North Minneapolis Quick Facts
County: Hennepin
Population: 59970
Size: 9.59 sq.mi.
Median Home Price: $250,000
Average Rent Price: $1599
Commute to Mpls: 5 min.
Commute to Stp: 20 min.
Electricity: XCel Energy
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: Minneapolis
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North Minneapolis Overview
North Minneapolis is more than a city--it's a vibrant and diverse community known as the Northside. The community members are united in their attempts to make the community better for everyone. One example is Cookie Cart, a nonprofit cookie shop that helps neighborhood teens understand what it's like to work in a business. It was opened in 1988 by Sister Jean Thuerauf after years of her taking neighborhood youths into her kitchen to make cookies and help them with schoolwork. It was a literal cart that she pushed around the neighborhood and it was expanded over the years into two bakeries (the other is in St. Paul). Another example is the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) which aims to lessen the achievement gap for disadvantaged members of society--specifically low-income children of color. NAZ's primary goal is to guide them through school and prepare them for college. There are several neighborhoods that make up North Minneapolis, including Victory, Lind-Bohanon, and Webber-Camben. Victory is known for its commitment to social justice and is a very welcoming neighborhood. Try out the ramen at Tori 44 while you're in the neighborhood. Check out what else you can do in the neighborhood at the association's website. Lind-Bohanon is named after Jenny 'Swedish Nightingale' Lind (Swedish opera singer known for her philanthropy) and Bohanon, a prominent neighborhood family. Webber-Camden was Camden until 1995 when Webber was added to it. North Minneapolis is also known for its artistic endeavors. The Northside Arts Collective (NAC) is a great resource for all things artsy in the area. They sponsor networking parties, put out calls for art, and have art shows. They've also had the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl every summer and the first was held in 2006. It's a way to showcase the artistic talents of community members of all ages, experiences, and talent. Parks are a big part of the Northside Community. Some of the favorites are North Mississippi Regional Park, Webber Park, and North Commons Park. There are also several good restaurants including Tori 44, City Afrique Restaurant, North Side Steakhouse, and Banana Blossom. There are other ways for the community to gather, including at the West Broadway Farmers Market where not only can you get the freshest of fruits and natural beauty products, there's live music so you can groove as you shop. If you're into performance arts, check out the Capri Theater which is owned and operated by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) and is integral in involving disadvantaged youth in theater.
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North Minneapolis Then And Now
North Minneapolis has a turbulent history when it comes to racial segregation and other social justice issues. In the early part of the 20th century, North Minneapolis was a haven for people from marginalized communities, specifically the Jewish community and the African American community because they could not buy housing elsewhere in Minneapolis. This was enforced by racial covenants that pushed African Americans out of South Minneapolis, forcing them further and further north. Things grew worse after World War II. While there was no official segregation in Minnesota, it was still de facto law. Racial discrimination and anti-Semitic sentiment were on the rise, so much so that in 1947,  Minneapolis was called 'the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States' by journalist Carey McWilliams. After that, the city began to tackle the anti-Semitism while ignoring the racial injustices that African Americans still faced. Tension between the two groups began to bubble up until it boiled over one hot summer night in July of 1967. There are varying accounts as to how the violence started, but it lasted for three days and consisted of looting, arson, and three shootings. A year before, the first Jewish mayor of Minneapolis, Arthur Naftalin, had acknowledged that African Americans in the city suffered from racism and vowed to do something about it. After the events in 1967, the problems continued. In the 1980s, there was a serious push to deal with the racial inequities in housing (cities versus the suburbs). Minneapolis and St. Paul united to form the Family Housing Fund in 1980, from which sprang up the Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation (1986) and the Twin Cities Community Land Bank. These organizations were supposed to help disadvantaged city dwellers attain more equitable housing, but, unfortunately, because of pressure from conservative suburban politicians who had a deeply vested interest in decrying social integration for the benefit of their particular suburb, all the good intentions foundered into nothing. This mentality continued into the 1990s. For as much as there were people agitating for change, there was an equal and relentless resistance that had power behind it. One of the organizations on the side of social justice was the Minneapolis Urban League. In 1928, they along with the St. Paul Urban League, were 2 of 42 Urban Leagues around the country. By the 1960s, they had Street Academies around the cities fighting for social change. This included pushing for community health programs and establishing voter education drives. In the 1990s, they had expanded to being able to reach over 25,000 people through education, individual client services, and more. The battle was contentious with the powers that be fighting against integration and social justice every step of the way. Even well-intentioned programs meant to help out residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods including North Minneapolis ended up benefitting the suburbs instead. Still, the pro side continued to tireless fight on the behalf of the disadvantaged people, starting at the grassroots level. In 1995, the NAACP took up the mantle and sued the state of Minnesota on the basis that the constant segregation had led to systemic