The city of Chicago is well known for its hot dogs, polishes & pork chop sandwiches; but only few places cook ’em like the guys at Jim’s. Indeed there are various locations on just about every side of Chicago, but the original location near Maxwell Street is the truly great one. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year; the original Jim’s is a mecca for drunken bar goers of all ages, wasted college kids and pretty much anyone looking for good food at too cheap of a price (yes too cheap). That other place down the street (Maxwell’s) might have the best dogs on the block but Jims’ polishes & pork chops blow theirs out of the water. We’ve made many a drunken stops at Jim’s and I can’t remember an occasion when anyone was unsatisfied upon leaving, if you can’t find 1 thing on their menu that you like; you might not be human (or just vegetarian). If you’re ever near U.I.C’s campus or heading south on 94 from downtown, make the stop; it’ll be worth every penny.
Location: 825 Washington Ave SE #104, Minneapolis P: 612-378-3243 Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10:30AM-10PM, Fri-Sat: 10:30AM-Midnight
Cane’s is one of those places that you might pass everyday without noticing it, but once you stop in you’re hooked, possibly for life. Situated in Minneapolis’ Stadium Village neighborhood, Cane’s has quickly become a local favorite among hungry University of Minnesota students. Originally based solely in Louisiana, Cane’s specializes in premium chicken; they only have chicken strips and chicken sandwiches…that’s it. The simplicity of the menu adds to the greatness of the restaurant, you know the chicken’s good when that’s all they serve. For all my sauce savvy eaters beware, Cane’s strictly prohibits any other condiment but their own “Cane’s Sauce” which tastes like a mixture of familiar flavors (Thousand islands?), but is still very much a mystery. This place wont put too much of a beating on your wallet either and I’ve found it to be a great hangover cure as well. Stop in and get a taste of what you’ve been missing.
Location: 800 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hours: MON-FRI 8-8 SAT-SUN 9-5
Be’Wiched is a full on gourmet deli located in the warehouse district of Minneapolis. On a hungry afternoon driving around, this place happened to catch my eye. Come to find out, the place has been rated the #1 deli to grab a sandwich by multiple critics. Mike Ryan and Matthew Bickford are the master chefs behind the place. Both have culinary backgrounds which they decided to use to create these delectable sandwiches. I ended up ordering the classic pastrami, and god damn I have never tasted something so fresh and delicate. The sandwiches are priced around $10 a pop, so they are a little spendy, but worth it in my eyes.
Where: 2006 Washington Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Right off of Broadway & 94) Phone: (612) 522-0011 Hours: 8am-?
Although Pappy’s is no secret, we had to put em on. The place claims to be a Chicago style restaurant specializing in Chicago style dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Even though these may be some of their specialty foods, they have an endless menu including catfish, omelets, cheesesteaks, and a variety of chicken wings. They don’t have a website for us to link them to, so hear me out when I say this place is legit. Expect to spend anywhere from $2-7 at Pappy’s, and you will get a damn good meal in return. Also, check out their $2.99 breakfast special which includes eggs, hash-browns and one of a kind toast.
Bun Mi Sandwiches has been a favorite, quick lunch spot of mine since I attended the University of Minnesota. It is located just steps from the East Bank METRO Green Line light rail stop on Washington Avenue. The made-to-order food selections on campus are seemingly endless, but if you are looking for a fast Vietnamese sandwich at a very reasonable price, then Bun Mi is your place or could have been…
Unfortunately, the block where Bun Mi, Big Ten, Village Wok and Expresso Exposé are located is going to be the site of a 26-story apartment building. Before the restaurant closes doors on August 26, I would recommend popping in for a classic bánh mì sandwich with your choice of pork, chicken, beef, mock duck or tofu. They also do customizable salads with many of the same sandwich garnishes, including pickled carrots, cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro, all on a bed of vermicelli noodles. Their sauces are always on point, as far as the garlic mayo and peanut vinaigrette goes. And their fries are generously cut and seasoned just right.
Bun Mi announced its official closing date on their Facebook page and hinted at this not being the end of their legacy. An outpouring of likes and sad-faced emojis followed, as well as many heartfelt comments. Some notable ones include: Mike Longlet: “Speechless, such a staple in Stadium Village!” and Beatrix E Viatrix: “Half of the email traffic at my dept at the U today was lament of how we will possibly survive without you.”
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.