Legendary Twin Cities Restaurants
Collected by Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
These landmark dives, diners and restaurants are local legends in the Twin Cities.
36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Mickey's is an old-school, rail car-style, 24-hr diner located in downtown Saint Paul. It's a famous landmark and serves up the best greasy spoon food in the area. The staff is notoriously gruff but they can also be pretty sweet and cook good food...
50 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402, USA
If you're craving some down-home traditional American cooking, look no further than Ike’s. I love that you can start the day with a big fluffy stack of pancakes and keep going until cocktail hour (the 24K margarita is a must) and beyond with...
4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Sea Salt is a seasonal restaurant serving a variety of seafood tacos and baskets in the middle of a city park. This place is so popular, it's common to wait in line for over an hour to place an order. To help pass the time, regulars know to order...
3500 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
Matt’s is a no-frills dive that hasn’t changed decor since its 1950s origination and we hope it never does, tacky dark-yellow patterned wallpaper included. Behind the bar, 400 to 800 cheese-stuffed “Jucy Lucy” burgers are grilled to perfection...
1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, USA
Jax has been serving Northeastern Minneapolis since 1910, making it one of the longest running family-owned restaurants in the state. In addition to deliciously prepared cuts of steak and seafood, you can actually catch your own rainbow trout in...
413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
This James Beard America’s Classics winner hangs its medal modestly behind the bar with just about everything else: currency and postcards from around the world, cups, hot sauce, a pile of plastic dinosaurs, and yellow booklet records of regulars...
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