inequality in the education system. As the grassroots efforts grew stronger including by parents in North Minneapolis, the suburban governments became more resistant. They did not have any commitment to integration although they gave lip service to it. Mandated busing was put on the table as was affordable housing, and the debate raged on. Despite all the efforts on the grassroots side, the power remained with the forces that were more interested in preserving the status quo for the suburbs than in desegregation/integration. Because the suburbs remained so stubborn on not having any subsidized, low-income housing in their neighborhoods for a variety of reasons, the cities were forced to choose between providing affordable housing in the lowest-income neighborhoods and thus reinforcing segregation, and providing no housing at all. Unfortunately, the struggle has continued to this day. If anything, it's only gotten worse so that Minneapolis, a liberal city that prides itself on its progressiveness, is also one of the most segregated cities in the country. Activists today are working as hard as ever to bring about equality in North Minneapolis and now there is some political will to make real and lasting changes.      
North Minneapolis Environmental / Green
Environmental issues are inextricably entwined with social justice issues. and North Minneapolis has suffered for it. In 2013, Minneapolis came up with an innovative and progressive environmental plan that was praised by environmental activists, but critics pointed out that it did not seek any input from people in disadvantaged neighborhoods such as North, which are often the very areas that are the most affected by environmental disturbances.  For example, Minneapolis has a 12.5 degree difference between cities in districts that had been historically redlined and those that hadn't. One thing that emerged from the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Environmental Justice Working Group was the establishment of a Green Zones Initiative. The Green Zones were established by looking at different environmental factors including air quality, soil contamination, and some housing issues on different neighborhoods and focus on the ones that are hardest hit. Generally, these are communities with people who are at a steep economic disadvantage as well as these issues go hand in hand. There was a study of the different neighborhoods to see which needed the most help and the first two Green Zones were the Northside Green Zone and the Southside Green Zone. The Northside Green Zone was established in 2017. The Northside Green Zone Task Force was created in 2018 and worked tirelessly to identify the environmental issues in the Northside and to create solutions to them. In early 2020, an environmental policy plan entitled the Northside Green Zone Work Plan (2020 - 2025) was enacted. The main focus of the policy is on achieving twelve goals in the five-year period. Those goals include: increase the availability of affordable housing and environmentally high quality housing; increase access to healthy affordable food by supporting local systems of growing, production, ad distribution; improve air and environmental quality in business and transport, and; focus community healing from historical trauma and root shock, using community-based approaches to healing and health. The goals are pretty general, but they do provide action steps for each goal. For example, with the goal of increasing affordable housing and environmentally high quality housing, some of the actions proposed are: advance proposals to pay utilities on an income-based sliding scale. Research Philadelphia's model; support the "Intentional Community Cluster Development" ordinance proposed by the Minneapolis City Council which allows for tiny house clusters of very low-cost housing, and; create a Northern Green Zone Master Plan for development sites for affordable housing and community development.      
North Minneapolis Resident's Top Ten Pics
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church building in North MinneapolisNorth Minneapolis has some very interesting architecture, and some ties to some interesting people. Shingle Creek Elementary, located at 5034 Oliver Ave N. This school was originally built in 1958. The Mid-century building was unique in that it had several wings shaped as plus signs, connected by narrow hallways. It's what they call a "Cluster Design." It was designed with 3 classrooms in a "cluster" that make up 3 of the 4 points of the plus sign. Each cluster was connected to other clusters by hallways. It was almost torn down but as luck would have it, it now is a charter school called KIPP Minnesota Public Schools. Moving on, Have you heard of "Jenny Lind?" She was featured in the movie "The Greatest Showman" as the swedish nightengale. Although the movie takes some liberty with the real history of Jenny Lind, she really did donate money to many schools back in Sweden. Well, there is a Jenny Lind Elementary School and associated Bohanon Park, located at 5025 Bryant Ave N. This school is located in the neighborhood named after her as well, called Lind-Bohanon. The school was built in 1937 and torn down in 1988. A new building was built in 1995 on the same site following that and still stands today. Another building I've admired is the Mikro Kodesh building. Built in 1926 it was the Holy Assembly for the North Side Jewish community. It is on the historic register and it should be. It's a stately building. This building is currently in use as a church.
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North Minneapolis Parks
Bassett's Creek Park - ( 110 Penn Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Bassett's Creek Park is 70 acres of lush green foliage that stretches out as far as the eye can see. It's a neighborhood favorite because there is so much to do, especially if you're the athletic type. There is a sports facility, a soccer field, a softball diamond, a tennis court, and a volleyball court. There is a bike path that connects the park with downtown (via other bike paths) and provides a good view of the greenery around the park. There is a walking path as well if you like to take it at a more leisurely pace. A new playground was installed in 2018, much to the delight of kids in the neighborhood.

