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Chimborazo: This adorable, welcoming Ecuadorian restaurant serves one of my favorite brunches in Minnesota. Get the cheese-filled potato pancakes, called llapingachos, or, for lunch or dinner, the beef stew with rice and sweet fried plantain.
Hazel’s Northeast: Odds are good you’ll spot brothers Adam and Andrew Sieve running this modern comfort-food spot named for their grandmother. Hazel’s is open for breakfast seven days a week (don’t miss the granola-infused Hippie pancakes) but also has an underrated dinner menu (get the fried pickles and chicken pot pie).
Joy: What was once a blue-collar neighborhood of mostly Eastern European descent has become an area of artists and immigrants with a delicious variety of food.
Whitey’s World Famous Saloon: Northeast is ground zero for great neighborhood bars, and Whitey’s is one of the best. Order skinny French fries, housemade chili, and a stiff bump. The room is steeped in Northeast dive-bar nostalgia, and the service is as friendly as you want it to be.
Pinku: I’ve developed a powerful passion for the crusty, chewy potstickers served at this small University Avenue restaurant. They come stuffed with shrimp, pork, or tofu and are always a satisfying cheap eat among the eatery’s many other delicious-but-affordable little bites.