Eat Street Minneapolis

Hey. I just wanted to do a quick post today about Eat Street in Minneapolis. 3 of my latest posts have been about restaurants on Eat Street, so I thought maybe I should explain a bit about it.

Eat Street runs down Nicollet Ave in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis for 17 blocks. Basically it’s from downtown to 29th street. Along this stretch are a bunch of restaurants and other places to get a bite to eat. A lot of them represent different ethnicities. I’m not going to go into all of that right here, but I am excited to try them all and let you know what I think.

Glam Doll Donuts Minneapolis

Aww yeah!  What’s better than a donut?  Not much.  Not much at all.  I will say though, I am more a fan of the deep-fried-tasty-raised variety than I am of the cake kind.  I have a feeling that I’m not that into them because I’ve never really had a good one.  But I have had good raised donuts.  Oh so many tasty, tasty donuts.  So we had to try Glam Doll Donuts.

It's the pink one in the middle.
It’s the pink one in the middle.

The Bad Waitress Minneapolis

It’s a funny thing, living in a city. There are so many things to do. So many places to eat. New places open up that you just have to try. And there’s always the old stand by, ready to give you just what you’re looking for. There’s also those places that you mean to get to and try, but you can just never seem to get there.

The Bad Waitress is one of those places for me. Wait, was.

The Bad Waitress Minneapolis
The Bad Waitress Minneapolis

Landmark Center and Rice Park St Paul

Let me be really clear here, I am not a fan of winter. I don’t like the cold. I don’t like snow at all. I don’t snowmobile, ski, ice skate or luge. The only good thing about winter is that there are no mosquitoes outside. Of course it’s too cold to be out there anyway.

So, what was I doing outside at nighttime in Minnesota? Well, for one it was unseasonably warm out. We had 3 days in a row of over 50 degrees. Which is entirely unheard of here in Minnesota in December. For another thing it was foggy and ridiculously beautiful out.

See?  Beautiful.  Landmark Center St Paul
See? Beautiful. Landmark Center St Paul

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The other night we stopped into the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Shellie and I had a grand time exploring the works, even though we got there so late. On Thursday nights the museum is open until 9pm, and normally that would work out for us. But this night was special. This night the traffic sucked and we were both overly hungry.


Our plan was to go to Pho Tau Bay on Eat Street then head to the MIA since it’s open late on Thursdays. Well, it took me forever to get home from work. And while driving home I noticed that east bound 394 was backed up pretty bad. I’m sure you’ve already figured out that 394 was what we needed to take to get to the museum, didn’t you? Damn, you’re good.

So we scrapped the Pho Tau Bay idea and instead had pho at a place we’ve never heard of, but isn’t too far from home. Gion in New Hope. Never mind that for now, I’m sure I’ll get back there for a proper review later. So after eating we (read I) decided we should still go to the MIA.

Minneapolis Institute of Art at night
Minneapolis Institute of Art at night

Bars At the Mall Of America

Listen, Christmas shopping is tough. I know. Believe me, I know. Other things that are tough include: regular shopping, walking, dealing with crowds, going into Build A Bear Workshop (hell, just walking past Build A Bear sends me straight to the bar), and not getting a drink for awhile.

So, since you’re stuck at the mall you may as well sneak away for a pint or two. And as luck would have it I’ve been to The Mall of America once or twice. I may or may not have had a beer.

Let’s do this floor by floor and side by side. Quick aside…the mall has 3 regular levels and one entertainment level. The fourth floor is mainly on the east side, with the movie theater on the south.