A Minneapolis institution since 1949, Cecils has the best Reuben sandwiches in the Twin Cities. It's no place to stop and stare at and probably won't make next year's "most instagrammable" list - but the food is second to none, the service is friendly, and their portions are generous.
Pancakes from this Highland Park staple were my first "real" meal after getting my wisdom teeth out. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a rather hip atmosphere that's usually bustling with students and families. It's also a part of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company, which has restaurants around the Twin Cities.
Home of Minnesota's legendary "Jucy Lucy" - a handmade burger filled with cheese. There are a few other restaurants that claim to have started this tradition - but Matt's is my favorite and their fries are amazing. The restaurant is cash only, but they do have an ATM on site.
Sea Salt was one of the first places I ate when I moved to Minneapolis because it was just a few blocks down the road from my house. Located at Minnehaha Regional Park, just steps from Minnehaha Falls, this is the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch. They've got great seafood and while there's usually a line for food, you can drink beer in line while you wait. Pro Tip: Sea Salt is opening for the 2019 season on April 12, 2019!
I'm a sucker for farm-to-table restaurants and Wise Acre is no exception. More than 80% of their ingredients are sourced directly from their OWN farm located less than an hour from the restaurant. In the summer, you can find me sipping a hand-crafted cocktail on their patio. My favorite items on the menu? Go for the Eggs Benedict or the Royal Brie & Bacon Burger.