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For almost 40 years, The Malt Shop has served up burgers, malts, and sandwiches from a menu riddled with classic, family-friendly diner food. The house-signature burgers are smothered with toppings such as guacamole, portobello mushrooms, or feta cheese. The kitchen produces fresh soups and salad dressings daily and prepares meatless lasagna and veggie-burger dishes to satisfy vegetarians and rabbits hiding in diners' top hats. To complement the burgers, soda-shop-style malts and shakes come in a variety of flavors including pineapple, butterscotch, apple pie, and peanut butter.

809 W 50th St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

After spending seven seasons with the North Stars, Tom McCarthy finished his NHL career in Boston, but still he couldn't shake his Minnesota roots. In 1991, he transformed an old St. Paul gas station into a full-fledged fish shack. Since taking over the operation, Dan and Tom Flanagan have grown Mac's—the namesake remains—into a restaurant named one of the five best locales for fish and chips by CBS Minnesota, serving hand-battered cuts of fried cod, walleye, and halibut with baskets of hand-cut fries. As plastic lights shaped like walleye hang over the outdoor patio, cooks accompany the meals with sides such as coleslaw, cheese curds, and homemade bites of salt-water taffy, Poseidon's favorite adhesive.

610 West 54th Street
Minneapolis,
MN
US

After spending seven seasons with the North Stars, Tom McCarthy finished his NHL career in Boston, but still he couldn't shake his Minnesota roots. In 1991, he transformed an old St. Paul gas station into a full-fledged fish shack. Since taking over the operation, father and son Dan and Tom Flanagan have grown Mac's?the namesake remains?into a restaurant named one of the five best locales for fish and chips by CBS Minnesota, serving hand-battered cuts of fried cod, walleye, and halibut with baskets of hand-cut fries.

As plastic lights shaped like walleye switch on over the outdoor patio, cooks plate the fish with sides such as coleslaw, cheese curds, and homemade bites of saltwater taffy, Poseidon's favorite adhesive. At the Minneapolis location, you can also get wine or beer along with your meal?or, for that matter, counteract the effects of a wild night out with a delightfully messy heap of poutine.

610 W 54th St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Cafe Ena head chef Hector Ruiz combines the rich flavors of his Mexican childhood with French cooking techniques honed during an apprenticeship at a three-star restaurant in Paris. Organic poultry and locally sourced produce anchor both creative and traditional plates, which can be washed down with a house sangria that Mpls.St.Paul Magazine calls "fruity, but not overly sweet." Soft lighting glows warmly on exposed brick walls, and oversized windows are flanked by bold orange curtains that double as blankets during postprandial standing naps.

4601 Grand Ave. S
Minneapolis,
MN
US

In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 65 years later, his humble shop has grown into six locations where 30 or so family members tinker over cakes, pastries, and pies. Wedding and other occasion cakes are one of their specialties; flavors such as chocolate mousse and Lady Baltimore can be coated with marzipan, buttercream frosting, or fondant in an impressive array of custom designs. Of course, they still bake breads: an international selection of loaves includes baguettes, challah, Swedish lympa, Irish soda bread, and buns shaped into busts of United Nations delegates.

3608 W 50th St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

From autumnal cupcakes topped with Halloween embellishments to colorful stacks of french macarons awarded Best of the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly, the meticulously designed treats at Cupcake Caramel by Sweets Bakeshop come from all-natural ingredients. Bakers carefully top pumpkin spice cake with sweet cream buttercream frosting to create this month's seasonal cupcakes, or drizzle caramel atop year-round favorites. Caramel cream and chocolate ganache pour into cupcakes and macarons alike, the latter of which spring from the oven in six different flavors daily. The confectionary team tailors orders of specific events, tinting colors to fit a particular party theme or presidential concession speech.

4747 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US