Our list of restaurants are places that we love, or have heard from others that they are fantastic. They represent small family owned businesses for the most part and can be quite busy at times.  Our family tries to stay away from large chain restaurants and go for the smaller, family owned places.

Note that eventually I'll split this up into restaurants by region: Minneapolis, St. Paul, North Metro, East Metro, South Metro, West metro. But here is the short list:

The Copper Hen Cakery and Kitchen - S Minneapolis
The Sassy Spoon - S Minneapolis
Sen Yai Sen Lek - NE Minneapolis
Stanley's Northeast Bar Room - NE Minneapolis
Chimborazo's - NE Minneapolis
Revival - S Minneapolis
Mucci's - St. Paul (West Seventh)
Himalayan Restaurant - Minneapolis (Lake Street)

The Full List of Restaurants:


3 Squares - 12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy.,, Maple Grove,, MN 55369 (763-425-3330)
5-8 Club - 5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-823-5858)
5120 Restaurant & Oxygen Bar - 5120 American Blvd. W, Bloomington, MN 55437 (952-698-4864)
A & J Fish & Chicken - 500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-825-7000)
Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar - 2713 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-545-5686)
Adrian's Tavern - 4812 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-824-4011)
Adrians Bar And Grill - 4812 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-824-4011)
Andale Taqueria - 7700 Nicollet Ave. S,, Richfield, MN 55423 (612-259-8868)
Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar - 4208 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-1538)
Ansari's Mediterranean Grill & Lounge - 1960 Rahncliff Ct.,, Eagan,, MN 55122 (651-452-0999)
Arby’s - 3000 Snelling Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-724-8612)
Bagu Sushi - 4741 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-823-5254)
BaGu Sushi & Thai - 4741 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-823-5254)
Best Steak & Gyros House - 1914 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-879-0882)
Betty Danger's Country Club - 2501 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-315-4997)
Big Marina Grill and Deli - 128 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-823-1127)
Birchwood Café - 3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-4474)
Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge - 2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-338-3000)
Boiler Room Coffee - 1830 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-886-2285)
Botanica De Lafe - 513 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-822-3288)
Bread & Pickle - 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-767-9009)
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery - 1433 E Franklin Ave #1, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-871-8483)
Bruegger’s Bagels - 4412 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (952-927-9446)
Burger King - 3342 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-824-9828)
Byblos Lebanese Grill - 14637 County Rd. 11,, Burnsville,, MN 55337 (952-431-3663)
C & G's Smoking Barbeque - 4743 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-825-3400)
Cafe Levain - 4762 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-823-7111)
Café Racer Kitchen - 2929 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-208-1695)
Cafe Southside - 3405 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-354-2158)
Cafeteria Las Tapatias - 301 E Lake Street #101, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-824-6743)
Caribou Coffee - 4999 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410 (612-285-5475)
Cedar Inn - 4157 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-729-9785)
Chatterbox Pub Linden Hills - 4501 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-729-1800)
Chef Shack Ranch - 3025 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-354-2575)
Chimborazo - 2851 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-788-1328)
China Wok - 2800 - 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-3151)
Christos Greek Restaurant - 2632 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-871-2111)
Ciao Bella - 3501 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, MN 55435 (952-841-1000)
Cocina Latina - 3764 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612-254-2971)
Coffee and Tea Limited - 2730 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-920-6344)
Cone Brothers - 6633 Penn Ave. S, Richfield, MN 55423 (612-455-0452)
Convention Grill - 3912 Sunnyside Road, Edina, MN 55424 (952-920-6881)
Coop Creamery Café - 2601 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-230-5575)
Crazy Cajun - 8578 Edinburgh Center Dr.,, Brooklyn Park,, MN 55443 (763-568-7085)
Dairy Queen Brazier - 6014 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-869-6171)
David Fong's - 9329 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-888-9294)
Deg Deg Grill - 912 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-259-7933)
Denny’s - 2700 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-728-0975)
Domino’s Pizza - 2801 - 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-8200)
Doolittles Woodfire Grill - 2140 Cliff Rd.,, Eagan,, MN 55122 (651-452-6627)
DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant - 3709 W 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-926-0025)
Dragon Wok - 3752 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612-822-1445)
Dunn Brothers Coffee - 2814 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-925-5669)
Dunn Brothers Coffee - Dunn Brothers Coffee, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-926-8523)
Eat Street Social - 18 W 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-767-6850)
El Loro Mexican Grill - 8405 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-881-2151)
El Nuevo Mariachi Restaurant - 2750 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-871-5200)
El Nuevo Rodeo - 2709 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-728-0101)
El Parian Mexican Restaurant - 1960 Cliff Rd., #117,, Eagan, MN 55122 (651-454-3234)
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant - 13572 80th Circle N,, Maple Grove,, MN 55369 (763-493-4443)
Encore Sushi Karaoke Bar - 2111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-889-3128)
Evergreen Chinese - 2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (912-871-6801)
Family and Friends Coffee Company - 2821 30th Ave S (612-532-3436), Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-532-3436)
Fat Lorenzo's - 311 W 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-888-3282)
