Jul 11, 2014

Friday Five

Coming back from vacation is always hard. While I have been trying to accept the fact that I have several full work weeks (and a presentation with our Executive Leadership Team this morning) before my next vacation day, I can't resist spending an evening on a great patio with my husband and friends. So without further adieu, here are 5 great patios in Minneapolis [excluding restaurants that I have already mentioned here]. 

I love the patio here. For one, it is never too busy. For some that may seem like a red flag: cute patio right off the river and not completely packed? For me it is a little slice of heaven. My little secret (unless you are reading this). The food is great, the drinks are great, it is dog friendly, and for a moment, you almost feel like you are sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Europe. Almost. Plus they have a great brunch menu. And I love brunch. Because...mimosas. So I guess my secret is out.

No, I didn't pick this spot because of the name. But I won't lie...the first time I went here was entirely because of the name. Bev's Wine Bar also has a dog-friendly patio (because that is important to me) and provides quite a bit of shade on a hot sunny day. The menu is only small bites, but it is walking distance from Target Field so it makes the perfect stop before or after a Twin's game.

The Sample Room is located right next to another great patio (Psycho Suzi's). I'm choosing The Sample Room for this list because I like the quieter atmosphere and honestly, I like the food and drinks here 100x more. The twinkle lights that are strung overhead create an ambiance that is perfect for a first date and the menu is full of great tasting options for sharing. The best part? The $3 happy hour menu that goes until 6pm. 'Nuff said.

I wouldn't normally hang out at a hotel bar and my friends will laugh at me for putting this on here; however, if you are looking for a great patio that you don't have to wait an hour for...then this is your spot. The food is delicious, the drinks are both affordable and refreshing, and it is right off of The Greenway. If you are familiar with Minneapolis, then you know that The Greenway is one of the best bike trails in the city. If you are from out-of-town, rent a $5 Nice Ride from in front of the hotel and take advantage of this trail (and enjoy dinner on the patio afterwards). Seriously, take my word for it.

The Tin Fish is a little bit different than the restaurants listed above. It is right on Lake Calhoun and is reminiscent of a beach walk-up hotdog stand but the food is so much better! The fish tacos here are hard to beat. You may have to wait in line, and then wait again for a table (especially if you are visiting on a sunny weekend afternoon), but I have never been disappointed. Sea Salt Eatery is a similar style restaurant to The Tin Fish (and probably Keith's favorite of the two). It is located in Minnehaha Park and is a great stop if you are visiting the waterfall. Plus Sea Salt serves beer and wine so that is definitely a bonus. I guess I'm just a sucker for Lake Calhoun. Both of these restaurants are open daily until 9pm.

Do you have a favorite patio in Minneapolis that didn't make this list? 

Let me know! I am always looking for new spots.

XO, Bev

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