The Best of Both Worlds

Greetings, Twin Citians and Happy Monday!

I’m Doniree, your newest friend here.

*hand shake*  Nice to meet you!

A quick introduction, and then I’ll just dive right in and get to the good stuff.

By day, I’m a 20-something media buyer here in the Twin Cities. I’m a St. Paul resident for the next two weeks, and will then be moving to the SW Minneapolis side of town.
By night, I’m a shameless local tourist with a love of (ok, obsession for) all things pop-cult, local, edible, imbibe-able, and musical.

A quick snapshot of my favorite local goodies:
DJ – Mary Lucia (89.3 The Current)
BarThe Herkimer
Sports Team – The Twins
Band – more recent favorite is tied between Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and White Light Riot; my all-time favorite local band is The Replacements
Drink The Herkimer‘s Vienna, The Local‘s Big Ginger, or The Red Dragon‘s Wondrous Punch
Burger – The Juicy Lucy (and since they all claim to have the best, or the original, I’m on the hunt to determine who’s right!)

Ok, you get the idea.  So you wanna be friends?  Great!  Because I need your advice.

Like I said, I’m moving from St. Paul to Minneapolis and I need to start making a list of places to check out once I get settled in the new place, which sits on the north side of Highway 62 between Penn and Xerxes.

For the last 1+ years, I’ve been right on the border of the Merriam-Park and Lexington-Hamline neighborhoods in St. Paul, about a block south of the Pizza Luce on Selby just west of Lexington. I have LOVED living in this area for the last year. Why? Because of how much greatness is within walking, biking or a quick driving distance in the neighborhood.

Just last weekend, I walked to the Uptowner Cafe at Grand and Lexington. For under $15, my friend and I had a giant breakfast and got to sit up at the bar and watch the cook in action. This is a cozy, wait-in-line-and-snag-a-table-when-you-see-one kind of place, and I love it.  (Breakfast/brunch is also my favorite meal, so I’m a bit partial to a good diner.)

I’m also a short drive down to the Groveland Tap on St. Clair. The service is neighborhood-friendly, and the apps were deep fried perfection.

Sweeney’s, The Muddy Pig, and both taverns (Tavern on Grand and Tav on the Ave) are other local brewpubs of awesomeness, and are all places I will miss being within two miles of.

However, moving across town to SW Minneapolis will be a new adventure and I’m looking forward to scoping out places over there. The problem is, I’m not as familiar with Minneapolis as I am with St. Paul and need help figuring out where to go and what to try.

This is what’s on my list so far, but comments and suggestions are welcome!

Here’s the short version of to-do list:

  • 50th and France – in general, I plan to just take over that area and hit every coffee shop and wine bar there. Topping my list are: Beajos and Breadsmith (reviews are welcome!)
  • I’ve heard rave reviews about Cafe Maude, and am dying to check it out!

What else shouldn’t I miss? Where should I shop? Where’s the best coffee?

8 Comments so far

  1. Callahan (thekerosenekid) on November 17th, 2008 @ 1:21 pm


    What’s up! I’m also newish here. And, coincidentally, my gf and I are saving up to move from Selby Ave (near Fairview) to SW Minneapolis. And I like the Herk. And Wondrous Punch. Let’s be friends.

    When you’re in your new environs, check out Jun Bo if you like Dim Sum (I don’t, but my mom went nuts for it), Cafe Maude, The Pickin’ Parlor, and the Linden Hills area. Oh wait, also the Convention Grill. And don’t forget Amazon (soon to become True Colors) Books, right across the street from a Turtle Bread.

    I think that might be it…for now.


  2. greg on November 17th, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    Holy crap – that was a hell of a first post. :)

  3. kevinfromminneapolis on November 17th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I don’t want to be your friend. I have enough friends.

    Welcome to Minneapolis. You’ll notice our streets are sequentially named and numbered.

  4. rbass3000 on November 17th, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    We discussed this already via IM, but I thought I would reiterate my thoughts here and make you look popular.

    Good luck on the move…

    I was at 50th and France last night and I have tried a handful of the eateries. Last night I had a belly full of meat loaf at the Edina Grill. My girlfriend had the eggplant. We were both greatly satisfied. Good beer menu too! We took the pumpkin pie cheesecake home with us. I didn’t try it because I was busting buttons on my jeans, but I am told it was delicious.

    Beajo’s is great!

    Lastly, with your new digs in SW Minneapolis, you need to go to Broder’s on 50th and Penn. It is delicious and rather affordable. Get a boy to take you there and make reservations because it can get busy. I have no reservations about recommending this place.

  5. Erica M (ericam) on November 18th, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    Another vote for Broder’s here. Easily one of my favorite joints in town.

  6. Art (artallen) on November 19th, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    Like Kevin, I have too many friends. However, I base my self worth on how many people I can trick into hanging out with me, so I will be your friend.

    The Independent in Uptown has the best happy hour in town. That’s kind of close to SW. Just down Lake, really.

    Ok, not close at all, but it’s a hell of a happy hour.

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