Spooky Dining Destinations

Jason and Joy are brave enough to dine at these real-life haunted restaurants. Are you?

Restaurant recommendations from MnMo food critics Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers.

Jason’s Picks

Everyone knows Forepaughs in St. Paul is haunted, but I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. There’s something exciting about a place with a prior life—don’t you just love to be freaked out in all the right ways?

Haute Dish: I swear the floors creak beneath the tile of this 100-year-old building. The lighting flickers too, right? The only thing not scary is the food, some of the best in the Twin Cities. (Minneapolis Warehouse District)

Palmer House Hotel: At any given time there are hundreds of unregistered guests in this historic hotel. Paranormal investigators and psychics flock here—why not take a chance on the Sinclair Lewis burger or the North Shore Walleye? (Downtown Sauk Centre)

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Hell’s Kitchen Prime Rib, Bloody Mary, and Pancakes

Photo by Todd Buchanan

Joy’s Picks

Growing up, every year my family hosted the neighborhood Halloween parties. Now that I’m grown, I still love the holiday’s every spooky, creepy, twisted moment.

Hell’s Kitchen: Where better to spend the macabre holiday than in hell? Hell’s Kitchen pulls out all the stops. Whether you’re doing drag, steampunk, or cosplay, don your party best and head down. (Downtown Minneapolis)

Strip Club Meat & Fish: The goth glam of this beloved St. Paul restaurant offsets the alluring menu beautifully. Grab a seat upstairs by the hidden room behind the fireplace and order all the nightly specials. (Dayton’s Bluff, St. Paul)