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Where to Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest

It came as no surprise when Zagat rated Minneapolis among the top 17 food cities in the country last year, praising its culinary delights and talented chefs. The Minneapolis Northwest area largely contributes to its highly praised food scene. With the help of this guide, you can find some of the top spots in the area whether you’re looking for an ethnic plate, hearty bar food, or fun-themed restaurants. So bring your appetite on your next trip to Minneapolis Northwest.

Where to go for authentic meals…


Whether you’re looking for a little spice in your dish or on a quest to try new flavors, you’re in luck, as Minneapolis Northwest is home to a cluster of authentic restaurants. Lemon Grass Thai in Brooklyn Park is a funky spot to sip on mixed cocktail drinks and order curry-flavored noodles and barbecued duck. Modern meets old Far East here with rustic wooden tables and Buddha statues. Come during lunchtime and order a bento box with sushi and a side of soup and salad.


Another fantastic place to find meals that are packed with flavor is Crazy Cajun (also located in Brooklyn Park). Just inside the door, you’ll smell the steamed crawfish and fried catfish. Most meals like lobster and crab legs are heavily seasoned with Cajun spices, giving your seafood meal that extra kick. To spice up your experience there, play on its claw machine where you can attempt to catch your own live lobster.


If you’re looking for authentic pizza and Italian subs, Sweet Taste of Italy would be right up your alley. Everything on the menu is made from scratch including garlic bread, gondola sandwiches and eggplant parmesan. The laid-back restaurant maintains its family-style feel with its green booths, plastic vine towers and photographs of famous Italians on its walls. 


Where to go for a late night drinks and bar food…


Looking to catch a game in a bar or meet up with friends in a lively place? Look no further than Malone’s in Maple Grove, where both its indoor space and outdoor patio have high definition flat-screen TVs. Comforting food like cheese curds, pizzas, burgers and Reuben sandwiches can be found on the menu to pair with a brew. During games, the bar area gets packed with local fans and visitors alike.


Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove is noted for its cozy pub atmosphere with dark wooden interior and a map of old Ireland displayed on its ceiling. While you can order the traditional Guinness brew (served fresh on tap), you can also try out fun drinks like spicy Bloody Mary with all the fixings like pickles, pastrami and a celery stalk. Diners can order off the Irish bar food menu: Think burgers, fish n’ chips and authentic scotch eggs.


Maple Tavern is another fantastic spot in Maple Grove to grab a cold beer and eat fried onion rings, burgers and cheese curds. The tavern is popular for its spacious patio and comfy bar surrounded by flat-screened TVs. Bring your friends along, there’s a volleyball court adjacent to the tavern to compete in a game or two.


The Lookout (Maple Grove) is another bar known for having its own volleyball court and spacious outdoor patio with lights and fire pits. During warmer days, the patio is filled with a lively crowd sipping on cold drinks and snacking on ribs and burgers. Look for nighttime specials such as all-you-can-eat crab legs while live music plays in the room. Or go a bit more upscale at 3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove where a stylish cocktail bar with craft beer on tap is available. There, diners can order sweet potato fries to pair with their burgers, pulled pork burritos, and mac and cheese with ham. Breakfast is also available where guests can savor freshly made waffles and pancakes.


At Mad Jacks, diners will like the cabin-like interior with deer antler chandeliers, a roaring fireplace, moose artwork, and country-style wooden tables and chairs. The Bloody Marys are pretty famous locally, and they pair well with its burgers and wings. Other popular items on the menu include quesadillas, steaks and pizza.


Finally, Omni Brewing is the new local hangout where beer connoisseurs can sample craft brews and play shuffleboard. The distillery is viewable from the tables and chairs, allowing beer lovers to watch the brewing in action while sipping on their drinks. During weekends and special events, food trucks line up outside the brewery, making it easy to grab a quick meal within steps. 


Where to go for a romantic dinner…


When it comes to planning a romantic dinner and wanting to impress your date, you can’t go wrong with Pittsburgh Blue in Maple Grove, known for its grade-A steaks. Diners will be escorted through a display of raw and finely cut steaks before arriving to their tables, decked with black-and-white gingham tablecloths. The darkly lit atmosphere and impressive wine list gives the restaurant a romantic vibe, and the menu features everything from prime rib to seafood salads.


The Highlander, located at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, is another date-night option. Overlooking a pristine golf course with hilly terrain, the restaurant is in one of the most scenic spots of Minneapolis Northwest where you can enjoy salads, sandwiches and soup. During cold evenings, you can sit by the stone fireplace and watch the sun set over the golf course. Another golf course eatery, the Girvan Grille, located at Edinsburgh USA Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, is located in a castle-like mansion that overlooks the course. Step inside and you’ll be given a menu with tasty items like steaks, pork chops and pasta. After sunset. the course lights up for a great view.


Patrick’s in Maple Grove is another romantic spot to try out gourmet. It resembles a European cafe and is known for its gorgeous glass display of French pastries like macarons, fruit tarts, napoleons and miniature cakes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here, and diners can order a wide range of European-style dishes like omelettes, tuna tartare, crab cakes, quiche and much more—including desserts.


Finally, The Roasted Pear in Brooklyn Park is a charming restaurant where steaks, French dip subs and Hawaiian stackers are served. The romantic aspect of this place lies in its food, where diners can order appetizers like baked brie to share along with delicious desserts like the roasted pear empanadas. This is the perfect destination if your date is a foodie.


Where to go for kid-friendly places with delicious eats…


Minneapolis Northwest is proud of its own retro diner 50’s Grill, which will make you feel as if they stepped back in time: It has an authentic juke box (popular with the kids), checkered floor pattern, neon lights and waitstaff in poodle skirts. The menu matches the decor with traditional ice cream sundaes, burgers with krinkle cut fries, chicken pot pies and patty melts. You can also go retro at Wagner’s Drive-In, a stand-alone eatery serving old-fashioned milkshakes, fried chicken, corn dogs, and chili cheese burgers. Park your car next to one of its speakers with a menu and order your meals to show your kids exactly how a drive-in works. 

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