Bohanon Park - ( 4917 Bryant Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Bohanon Park is next to Jenny Lind Elementary School and is a favorite gathering place for members of the community. If you are the active type, there is plenty for you to enjoy. It has a cricket field, a tennis court, a softball diamond, a sports facility, and more. There is an ice-skating rink and a hockey rink, and there is a wading pool as well. There is a circular playground area with playground equipment for the kids to enjoy. There is also a picnic area if you want to sit down and have a bite to eat.

Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center - ( 4900 Mississippi Ct.,, 612-370-4844, website)

The Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center is located on the North Mississippi Regional Park and opened in 2002. Its purpose is to educate people on the Mississippi River, including the history of it and its role in the development and evolution of transportation in the state. There are interactive exhibits, fun activities for children, live animals for education reasons, and a bird-watching station. There is also a bike share program, too.

Farview Park - ( 621 N 29th Ave.,, 612-370-4922, website)

Farview Park is nearly 21 acres of fun, greenery, and athletic activities. There are many green trees to enjoy looking at as you stroll down the walking path or pump your way through the biking path. If you're up for a game of ball, there is a softball diamond, a football field, and a basketball court. There is a wading pool if you want to cool down and there is a playground area for the younger set. In addition, there is a grill if you want to have a nice picnic in the middle of your fun. The view of Downtown Minneapolis is fantastic as well.

Farwell Park - ( 1201 N Sheridan Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Farwell Park is a small and quiet neighborhood park that offers you a moment of respite and a calming and green surrounding during your hectic life. There is a playground area so kids can have fun to their hearts' content. There is also a picnic area in which you can gather and have a family barbecue, a picnic, or just a little rest.

George Hill-Alice Rainville Square - ( 5101 W Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-588-7641, website)

George Hill-Alice Rainville Square has an interesting history. In 1993, the city received funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to clean up this area (two-and-a-half blocks) and make it a tranquil and verdant haven for the neighborhood. George Hill was very active in the community and considered a leader while Alice Rainville was the first female president of the City Council. This is a great place to go and relax in the middle of a stressful or hectic day.

Harrison Park - ( 503 N Irving Ave.,, 612-370-4951, website)

Harrison Park is a popular neighborhood hangout spot where you can meet up with some friends to catch up on life. There is so much to do in this park, especially if you like sports. There is a football field, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, and a basketball court. If you prefer to do activities that allow you to take in your surroundings, there is a walking path as well as a biking path. There is a wading pool if you like splashing about and cooling down on a hot summer's day. There's a picnic area for resting and eating, and there's playground for the kids to enjoy. The Harrison Recreation center is located here, too.

Jordan Park - ( 2927 N Irving Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Jordan Park is a small and cozy neighborhood park that is a great place to go to hang out with friends and/or family. It's a little pocket of space that allows members of the community to gather and get a bit of activity. If you're more sporty, there is a baseball/softball field. There is also a wading pool in which you can splash. There is a playground area for the younger set and there is a grill if you feel like grilling up some food.

North Commons Park - ( 1801 James Ave. N,, 612-370-4921, website)

North Commons Park was established in 1907 and has been enjoyed by many in the community ever since. It has been updated and upgraded in the years it's been around, and now it's a happening hot spot in the neighborhood. There is a dizzying array of things to do at this park, especially if you're the sporty type. There is a baseball field, a basketball court, a softball diamond, a soccer field, and more. There is also a hockey rink and and ice-skating rink if you prefer your activity on ice. There is a walking path and a biking path if you prefer seeing the park in all its glory; there is plenty of greenery to enjoy in this manner. It is known for its water park which includes a 3-story water slide and a splash pad. There is a Little Free Library so you can exchange books while visiting the park. There is a playground for kids to enjoy and a picnic area for everyone to have a break and a bite to eat.


