The North Loop was once a mere trolley route through a portion of Minneapolis, Minnesota, but over time it evolved into one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. Pay a visit to this historic district and you’ll find that it’s a hub of hip eateries serving some of the finest fare in the state, whose collective awards could rival those of much larger locales. Enjoy our guide to 10 of the best restaurants in the North Loop.
The award-winning 112 Eatery has an indulgent menu with dishes like the lamb scottadito with goat’s milk yogurt; tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs; cauliflower fritters and a 112 cheese burger—all at incredibly reasonable prices. For something sweeter try the tres leches cake or chocolate torte with malted chocolate ice cream.
112 Eatery, 112 N 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 343 7696
The Bachelor Farmer
The Bachelor Farmer serves dishes featuring ingredients picked from its rooftop garden and has an elegant, sunny setting. Its Nordic-inspired menu pays tribute to the state’s culture while celebrating the farm-to-table movement. Enjoy entrees such as poached eggs with hen of the wood mushrooms, cipollini onions and mustard greens; smoked duck breast with butternut squash-oat porridge and red Russian kale; and pork shoulder with pork belly confit, hakurei turnips and their greens, and fresh soybeans.
The Bachelor Farmer, 50 2nd Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 206 3920
The Freehouse is a brewpub which serves entrees like the turkey burger, made with peanuts, curry, pepper jack cheese and poblano pesto aioli; and the cheese curds with hard cider batter, apple sauce and quince jam. If you’re feeling even adventurous, try the Korean Rockefeller oysters with kimchi, doenjang and tempura flakes, or the oxtail croquettes with blue cheese and pear. The Freehouse’s breakfast menu is just as funky, featuring dishes like the fried gnocchi with mushrooms, pesto, bacon, arugula, toast and a poached egg – a local favorite.
The Freehouse, 701 N Washington Avenue #101, Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 339 7011
HauteDish’s small plates are artfully prepared: choose from hearty yet complex options such as the pumpkin stew with panang curry, blue prawn, king crab and sticky rice, or the steak and potatoes with bone marrow, Texas toast and gremolata. If you’re seeking something truly special, however, order the famous HauteDish entree with Tater Tots, porcini, short rib and green beans.
Haute Dish, 119 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 338 8484
Smack Shack ensures the seafood it serves is sustainable, partnering with the Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program to do so. For a taste of some the finest seafood in the North Loop, you’d best try the lobster mac & cheese, fried oyster sliders or go all-in with the scrumptious, lobster boil drenched in butter.
Smack Shack, 603 N Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 259 7288
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