Fat Lorenzo’s - 5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-822-2040)
Fat Nat's Eggs - 2700 39th Ave. NE, Brooklyn Park,, MN 55445 (763-425-0117)
Fireside Foundry - 6736 Penn Ave. S,, Richfield,, MN 55423 (612-869-4040)
First Course - 5607 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-825-6900)
Football Pizza - 2339 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-782-0169)
Franklin Freeze - 2328 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-568-2630)
Franklin Street Bakery - 1020 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-871-3109)
Fresh Wok - 4610 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-827-0505)
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant - 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-729-5222)
Glam Doll Donuts - 519 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612-223-8071)
Golden Wok - 617 W 98th St., Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-888-0833)
Gorditas El Gordo - 211 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-824-4002)
Gorkha Palace - 23 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612-886-3451)
Grand Ole Creamery - 4737 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-722-2261)
Great Dragon - 1916 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-879-9910)
Great Harvest Bread Co. - 4314 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-929-2899)
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant - 4515 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (952-927-4439)
Greenway Cafe - 2825 13th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 ()
Gringo's Cantina - 2009 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612-871-8641)
Grumpy's Bar & Grill - 2200 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55318 (612-789-7429)
Gyropolis - 2320 W 90th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 (952-746-2091)
Hazel's Northeast - 2859 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-788-4778)
Hello Pizza - 3904 Sunnyside Rd, Edina, MN 55424 (952-303-4514)
Hibachi Buffet - 111 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-825-3099)
Hiko Sushi - 1466 Yankee Doodle Rd.,, Eagan,, MN 55121 (651-452-6888)
Himalayan Restaurant - 2910 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-332-0880)
Hola Arepa - 3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-345-5583)
Holy Land - 2513 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-781-2627)
Honey & Rye Bakehouse - 4501 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 (612-844-2555)
Hook Fish & Chicken - 221 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-200-9901)
Hot Plate - 5204 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-824-4794)
Hovie's Grill - 1450 Yankee Doodle Rd.,, Eagan,, MN 55122 (651-452-2753)
Huie’s Chow Mein - 5358 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-824-5354)
Hunan Restaurant - 8066 Morgan Circle S, Bloomington, MN 55431 (952-881-2280)
Icehouse - 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-276-6523)
Ike's Food & Cocktails - 4400 W 78th St., Bloomington, MN 55435 (952-831-4537)
India House - 11611 Fountains Dr.,, Maple Grove,, MN 55369 (763-432-2241)
Jensen's Cafe - 12750 Nicollet Ave. S,, Burnsville,, MN 55337 (952-808-0500)
Joy's Pattaya Thai Restaurant - 7545 Lyndale Ave. S, Richfield, MN 55423 (612-866-0660)
Katar River Restaurant & Bakery - 2751 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-245-0556)
Keen Eye Coffee - 2803 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-767-4649)
Kwong Tung Foods, Canton Foods - 1840 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-722-9501)
Kyoto Sushi - 2841 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-870-9999)
La Fresca - 4750 Grand Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-825-4142)
La Poblanita - 1617 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-254-8282)
La Posada Minneapolis - 2111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-223-8907)
Lake Coffee House - 3223 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-870-8899)
Le Town Talk - 2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-353-5398)
Lemon Grass - 8600 Edinburgh Center Dr.,, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 (763-494-8809)
Local Roots - 817 66th St. E,, Richfield,, MN 55423 (612-345-5258)
Los Andes Restaurant - 317 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-825-1700)
Lu's Sandwiches - 2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-870-0350)
Lucky's 13 Pub - 1800 American Blvd. W, Bloomington, MN 55431 (952-405-2213)
Mama Ti's Liberian Restaurant - 7800 Zane Ave. N,, Brooklyn Park,, MN 55443 (763-566-1009)
Mandarin Kitchen - 8766 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-884-5356)
Matt's Bar and Grill - 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-722-7072)
May Day Cafe - 3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-729-5627)
Maya Cuisine - 1840 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-789-0775)
McDonald's - 210 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-825-9700)
Mcdonald's - 2400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (808-423-9000)
McDonald’s - 3110 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-729-9005)
Memory Lanes & Flashback Café - 2520 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-721-6211)
Merlins Rest Pub - 3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-216-2419)
Midori’s Floating World Café - 2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-721-3011)
Midtown Coffee - 1208 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-354-2267)
Milio’s Sandwiches - 3831 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-929-3333)
Milio’s Sandwiches - 2620 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-343-4343)
MN Super Grand Buffet - 2852 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-276-1399)
Mon Petit Cheri - 2401 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-236-4831)
Mortimer's Bar and Restaurant - 2001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612-872-1688)
MT Noodles - 8459 W Broadway Ave.,, Brooklyn Park,, MN 55445 (763-315-3055)
Naviya’s Thai Brasserie - 2812 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-276-5061)
New French Bakery - 2609 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-455-7500)
Nha Sang - 12621 Nicollet Ave.,, Burnsville,, MN 55337 (925-895-0011)
Oliver's A Confectionery - 2007 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612-871-5591)
Peace Coffee - 3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-877-7760)
Peace Coffee - 2801 21st Ave S #130, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-870-3440)
