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Red Cow North Loop

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Location: 208 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-1AM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-1AM

Decent burger joints are not dime a dozen. Sure, you can grab any old burger just about anywhere, but a quality patty with quality ingredients surrounding it isn’t always the easiest find. Over the last few years, Red Cow restaurants have began to make their mark in neighborhoods across the Twin Cities, one visit and you’ll understand exactly why. At their downtown location, rustic meets trendy decor envelops the dining room, kind of awkward at first; but really easy to get passed, especially when the food arrives. The proscuitto topped Barcelona and the bacon filled 60/40 are my favorites, but the Ahi Tuna and Vegey burgers are great, healthier options. The restaurant walks a tight wire, the dining room is perfect for date night, while the not so far bar doubles as a solid back drop for a few early drinks with friends. I can only imagine this location becoming even more crowded as the North Loop and Saint Anthony Main neighborhoods continue into full scale gentrification, but you can bet they will ALL be fed well. Cost comes with quality and location, this is not your $5 corner burger joint, but I assure you that your $12 will not be spent in vain. Check one of their locations out for yourself, click the link below for more information.

Red Cow North Loop

El Cubanito

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Location: 2555 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Sat: 7AM-5PM, Sun: 9AM-3PM

Chicago is one of those cities where you can literally eat just about any type of food under the sun. Whether it’s Swedish pastries in Andersonville (really, that’s the name), Ethiopian food in Roger’s Park or tacos in Little Village; it’s all there. One of my favorite spots in the entire city is also probably one of the smallest, in the summer the line really stretches down the block. El Cubanito cooks up Cuban style steak sandwiches that could easily stand up to the traditional Philly that’s often favored. If you’re simply looking for a snack, they also make a damn good empanada; all of which can easily be had for under $10. Cuban food is often slept on, but one stop here and that’ll all change. If you’re ever near Logan Square and need a bite to eat, check out El Cubanito; you wont regret it.

Annie’s Parlor

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Location: 313 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis
P: 612-379-0744
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-Midnight

Tucked in the corner on one of Dinkytown’s busiest intersections, above the Kitty Kat Klub; lies one of Minneapolis’ best burger spots. At night the old school signs reading “Annie’s” in bright lights can’t be missed. Up the stairs and through the old parlor door, Annie’s interior looks as if it has never seen a makeover (in a good way). They have a decent variety of sandwiches, including a pretty good BLT; but everyone knows the burgers are the only way to go. No frills, no special sauces; just straight up hand/homemade burgers with lots and lots of cheese. Annie’s is a true parlor, they serve some of the city’s best malts and milkshakes to accompany any of the tasty burgers you decide to try. Overall this place is definitely the best spot for a classic “no nonsense” burger, the price is right and the service is fast; if you’re ever on campus make sure to stop in for a bite. You won’t regret it.

Phil’s Last Stand

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Location: 2258 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Sun: 10:30AM-10PM, Mon-Tue: 10:30AM-Midnight, Wed: 10:30AM-2AM, Thur-Sat: 10:30AM-4AM

Chicago’s hot dog game is on another level; red hots, char-dogs, grilled or raw onions, Chicago style toppings or old school style, poppy seed bun or plain, NO KETCHUP; it is it’s own madness. Last weekend we were out late in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and decided to stop by Phil’s Last Stand to finally find out what all the hype’s about. {2:00am, Saturday}: Upon entering, the place was full of all sorts of Chicago’s finest, everyone from drunken college kids, fed up locals; and yes the odd bum or two. Classic atmosphere at any Chicago stand around bar close, the interior was packed but the picnic table filled patio was pleasantly vacant. Both the burgers and the hot dogs were awesome, and like my friend Blanco said, “This place doesn’t give a fuck about fries”; they literally filled the entire basket around the hot dogs. Phil’s easily earned it’s spot within my top 5 hot dog stands in the city, good food, decent prices and they offer more space than the average stand. If you’re ever in West Town or the Ukraine Village on an empty stomach, i’d highly recommend a stop here; you wont leave hungry.

