Uptown / Eat Street / Linden Hills / Lyndale Colita
I don't even know where to begin. If you're looking to impress a date - now's your chance. Their menu is a little father from my "comfort zone" but I haven't been disappointed and will certainly be back for more tacos and churros. As an added bonus, the entire restaurant is gluten free!
I don't think you've truly visited Minneapolis until you've visited Hola Arepa. Or until you've tried their Yucca Fries (with all the sauces). Arepas are corn meal cakes stuffed with various fillings and each dish is flavorful and unique. Other perks: the service is super speedy, their patio is beautiful, and their cocktails are fantastic.
It doesn't matter what brings you to Martina, as long as you get to experience it. This chic Argentinan restaurant has a wonderful brunch menu and they absolutely nailed it with their cocktail list. If you're stopping by for dinner - go for their burger or crab carbonara.
I took my mom here when she visited and she always asks to go back when she's in town... that says a lot. Their menus feature made-from-scratch favorites for every meal. I wish my job was closer so I could enjoy their happy hour more frequently. P.S. Bottomless Mimosa's for less than $10 and the ability to make reservations make this a great spot for girls weekends.
Sometimes you just want to turn your head to the TV and cheer on your favorite team to victory. The Herkimer is one of my favorite spots to do that. They have a seasonable patio, great pub grub, brew their own beer in-house, and they have specials for Packers games.
I debated sharing this spot because I don't want it to become so trendy that it gets hard to find a table. This quirky little spot stole a piece of my heart three years ago and I love their monthly menus that pay tribute to diner towns across the US. They have their own farm, a patio roof/solar array to product their own energy, and they're just about the nicest people I've ever met.