Sue Z.’s Picks: Two Minneapolis Restaurants to Check Out

Heather’s and Central N.E. have set up stellar dining options
At Heather's: Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Fischer Farms Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato on Focaccia
At Heather’s: Shrimp Salad Sandwich with Fischer Farms Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato on Focaccia


Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to many of our cherished, tried and true restaurants in the past year. However, we welcome the new and refreshed ones that have been adding to our dining pleasures.

[Editor’s Note: Please check restaurant websites and/or Facebook for any updates to mask policies.]


5201 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

With patio tables available in good weather, Heather’s on 52nd and Chicago proves that patio tents in the city can provide a great place to dine year round. Ready and showcasing tables for six or eight, the colored glass light fixtures hanging above the full-size heaters give off a party atmosphere. Heather and her crew, many who worked for Lucia in the past, have produced an amazing rotating menu for breakfast (served till 2 p.m.), lunch, and dinner, as well as delivery, catering, and a walk-up window next to the tent and the brick building that houses the kitchen. Learn more.

Central N.E.

700 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis

The former Bad Waitress location in Northeast has been redone and is now managed by Morrissey Hospitality. (Morrissey Hospitality co-owner Arthur Morrissey is associate publisher of Greenspring Media, Minnesota Monthly’s parent company.) The beautiful old building is retrofitted into a delightful, trendy eatery for brunches, lunches, and dinners, open Wednesdays and Fridays, with Saturday and Sunday brunches. A rotating local art display adds to the ambience, and the menu includes a crab and avocado salad, French onion soup, fig and blue flatbread, habanero burgers, short ribs with blackstrap molasses, and more. Learn more.

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.