Ditch the dining hall and dine out at one of these amazing eateries surrounding the University of Minnesota

By Lauren DeLapa

The University of Minnesota is a landmark location in the Twin Cities with an expansive campus located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Whether you are a prospective student, a sports fan cheering on the Gophers at a Big Ten game or a local resident, the U of M has plenty to offer, especially when it comes to fantastic food. With an overload of options, we’ve made a list to give a glimpse into just a few of the options the university neighborhoods are serving up. Looking to grab a bite? Ditch the dining hall and dine out at one of these amazing eateries surrounding the U.

Stadium Village

Punch Pizza: Known for their wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, this spot offers authentic bites in a laid-back setting.

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Bar Luchador: This wrestling-themed restaurant brings tasty tacos and happy hour deals to the ring.

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Haiku Japanese Bistro: Modern moods and satisfying sushi are served up daily at this upscale yet affordable addition to the Stadium Village neighborhood.

Afro Deli: Quick service with incredible eats make this African and Mediterranean restaurant stand out from the rest.

West Bank

Republic: With incredible outdoor seating and trivia on Tuesdays, this gastropub is a must-try for anyone dining out in West Bank.

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Mango Factory: This popular dining destination is known for their bento boxes and delicious Japanese desserts.

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Lands End Pasty Company: Offering British fare, this local favorite is great for on-the-go diners.

The Red Sea: Ethiopian and American cuisine combine to create a savory dining experience that anyone would enjoy.


The Purple Onion Cafe: Light bites and speciality coffee keep customers coming back to this student stomping-ground.

Loring Pasta Bar: Located in the heart of Dinkytown, the Loring Pasta Bar gives its guests live music and date-worthy menu options such as pork marsala and goat cheese ravioli.

Al’s Breakfast: Classic American breakfasts and old-school nostalgia are served each morning at this 14-seat eatery.

Annie’s Parlour: It’s not a real meal at Annie’s unless you’re looking out at the skyline from the rooftop patio with a malt and one of their huge baskets of French fries to share.

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