Top 5 south Minneapolis restaurants you didn't know delivered
We've all been there: nights when the idea of cooking dinner or venturing into the dark, teeth-chattering cold to grab a meal sounds about as enticing as hitting the gym at 5 a.m. At times like these, there's no phrase quite as magnificent as "We deliver." While Minneapolis has a great variety of options when it comes to pizza delivery, including Pizza Luce, Red's Savoy, and Uptown Pizza, what if you're craving something different? With dishes ranging from soup dumplings to baby back ribs, here are our picks for the top five restaurants in south Minneapolis that you didn't know delivered:
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1. Szechuan Spice
Winter chill creeping into your bones? Let Minneapolis's newest Szechuan eatery help you turn up the heat with spicy dan-dan noodles, juicy soup dumplings (called "Shanghai Mini Juicy Buns" on the menu), ma po tofu, and Szechuan double-cooked pork. Szechuan Spice delivers within a five-mile radius of its Lake and Lyndale location and charges a delivery fee of $1 with your $20 minimum order. Be sure to ask for chopsticks when you call, as they may not automatically be included with your order.
|Spicy goodness from Szechuan Spice|
2. Gandhi Mahal
If you live in the Longfellow neighborhood, consider yourself lucky, because Gandhi Mahal delivers, and for free! Named "Best Indian Restaurant" by City Pages in 2009, Gandhi Mahal offers a delicious selection of northern-style Indian dishes, including tandoori meats and vegetarian selections. Try the aloo begun (fresh eggplant and potatoes cooked with ground spices, tomatoes, and garlic) or choose from a variety of curries and stews spiced to order, from mirchi nahi (mild) to Bollywood jana (extra hot). Top your meal off with a mango lassi (made with homemade yogurt) and an order of garlic nan (or naan), and you've got yourself some seriously good eats.
|Try a bit of everything at Gandhi Mahal|
3. Mt. Fuji
Sushi may be best experienced while sitting in front of the itamae, but when you just can't belly up to the sushi bar, having it delivered right to your door might be the next best thing. Not a sushi hound? Choose from teriyaki, noodles, fried rice, and tempura. Mt. Fuji delivers within a two- to three-mile radius of its Hennepin Ave. location at no charge, provided you place a $20 to $30 minimum order (the amount depends on your proximity; call to get a quote).
|How do you roll?|
4. Broder's Cucina Italiana
Okay, technically Broder's Cucina does deliver pizza, but this deli sibling of Molly Broder's pasta bar also serves up classic, homemade Italian fare such as Caprese salads (featuring fresh mozzarella and basil, tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil), lasagna with homemade Italian sausage, and daily specials such as mushroom ravioli and bruschetta with semi-dried tomato pesto. The Cucina offers delivery between 4:30 and 9 p.m. daily, according to its website, and delivers between 35W and Hwy 100 to the east and west, and 36th St. to the Crosstown to the north and south.
5. Scott Ja-Mamas
Just because you're parking it at home for the night doesn't mean you can't tuck into an entire rack of ribs. If it's barbecue you're after, look no further than Scott Ja-Mamas. Wednesdays through Saturdays after 5 p.m., order pork ribs (full or half racks), barbecued chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches, along with baked potatoes, slaw, and rolls. There is a delivery fee of $2, and the minimum order depends on your neck of the woods (approximately $20 for the Uptown area).
|Not ya mama's|
Their delivery hours are limited to Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but that's just enough time to let Muddy Waters help you nurse your hangover from the comfort of your own home. The menu includes bacon, egg, and cheese croissants, as well as French baguettes slathered with peanut butter, nutella, and bacon. Wash it all down with a "bigass" 24-ounce coffee and you'll be ready for another night of debauchery before you know it. Delivery ranges extend to Uptown and the surrounding areas, but boundaries are approximate, so call to make sure. Also note that they'll be relocating down the street this spring, which may affect delivery service.
|This should tide you over until second breakfast.|