Belly up to the banks
While opening as Red River Kitchen in a restored grain elevator, this tranquil riverside spot below Raspberry Island has become, quite simply, city house. It’s easy to eat with street tacos, nachos, Cuban sandwiches, and ham, along with beer, wine, and cocktail options. Plan to spend an afternoon watching the barge as you sip on a gin of cucumber, basil, and tonic or a raspberry-lemon mojito. It is located along the Sam Morgan Regional Trail. 258 Mill Street
Dinner at Buon Giorno Italia deliAnd the A third-generation Italian market and restaurant in Lilydale, you’ll cycle full of fettuccine with a view of the water. Even better, you can stop by before your best summer day begins and grab all the meats, cheeses, and picnic fixings (don’t skip the huge and spicy hoagie calabrese). Don’t forget, too, that Sunfish Cellars is right next door with every wine and drink a chiller could desire. 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Acapulco is waiting in Las Aslas. This cute, family-owned restaurant sees your lake fish and lifts you up with octopus, shrimp, calamari, red snapper, and langoustine. Carnitas and chickens will keep the landowners happy, but no one can resist the home piña colada. On weekdays, all margaritas cost $4 at this waterside spot in South St. Paul. 600 North Concord Street
The Mill City Farmers Market In the Minneapolis Mill District, vendors are located under the shacks and go to the plaza that adjoins Guthrie and West River Parkway. On Saturdays from May through October, load up on local organic produce (or grab some Double Dog Kombucha and a slice of Northern Fires Pizza), then sit on the stairs overlooking the river. Take part in a cooking show, listen to live music, or just people-watch as the city goes by. 750 s second street
Low-level boating rats love Mississippi pub, A waterside joint consisting of all windows with a patio in sight of the Rock Island Swing Bridge. The award-winning pineapple-and-ham burger is a legend on this part of the river, as are the crunchy tacos and crab cakes. Pro tip: There is a gas pump in River Heights Marina attached. 4455 66th Street, Inver Grove Heights
The only boutique hotel on an island in the river, Nicolette Island Inn It has a great old school bar with a nice whiskey menu. Get a room, book a dinner, or whistle at a Minneapolis landmark that has stood firm through fire and time since 1893. Or go big and amaze your buddy with a Twilight River cruise and dinner package that offers a first course of snacks and champagne at the Minneapolis Water Taxi before you settle down In the historic inn for an elegant dinner. 95 Maryam Street.
It can be difficult to get a reservation for the dining room at my orderAnd the The city’s first indigenous restaurant, but Sean Sherman’s food is close at hand. The upper courtyard garden and lower pier cafe tables that are part of Water Works at Mill Ruins Park (21) are all served first and feature a casual menu of snacks and wraps made with all original ingredients. 420 x Street 1
See the river by helicopter
Forget Google Maps. You can literally see the twin cities and rivers from above. Several packages and options are available, including group dinner and fly through Minnesota Helicopters at Holman Field. Start with dinner at Holman’s Table adjacent to the airport, then put yourself in a helicopter for an aerial tour of the Twin Cities, Mississippi, and St. Croix River. minnesotashelicopters.com
The self-proclaimed “Poor Man’s Paradise” Psychic Suzy It is a retro pizzeria and tiki bar overlooking the river. The Polynesian patio is upstairs, and has all the thatched roofs and bamboo array you could want while serving strong Mai Tai and Siren’s Call cocktails alongside great pupu platters, filled with duck bread or pickles if you so choose. 1900 Northeast of Marshall Street, Mpls.
Bryce BrewingAnd the The North Loop-ish beer garden is one of the best, with picnic tables and a QR code arrangement so you don’t have to get up. The River Rats (42) water slides are just a few meters away, so this is the place to be. Great beer plus indoor food (get the meatballs and any of the wood-fired pizzas) and an open time at 11am makes this a full day. 1401 West River Road. n.
Classic old fashioned salons should stay in salons, just like The simple room. This historic Northeast venue began as a pub where they sampled rolling barrels from nearby Gluek Brewery in 1893. Now it’s all about creative sampling of pub fare, from the local pheasant to the signature Botino Burger neighborhood. The patio extends toward the river in the back, which means you can get out of that beer and burger after the water flows in. 2124 Northeast Marshall Street
Arrive by car, bike, scooter or on foot across the Stone Arch Bridge to discover the good things happening Saint Anthony Main, a stretch of buildings with unparalleled views of downtown Minneapolis. Known as the burgeoning Flour City’s historic first main street, cobblestone streets and brick warehouses lived to see the arrival of lofts, art centers, and a new kind of Minneapolitan: a person whose attention was focused on the usually ground grain on a frozen glass. Jeff Urban Cucina Contains all the margaritas you need, while Hideaway Cabin Bar Great for beer and some beef. Watch some live music ester cafeThe famous patio, or stop for a coffee and pastry at Wild Cafe (But be prepared to be surprised with an all-day brunch.) SE Main Street on Hennepin Ave.