Local Flavor Edition in Minneapolis, MN
Some people say Minnesota's abbreviation MN stands for Minnesota Nice and when you visit Q Kindness Cafe in Downtown St. Paul you will agree that may just be case as you watch kindness keep going and going. The menu is filled with breakfast classics such as French toast and omelets and lunch offering range from burgers to salads - just remember not to ask for anything slim or skim because it's not offered. In the meantime, as customers wait for their food they enjoy reading the inspiring quotes on the walls. Before departing guest can spin the Kindness wheel and "pay it forward" by purchasing a food or drink item for an unsuspecting customer.
It's Greek to Me has been run by the same family for over 25 years. This cozy restaurant located in the heart of Minneapolis offers a delicious array of Greek dishes from the traditional Dolmades and spinach pies to braised lamb shanks. Imbibers will appreciate a wine list teeming with over 30 Greek wines and aperitifs. During the warmer months enjoy dining on the outdoor patio. As is typical with many Greek restaurants, this restaurant is closed on Mondays.
There’s nothing better than a good salsa made with fresh tomatoes and chiles and at Boca Chica Mexican Restaurant you will find just that, along with an abundance of other fresh, made-from-scratch menu items. Try Mexican favorites such as Menudo, Chile Relleno or a little bit of everything at the weekday buffet. Around since 1964, this location sits among other Mexican-inspired District Del Sol on St. Paul's West Side which is only minutes from downtown.
Part of the fun of local eateries is watching a location evolve over time and that's exactly what has happened with Birchwood Cafe. In 1926 the location started out as a dairy and eventually transitioned into a 1940's neighborhood grocery. By the mid-90's it was time for another change and became what it is today, an eco-loving restaurant with true-to-the-land offerings of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Broders Pasta Bar transpired after an a trip to Bologna, Italy. After proper cooking classes, which included a deep understanding of Italian cuisine and its history, Broders’ doors were ready to open. Today, this line-out-the-door restaurant produces outstanding food, service and ambiance. Unlike traditional Italian chains, Broders does away with the two-choice red or white sauce and instead addresses each dish individually with personal sautéing and creating. The homemade egg noodles are expected to be eaten immediate and not served on take-out items. On nice days, be sure to ask for a seat on the patio.