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Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a vibrant city filled with many things to do and lots of delicious places to eat. Like any city, there are some restaurants that are absolutely amazing. Here’s a list of 5 of the top restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota made by a local.

Butcher & The Boar

Type of cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Location: 1121 Hennepin Avenue

One of the best restaurants in the city, Butcher & The Boar is top notch when it comes to food and service. The food is out of this world- you can truly tell that the chefs are of the highest caliber and put care into the food that they make. The atmosphere here is great, especially in the summer when you can sit outside in the beer garden. The only this is that you should expect to get a hefty bill at the end of your meal. This is a great spot to go to on a special occasion.

George & The Dragon

Type of cuisine: Pub

Location: 813 W 50th Street

George & The Dragon is a pub that serves both American and British pub staples. The waitstaff here are extremely friendly and on top of things, always making sure that your glasses are filled with water and that you’re getting the proper attention. The food is incredible. No matter what you order it will be delicious. The vibe in the restaurant is friendly and casual. There’s even a bookshelf where children can pick a book from to read during their meal!  

Lotus Restaurant

Type of cuisine: Vietnamese

Location: 113 W Grant Street

When looking for Vietnamese food there is no better place to go in Minneapolis than Lotus Restaurant. No matter what you get here- it’s delicious! Whether you get a classic like pad thai or something different like the cream cheese wontons there is no doubt that you will leave satisfied. It should also be noted that the waitstaff is incredibly helpful and friendly!

Brasa Rotisserie

Type of cuisine: Southern, Caribbean

Location: 600 E Hennepin Avenue

You might be very much in the north but it’ll feel like you’re down south when eating at Brasa Rotisserie. Everything is cooked fresh, right of the grill and made with love like true southern food. The service is great, with all the food being brought out quickly. Another great thing about this restaurant is that you won’t break the bank eating here.

Bar La Grassa

Type of cuisine: Italian

Location: 800 Washington Avenue North

There’s no better place to get Italian in Minneapolis than Bar La Grassa. You can really tell that the restaurant wants you to have a great and special experience while eating there as they give you a small bowl of white beans and pickled veggies as an appetizer for free upon your arrival. Everything here is delicious. Simply put, it’s the best Italian in the city.

Day Trips from Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a bustling and exciting city filled with culture, art, food and activities. There is no doubt that it’s the perfect place to live. However, sometimes you just need to escape the city for a day. Hoping in your car for a day trip to the lake, a bike path or a quaint little town is the perfect getaway.

Lake Minnetonka

Located approximately 15 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka is the ninth largest lake in Minnesota. It is one of the most popular locations in the state for fisherman, boaters and recreationists. You can rent a boat, take out your own boat, go shopping in the near-by towns, enjoy a delicious dinner or take a lake cruise all at lake Minnetonka. The area is full of fun and exciting activities for all ages!

Taylors Falls

For anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, Taylors Falls is the perfect place to go! Just an hour away from Minneapolis, Taylors Falls is the ideal location for hiking and paddling. Located right on the St. Croix River, the area is a beautiful forested area with high cliffs. During the summer months it’s perfect for hiking, biking and river activities. In the fall you will be surrounded by the most incredible foliage. And in the spring the temperature is just perfect for all of your favorite outdoor activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin  

Calling all bicyclists! The next time you want to take your bike out for a beautiful spin head over to the Red Cedar State Trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. An hour and a half due east of Minneapolis, this 14 and a half mile trail is perfect for a scenic bike ride. You will see beautiful trees and it is typical to see a great deal of wildlife including eagles, herons, hawks and wild turkeys. There is no better place to go for a bike ride and spend the day outside of the city!


A 45 minute drive from Minneapolis, Northfield is a cute town and the perfect place to go to if you want to escape from the bustling city for a day. Northfield is home to two colleges, Carleton College and St. Olaf College, so the town is filled with a great deal of culture and activities. St. Olaf College is world-renowned for its music program and offers free recitals and concerts to the public. Head Downtown to Division Street, which is filled with cute mom-and-pop shops. Stop in to the Northfield Historical Society Museum to learn about a famous bank raid that occurred in the town back in 1876. This quaint town might seem like a small random place to go but it’s filled with many fun activities for the perfect day trip!

Best Lakes for Fishing in Minnesota

Minnesota borders Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, and is famous for being home to more than 10,000 lakes. All of these lakes make it a haven for fisherman. Minnesota has become a popular tourist destination for fisherman. Even during the winter, fishing doesn’t cease when the lakes freeze. Minnesotans have learned to embrace their long, harsh winters. Ice fishing has been around since the arrival of early Scandinavian immigrants. But which lakes in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” are the best to go fishing in?

Lake Louise
Preston, MN
Lake Louise is located in lake Louise State Park, just north of the Iowa border. The lake is 25 acres and man made. It is situated next to an 1,147 acre state park. The lake is only available for shore fishing. While a total of 47 species have been found in the lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish are the most widely caught fish in Lake Louise. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, fish travel into the lake from the Upper Iowa and Little Iowa rivers.

Fort Snelling Lake
St. Paul, MN
Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Fort Snelling Lake is part of Fort Snelling State Park. On the north side of the lake there is a wooden fishing dock, which is handicap accessible. There are also drive-in and carry-in boat launches. This spring fed lake is home to northern pike, sunfish, crappie and carp.

Annie Battle Lake
Whitetail Lane Battle Lake, MN
Glendalough State Park in northern Minnesota is home to Annie Battle Lake. You aren’t allowed to take motor boats out on the 355-acre lake so fishing there is very peaceful. The lake is home so sunfish, crappie, walleye and bass.

Lake Andrew
New London, MN
Lake Andrew is located in Sibley State Park. Crappie is the most populous fish found here followed by walleye and northern pike. At 918-square feet, Lake Andrew doesn’t have any boat access so fisherman have to fish from the shore. The lodge offers free rental equipment.

Lake Minnetonka
Minneapolis, MN
Bluegill, northern pike, and yellow perch are the most populous fish in Lake Minnetonka. The lake covers 14,205 acres and has a maximum depth of 113 feet, making it the ninth largest lake in Minnesota. It is one of the most popular lakes among boaters, fishermen and recreationists. An inland lake, lake Minnetonka is located approximately 15 miles west-southwest of Minneapolis.

With over 10,000 lakes to choose from, Minnesota is one of the best places in the United States to go fishing. For a list of all the lakes in the state check out this list.