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  • El Taco Riendo

    El Taco Riendo

    Mexican fast food can get a bad rap, but there's nothing like a freshly made taco or burrito as a quick comfort meal. El Taco Riendo offers more than a dozen varieties of tacos (at $2.10 an order), along with burritos, tamales, chimichangas, and... More on El Taco Riendo »

  • Hazel's Northeast

    Hazel's Northeast

    Brothers Andrew and Adam Sieve are the third-generation of a restaurant-owning family who named their first venture after their grandmother Helen, nicknamed Hazel. They've brought neighborhood-friendly dining back to the Johnson Street space... More on Hazel's Northeast »

  • Granny Donut

    Granny Donut

    With a name like Granny, how could their doughnuts be anything but delicious? Run by the same family for over two decades, this small brick-facade building in the heart of the West Saint Paul strip is the epitome of old-school (a former... More on Granny Donut »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Dean's Tavern

    Dean's Tavern

    Located on the stretch of Rice Street just south of 36, Dean's Bar resides in a quaint building that looks like it should be situated on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It's a great place to go for cheap food and drinks, with generous happy hour... More on Dean's Tavern »

  • The Nickel Joint

    The Nickel Joint

    Think of any popular corner bar in Northeast Minneapolis. Subtract hipsters and take $2 off the price of all drinks, and you might have The Nickel Joint. Bikers, blue-collars and regulars keep it working class inside the windowless brick Frogtown... More on The Nickel Joint »

  • Sporty's Pub & Grill

    Sporty's Pub & Grill

    A quintessential neighborhood bar, Sporty's has a certain small town charm, offering pool, darts, karaoke, arcade games and excellent drink specials. Each night of the week hosts a different theme or activity, including trivia, student nights,... More on Sporty's Pub & Grill »

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Music Venues

  • Lee's Liquor Lounge

    Lee's Liquor Lounge

    This wood-paneled honky tonk bar has seen a bit of renovation and redecoration since Target Field sprung up a stone's throw away. But make no mistake: Lee's Liquor Lounge is still the same home to working-class country, roots and rock music it's... More on Lee's Liquor Lounge »

  • Turf Club

    Turf Club

    Few bars in St. Paul can boast the kind of bang-per-buck ratio as the Turf, where a twenty will get you in to see a three or four-band set -- usually featuring notable local and national indie-rock acts -- and enough drinks to last you pretty... More on Turf Club »

  • Triple Rock Social Club

    Triple Rock Social Club

    Since they opened in 2003, the Triple Rock has become one of the big destination punk, indie rock and underground hip hop clubs in the Twin Cities -- a good-sized music venue catering to pretty much every cool kid in town. Arrive to shows early... More on Triple Rock Social Club »

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Movie Theaters

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Food Trucks

  • Turkey to Go

    Turkey to Go

    Turkey To Go, a Minnesota State Fair mainstay since 1959, has brought its famous turkey sandwiches--along with homemade, build-your-own cookie-and-ice cream sandwiches--to Nicollet Mall. You can have your turkey drumstick slathered in a sweet,... More on Turkey to Go »

  • Fork in the Road

    Fork in the Road

    This bright orange truck"s menu mantra is "fresh and familiar." In the summertime, that means cookout and picnic fare such as Reuben brats, diner-style pulled pork, pasta salads, and sno-cones. As the weather cools, the truck offers homestyle... More on Fork in the Road »

  • World Street Kitchen

    World Street Kitchen

    World Street Kitchen is a more casual offshoot of the upscale Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant Saffron operated by chef Sameh Wadi out of a parking lot at Nicollet and Fifth when weather permits. The truck's menu spans the globe:... More on World Street Kitchen »

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Coffee Shops

  • Caribou Coffee

    Caribou Coffee

    Diminutive in size compared to its Seattle-based Goliath of a competitor, Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee is nonetheless the second largest coffee shop chain in the U.S., with more than 400 locations. Besides classic coffee and espresso drinks... More on Caribou Coffee »

  • Starbucks


    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Minneapolis / St. Paul and around the world. Named for the chief... More on Starbucks »

  • Kopplin's Coffee

    Kopplin's Coffee

    Andrew Kopplin thinks most coffee is crud, which is exactly why you should drink his. The veteran barista/shop owner sources his beans selectively and brews them by the cup in a fancy new machine called the Clover. (It gives coffee geeks precise... More on Kopplin's Coffee »

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    • Ed Huyck writes for City Pages

      David Bar Katz shines a light on not only one of the greatest fictional heroes of the 20th century, but also the mild-mannered man who helped to create him in The History of Invulnerability. The play, which opens this weekend at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, takes a look at the life of Jerry Siegel who, along with Joe Shuster, created Superman in the 1930s.See also:The Last Five Years: Love in reverseDirector Hayley Finn notes that the play's title works on several different levels, not just on the character's invulnerability, but... More on Hillcrest Center Theatre »

    • Stone Arch Sling Spoonriver Restaurant $9.50 For even the heartiest and halest winter-faring Minnesotan, the arrival of spring, so vibrant on the heels of months of shades of gray, feels a lot like Dorothy emerging from her crashed up black and white farmhouse into an exotic Technicolor blaze. Embrace this opportunity to explore your city with new eyes. Get outside. Be a tourist. Stroll St. Anthony Main, hop on a bike and cruise along the Mississippi, then unwind in relaxed, earthy style at Spoonriver, sipping on a Stone Arch Sling.... More on Spoonriver Restaurant »

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