North Mississippi Regional Park - ( 5116 North Mississippi Dr.,, 612-230-6400, website)

North Mississippi Regional Park is 67 acres of greenery in the heart of the city. It's part of the Three Rivers Park District and is the joint effort of them and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; it is a neighborhood favorite. There is plenty to do for everyone. For those who just want to wander around and soak in the sights, sounds, and smells, there are walking paths and biking paths. For the water lovers, there is a boat dock, a fishing pier, and a wading pool. There is also a selve-serve paddle sharing station where you can rent kayaks and boats to go on an excursion on the Mississippi River. There is a playground/tot lot for kids to enjoy and a picnic area when you want to have a bite to eat.

Ryan Lake Park - ( Xerxes Ave. and 46th Ave. N,,, 612-230-6400, website)

Ryan Lake Park is a hidden treasure in the Victory neighborhood. It's a small park that doesn't have much in the ways of amenities, but it's a good place to go for a quiet moment of contemplation among green and leafy trees. There is a dock from which you can fish if that's your jam. The park abuts on Ryan Lake.

Sumner Field Park - ( 901 N Aldrich Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Sumner Field Park is a union of lovely greenery and an urban environment in which you can de-stress while going about your hectic day. There is a tranquil walking path that you can stroll down at a leisurely pace. Lots of lush trees that provide shade as you walk and you can talk your canine companion with you if you wish. It's a nice break from the usual city scene and there's a bubbling creek to provide some soothing background noise.

Victory Park - ( 4414 Upton Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Victory Park is a great neighborhood park that has amenities for everyone. For the more sporty type of person, there is a basketball court, soccer field, and a tennis court. If you just want to relax while surrounded by nature, there is picnic area where you can have a bite to eat. There's a playground area for the younger set, too. There is also a wading pool if you'd like to slash around in water on a hot summer day. There is also an annual Memorial Day concert sponsored the Webber Community Center and the  Victory Neighborhood Association.

Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park - ( 4701 Russell Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park is one of seven Minneapolis off-leash dog parks in which dogs are able to run free and have fun with canine companions. It's nearly three acres and completely fenced in. There are lots of lush greenery for the dogs to enjoy running through as well as more worn areas that are better for rugged adventures. It also has a Little Free Library so the humans can read while their dogs are playing. There are plenty of paths and water bowls, and there are cute birdhouses dotting the landscape as well. In fact, there is something for everyone.

Willard Park - ( 1626 Queen Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Willard Park is a popular neighborhood park where people like to go to hang out with their friends and family. It's a great place to go if you want to play baseball or basketball. In addition, it has a playground that is the delight of the younger set and a picnic area in which you can rest and have a bite to eat. There is also a wading pool to splash in if you're hot and want to cool down.

North Minneapolis Restaurants
Broadway Bar & Pizza - ( 2025 West River Rd.,, 612-529-7745, website)

Broadway Bar & Pizza is part of a local chain with this being the flagship restaurant. It has been around in one form or the  other since 1953 and is a neighborhood favorite. The pizza recipe was brought directly from Italy to Minneapolis and it's allowed the restaurant to win awards for their pizza. The decor is simple and homey; the service is friendly, and; the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Their menu includes a variety of foods such as hoagies, pasta, and burgers. What they are known for, however, of course, is their pizza. The pizza menu has such favorites as Eddie's Extra Special, Cajun Chicken, and Pork 'N Kraut. You can build your own pizza if you prefer, and they have vegan options as well as gluten-free options.

City Afrique Restaurant - ( 4326 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-353-6084, website)

City Afrique Restaurant was opened in 1984 by Bea Karngar because she loved to cook and wanted to bring the flavors of Liberia/West Africa to Minneapolis. The decor is homey and inviting, and the service is friendly. The food is homemade, and the menu is vast. It includes Palm Butter Fufu Dish, Torborgee Rice Dish, Attieke & Fried Tilapia Fish Platter, and Plantain & Chicken Wings. It's a great place to try something new every time you visit.

Corner Coffee Camden - ( 4155 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-404-4348, website)

Corner Coffee Camden is one of three Corner Coffee coffee shops in Minneapolis. It is a cozy place to hang out with friends and sip a latte or espresso. The decor is dark and woody, and the service is always with a smile. The atmosphere is relaxed with a big couch which is perfect for flopping on. They appreciate local artists by hanging their art on their walls which adds to the hominess.  They work with Artemly in order to make those connections with local artists. They have Iced Matcha, Shrub Coffee, Chai Latte, and Blue Mocha. On the food side, they offer Butter Bar, Zoe's Pastries (from Zoe's Bakery), Sriracha Egg Salad, and more. They also sell assorted items such as honey and a Corner Coffee beanie.

