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Unusually sympathetic in theme and decor.
- 7 circles of pepper on their Dante's Inferno pizza. Redecorated Barbies in the decor. Delicious.
629 Aldine Street
St. Paul, MN 55104
Original art over the fireplace by world-renowned artist
, and the best damn breakfast and lunch in town. Now serving dinner as well! Sunday Brunch features servers in jammies, a gospel choir, and diabolical bloody marys.
80 South 9th Street, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
Open Open 6:30am to 10pm (weekends 7:30am)
Punch Neapolitan Pizza
six locations. the one that's just two blocks from Ground Zero is decorated in grotesque black and red carnival masks and paintings of the same. serves wine and fresh wood-oven pizza and salads.
The Front Cafe
The Front is the better dressed sibling of Ground Zero, with a vintage 1920s handcrafted bar and great atmosphere, and has been serving quite edible Latin fusion fare for dinners since November of 2008. After dinner beware the pop dance stylings of DJ Dirty Duke, who will no doubt once again spin some Jackson 5. Or head next door!
Their menu isn't online, and once the place gets crowded I would hate to try eating without being jostled by hipsters competing for dance floor. Limited but delicious menu as I recall included vegetarian entrees. Dinner available Tuesday through Saturday before 10 pm.
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden
Rocking and rolling the tiki tacky decor since 2003, probably the best place in town for smashing drinks in ceramic skull mugs. The kitchen serves appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and salads. After 9pm this establishment is 21+. Good luck finding parking on a weekend night.
Gothic/Horror Themed Bars
Donny Dirk's Zombie Den
The mad geniuses who invented St. Sabrina's tattoo and piercing parlor and Psycho Suzie's tiki lounge have struck again. The legendarily scuzzy bar Stand Up Frank's has been restyled with tiger print, smoked mirrors, zombie paraphernalia and cocktail menu. The bat-phone awaits to order food (from Psycho Suzi's) for delivery.
Punk Rock Restaurants:
~ Not sure when punkrock learned to cook so well, but they do; possibly when kitchen jobs stopped caring about facial tattoos.
Triple Rock Social Club
Really awesome po'boys, carnivore style and vegan. Absolutely super Sunday brunches. Worth the trip and the wait for a table. Stay for a brew and a band.
Hard Times Cafe
Also has the distinction of being open nearly 24 hours. All vegetarian, collectively owned and run. Home base for the "Hard Times Bike Club", a motley collection of individuals who build and ride "Tall Bikes". Good food, great coffee, reasonable prices and interesting conversations, though it can get a bit loud and crazy sometimes. Cash only.
Seward Community Cafe
Almost completely vegetarian menu with many vegan and gluten-free options. Mostly organic, and many local ingredients. Hearty, down-home breakfast served all day, coffee, smoothies, vegan and gluten-free baked goods, great outdoor seating, very casual. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m Mon-Fri. Breakfast served all days of the week. Collectively owned and run since 1974.
2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (612) 332-1011
7am - 3pm Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm Sat / Sun
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Late Nights :
It sometimes seems the streets roll up at 9:00 in the evening. Not quite.
- Sakura - 350 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul.
- Burrito Loco in Dinkytown is open until 3am Thursday - Saturday.
- The Hard Times Café on the West Bank of the U is open until 4am, and reopens at 6am.
- JunBo Chinese Restaurant in Richfield is open until 3am.
- Little T's in Minneapolis closes at 3 am. ~ go for the irony or the punkrock wait-staff. for better Mexican food, go to Taco Bell.
- Manny's Tortas on East Lake serves delicious food until 3am.
- Mickey's Diner in Downtown St. Paul slings traditional diner food 24 hours, bless 'em.
Downtown St. Paul
- Highland Park location
- the Pagoda in Dinkytown is also open until 3 on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is quite good. Kitchen closes just after bar, but there is a bakery case which includes barbecued pork buns and other delights.
- Pizza Luce in downtown Minneapolis also doesn't close until 3:30am Thursday - Saturday.
- Santana Foods at 601 University Ave SE near the U is open and serves food until 3:45am. Delicious falafel, excellent seasoned fries.
- Toppers Pizza in Uptown is open until 3 most days and 3:30 on weekends, and they deliver.
- the Neighborhood Cafe on Selby in Saint Paul is open after bar.
- The Uptown Diner gets good reviews for after-bar dining. Open until 3 or 4am, depending on the day of the week.
- Perkins is a Minnesota staple that is now nation-wide. I recall them all being 24 hours, but that is no longer true. Mainly found in the 'burbs.
Lots of grocery stores, including
(which has a deli) are open 24 hours. Also
, video stores, locksmiths, crisis hotlines, and (?) childcare are available around the clock in the Twin Cities.
And if you
buy cloves after 10pm, swing by
on 14th St. in Dinkytown. I have seen them open until 3 am. Of course you're somewhat more likely to live forever if you quit smoking? tsk.
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