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Everywhere Awesome to Eat and Drink in the North Loop

Scotch eggs at Borough | Photo by Borough/Facebook

Sifting through the restaurant-dense neighborhood for the best bites

Restaurants are listed in geographical order from West to East.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 333-3837

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James Beard Award winning chef Isaac Becker’s Italian eatery is perpetually packed. Small and large plates are available and are best shared with friends. The crowded, boisterous dining room is always humming with activity.

The dark and cozy interior at Bar La Grassa
 Bar La Grassa / Website

2. Borough

730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 354-3135

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Parlour Bar’s more upscale sibling restaurant with beautiful plates of food and a wonderful side patio for lingering on when the nights are warm. The food is fancy enough for date night, but casual enough for a post-work hang. The open warehouse dining room has wood and metal finishes.

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3. Parlour

730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 354-3135

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This subterranean bar is known for high-end cocktails, friendly bartenders and an absolutely insane diner-style hamburger. There are dark corners and giant booths for chilling with someone special or a crew of friends.

North Loop’s Cheers! with better cocktails
 Parlour Bar

4. Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

600 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 342-2625

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Coal-fueled fire kissed chewy edges mark each of the pizzas found inside this ground-level pizzeria that also serves a wide selection of locally brewed beers.

Olive, onion and pepperoni pizza
 Andy Lien

5. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 259-7288

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The unlikely home of great lobster in the heart of the country, Smack Shack is a large warehouse space with a perpetual cauldron roiling, waiting to kick off another lobster boil. This giant room with hard spaces can get a little loud, but it’s always a freewheeling, fun time.

The patio at Smack Shack
 Smack Shack / Facebook

6. Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar

515 N Washington Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 800-6033

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Upstairs is a casual neighborhood eatery serving breakfast through dinner and downstairs in a nouveaux-dive bar with a food-service window. The mac and cheese is legendary, as are the friendly, fast-pouring bartenders.

There whenever you need them, at Nolo’s Kitchen
 Nolo’s Kitchen/Alma Films

7. Cuzzy’s Grill & Bar

507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 339-6211

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A classic neighborhood dive bar that has remained true to its roots as the neighborhood has grown up around it. It’s dark, well-worn, and affordable for a simple beer and bump.

Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

8. Rise Bagel Co.

530 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 354-3349

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This shop was an immediate hit and the bagels continue to draw the lines and fans. Office heroes are made by stopping by early and sharing several everything bagels and a tub of scallion cream cheese.

Delightfully gluten-full
 Rise Bagel Co.

9. Marvel Bar

50 N 2nd Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3929

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Grab a bite at the upstairs Bachelor Farmer before heading into the below level speakeasy. (Enter through the unmarked door facing the parking lot.) These boundary-pushing cocktails are the kind of thing mixology nerds geek out about, but are also divine to simply sip.

Cocktails for drinking aficionados 
Marvel Bar/Facebook

10. The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 206-3920

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What if Minnesota cuisine could be elegant and groundbreaking? That was the presumption that Eric and Andrew Dayton used to open this landmark restaurant that led the charge to changing the North Loop dining scene. The room mixes fine-dining elegance and country chic like the cornflower blue and white wallpaper.

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11. The Bachelor Farmer Cafe

200 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 206.3920

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The Bachelor Farmer Cafe has incredible pastries like perfectly-sized cinnamon rolls and grilled sandwiches created by the same chefs who lead the high-end restaurant next door, but with more affordable prices.

Strong wifi makes this also a great office away from the office
 The Bachelor Farmer Cafe

12. Spoon and Stable

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 224-9850

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Gavin Kaysen changed the conversation around Minnesota dining when he left New York to open his first restaurant in his hometown. Three years after opening, this remains one of the most sought-after reservations in town.

Seats in the bar area are always first come first served
 Photo courtesy of Spoon and Stable

13. Tullibee

300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(651) 468-0400

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This warm wood and leather filled chill space at the base of the Hewing Hotel is experiencing a culinary renaissance under its chef Matt Leverty. The dishes are total Instagram-bait with beautiful plates and occasion-worthy flavors.

Tullibee [Official]

14. Monte Carlo Restaurant

219 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 333-5900

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A throwback to another era, Monte Carlo hasn’t changed a thing in years to create a 50’s style dining room with ice cold martinis. In the warm months there is an expansive patio, but the can’t miss dish here are the wings. Massive and coated with a carefully guarded secret spice rub.

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15. Kado No Mise

There aren’t many seats, but with such gorgeous food, it’s worth jockeying for space. Kado No Mise serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and adds a special late night menu on Fridays and Saturdays. It also has a Japanese whiskey-stocked bar.

The late night menu starts at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
 Kado no Mise / Facebook

16. Red Rabbit

201 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 767-8855

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A casual neighborhood gathering spot, Red Rabbit is especially popular before a Twins game. The menu stars pizza, pasta and other Italian-influenced dishes. There is also a full bar with a deep and long cocktail menu worth diving into.

Sticky wings and a great patio make this a popular pre-Twins game stop.
 Red Rabbit/Facebook