FOOD AT MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET: WHERE TO START?
Know where to begin with your food explorations at Midtown Global Market in the Midtown neighborhood of Minneapolis
By Nora Allen
Midtown Global Market, located on Lake Street, brings all of Minnesota’s cultures together in one location. There, visitors shop locally-sourced produce, explore knick-knacks, clothing and items from foreign countries, and sample food and drink from all over the globe. With so much amazing food at your fingertips, it can be difficult to decide where to start, but have no fear! There are so many notable locations to stop by that will keep you coming back again and again.
The Rabbit Hole gastropub is a nod to the small tented street stalls or carts for selling street food in South Korea. The food is Asian Fusion, not “Americanized Korean” food. (There’s a huge difference.) Stop by to devour poké bowls, rice bowls or Korean-style wings for a taste of something you never thought you wanted.
What to order: Rice Rice Baby—Brisket Kimchi Fried Rice, Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños, Crispy Rice, Soft Poached Egg, Furikake
Enjoy spicy, warm Indian food in a format you’re familiar with. Hot Indian strives to bring the memorable tastes of traditional Indian food to their dishes. Grab a rice bowl with paneer or channa, or some Indi Frites, indian spice-seasoned sweet and russet potatoes served with mango pickle aioli. Learn a Bollywood dance move using their helpful graphics at their location, then show them what you learned for a dollar off your meal.
What to order: Indurritos—Indian Burrito wrapped in a house made roti
This bike-only taco delivery service parks their bikes at Midtown Global Market. Taco Cat carries an option for everyone: your vegan friend, your gluten-free roommate, your vegetarian brother or your carnivorous significant other. Stop by for fast service and some of the best tacos in the Twin Cities.
What to order: The McFly—Braised chicken tinga, red cabbage slaw, crema, cilantro, salsa verde
In a cold city like Minneapolis, one of the best things to combat it is pho, and Pham’s is there and ready to serve it. While you’re there, sample their to-die-for egg rolls and bubble tea.
What to order: Beef Pho—Beef, rice noodles, thai basil, bean sprouts, hoisin sauce, sriracha in beef broth
Manny’s Tortas are arguably the tastiest things served on a baguette in Midtown Global Market. Stop by their stand for a cubana, torta and some amazing hospitality.
What to order: Manny’s Special—Steak, onion, mushroom, tomato, jalapeño, grilled together then topped with ham and cheese
Fix your sweet tooth. Salty Tart is sure to have anything to fulfill your craving. Grab one of their surly cupcakes, a cookie, or special order a whole cake with your choice of filling, frosting, and cake flavor.
What to order: Coconut Macaroons—Hand Rolled and gluten free
Inspired by the Northern Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, this Moroccan restaurant is something to see and taste. Their signature dishes feel like simple comfort food. Combining simple flavors never tasted so good.
What to order: Beef Tangine—Slow-braised beef, turmeric rice with an apricot, prune and almond compote
A spin-off of Safari Restaurant just a few blocks down from Midtown Global Market, Safari Express brings Minneapolis African food, fast. Sample sambusas, soups and sandwiches and know that the care has been taken to prepare a delicious meal just for you.
What to order: Camel Burger—Camel meat rubbed with a berbere and mitmita, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, red onion, pineapple and chipotle mayo on a bun
Midtown has a brewery too! Grab a beer with your food at Eastlake. This brewery truly for everyone, with its kombucha and brewed soda for gluten-free patrons or those under 21. Want to enjoy the nice weather? Sit outside on their patio. Forgot to buy beer for your football Sunday and don’t want to drive to Wisconsin to buy it? Stop by and pick up a growler, sold everyday of the week until 10 p.m.
What to order: Southside Pilsner Czech Pilsner-esque Ale—Brewed in the style of a Czech Pils, only with a cool-fermenting ale yeast, this crisp and refreshing beer has a noticeable bitterness and spicy aroma