Where to Eat and Drink After Pond Hockey Around Lake Nokomis – Minneapolis, MN

Where to Eat and Drink After Pond Hockey Around Lake Nokomis – Minneapolis, MN

So many good spots to warm up around the Pond Hockey tourney.

 

Discover all the great eats on the east side of the lake: The neighborhood of Nokomis East is a small town with everything you need, down-to-earth and culinary rich if you know where to look. A neighborhood that’s quietly building its lineup of restaurants and craft beer haunts, from the delightfully uncrowded shores of Lake Nokomis and the thundering beauty of Minnehaha Falls to the well-stocked vintage shops along Minnehaha Avenue. Find great burgers, fried chicken, cupcakes, Midwestern-style pizza, and more.

1. Fat Lorenzo’s

5600 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 822-2040

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This quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant is where paper tablecloths come with a set of crayons. The walls are covered in homey murals. Huge slices of scratch-made lasagna are chock-full of every kind of meat you can imagine. Hoagies overflow with massive meatballs arrive dripping with piping-hot red sauce and provolone cheese. Best of all, huge portions don’t come with a huge price tag so you’ll leave with your belly and wallet comfortably stuffed.

 

2. Nokomis Beach Coffee Cafe

4956 28th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 729-2190

One of the most consistently busy places in the neighborhood is the Nokomis Beach Cafe. You’ll know you’re there by the jolly canoe-planter marking its place on the corner of 50th and 28th. One word to sum up why NBC is on the list? Waffles. Two more words? All. Day. Plus there are mile-high sandwiches made to order in front of your drooling face with bread baked same-day from A Baker’s Wife just down the street. Friendly baristas top it all off with a specialty ‘Noko’ coconut-inspired mocha or cold press brewed to perfection. With huge picture windows and only one block between you and Lake Nokomis, it’s no surprise Nokomis Beach Coffee is a favorite of the neighborhood locals.

 

3. Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub

2716 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1450

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Fresh fish, 18-hour porketta and craft beer are all smoked in-house to perfection. The cozy interior has huge picture windows and hop vines shading the patio. The hand-cut fries are just the right amount of crisp, and between the sizeable selection of house and guest taps, there’s a beer on the menu to pair with any dish. This brewpub has friendly, fast service and outrageously flavorful food.

 

4. A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop

4200 28th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-6898

A Baker’s Wife is where you wake up early to go stand in line for warm pastries. With cake donuts that check all the boxes—warm, soft, smooth, airy, sugary, and fresh—this no-frills bakery keeps it simple and cheap. Show up early, get two warm cinnamon-sugar donuts for less than a dollar, and enjoy alongside the life-sized cow statue as they melt in your mouth.

 

5. Buster’s On 28th
4204 28th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-0911

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Go to Buster’s for happy hour. You’ll thank me later. With a tap selection over 20 craft beers deep and a happy hour that offers better-than-average pub fare—think seasonally-inspired mussels and calamari fried to perfection—Buster’s is a beer lover’s heaven and a neighborhood staple.

 

6. A Cupcake Social

3800 28th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(651) 243-1114

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This adorable shop sells a creativie, variety of cupcake flavors. Moist, rich cake and perfectly-paired frosting adorn an ever-expanding selection of taste combinations.

 

2814 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 721-2023

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Simple and to-the-point barbecue include ribs that are meaty and fall-off-the-bone tender. The sauce is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, vinegary goodness. Only order hot if you can handle it, even the mild has a bit of a kick.

 

8. Tacos Lupita

5748 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 598-5460

An ideal place to bring a giant appetite with a menu dominated by affordable burritos and tacos. The menudo and pozole are a good best on cold days, post hockey game or jaunt around the lake.

 

9. Berry Sweet Kitchen

5406 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 345-7376

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The food at Berry Sweet Kitchen is made from scratch daily, food is fresh, colorful and flavorful. Start at the breakfast menu overflowing with fluffy-crisp waffles, rich french toast and a baby-sized burrito stuffed to the breaking point. Finish with the chef’s specialty, decadent desserts lining the display case.

 

10. Bull’s Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378

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It’s dive bar with a heart of gold. Bull’s Horn is the work of two lifelong industry folks, Amy Greeley, with her undeniable charm and warm hospitality and her husband Doug Flicker, one of the most respected chefs in Minneapolis, long known for mind-blowing fine dining. The duo decided to ditch the high-end world, or a cozy neighborhood eatery with pickle brine fried chicken, affordable beers, free popcorn, and an awesome jukebox.

The back bar featuring bull’s horns, bags of chips, and on the bar is a dark beer with a bowl of popcornBull’s Horn Food & Drink/Facebook
5011 34th Ave. A.
Minneapolis, MN 55417

This restaurant is nothing short of an ultra-fresh umami-bomb. Creative, delicious, and surprisingly good for you—everything on Chef Tamara Brown’s menu is gluten-free and locally and sustainably sourced. While it’s difficult to pick just one thing from a menu that incorporates everything from American classics to Asian-inspired fare, don’t skip the miso-braised pork. Just, don’t.

12. Town Hall Lanes

5019 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 767-3354

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A chill, laid back neighborhood pub with bowling lanes, Town Hall’s lineup of beer, and elevated bar food.

 

13. Dumpling

4004 Minnehaha Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 724-8795

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This modest restaurant is serving some of the best lomein around. Dumpling began as a farmers market stand before finding this permanent location, and it’s built a reputation as a small Asian eatery is an under sung gem.