Pepitos Mexi-Go Deli - 4324 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-825-6311)
Pepitos Restaurant - 4820 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-822-2104)
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery - 901 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-339-6865)
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup - 2450 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-870-8000)
Pho Tau Bay - 2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-874-6030)
Pineda Tacos - 2130 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-722-3580)
PinKU - 20 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612-584-3167)
Pizza Biga - 4762 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-823-7333)
Pizza Hut - 4800 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-825-9820)
Pizza Luce Seward - 2200 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-332-2535)
Popeyes - 2918 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-315-4161)
Popeyes - 310 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-315-5284)
Pow Wow Grounds - 1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-545-5598)
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge - 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-788-9069)
Pumphouse Creamery - 4754 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-825-2021)
Pumphouse Creamery - 4754 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-825-2021)
Qoroxlow - 331 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-822-4480)
Quang Restaurant - 2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-870-4739)
Ramen Kazama - 3400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-353-6160)
Revival - 4257 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612-345-4516)
Rincon 38 - 3801 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612-824-4052)
Roasted Pear - 14200 Nicollet Ave.,, Burnsville,, MN 55337 (952-898-2800)
Rodizio Grill - 12197 Elm Creek Blvd. N,, Maple Grove,, MN 55369 (763-657-1133)
Safari Restaurant of Minneapolis - 3010 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-353-5341)
Saguaro Restaurant - 5309 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-886-2083)
Salama Coffee - 2941 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-236-4935)
Sandcastle - 4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-722-5550)
Seafood To Go - 2930 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-208-0682)
Sebastian Joe’s - 4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-926-7916)
Sen Yai Sen Lek - 2422 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-781-3046)
Seward Café - 2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-332-1011)
Seward Community Co-op-Franklin Store - 2823 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-338-2465)
Shabelle Ethiopian Grocery & Restaurant - 2325 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-333-1101)
Shabelle Ethiopian Grocery & Restaurant - 2325 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-333-1101)
Sober Fish - 2627 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-354-2544)
Sonny's Ice Cream Cafe - 3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-824-3868)
Sonora Grill - 3300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-2500)
Sovereign Grounds - 813 E 48th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-825-6157)
Sovereign Grounds - 813 E 48th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-825-6157)
Sports Page Bar & Grill - 9014 Lyndale Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55420 (952-887-0046)
Spyhouse Coffee - 2451 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-871-3177)
Star Moon Chinese - 735 E 48th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417 ()
Starbucks - 2500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-721-5701)
Subway - 3425 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-721-3044)
Subway - 3621 W 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-920-2412)
Subway - 2130 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-724-9561)
Subway - 1924 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612-874-1562)
Subway - 3541 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-746-4015)
Sweet Taste of Italy - 9576 Noble Pkwy. N,, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 (763-793-4733)
Taco Bell - 215 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-847-1203)
Tandoor Restaurant - 8062 Morgan Cir. S, Bloomington, MN 55431 (952-885-9060)
Taqueria Los Ocampo - 809 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-825-4978)
Ten Sushi - 16362 County Rd. 30,, Maple Grove,, MN 55311 (763-710-5522)
Thai Curry House - 1916 Hwy. 13 E,, Burnsville,, MN 55337 (952-808-8159)
The Anchor Fish & Chips - 302 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612-676-1300)
The Harriet Brasserie - 2724 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-354-2197)
The Mason Jar - 1565 Cliff Rd., #1,, Eagan,, MN 55122 (651-340-7809)
The Mill Northeast - 1851 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612-315-2340)
Tilia - 2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-354-2806)
Townhall Tap - 4810 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (612-767-7307)
Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery - 2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-332-1865)
Trattoria Tosca - 3415 west 44th street, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-924-1900)
Turtle Bread - 3421 W 44th St W, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-924-6013)
Turtle Bread Company - 4762 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-823-7333)
United Noodles - 2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-721-6677)
Vietnam House - 7962 Brooklyn Blvd.,, Brooklyn Park,, MN 55445 (763-425-9991)
Vina Restaurant Richfield - 6401 Nicollet Ave., Richfield,, MN 55423 (612-866-5034)
Wagner's Drive-In Restaurant - , , ()
Wendy’s - 2931 - 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-722-6403)
White Castle - 3600 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612-724-0155)
White Castle - 100 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-827-5444)
Xin Wong - 4749 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612-822-4888)
Yogurt Lab - 5007 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410 (612-315-3651)
Young Joni - 165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612-345-5719)
Zumbro Café - 2803 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612-920-3606)
ZZQ Smokehouse - 3390 Coachman Rd., #204,, Eagan,, MN 55121 (651-452-9900)
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