El Burrito Cubano - ( 4729 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-588-7580, website)

El Burrito Cubano is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it eatery that is bare and minimalistic inside. The atmosphere is low-key, and the service is amicable. The food is Cuban and the menu reflects that. It includes burritos, Cubanos (sandwich), chimichangas, Cuban egg rolls, and empanadas. For dessert, try the tres leches or flan as a satisfying sweet ending to your meal.

FireBox Deli - ( 4707 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-521-8206, website)

FireBox Deli is a BBQ joint with an unassuming exterior and a red/black decor on the inside. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. If you are craving flavorful and juicy barbecued meat, this is the place for you. The menu includes pork ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more. They have pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket sandwiches as well. They also have a whole array of sides, including mac-n-cheese, fries, collard greens, and sweet potatoes.

Hook Fish & Chicken - ( 1127 W Broadway Ave., #2505,, 612-521-3333, website)

Hook Fish & Chicken is a low-key neighborhood joint that serves seafood and chicken, mostly fried, but also grilled. The service is friendly and fast, even if it's no-frills. the menu is vast with something for everyone. On the fried side, there is Catfish Fillet and Wings, Chicken Gizzard Dinner, Wings and Shrimp, and Three Chicken Tenders with Fries. The grilled menu includes several different kind of nachos, including Large Gyro Nachos and Large Chicken Nacho Combo. Try the sweet potato pie if you'd like something sweet for dessert.

Joy Luck Restaurant - ( 4201 Webber Pkwy.,, 612-287-0005, website)

Joy Luck Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that has all your comfort food favorites. The restaurant's decor is unassuming and spare, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The service is friendly. The menu includes Sweet & Sour Chicken, Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs, Szechuan Beef, and Baby Shrimp with Cashew Nuts. They do delivery.

Milda's Cafe - ( 1720 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-377-9640, website)

Milda's Cafe opened in 1965 by a woman named Milda who had always dreamed of running a restaurant. Now, decades later, it has grown but is still family-owned and focused on serving American comfort food in a no-frills setting. The menu has several tasty options, including 3 Eggs Scrambled With Diced Ham, Meat Loaf (sandwich), Hamburger Steak (dinner), and a Broaster Chicken Dinner.  They are known for their Milda's Homemade Rolls (cinnamon or caramel) and for their Pastry (sealed meat pie). For dessert, try the Homemade Custard Style Bread Pudding.

Mr. Faulkner's Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs - ( 1510 Penn Ave. N,, 612-578-0244, website)

Mr. Faulkner's Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs  is a hot dog stand started by 15-year-old Jaequan Faulkner and his uncle in the summer of 2016. He took the summer off the next year before resuming in the summer of 2018. That year, he had to overcome adversities and gained national recognition for his efforts. He has been a staple of the neighborhood in the summers since with the support of the City and local organizations such as the Minneapolis Urban League. He keeps it basic with hot dogs, Polish sausages, and chips, and he serves it all with a smile.

Mykonos Coffee & Grill - ( 4171 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-367-4676, website)

Mykonos Coffee & Grill is a neighborhood favorite that specializes in breakfast and lunch. It has colorful walls that are both calming and cheering. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is friendly. The menu includes gyros, a breakfast sandwich, a mushroom and Swiss burger, and assorted desserts, and more.

Northside Steakhouse - ( 4330 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-353-6804, website)

Northside Steakhouse is unassuming on the outside and looks like a 50s diner on the inside with its red-and-white checkered floor. The service is friendly and fast, and there's plenty to choose from. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, such as a New York strip steak, BBQ chicken, burritos, and a catfish dinner. They also have sandwiches, burgers, and other dinner combinations. Their sides include cheese curds, baked potatoes, and mac & cheese.

Pair of Dice Pizza - ( 2715 Broadway Ave. N,, 612-522-3423, website)

Pair of Dice Pizza opened in 2001 and became an instant neighborhood favorite because who doesn't like pizza? It's a no-frills building and is not much to look at. The pizza is the thing and the menu includes Supreme, Veggie, and Meat Lovers. You can build your own pizza as well. They also have other items including fire-braised ribs, chicken wings, rib tips, and Oreo cheesecake.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen - ( 1301 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-584-3175, website)

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is a fast food chain  restaurant, known for its fried chicken and biscuits--and for putting them together. The service is friendly and efficient, and you'll be in and out in no time flat. Their menu is filled with fried delights such as chicken family meals, boneless chicken tenders, and fried shrimp/popcorn shrimp. Their sides include biscuits, mashed potatoes with gravy, and Cajun fries. If you want something sweet at the end of your meal, they have raspberry cheesecake fried pie and cinnamon apple pie.