Harold’s Chicken Shack

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Location: Numerous (Best are 87th & Kedzie, 83rd & Ashland)
Hours: Vary by location

Growing up in Minnesota, KFC and Popeyes were the marquis chicken places aside from a few token spots like El-Amins, Shorty & Wags, and Pizza Gallery. When i came to the city of Chicago, it was clear that one name rang loudest in the conversation over chicken; Harold’s. A Southside institution, Harold’s Chicken Shack has reached national acclaim for having some of the best wings, not only in Chicago; but in the entire United States as well. When driving on the Southside you’ll see a Harold’s in just about every neighborhood stretching down into the city’s south suburbs, you can find them all across the city but they are most prevalent out south. The chicken itself is great, Juicy, Crispy and lathered in a sauce locals have named “Mild Sauce”; it’s like a blend of BBQ, Honey BBQ and ketchup. They provide a variety of sauces but Mild is really the only way to go, if you’re ever in Chicago you CAN NOT leave without eating at one of the many around town. Thank me later.

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Location: 16180 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie
Hours: Everyday // 11AM-10PM

The Twin Cities metro has it’s fair share of culinary gems, but one step further into the true suburbs might surprise you. One such low key institution is Lions Tap in Eden Prairie. Dating back to 1933, the place has come a long way transforming into one of the top 500 restaurants in the nation. Craft beer? Yup, they’ve been brewing their own for decades. Burgers? Yup, they offer 6 varieties including Bacon Cheese, Mushroom Swiss, and California; all of which come in single or double. Throw in a basket of fries and you’ve got a damn good meal at just under $10. The “after soccer game” vibe isn’t so bad once your food has arrived, if you happen to find yourself out by Valley Fair or Mystic Lake Casino, I’d highly recommend a visit.

C C. Club

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Location: 2600 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Hours: Sun-Sat: 8AM-2AM

As Minneapolis’ bar scene becomes more and more introverted, the old diamonds in the rough are beginning to reclaim their old shine. Dive bars like Liquor Lyle’s, Mortimer’s, Gringo’s & C.C Club are busier than ever proving that it’s not all about the trendy spots. Situated on 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake neighborhood, the C.C Club maintains a staple, statue like presence in the area. Popular for it’s happy hour specials (2 for 1s) the corner bar also serves up some damn good “dive” food (cheese curds, burgers etc). Pool tables, dart boards, and video games complete the scene; along with plenty of thirsty locals looking to have a good time. A perfect place to pregame or grab a last call, don’t be surprised if you bump into someone you know after a few visits. If you’re ever near 28th & Lyndale and in need of a drink, stop on into the C.C Club.

The Nicollet Cafe

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Location: 1931 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-10PM

A lot of people in Minneapolis would consider good cafe’s a dime a dozen, sure there are local favs like Spyhouse or Namaste; but sometimes I enjoy a more low key setting. The Nicollet Cafe on Franklin Street & Nicollet Avenue is slowly becoming a “go-to” place for a good cup of coffee and a quiet space to work. Decent specials, abundant seating and a diverse crowd are all positive things the Nicollet has to offer. If you’re looking for a little something to eat, they also serve sandwiches and breakfest to the shigrin of the Starbucks across the street. In an area saturated with cafe’s, The Nicollet is a nice change of pace from your typical coffee shop; if you’re ever in Steven’s Square stop in for a cup of Joe or a bite to eat.

Complex Mag: “Hidden Minneapolis”

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Jake Heinitz (Greenroom) was recently called upon by Complex Mag to highlight some fun spots in Minneapolis. A list clearly built by a local, Jake throws in a few overlooked locations, with the south side being a hot spot. Taco Cat, Glam Doll, Icehouse, Victor’s 1959 Cafe, Familia Skateshop and B.Resale all get worthy nods among the others, click the link below and check out the list for yourself.

Complex: “Hidden Minneapolis”

The Nicollet Diner


When people think of Eat Street, classic American diners are pretty much an afterthought. Sure, the Bad Waitress sits on 26th & Nicollet offering up great food, but the lower portion of Eat Street has been neglected. This all changed a few weeks ago when the long awaited Nicollet Diner opened its doors after a grueling remodel. The restaurant has that classic diner feel that you find at other places like Uptown Diner & Mickey’s, but remains relatively low key at the moment, meaning you’ll be able to find a seat quickly, if not instantly. Their menu isn’t necessarily special, but a good diner can easily get away with simply offering great breakfast, good burgers and quality shakes, after all; who cares when all you want to do is soak up last night’s party with fried goodness. Sure, I’ve eaten at better diners, but one can do faaarrr worse when hung over; the food was great and the service was adequate. If you live in Loring or Stevens Square, or if you’re simply in the area, stop in and grab a bite to eat, we guarantee you won’t regret it.