A tour of Minneapolis restaurants can take eaters to steak houses, sandwich joints, New American eateries, Irish pubs, and Vietnamese places—all without ever venturing out of the downtown area. Ditto for fine dining in Minneapolis: downtown staples such as Manny’s Steakhouse sit just a stone’s throw from other lauded eateries like the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Of course, not every night out needs to be an orchestration. Lower-key spots including Bar La Grassa and Zelo are often mentioned among the best Italian restaurants in Minneapolis, whereas Pizzeria Lola satisfies those whose definition of Italian food begins and ends with pizza.

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