 

14. Parkway Pizza

4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-9090

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This is the pizza of Southeast Minneapolis legend. The original home of Parkway Pizza, its Minnehaha location is spacious-yet-cozy. Serving up proper midwestern square slices, this self-titled ‘Minneapolis Style Pizza’ comes with pretty much any topping you could ever want on a pizza. Top it off with Parkway’s excellent beer selection.

 

GLOBAL PROBLEMS REQUIRE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

GLOBAL PROBLEMS REQUIRE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

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  • To advocate and educate for a model of inter-generational cooperation which can effectively address the many global challenges that we face in the present era.

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Make Your Connection: Flight at the Minnesota Opera – St. Paul, MN

Make Your Connection: Flight at the Minnesota Opera – St. Paul, MN

MAKE YOUR CONNECTION: FLIGHT

This modern opera explores the stories of eight strangers stranded in an airport overnight as they come together, and realize they need each other to get to where they want to go. Music by Jonathan Dove and a libretto by April De Angelis make this an inspiring comedy that contemplates the meaning of human connection. Tickets start at $22. Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 612-333-6669, mnopera.org

 

MUSIC BY JONATHAN DOVE
LIBRETTO BY APRIL DE ANGELIS

January 25–February 2

MAKE YOUR CONNECTION: FLIGHT

 

 

 

The Sisterhood of the Shops at Selby & Snelling – St.Paul, MN

The Sisterhood of the Shops at Selby & Snelling – St.Paul, MN

Fourteen lady bosses strike a pose on Selby Ave. The St. Paul intersection is home to more than two dozen businesses owned by women.

Each entrepreneur brings a unique philosophy to her work. For instance, Teeny Bee’s Kristie Case focuses on a curated assortment of kids’ wares. Jill Erickson, owner of Spoils of Wear, stocks her shelves with ethical and sustainable fashion brands. Kae Kozlowski operates Brow Chic, a salon for eyebrow shaping, makeup application, and eyelash extensions.  And the vintage game belongs to Kitty Van Hofwegen, of Everyday People; Hayley Bush of Lula Vintage Wear; and Megan McGuire of Up Six Vintage. Some could argue these three are the district’s grandes dames. “While vintage fits with my sustainability mission,” says Erickson, “I don’t focus on it because others in the ’hood do it better.”

Despite their different niches, the women are very supportive of one another. “You start a business, and it feels like you’re doing it all on your own,” says McGuire, “but you’re not.” She believes that when the neighboring businesses pool resources and send customers to each other’s stores, they are giving the shopper what they want: camaraderie.

The communication started at a series of meetings to discuss the new Whole Foods that opened on Selby Avenue in 2016 and the disruption from construction, the increase in traffic, a new apartment complex, and more. “We noticed the community really came together and talked to one another,” says Erickson. “A lot of important decisions had to be made and it became evident that we really needed each other.”

Case, who opened Teeny Bee six years ago, felt she was on her own island. But as more locally owned businesses have opened, hers has only benefitted.

Some of the women even play shopkeeper for each other. “It can be super lonely manning your business on quiet days,” says Erickson, who sometimes swaps spots with her next-door neighbor and close friend, Case, to work the Teeny Bee till. The two even operate a YouTube channel where they discuss the hardships of owning a retail store in this tough climate dominated by e-commerce.

Veterans also play big sister to the new kids on the block. “Everyone genuinely wants one another to succeed,” says Liberty Fontimayor, owner of fashion boutique Common Coast. Since opening her doors in November, her new neighbors have stopped by to share business stories, offer guidance, and continually check in. Fontimayor returns the favors and includes goods from the nearby stores in her Instagram stories. “I show my customers how they can pair a cool vintage tee with a new cardigan from my boutique.”

It’s obvious these women, like those in any thriving retail neighborhood, are much more than the sum of their parts. “We are creatives, event planners, mompreneurs, crime stoppers, and community builders,” says McGuire. “We’re examples for future female business owners.”

As escalating rent and taxes drive businesses off Grand Avenue, has this intersection become St. Paul’s new spot to #shopsmall? Only time will tell. But we need to play our part. We need the success stories like this to showcase the importance in supporting neighborhood businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them. A reminder to keep our dollars local and help ensure that storefronts remain vibrant, friendly shopkeepers stick around, and neighborhoods thrive.

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A PROUD WINTER TRADITION IN MINNESOTA: The Great Northern

A PROUD WINTER TRADITION IN MINNESOTA: The Great Northern

The International Eelpout Festival takes place in Walker every February

More than 10,000 people gather in Walker each year for this three-day party on Leech Lake. The annual event is, by name, a celebration of a distinct and not-so-pretty bottom-feeding fish. The festival includes a fishing contest, but is ultimately so much more. There are auto races on the ice, a rugby game, a kid’s perch contest, an eelpout nugget fish fry, and a serious beer pong tournament.

10 days of outdoor winter events: one big celebration.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s premier winter events have joined forces to celebrate the best of the season together.

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE

SAINT PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL
Rice Park
Multiple Dates|All Day
U.S. POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Thursday, January 23|5:30p – 8:30p
U.S. POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lake Nokomis (Rink #1), Minneapolis
Friday, January 24
U.S. POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Sunday, January 26|All Day
SAINT PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL
Rice Park
Saturday, February 01|5:30p – 7:30p
CITY OF LAKES LOPPET
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
Saturday, February 01|6:00p – 9:00p
CITY OF LAKES LOPPET
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy
Friday, January 31|6:00p – 8:00p
SAINT PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL
Kellogg Mall Park
Multiple Dates

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