Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Minneapolis Food And Drink Tourist Attractions

July 1, 2013 11:57 AM

(credit: La Belle Vie Facebook Page)

This past Saturday was a big day in downtown Minneapolis and especially the Loring Park area with the Gay Pride weekend and parade. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the events, ate at restaurants, drank local brews, and enjoyed all that Minneapolis has to offer. A lot of the people in Minneapolis this weekend were visiting from out of town. So Dara decided to make a Top 5 for them! What are the places we can brag about that are basically within walking distance of Loring Park? Dara knows!

(credit: Prohibition Website)

(credit: Prohibition Website)

Prohibition and the Living Room at the Foshay
821 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700

This one is truly a full-on “tourist” spot. And that’s meant in a good way. At the top of the legendary Foshay Tower is a bar called Prohibition. It’s a great spot for views, getting your photo taken, watch the sunset and more. They open every day at 5:00 and they make some amazing, old-school drinks. Think Singapore Slings and Sidecars. It’s a return to the roaring 20’s in a place built during that time period! Not a lot of food (some snacks) but worth it for the ambiance, views and more!

(credit: La Belle Vie Website)

(credit: La Belle Vie Website)

Lounge at La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 874-6440

La Belle Vie is certainly one of Minnesota’s great restaurants. But think about heading to the Lounge instead of the restaurant. A little more casual but still with the amazing food you’d find in the restaurant, the Lounge is one of Minneapolis’ overlooked gems. Located on the southwest corner of Loring Park in the Groveland building, it’ll take a bit of looking to find it. But oh so worth it. Bartender extraordinaire Johnny Michaels has been there forever and is one of the top bartenders not just in Minnesota, but around the country (such as being named a top 25 bar in the country by Men’s Fitness!).

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Butcher and the Boar
1121 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888

Home to the best hot dog in Minnesota according to Dara (and seriously, eat it and you’ll agree…it’s incredible). There is the beer garden out back, great meats and gourmet dishes inside, and the bragging rights they have right now are unequaled. The sausages they make in-house are now being sold in stores and for good reason. They’re traditional in many of the best ways while still taking some different approaches that will thrill you. Butcher and the Boar should be on your list of places to take out of town friends and family!

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Burch Steak
1933 Colfax Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-1515

The newest offering from Chef Issac Becker (112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa) is another hit. It’s become one of the toughest reservations in town and for good reason. It’s basically steak. With a few other things mixed in. But you go for the steak (or sneak into the Pizza Bar downstairs where you can still get the full steak menu). One of the most appealing things about Burch is the choice of meat. From 100% Grass Fed, to all natural meat from Niman Ranch, to the classic “Prime” beef, Burch gives you carnivores all the options you could desire!

Taken straight from Vincent's downtown, The Vincent Burger is made with angus beef and stuffed with braised short rib and smoked gouda.  Truly a gourmet burger (with a gourmet price of $12). (credit: Crystal Grobe)

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

1100 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 630-1189

It’s an iconic Minneapolis restaurant. You can take a little path out of Loring Park and pop out near Nicollet where you’ll find Vincent. It’s French, it’s famous for it’s elite dinners and it also has one of the great burgers in town. The Vincent Stuffed Burger is famous for good reason. It’s stuffed with braised short rib and Smoked Gouda, it’s beefy, meaty and maybe as iconic to Minneapolis as the Spoon and Cherry? Try it and see for yourself.

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