Spending a summer day in one half of the Twin Cities? Surely, you will need some delicious food to fuel your journey. Pack Up + Go has you covered for all hours of the day and every meal in-between. We have journaled an entire day of foodie goodness, selecting our top restaurant picks with varying cuisine, so that your meals are just as memorable of an experience as the rest of your adventuring!
Written by Madison Longenecker
BREAKFAST + BRUNCH
No other way to start your day than with breakfast!
Hot Plate ($$)
Serving up artisanal twists on classic American-fare, this quirky and uniquely-decorated breakfast spot will delight your taste buds and get you ready for a full-day of Minneapolis adventuring! Their star items? Biscuits and gravy, caramel pecan rolls and the pumpkin buckwheat waffles. Beware, it can get pretty busy in the morning, but it is well worth the wait.
Address: 5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hours: Mon-Thu: 8AM-1PM, Fri-Sun: 8AM-2PM
Want a bit more untraditional and upscale breakfast cuisine in a light and airy atmosphere? Blackbird is the spot for you, serving farm-to-table crafted meals for breakfast and weekend brunch. Whether you have a gnawing sweet tooth or crave savory selections, Blackbird has options for both salty and sweet teeth, with sweet potato biscuits topped with sausage gravy and delectable french toast.
Address: 3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: Mon-Thu: 8AM-9PM, Fri + Sat: 8AM-10PM, Sun: 8AM-3PM
COFFEE + TEA
Just in case you didn’t have enough caffeine at breakfast.
Whether you’re a diehard coffee drinker or prefer the flavors of tea, head to Five Watt Coffee, Kingfield to get your caffeine fix! You may not want to leave this atmosphere since it’s so hip and cool!
Address: 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: Daily 6AM-10PM
Now that you’re getting hungry, stop into these joints for a bite to eat before you keep the day going!
Classic southern food and, of course, fried chicken is the main element in this hip lunch spot right near downtown Minneapolis, right up the road from Blackbird! They even have a crispy jerk cauliflower meal for all the vegetarians out there. But their speciality is their chicken, so if you’re a meat-eater, don’t miss their chicken and waffle sandwich served with a sunny-side up egg right on top of the whole thing (see the photo to the right. Warning: may induce salivation).
Address: 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: Daily 11AM-10PM
Hell’s Kitchen ($$)
An underground restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis serving food all day? That’s exactly what Hell’s Kitchen is! It may sound odd, but the best things in life are unique! Head here if you are hungry for a classic American-style lunch: Juicy Lucifer Burgers, Swoon Worthy Mac and Cheese and even vegan options. Stick around till happy hour to get your boozy fixings from 3PM-6PM, everyday!
Address: 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Hours: Mon-Thu: 7AM-10PM, Fri: 7AM-11PM, Sat: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun: 7:30AM-10PM
Now that you’re ready to rest those feet and take a load off, check out these Pack Up + Go picks for dinnertime in Minneapolis.
Ingredients from the best, handpicked sources make up this restaurant’s scrumptious and unique menu of dishes. Offering appetizers, toasts, entrees and desserts, there will be no lack of variation on your palate. The perfect meal to replenish your energy after a long day of fun.
Address: 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hours: Sun: 5PM-9:30PM, Mon-Thu: 5:30PM-9:30PM, Fri + Sat: 5:30-10:30PM
112 Eatery ($$$)
Scents of eclectic fare like cheese tortellini with maitakes and octopus and clam brodetto fill this eatery’s dining room. The menu is small but every dish is special and ever-changing. You won’t find these recipe combinations anywhere else. After a day in the city, if you want to top it off with a more upscale dining experience, this is a great place to be.
Address: 112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hours: Daily 5PM-12AM, except Sun: 5PM-10PM
The cherry on top of a perfect day.
Patisserie 46 ($$)
The day isn’t over until dessert is had! Balance your palate with some sweet stuff from this dessert shop. The French desserts aren’t just tasty but they’re gorgeous to the eye too!
Address: 4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Hours: Mon: CLOSED, Tue-Sat: 7AM-6PM, Sun: 7AM-2PM
Milkjam Creamery ($$)
If ice cream is more your jam, head to Milkjam Creamery for modern, funky takes on your classic favorites with just as energetic names to match. If you already have a buzz from dinner, don’t let the ice cream stop you and get a boozy sundae to keep the party going all night long!
Address: 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hours: Sun-Thu: 12PM-10PM, Fri + Sat: 12PM-11PM