Every month, a crop of new and exciting restaurants, cafes and markets pop up in Minneapolis’ thriving dining scene. From a beer lover’s paradise to a lakefront cafe, the possibilities for a great (and memorable) meal are endless. Here’s a look at some of the newest dining hot spots in town, recently opened up.
221 Cedar Ave. S.
Great local beers are in abundance in owner Matt O’Reilly’s new restaurant, Republic (taking over the old Preston’s Urban Pub). Fultin, Surly, Flat Earth, Rush River and more — Republic has over thirty taps, filled with craft, Belgian and German beers. But let’s not forget about the food. Pub fare such as burgers (made from local grass-fed beef), fries and chips are on the menu mingling with salads, sandwiches, mussels and a daily fish selection. And most of the items in the menu are under $10. Good thing, too, because we plan to sample almost everything.
The Lowry Café
2207 Lowry Ave. N.
This homey spot is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. If you’re craving for some good old comfort foot, The Lowry Café might just be your home away from home, with a menu chock-full of classics such as pancakes, omelets and burgers. But we’ll be trying the Cuban sandwich (hot sliced pork and turkey smothered with Swiss cheese, mustard, pickle planks and their own aioli), and the Patty Melt — which has been getting rave reviews from new customers (and future regulars).
Bread & Pickle
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 W. Lake Harriet
Founded by the team behind Barbette (one of our favorite spots for crepes), Bryant-Lake Bowl, and Red Stag, the new lakefront dining spot Bread & Pickle focuses on casual and local eats — grass-fed burgers, whole-grain salads, veggie wraps. The menu, which will be changing seasonally, also features a variety of breakfast and desert offerings. If you have a hankering for beef, we recommend Black Bean or Cheese Works burgers. But the real star here is the impressive setting, perfect for a first date. And starting Memorial Day, a pre-order picnic menu will be available. Just click and order, and your food will be ready in a picnic basket, complete with blanket.
Masu Sushi & Robata
330 E. Hennepin Ave.
Don’t expect a quiet, Zen-like atmosphere, Masu Sushi & Robata is bursting with kinetic energy — from the wall of pachinko machines and colorful interiors to the busy bar, and happy, chatty diners. The menu is large, offering sushi, izakaya (small plates), grilled–and-skewered meats and veggies, noodles (14 different variations!) and other Japanese favorites (set meals such as pork katsu, chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura). Get here early as it tends to get really, really busy. But if you find yourself waiting for a seat, there’s always the wall of Japanese Munny dolls to keep you distracted.
Other new notable openings in Minneapolis:
Wise Acre Eatery, 5401 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
Rosa Mexicano (opening soon), 6th St. and Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Bullfrog Cajun Bar, 1111 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Crave, 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
What are your favorite new restaurants in Minneapolis? Let us know in the comments section below.