa: tacos, green beans, shrimp a la diabla, chips and salsa, guacamole, and more on a gray table background
Mexican comfort food
Salsa a la Salsa

Muffin Top Cafe

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Attached to the Nicollet Diner, the Muffin Top Cafe is an uber-inclusive community cafe with a welcoming attitude that extends to pups as well. They’ve got all the pastry fixings of a coffee shop, but guests can order from the full menu from the attached diner while watching the shenanigans unfold on Nicollet Avenue through the cafe’s glass storefront facade.

Loring Park’s GLBT coffee shop and cafe
Muffin Top Cafe / Facebook

Market Bar-B-Que And Food Trucks

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If their neon sign of a waving pig wearing an apron and chef’s hat isn’t enough to pique interest, Market Bar-B-Que’s colorful 70-year history of serving up barbecue in Minneapolis certainly is. Market specializes in ribs, of course, and serves them up on tables covered in classic red and white checkered tablecloths.

Get the ribs
Market BBQ / Website

The Nicollet Diner

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Open 24 hours and replete with a full bar, diners can order everything from poutine to breakfast burritos anytime at The Nicollet Dinr. The glittery blue booths and traditional malt glasses create a 1950’s-esque experience that stands out as unique.

Fat stacks
Nicollet Diner / Facebook

Ryan's Pub

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Ryan’s is the neighborhood’s go-to spot for sports and beer. Food ranges from traditional Irish specialties like shepherd’s pie to American fare like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers. It’s also a soccer fan’s paradise—a place where futbol reigns supreme over football.

A neighborhood pub for futból fans
Ryan’s Pub

A hole-in-the-wall Chinese spot that delivers Szechuan, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Hunan dishes all in one place. There’s full-service bar that pours cocktails with names like “Ping’s Pleasure” and “Booty’s Best Martini” and a buffet for lunch. Of course they deliver, too, which comes in super hand when the temperature plummets and a craving for hot egg drop soup arises.

Untouched since the 80’s
Ping’s / Website

Cafe & Bar Lurçat

One of the prettiest restaurants in the Twin Cities
Cafe & Bar Lurçat / Facebook

Not far from Loring Park is Cafe & Bar Lurçat, a swanky dining and drinking spot with valet parking steps from downtown Minneapolis. Visitors will find an expertly lit space that serves thoughtfully plated dishes composed of sophisticated comfort foods. Drinking on their quaint patio is a must-do in the summertime.

One of the prettiest restaurants in the Twin Cities
Cafe & Bar Lurçat / Facebook

4 Bells

A tray filled with oysters and a few king crab legs
Shut the shuck up
4 Bells / Facebook

For anyone who has spent time on the east coast and or has developed a love affair with Old Bay seasoning, 4 Bells is perhaps where to go to get a dose of the special seasoning which is used on their homemade saltines and is sprinkled on a few other dishes. Dine outside and gaze upon Loring Park in the summer or stay inside and cozy up to some wine and oysters when winter sets in.

A tray filled with oysters and a few king crab legs
Shut the shuck up
4 Bells / Facebook

Eggy's Diner

Eggy's
Gettin’ eggs
Eggy’s Diner / Website

Nestled next to a yoga studio and down the block from a local brewery, Egg’s Diner boasts classic breakfast staples in a brownstone-filled neighborhood that feels a little bit like Brooklyn in Minneapolis. Of course there are a variety of egg-centric dishes, but there are other offerings, too, like crepes and panini in this carefully styled diner with an art-pop vibe.

Eggy's
Gettin’ eggs
Eggy’s Diner / Website

Lotus Restaurant

A secret stop for area chefs before and after work
Lotus / Facebook

Lotus serves everything from bahn mi and pho to spring rolls in a no-frills spot just a couple of blocks from Loring Park. Specializing in Vietnamese fare, the spot has been in the same location for over 30 years. The only thing they don’t have is any MSG here.

A secret stop for area chefs before and after work
Lotus / Facebook

Salsa A La Salsa

A feast of dishes from Salsa a la Salsa: tacos, green beans, shrimp a la diabla, chips and salsa, guacamole, and more on a gray table background
Mexican comfort food
Salsa a la Salsa

Flanked by a barbershop on one side and an Irish Pub on the other, Salsa a la Salsa crafts authentic Mexican food right on Nicollet Avenue which, thanks to their very own meatless chorizo, is super veggie friendly. The bites are central Mexican style and the recipes have been in the owner’s family for generations.

A feast of dishes from Salsa a la Salsa: tacos, green beans, shrimp a la diabla, chips and salsa, guacamole, and more on a gray table background
Mexican comfort food
Salsa a la Salsa

Muffin Top Cafe

Loring Park’s GLBT coffee shop and cafe
Muffin Top Cafe / Facebook

Attached to the Nicollet Diner, the Muffin Top Cafe is an uber-inclusive community cafe with a welcoming attitude that extends to pups as well. They’ve got all the pastry fixings of a coffee shop, but guests can order from the full menu from the attached diner while watching the shenanigans unfold on Nicollet Avenue through the cafe’s glass storefront facade.

Loring Park’s GLBT coffee shop and cafe
Muffin Top Cafe / Facebook

Market Bar-B-Que And Food Trucks

Get the ribs
Market BBQ / Website

If their neon sign of a waving pig wearing an apron and chef’s hat isn’t enough to pique interest, Market Bar-B-Que’s colorful 70-year history of serving up barbecue in Minneapolis certainly is. Market specializes in ribs, of course, and serves them up on tables covered in classic red and white checkered tablecloths.

Get the ribs
Market BBQ / Website

The Nicollet Diner

Fat stacks
Nicollet Diner / Facebook

Open 24 hours and replete with a full bar, diners can order everything from poutine to breakfast burritos anytime at The Nicollet Dinr. The glittery blue booths and traditional malt glasses create a 1950’s-esque experience that stands out as unique.

Fat stacks
Nicollet Diner / Facebook

Ryan's Pub

A neighborhood pub for futból fans
Ryan’s Pub

Ryan’s is the neighborhood’s go-to spot for sports and beer. Food ranges from traditional Irish specialties like shepherd’s pie to American fare like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers. It’s also a soccer fan’s paradise—a place where futbol reigns supreme over football.

A neighborhood pub for futból fans
Ryan’s Pub

Ping's

Untouched since the 80’s
Ping’s / Website

A hole-in-the-wall Chinese spot that delivers Szechuan, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Hunan dishes all in one place. There’s full-service bar that pours cocktails with names like “Ping’s Pleasure” and “Booty’s Best Martini” and a buffet for lunch. Of course they deliver, too, which comes in super hand when the temperature plummets and a craving for hot egg drop soup arises.

Untouched since the 80’s
Ping’s / Website

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