6 Must-Try Local Restaurants You’ve Missed This Past Year

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Throughout the pandemic, many of us missed out on brunches downtown or dining in at our favorite eateries. Now that restaurant capacity limits have been lifted throughout Minnesota, you might consider visiting a new restaurant for date night or a meal out with your family this summer. 

Here are six must-try Minneapolis restaurants in the Minneapolis to ease you out of the pandemic.

1. George and the Dragon

George and the Dragon is modeled after an English-style pub, which is not only a great place to get a drink, but is also a gathering place for the community. The owners of George and the Dragon seek to become such a place for the Minneapolis community. They serve a great mix of British and American food, all made with locally sourced ingredients, and have a large selection of beers.

2. Chimborazo

Chimborazo offers a glimpse into Andean and Ecuadorian cuisine, coupling the experience with Otavaleño textiles and traditional Quichua music. The owner, who is also the chef, came to Minneapolis from Cañar Sierra, where he was taught how to make dishes from multiple Ecuadorian regions. They also offer outdoor dining for those who would prefer it.

3. Hai Hai

Hai Hai is a Southeast Asian restaurant that offers classical dishes along with lesser-known delicacies and street foods. Inspired by the owners’ personal experience with Southasian food, the dishes they serve are meant to celebrate Southeast Asian culture and showcase the best of their cuisine. In addition to their indoor dining room, they have a patio for outdoor dining.

4. Cafe Lurcat

Cafe Lurcat offers sophisticated American cuisine in a great urban venue, which would be perfect for any number of events: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers, graduation parties, etc. There are three chef-driven menus to try, with an expansive global wine list that comes by the glass and the bottle. All of the ingredients for their food are locally sourced, fresh, and artisanal.

5. Stella’s Fish Cafe

Stella’s Fish Cafe offers a menu specializing in seafood, with some nonseafood and gluten-free items mixed in. The seafood they use in their dishes is fresh and flown in daily. You also have the option of rooftop dining overlooking Uptown Minneapolis, complete with a fresh Sushi bar. If you have a special event you’re planning, consider reserving Stella’s SkyDeck!

6. The Cookie Cups

When you’ve finished eating your meal at any one of these amazing restaurants, come visit us at The Cookie Cups in Chanhassen! We have a wide variety of cookie flavors, from red velvet chip to apple pie.. If you are still feeling wary of eating inside, you can order cookie cups and pick them up from our shop. 

Aside from our classic dessert Cups, we also offer savory options (like spinach and artichoke mac & cheese and Asian chicken taco), as well as baking kits that you can use with your family, such as bread, pizza, rainbow ravioli, and of course, our flagship Unicorn Cookie Cups.

Stop by our Market Street location and pick up some delicious sweet and savory treats today!

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