Supporting Our Minneapolis Food & Drinks Scene
My blog is mainly focused on home and DIY projects but community is important to me. Like I mentioned in my last post for small shops, lots of businesses and industries have been negatively impacted with the current events and are in dire need. But for this post, I wanted to touch on our local small food & drinks establishments. Some could be shutting their doors for good but others have pivoted to protect the safety of customers and find ways to still serve our community through takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. With so many facing financial uncertainties, it’s not my intent to ask anyone to open up their wallets. But rather, this is to encourage those who still feel fortunate and want to find ways to help.
A lot of my readers and IG followers have also asked for a restaurant guide during this time so I put a call out on my IG stories for submissions. We’re all feeling the weight of this situation right now but it gives me hope with how much kindness is being spread. I’m unsure of the impact this post will yield but figured it doesn’t hurt. Restaurants have provided us with date nights, milestone celebrations, family bonding time and just a great experience when we’re tired of being in our kitchen. But beyond that, this pandemic means millions could lose their jobs and that breaks my heart. For my fellow Minneapolis residents, below is a list of local restaurants, coffee shops and breweries who would greatly appreciate our support.
These establishments have been narrowed down from my Instagram submissions (submitted by owners or nominated) along with some of my favorites. See websites for hours as most have been adjusted.
Naviyas Located in the Linden Hills neighborhood, this is our favorite Thai restaurant! Their Pad Thai, Pho Noodle Soup and Red Curry are some of our favorite dishes. *Takeout, curbside pickup.
Red Wagon Modern American Pizza but also serving pastas & appetizers. *Delivery and pickup.
Quang Family-owned and one of my favorites for Vietnamese food. Love their vermicelli noodle salads and classic Banh Mi sandwiches! *Delivery and takeout
Hello Pizza A true neighborhood gem. Offering full menu except pizza by the slice. Their New Yorker pizza is a family favorite. *Takeout and delivery.
The Lynhall Can’t wait for them to open up again because besides their amazing food, their space makes the in-person experience incredible. *Curbside pickup and delivery.
Blue Door Pub Home of the Blucy Burger – one of Brian’s favorite! *Takeout and delivery at their Longfellow and Como locations
Grand Cafe Take and bake meals for two for $30, as well as bagged lunches for $7. For every dinner for two ordered, they will donate a bagged lunch to someone in need. *Curbside pick up
Turtle Bread Offering full selection of baked goods and deli items. This is a neighborhood staple and we always enjoy their baked goods. *Takeout
Nico’s Tacos We’ve not tried them out yet but have heard great things! We want to try their taco boxes (offering full menu as well). *Takeout and free delivery
Spoon and Stable Gavin Kaysen’s restaurants all have heart. The food and atmosphere is incredible and I can’t wait for a date night here when it opens back up. New menu is posted at 11:00am each day. *Takeout
Mill Valley Kitchen I’m a big fan of their simple menu and this is a great place for a girls’ dinner! Highly recommend the salad and Salmon. *Curbside pickup and delivery
Tilia This is is our go-to for impromptu date nights in the ‘hood. I will miss their shrimp appetizer but excited to see their Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions on the to-go menu. *Curbside pickup
Penny’s Coffee Love their Salted Caramel Latte and Golden Latte! *Pickup only
Northern Coffee Works Coffee beans available online. *Delivery and free shipping with code WORKFROMHOME on coffee beans
Headflyer Brewing We’ve already ordered four crowlers and while all are great, I highly recommend Candy Paint! This hazy IPA is so good! *Pickup and delivery
Minneapolis Cider Company I’m a huge cider fan and have heard great things about them so I can’t wait to try them out! *Curbside pickup
Finnegans Brew Co. Love their mission of doing good for the community. I have not tried their beers yet but the Armory Laker Blonde sounds fantastic! *Curbside pickup
Thank you to everyone who submitted! I wish I could include them all but had to narrow down due to time (got three kids who constantly need snacks over here!). You can also check out Eater Twin Cities for their restaurant guide of where to order for delivery and to go from independent restaurants during MN’s ‘Stay At Home’ order. And if you’d rather not leave home, purchasing gift cards is another great way to help!
While this is a weird time for all of us, I hope you are doing your best to enjoy the time at home. And for those essential workers who don’t have a choice to stay home, I thank you every day.
Wishing you all good health and safety!