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Planning a trip to Minneapolis? If so, you should be aware that the city is full of great restaurants you'll want to try, many of them now world-class and reflecting increasing diversity from across the world. When you arrive in Minneapolis, make sure to pick up your rental car at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport when you arrive. In my experience driving is the best way to get around the city of Minneapolis. I’ve had good luck with USARentalCars.com, but you can rent with any big name broker you prefer.
This fantastic Greek restaurant has a bright and cheerful interior that you're sure to appreciate on gloomy days. You'll love the delicious dishes, including the lemon-spiked Greek soup and the tasty herb-flecked fries. Gardens of Salonica locally sources all its ingredients. Make sure to try some wonderful Greek dishes such as the tyro and the lamb.
This popular spot focuses on pizza, delicious pizzas like La Parisienne (which includes brown butter, ricotta, arugula, pickled mustard seed, carmelized onion, gruyene, and prosciutto) as well as classics such as pepperoni. But Young Joni also offers various other interesting dishes along the lines of Thai sausage lettuce wraps and Japanese sweet potatoes.
With Mexican fine dining and wonderfully attentive service in a cozy and comfortable dining room, at Popol Vuh you'll want to try dishes such as the grilled steak with sauces, fish from the wood fire, and the duck carnitas.
There's also a great four-course tasting menu.
Starting as a pop-up in an Airstream trailer parked outside Sociable Ciderwerks (with which it's associated) and expected to move to a new, permanent location, Union Hmong Kitchen has two chefs from Cambodia's Hmong hill tribe, and serves up exotic treats such as Khao Poon (coconut curry broth, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, herbs, fish sauce, Thai chilies, and lime), and their signature is a "Kamayan Feast" of goodies for eight to ten people.
Hai Hai is a Southeast Asian restaurant. You'll appreciate its attractive dining room, with colorful touches of blue and green. If you love dishes both spicy and sweet and lots of herbs, this is the spot for you. Check out the Hanoi sticky rice and a crispy Vietnamese crepe called the banh xeo.
With a creative modern American cuisine and a fantastic wine list, Bardo is in northeast Minneapolis, just a short drive over the bridge from downtown. If it's warm outside, enjoy the sun on the large patio; if not, the dining room is white and contemporary yet cozy.
Back to Asia, the conceit of chic Lat14 Asian is a delicious selection of delicacies from countries along the 14th parallel, such as banh mi tartine, Bangladeshi beef curry, lumpia, and pineapple pork fried rice. A tasty tour indeed from chef/owner Ann Ahmed!
Just a short hop away in Minneapolis' "twin city," Cook St. Paul is a little spot with big flavors influence by the cuisines of Korea, Thailand, Cambodia. Examples include the Dubu kimchi bowl, "Korean nachos," and the Nuoc Cham chicken sandwich.