Eat and drink with a view of the Mississippi River


belly up to the banks

As it opened as Red River Kitchen in a restored grain elevator, this quiet riverside spot just down from Raspberry Island has become, quite simply, Townhouse. It’s easy to eat with street tacos, nachos, and Cuban and pork sandwiches, plus beer, wine, and cocktails. Plan an afternoon of barge-watching while sipping a cucumber-basil gin and tonic or a raspberry-lime mojito. Located along the Sam Morgan Regional Trail. 258 Mill St.

Dine at Charcuterie Buon Giorno Italia, a third-generation Italian market and restaurant in Lilydale, and you’ll spin a fork of fettuccine overlooking the water. Better yet, you can stop before you kick off your best summer day and grab all the meats, cheeses, and picnics (don’t skip the enormous spicy Calabrian hoagie). Also, don’t forget that Sunfish Cellars is next door with all the wine and libations your cooler craves. 981 Sibley Memorial Highway.

Acapulco awaits you at Las Islands. This cute family restaurant sees your lake fish and elevates you with octopus, prawns, calamari, red snapper and langoustine. Carnitas and chicken will delight earthlings, but no one can resist the homemade piña colada. On weekdays, all margaritas are $4 at this waterfront location in South St. Paul. 600 N. Concord St.

The Mill City Farmers Market in the Minneapolis Mill District, there are vendors both under the sheds and in the plaza adjacent to Guthrie and West River Parkway. On Saturdays from May to October, you can stock up on local organic produce (or grab some Double Dog Kombucha and a slice of Northern Fires Pizza), then sit on the stairs overlooking the river. Watch a cooking demonstration, listen to live music, or just people watch the town go by. 750 S. 2nd St.

Discreet boat rats love it mississippi pub, an all-window waterfront seal with a patio with a view of the Rock Island Swing Bridge. An award-winning pineapple and pork burger is a legend on this part of the river, but so are the crispy fish tacos and crab cakes. Pro tip: There’s a gas pump at the adjoining marina in River Heights. 4455 E. 66th Street, Inver Grove Heights

The only charming hotel on an island in the river, Nicollet Island Inn has a great old fashioned bar with a nice whiskey list. Book a room, book a dinner, or just hose your whistle at the Minneapolis landmark that has stood fire and time since 1893. Or go big and impress your mate with a sunset river cruise and dinner package that serves your first course of snacks and champagne on the Minneapolis Water Taxi before settling into the historic inn for an elegant dinner. 95 Merriam Street.

It can be difficult to get a reservation for the dining room at Owamni, the city’s first native restaurant, but Sean Sherman’s dishes are at your fingertips. The upper patio lawn and lower patio cafe tables that are part of Water Works at Mill Ruins Park (21) are first-come, first-served and offer a casual menu of snacks and wraps made with all native ingredients. 420 S. 1st Street

See the river from a helicopter

Forget Google Maps. You can see the Twin Cities and the rivers literally from above. Several packages and options are available, including a dinner and flight combo via Minnesota Helicopters to Holman Field. Start with dinner at Holman’s Table next to the airport, then settle into a helicopter for an aerial tour of the Twin Cities, Mississippi, and St. Croix River.

The self-proclaimed “poor man’s paradise” Psycho Suzi is a retro pizza palace and tiki bar overlooking the river. Perched above, its Polynesian patio has all the thatched roof and bamboo kitsch you desire while offering potent mai tai and Siren’s Call cocktails alongside pupu-worthy platters, overflowing with duck wontons or rolled pickles. if you wish it. 1900 NE Marshall St., Mpls.

Pryes Brewery, the beer garden by the North Loop river is one of the best, with picnic tables and QR code ordering so you never have to get up. The River Rats water ski docks (42) are a few yards away, so this is your pre-game spot. Great beer and homemade food (get meatballs and one of the wood-fired pizzas) and an 11am opening time make it a full day. 1401 West River Road. NOT

Old classic sedans should stay sedans, just like The Sampling room. This historic Northeast spot started out as a bar tasting casks from the nearby Gluek Brewery in 1893. Now it’s about sampling creative tavern fare, from local pheasant to the neighborhood’s Bottineau Burger. The extended patio stretches out to the river out back, meaning you can get out of that beer and burger as you follow the course of the water. 2124 NE Marshall St.

Arrive by car, bike, scooter or on foot via the stone arch bridge to see the good things happening on St. Anthony Main, a block stretch with stunning views of downtown Minneapolis. Known as the historic first main street of a booming flour town, cobblestone streets and brick warehouses lived to see the arrival of lofts, art centers and a new kind of Minneapolitan: the one whose interest in ground cereals usually focuses on a frosty cup. . Jefe Urban Cocina has all the margaritas you need, while Hidden cabin bar is great for a beer and beef. Listen to live music on Aster coffeethe iconic patio of, or simply stop for a coffee and a pastry at Wilde Cafe (but prepare to be wooed with an all-day brunch). SE Main St. to Hennepin Ave.


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