Snuffy's Malt Shop is like stepping into the 1950s: there's a red-and-white candy stripe motif, and the chocolate malts get poured into tall glasses. The sweet scoops of nostalgia come courtesy of founder Mike Mueller. In the early eighties, he found himself pining for the evenings of his youth spent at drive-ins and diners, a malt in one hand and cheeseburger in the other. In 1983, he opened Snuffy's Malt Shop in tribute. Cooks here grill up cheeseburgers and hotdogs and serve them up alongside classic treats: floats, phosphates, sundaes and, of course, malts.
With 2013 marking their 30th anniversary, Snuffy's has added a few updated menu items. They now make their famed burgers with bison or veggie patties, and malts come in inventive flavors such as Snuffy Colada. These particular takes on the good old days are now found at four locations, spread evenly across Twin Cities neighborhoods like chili over cheese fries.
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With seafood, beef, lamb, tofu, pork, duck, chicken, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, and chow mei fun on Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant's menu, there's a dish to accommodate any and every Chinese food whim. But Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recommends the restaurant for its authentic Mandarin and Sichuan dishes, adventurous appetizers like the homestyle gizzards ($6.95) alongside house specialties. Sichuan specialty ma po tofu wraps vegetarian tongues in a savory bean-curd embrace ($9.95), and cumin lamb is a succulent medley of the titular meat, fresh bell peppers, and onions in an earthy sauce ($14.95). Alternately, take a dive in the tastes of the ocean with a chrysanthemum-shaped filet of sole in tomato sauce ($13.95). The Groupon can also be applied toward the weekly brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays ($11.95/person), which compiles dim sum, fresh Chinese fried bread sticks, dumplings, and various entrees.
Dunn Bros Coffee roasts all its beans on the premises in small-drum roasters to ensure peak freshness and optimum aroma. The coffeehouse's friendly and java-obsessed baristas distill globally sourced beans from sustainable farms far and wide into a comprehensive menu of beverages for customers seeking a jump-start (a large coffee costs $1.75). Springier palates may opt for the smooth flavors of a chocolate steamed nirvana ($3.50).
Crumb Gourmet Deli—like a kindergarten chemist stirring together wheat flour, linseed oil, and red ink to make his own finger paint—uses only the freshest ingredients. The deli's culinary constructors use top-notch fixings to create the restaurant's soups, salad dressings, and sauces, with all cuts of meat slow-roasted and slow-danced without nitrates or artificial additives. Customers can order from Crumb Gourmet Deli's selection of hot and cold sandwiches ($5.95–$6.95) or build their own bread-bookended creation ($6.95) and give it a wacky, creative name such as "The Oven-Roasted Turkey with Light Mayo, Dijon Mustard, American Cheese, and Romaine on Multi-Grain Bread" or the "The Burton Gilliam." Crumb Gourmet Deli also wields wraps, slings salads, serves soups, and confers combinations of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Adults who have accidentally swapped bodies with kindergartners and vice versa can opt for a healthy item from Crumb Gourmet Deli's kids' menu, which offers milk or a fountain drink and fresh fruit or chips with each order.