Sammy's Avenue Eatery - ( 1101 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-767-6278, website)

Sammy's Avenue Eatery is a sandwich and coffee cafe with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. It's a small and intimate shop that is a nice place to meet up with your friends, have a coffee, chat, and while away a cozy afternoon. The menu is limited, but every item is tasty. Their sandwiches include Sammy's Roasted Chicken, Hot Turkey Pastrami, and Veggie Club. They also have wraps, a soup of the day, and salads. If you want something sweet to end the meal, they have cake, pie, and a fruit fig bar.

The Lowry Cafe - ( 2207 Lowry Ave.N,, 612-677-2233, website)

The Lowry Cafe is a hidden gem that is also a neighborhood favorite. It's a cafe that specializes in breakfast and lunch, specifically breakfast. It's a spacious and light space with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.  They have a breakfast menu and a lunch menu, both of which are extensive. Their breakfast menu includes Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, Denver Omelet, and Avocado Toast & Eggs. The lunch menu has dishes such as The Lowry Burger, Corned Beef Reuben, Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and their Award Winning Chili.

The Thirsty Whale Bakery - ( 4149 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-259-7168, website)

The Thirsty Whale Bakery was opened in 2018 by the aptly named by Megan and Kyle Baker who are highly-regarded pastry chefs. They are creative with their pastries and they are always eager to work with their customers to ensure the aesthetics and deliciousness of their creations. They are known for their donuts, each more beautiful and tasty than the one before. These include seasonal treats such as Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismarck and their regular donuts such as Salted Caramel Mocha, The Elvis, Maple Raised Ring, and Cream Cheese Persian. They have other pastries such as Nutella Croissant. On the cake side, they custom-make cakes for all occasion such as weddings, and the flavors include Honeywine Moscato, Chocolate Orange, and Banana.

Tori 44 Ramen - ( 2203 44th Ave. N,, 612-345-7078, website)

Tori 44 Ramen was opened in 2018 by the owner of Tori Ramen in St. Paul. It is a Japanese restaurant that focuses on ramen, naturally (with a few Korean dishes), and became an instant neighborhood favorite when it opened. The decor is sleek and modern with an industrial bent, and the service is friendly. The ramen menu includes Dan Dan Noodles n' Chill, Kor Dee Yuh, and Dra(MN). Their non-ramen menu includes K-Pop Chicken Sammy, Vegan Kimchi, and J-Pop Potato Salad Side.  On the drink side, they have Chemistry Pinot Noir, Hamms, and Broken Clock Crowler. They have patio dining when the weather permits.

Wendy's House of Soul - ( 1825 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-800-4535, website)

Wendy's House of Soul was started by Wendy Puckett and the star of the show is the Soulroll, which she created to trick her sons into eating vegetables. She has overcome adversity in the last few years and is going stronger than ever. The decor is colorful and warm, and the atmosphere is welcoming with friendly service. The menu is jam-packed with delicious items that will make your mouth water. The Soulrolls include the Nanny, Cheeseburgerfry, Seaside Siah, and Wes Reuben. You can create your own Soulroll, too. They have Soulwiches as well, such as the Mogul Burger, The Diddy Bop, and The Original 612 Burger. In addition, they have Meal Deals such as the Chicken & Waffle Meal, Polar Special, and Broadway Special. They also have wings that people are raving about as well as sides and desserts and more.

Yuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant - ( 1010 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-302-8889, website)

Yuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant is located in Hawthorne Crossings and serves all your favorite Chinese foods. The decor is simple and the service is friendly. The menu is vast and has a wide array of dishes to choose from in several different sections. They have appetizers, soups, all kinds of noodle dishes and many rice dishes as well. Seafood dishes, chicken dishes, beef dishes, and vegetable dishes, too. Egg foo young, moo shu, and sweet & sour. The house specials include Three Kinds of Scallion, Sesame Chicken, Dragon & Phoenix, Seven Stars Around the Moon, and more.

North Minneapolis Shopping
Beauty by Design - ( 2400 N 2nd St.,, 612-806-7927, website)

Beauty by Design is a couture bridal shop that believes in providing their clients with a luxury, custom-designed, formal wear (primarily bridal dresses) and experience in a sustainable, fair trade way. They don't believe that luxury has to be wasteful or hard on the planet. They have great customer service as they listen to their clients to ensure the results are exactly what the clients want. They provide custom designs which includes in-house production of the garments, in-house alterations even of clothing not bought in their shop, and repurposing of old garments into something new.

Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio - ( 4367 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-254-4354, website)

Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio was opened in 2020 by Joe Sifker and Steven Howard (the chocolatier/pastry chef). It's an interesting mix of a brick-and-mortar store, a learning/education center about the intricacies of chocolate, and a community hub. Their delicious treats include truffles, eclairs, Bear Paw (fudge brownie with dried cherries), cakes, and so many more delicious treats that are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. You'll want to try everything on the menu.

Golden Fleece, Inc. - ( 3856 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-521-9909, website)

Golden Fleece, Inc. was opened in 1995 by Daniel Goldman who has a passion for fine upholstery. They believe in collaboration with their clients in order to present each of them with their own bespoke product at the end of the collaboration. They focus on bedding, furniture upholstery, and window treatments. They have several decades worth of experience in interior decoration, fabrics, and furniture. If you have a creative vision for your house's interior, they will work with you to ensure that vision.

Great American Pizza (Camden Mart) - ( 4151 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-259-7929, website)

Great American Pizza is inside Camden Mart and is the brainchild of manager, Joe Abi Saab who always dreamed of owning a pizza place. He's very engaged with his customers and is eager to make sure they get exactly what they want. The Specialty Pizzas include Cheeseburger Pizza and BBQ Beef Pizza. They also have Super Specialty Pizzas such as Seafood Pizza and American Stuffed Pie. They have a pasta menu as well that includes Seafood Fettuccine and Italian Pasta Supreme. You're sure to find something tasty here.

Guilded Salvage Antiques - ( 4430 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-789-1680, website)

Guilded Salvage Antiques was opened twenty years ago by Scott Rogers and has been in the current location for over a decade (along with three other locations). They have a passion for antiques and an equal passion for finding the perfect antique for each client. They pride themselves on their customer service, in fact, and they have gained a reputation for being trustworthy. Most of their items are from local houses from the 1880s to the 1940s, and they focus on lighting and hardware.

Maye African Hair Braiding - ( 3801 Queen Ave. N,, 612-529-9068, website)

Maye African Hair Braiding is a hair saloon that focuses on all different kinds of braiding, ranging from basic to elaborate hairstyles. Some of the styles include box braids, passion twists, and cornrows. They do twist ups, knots, and colors, too. They do other hairstyles as well, but their main focus is braids.

Mother Co., Plants - ( 2400 N 2nd St.,, 612-, website)

Mother Co., Plants is located in the Northwind Lofts, LLC, and is dedicated to making all your gardening dreams come true. While they have all kinds of plants, they are known for their exotic cacti that you might not be able to find elsewhere. Their staff members are knowledgeable about plants and are eager to help out however they can. They have a wide variety of plants, including Ficus Lyrata, Zamicula Zamifola, Cereus Peruvianus, and Dracaena Marginata V. Tarzan. They also have pots and other accessories along with branded merchandise. In addition, they provide services such as interior landscape design, private workshops, and monthly public workshops.

The Flower Gal - ( 4601 N Queen Ave.,, 612-998-4534, website)

The Flower Gal is a floral shop owned by Lynn. She has excellent customer service and is focused on making the perfect arrangement for each customer. She has won awards for her floral designs. She provides arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and more. In addition to flowers, she has mylar balloons and other accessories. She has something special for every occasion.

Venture North - ( 1830 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-377-3029, website)

Venture North is a bicycle shop with more than just gears and pedals--they'll service your bike with a smile and a latte. They are committed to social justice as well as ensuring each client has the perfect bike for them. Oh, and coffee. Can't forget the coffee. They sell bikes and parts from Surly, Giro, Fairdale, and more. They also do repairs and they have programs as one. One of them is All About Bikes which is a hands-on mechanics training course for teenagers, aged 15-20. They have a coffee bar in a lounge that is open for people to hang out in with their friends or coworkers, and its a way to give back to the community. They get their coffee from a local place, Roastery 7 Coffee, and they have a barista who will whip up a caffeinated delight for you. They offer internships in the coffee bar to teens as well. It truly is a one-stop shop.

Victory - ( 3505 W 44th St.,, 612-926-8200, website)

Victory was the brain child of best friends, Lisa Balke and Susan Blankenship, based on their mutual love of hunting for and discovering unique antiques all across the country. Because of their frequent forays into the antique hunting world, they have added inventory on a daily basis. Said inventory includes jewelry, candles, furniture and more, and they have new and vintage items in all categories. They also sell jewelry made by local artists.

