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  • Shuang Cheng

    Shuang Cheng

    Fresh, succulent sea life prepared Cantonese fashion is the specialty at this beloved, brightly lit Dinkytown storefront. Be sure to check the specials board before ordering--does it feature razor clams? Dungeness crabs? Geoducks? Fried oysters?... More on Shuang Cheng »

  • 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 »

  • Arezzo Ristorante

    Arezzo Ristorante

    Authentic Italian cooking in a cozy, 50th and France storefront that's intimate enough for a romantic dinner, yet relaxed enough for a family meal. Gnocchi and Neapolitan pizzas are favorites. More on Arezzo Ristorante »

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Bars & Clubs

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Music Venues

  • 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 »

  • First Avenue

    First Avenue

    The club known worldwide thanks to 'Purple Rain' is a national treasure to Twin Cities music fans, who can catch anyone from local favorites to internationally-touring veterans at this former bus depot. A spacious dance floor and a balcony with... More on First Avenue »

  • 7th St. Entry

    7th St. Entry

    Call it First Avenue's auxiliary wing if you want, but this small-capacity offshoot of the venerable club is every bit as integral to the venue's identity as the mainroom. Since the early '80s, the Entry has been an ideal venue for local... More on 7th St. Entry »

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Food Trucks

  • Smack Shack

    Smack Shack

    When the weather allows, a guy in a truck can be spotted picking leaves off a sprig of fresh tarragon, readying it for a lobster roll, just down the block from the party scene outside the The Fine Line. The vehicle, Smack Shack, which is parked... More on Smack Shack »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

    Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

    Located across the street from the farmer's market in hoppin' Lowertown, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar's warehouse space is bright and airy, with a high ceiling and lots of light. In a neighborhood infused with the arts, the Black Dog follows... More on Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar »

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    • Ed Huyck writes for City Pages

      All of the detailed charts and policy discussions in the world can't have the same emotional impact of a well-told story. Playwright and performer Michael Milligan proves that thoroughly in his one-man show, Mercy Killers, now playing at Pillsbury House Theatre.Through blue-collar Joe, Milligan puts an all-too-human face on the American health-care crisis. More importantly, from a theatrical standpoint at least, Milligan crafts a fully realized character that comes to life in all of his complexity during the one-hour show.See also:Violent... More on Pillsbury House Theatre »

    • Update: There's alos seriously over-caffeinated radio spot making the rounds today too that makes this show sound like it's gonna be bigger than a monster truck rally. A few sample quotes: "Midway Stadium will EXPLOOOODE!" "We'll sell you the whole seat, but you only need... THE EDGGGE!" Opening acts TBA. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. CST for $50 plus ticketing fees at etix.com, the Midway Stadium box office, and the Depot Tavern. A four ticket limit will be strictly enforced. A presale passwords will be posted on... More on Midway Stadium »

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