Featured Restaurants in the Twin Cities: On the Road with The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 17th, 2013

Minnesota OTROn this past Sunday’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race, the four remaining teams faced double Truck Stop challenges in the Twin Cities. Their first day was spent in Minneapolis selling food on a stick, which Minnesotans love eating at state fairs. The teams then rolled into St. Paul on day two and had to sell dishes made with Spam, which was invented in the state. It was a tough sell offering foods that most of the locals were all too familiar with and could get anywhere. But by the end of the weekend, the teams mostly proved they could roll with whatever Tyler dished out.

But besides food on a stick and Spam burgers, the Twin Cities have a lot going for them when it comes to eating out, including over-the-top dishes, like outrageously loaded burgers and fusion pizzas, as well as classic local hangouts that have been around for decades. There’s something for everyone in both Minneapolis and St. Paul as you’ll see in Food Network’s On the Road guide. See the offerings below.

Market Bar-B-Que

This family-owned and -run restaurant in Minneapolis is the only barbecue spot in town that smokes all its meats exclusively over wood in a brick pit. Go for the Pit-Smoked Rib-Eye Steak, Sliced Bar-B-Que Beef Brisket or the Bar-B-Que Spare Ribs.

Maria’s Cafe

You’ll want to get breakfast at Maria’s Cafe in Minneapolis, and luckily they serve it all day, so it’s not hard to fit it in. Try the Corn Pancakes, made with corn flour, butter and cut corn, and sprinkled with sharp Cotija cheese.

Fulton Brewery

The four friends who started Fulton Brewery began by homebrewing in a one-car garage in South Minneapolis. Today it’s a giant brewery with seven beers and the first taproom in Minneapolis.

Mickey’s Dining Car

This family-run diner in St. Paul never closes, and they serve a clientele of loyal regular customers as well as tourists. They’re famous for hash browns and a chili omelet cooked in a half-stick of butter.

Olsen’s Fish Company

Located in Minneapolis, Olsen’s is the world’s largest producer of lutefisk-dried cod, a traditional Scandinavian way of preparing cod that’s soaked and softened. The store has prepared and sold this as well as pickled herring since 1910.

The Wienery

Don’t expect to find any shredders, slicers or food processors at The Wienery in Minneapolis — chef/owner Pat Starr hand-cuts everything himself, even the fries. Go for the Italian Combo, featuring Italian sausage, roast beef, cheese and habanero peppers.

Nye’s Polonaise Room

The polka music, Polish party atmosphere and great-tasting food make this Minneapolis establishment a local favorite. Highly recommended are the prime rib sandwich and the fried potato and cheese pierogi. After dinner, don’t be afraid to break out some polka moves.

The Nook

St. Paul residents love their “Juicy Nookies.” The oozing cheese-stuffed burgers come with The Nook’s extra-crispy hand-cut fries riding shotgun. It’s a burger holy trinity: fresh beef, a fresh bun and fresh fries.

Sonora Grill

Located in Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill serves up bold and tasty dishes mixing Spanish and South American flavors. Try the Caramelos taco with cheese.

The Anchor Fish and Chips

Head to this traditional Irish fish-and-chipper in Minneapolis for an authentic cod and hand-cut fries combo, or go a little outside the box with battered and fried sausage or a fried veggie pastie.

Pizzeria Lola

This local Minneapolis favorite puts a new spin on pizza. Try The Sunnyside pizza, which features a fried egg on top, the My Sha-Roni, with pepperoni and Berkshire pork sausage, or the Lady ZaZa, topped with Korean sausage, kimchi and soy chili glaze.

Dari-Ette Drive-In

Authentic Italian food at a drive-in restaurant is a rarity, but that’s exactly what Angela Fida and her family have been serving for more than 50 years in St. Paul. Angela cooks up fried sausage, meatballs and spaghetti with a special secret sauce recipe that she won’t share with anyone.

Salty Tart Bakery

Baker Michelle Gayer-Nicholson of Salty Tart Bakery in Minneapolis is known for her melt-in-your-mouth macaroons, and locals can’t stop raving about her cream-filled brioche. Stop by anytime to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving.

Burger Jones

This Minneapolis burger joint serves outrageous versions of burgers, fries and shakes. The Southern Belle shake is made with peach schnapps and bourbon. But the most outrageous item is the Meat Your Maker, a 10,000-calorie, 16-layer burger with fried cheese curds.

Find more recommended restaurants around the nation with Food Network On the Road.

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  1. RANGER says:

    Hi sorry , I do not have a comment, but just need some help. They call me RANGER and I'm trying to find out ,were are the best place's to eat, going from ATL to NYC . We will be going 85 North to 95 North in to NYC. We are putting on a ride for AUTISM SPEAKS 12 April 2014, it call CONNER'S RIDE. We are looking for place along the way to eat, that have good food, all the way to the END and BACK , and is welling to Sponsor the food for us. If you can help us out with any information we thank you now HOOAH!!
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  2. Greg says:

    Why do none of the contestants seem to ever have a seatbelt on when in the cars? Doesn't seem like the show promotes following those laws or safety ?

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