North Minneapolis Nightlife
Camden Tavern & Grill - ( 4601 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-529-4490, website)

The Camden Tavern & Grill is a low-key neighborhood joint that is a great place to chill with friends and a pint. They have darts and music, and sometimes, there's karaoke. The decor is mostly wood and the atmosphere is relaxed. The service is friendly and drinks flow during Happy Hour. Their breakfast menu includes Carnivore Omelet, Corned Beef Hash, Breakfast Sandwich, and more. Their lunch and dinner menu has dishes such as Pork Burger, Hot Beef Sandwich, Camden Special (homemade pizza), and Battered Cod.

T-Shoppe Bar - ( 4154 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-521-3373, website)

T-Shoppe Bar has been considered one of the best dive bars in North Minneapolis. It has a casual atmosphere and friendly service. It's the last 3,2 bar in the nation. It's owned by Marion and Joe Abell, and they have worked hard to foster a welcoming atmosphere for their customers. They have pizza if you have the munchies and they have frosted tankards if you want to keep your beer ice-cold. It's a great place to go with some friends just to hang out and have a few beers.

North Minneapolis Community Arts & Recreation
Asian Media Access North - ( 2418 Plymouth Ave. N,, , website)

Asian Media Access North is the administrative office and the dance studio for Asian Media Access (AMA). Their mission is to help the disconnected feel more connected through multimedia arts and technology. Their aim is to use technology and multimedia as a part of their community advocacy. They have educational programs for AAPI/disadvantaged youth, using multimedia and technology, to encourage the youth to pursue their dreams, including college and higher education. They also have exhibitions and performances centering on Asian experiences as well.

Harrison Recreation Center - ( 503 N Irving Ave.,, 612-370-4951, website)

The Harrison Recreation Center  is popular place to gather for members of the community. There are plenty of amenities that make it the ideal meeting place. There is a meeting room and a multipurpose room, a kitchen and a Little Free Library. There is also a gymnasium if you want to work out and a Craft Room if you want to, well, craft. It is nestled near the Harrison Park, where there are plenty of fields available if you're into playing sports. It is not air-conditioned.

Hollywood Studio of Dance - ( 2130 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-521-6780, website)

The Hollywood  Studio of Dance was founded in 1991 by Diane Elliott Robinson who is an accomplished dancer in her own rights. The studio's mission is to teach dance in a positive, supportive, and creative atmosphere. They believe that the skills they teach can be transferred to life in general and promotes a positive self-esteem, confidence, and discipline. Their programs include classes, mentoring, scholarships, and team performances. They accept students of all ages and skill levels.

Hopewell Music Cooperative North - ( 4350 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-466-0696, website)

Hopewell Music Cooperative North was opened in 2012 by two Northside music teachers who were frustrated with the shrinking resources for music classes in Minneapolis North. 50 students enrolled for the Lesson Program, which was the start of a steady growth that reached over 700 students by 2018. In 2013, they added an Ensemble Program because there aren't any ensembles in North Minneapolis. They are dedicated to making the lives of their students and members of the community better through music. They offer a sliding-scale tuition and financial assistance to anyone who needs it. They want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of music.

Juxtaposition Arts - ( 2007 Emerson Ave. N,, 612-588-1148, website)

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is a community-based arts organization that is heavily invested in supporting and promoting young artists. They have teen artists on staff and they are a valued organization in the community. It was opened in 1995 by Peyton Russell and Russel and DeAnna Cummings because they wanted to help underserved teen artists reach their potential. It started as an afterschool program and has grown into so much more. The foundation started bringing in neoteric artists to provide hands-on experience. They established a brick-and-mortar presence in 2004 as they continued to expand. In 2010, they started adding paid positions because many of the youths involved in their programs had to choose between art and work. Now, they are busy with their visual art education and training programs, and they are a thriving organization in the community.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance - ( 1106 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-521-1150, website)

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance was opened by Dr. Sharon Cook in 1998 to share her passion for and expertise in dance to a diverse range of students. She was taught everything from ballet to African dance, and she sent two of her assistant instructors to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC in 2008. As a result, there is a lot of the Alvin Ailey method taught to her students in the years since. The school teaches hip hop, ballet, and modern dance at all levels. The teachers are supportive to their students and the students have traveled to several places around the world in order to perform.

Lind Community Garden - ( 51st and Dupont Ave. N,, 415-378-0461, website)

Lind Community Garden is on the campus of the Jenny Lind Elementary School to the northern side. It's managed and maintained by the Lind-Bonhanon Neighborhood Association. It has raised garden plots for better gardening, and it's a great place to gather with other green-thumbed people who are interested in growing an abundant supply of produce. During summer, fellow gardeners trade tips (and produce!) as they happily toil away in the soil. They give the excess to a food shelf, which is a win-win for everyone.

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