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Restaurants You Can Actually Get Into on Super Bowl Weekend

Your restaurant guide for the Super Bowl: walk-in, no reservations needed, reservations available—we have you covered


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By now you’ve read the Andrew Zimmern recommendations and the Gavin Kaysen restaurant tips—they’re awesome. If you can get into those spots, go. You may have read recommendations from writers hired by the tourism folks, too. Hey—everyone sharing their favorite local spots is fantastic, but I wanted to give you something different: a practical guide to the places you can get into on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Not the awesome spots where you’ll never squeeze in a reservation, but the spots with room for you and your friends. Add your favorites in the comments—but make sure they have availability this weekend.

TAPROOMS:

Note: Most taprooms will have food trucks, some actual kitchens
Fulton Brewery
Surly Destination Brewery
Town Hall Brewery

FAST-CASUAL STANDOUTS:

World Street Kitchen: Global foods include Bangkok Burrito and Yum Yum Bowl
Foxy Falafel: Falafel, duh
The Naughty Greek: Authentic Greek gyros (made from pork!)
Punch Pizza: Some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the country
Hello Pizza: East Coast-style slices

NO-RESERVATION RESTAURANTS:

Note: These spots don’t take reservations. You may have to wait, you may not, but you can give it a shot.
Midtown Global Market: Awesome food market. Go to Holy Land, Hot Indian Foods, Rabbit Hole, Manny's Tortas.
Saint Dinette: Lowertown St. Paul, amazing burgers, incredible small plates
Revival (Minneapolis and St. Paul): Fried chicken, with fabulous barbecue in St. Paul only
Mucci’s Italian: Home-style Italian made by an awesome chef
Delicata Pizza (St. Paul): Pizza and more in a neighborhood setting
Pizza Nea: Sit-down restaurant with great Neopolitan-style pizza
Birchwood Cafe: As local as it gets
Pig Ate My Pizza (Robbinsdale): Crazy, chef-driven pub-style pizza
Grumpy's (downtown Minneapolis): Great bar food, chicken tenders rated 10/tendies
 

NO-RESERVATION EAT-ERTAINMENT (FOOD + FUN):

Tilt Pinball Bar: Great hot dogs
Can Can Wonderland: Awesome mini-golf

RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE:

All weekend:
Xavi Restaurant (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Zen Box Izakaya (Friday, Saturday)
Betty Danger’s Country Club (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Icehouse (Thursday, early Friday/Saturday)
Victor’s 1959 Café (Thursday, early/late Friday and Saturday)
The Copper Hen (Thursday, early/late Friday, early Saturday)
Republic Seven Corners (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Grand Café (Thursday, limited Friday and Saturday)
Birch's On The Lake (near Wayzata, Thursday, limited Friday and Saturday)

Thursday and Friday:
Heyday (Thursday and Friday)
Borough (Thursday, limited Friday)
Kado No Mise (Thursday, limited Friday)
Terzo (Thursday, limited Friday)

Thursday only:
Monello (Thursday)
Corner Table (Thursday)
Restaurant & Café Alma (Thursday)

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