Top 10 late-night restaurants in the Twin Cities

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5. Barbette
Fries at any hour are welcome, especially when they are as addictively crispy, perfectly salted and served with Barbette's creamy aioli. Their late-night menu also includes some white-wine-redolent mussels. From hearty sandwiches to light and crisp salads, there's something on this menu to serve any evening craving. At this boho chic neighborhood café in Uptown, food is served until midnight seven days a week. (1600 W. Lake St., Min-neapolis; 612.827.5710)


​4.112 Eatery

Used to be, in this town, that late-night dining meant snagging a table at Little T's for a burrito. But the 112 Eatery changed all that. Designed as a place for post-shift chefs to wind down, 112 Eatery serves full gourmet meals until close, which is midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on weekends. So take a seat in one of the deep booths--the ones along the wall that make you feel like you're somebody--and order a few of the small plates, maybe the lamb scottadito with goat's-milk yogurt, the pan-fried gnocchi, the cauliflower fritters, or the sautéed sweetbreads in a clam-and-porcini sauce. The menu offers everything from a humble bacon-and-egg sandwich slathered with harissa to, say, a more haute monkfish served with roasted salsify and crab. The food at 112 is so good it's nearly impossible to find a table during peak hours without a reservation. But if you go late, you can reap the rewards of spontaneity. (112 N. Third St., Minneapolis; 612.343.7696)


3. Pizza Luce, Warehouse District
Like traveling to the darkest depths of the sea and turning on a light, a nighttime visit to the downtown Minneapolis Pizza Lucé will yield some spectacular views of nightlife. Open until 2:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, the restaurant draws a crowd that's a late-night cornucopia of city life: hipsters looking to sober up after shows at First Avenue or the Fine Line; beer-slamming college students looking to score a cheap slice; a loud but friendly group of people on a performance high from the midnight open-mic cabaret Balls; and a random guy in a leather jacket doing the moonwalk. (What's his story? We may never know.) If the midnight pizza run is too clichéd for you, Lucé serves up a variety of rockin' sandwiches, many of them veggie and vegan, and pasta dishes you can load up with your choice of ingredients and sauces. (119 Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612.339.2400)

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2. Haute Dish

Haute Dish offers a classy alternative to the chaotic bar-and-club scene along Hennepin and First avenues in downtown Minneapolis. Late in the evening the barstools are mostly all filled, but the crowds aren't crushing. The music is loud enough to give the place buzz but not so cranked up that you have to resort to shouting. After a night of drinking, the meat-heavy menu from chef-owner Landon Schoenefeld makes for some fine alcohol-tempering fare. Crackling fried chicken, on a bed of greens and shrimp-studded grits, satisfies late-night cravings. As does the Monte Cristo, which is sort of like a ham-turkey-and-Swiss French toast sandwich, enhanced at Haute Dish with a few slices of foie gras to add a little je ne sais quois. Also noteworthy: Haute Dish is conveniently located next to Sex World, in case late-night diners want to, uh, extend the evening even longer. (119 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8484)

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1. Blue Door Pub

It used to be unheard of--a restaurant in St. Paul open after 8 p.m.? The line around the block day and night at the Blue Door tells a different story. Here you can order a "Blucy" (their term for a cheese-in-burger meal) until midnight. Combine breakfast and dinner with a Breakfast Blucy, a burger stuffed with cheese and topped with a fried egg and thick-cut bacon. Or just skip right to the Jiffy Burger: Topped with crunchy peanut butter, bacon, mayo, pickles, it's the right kind of wrong. Served with a side of Blue Door's exquisite French fries, it's about all a night owl could ask for. (1811 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651.493.1865)


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12 comments
move2011
move2011

The Wienery??? Walk past that place any evening, after closing hours and you're guaranteed to spot 3-10+ mice running around the restaurant floor. Messed up!

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

Phone numbers but no links on a web article, good one, City Pages!

Lancel
Lancel

2012YJLL2013HHYMTrouver Sacs à main Lancel bon marché fabriqués en cuir de Lancel 

Shift
Shift

'Late night' should definitely mean open past midnight.

Karl
Karl

They seem to have forgotten #10. 

Cinder
Cinder

Don't forget the $5 cover charge for Luce.  Yeah it goes towards a purchase, but who has cash leftover at bar time!

Neener
Neener

Excellent choice for #1!

Breeds50
Breeds50

Really, Pizza Luce? You can get better quality in the freezer section of your local grocer.

Ever been to Señor Wong for their late night HH? Kincaids has a pretty sweet one too. I know it's hard to fathom, but there are late night options outside of Minneapolis.

IDriveFast
IDriveFast

Is Little T's even open any more? I thought they closed for a while, and when I just tried calling the phone rang and rang but nobody picked up and I didn't reach their voice mail. 

Good call on Caffrey's. That place is a god send late night, and their sandwiches are incredible (especially the Blue Cow). Rudolph's BBQ missed the list. Even though they don't have the best BBQ in the cities, they do serve food late, and they have a late night happy hour that kicks in from 10pm until close (rib tips, wings, an awesome gumbo, etc.).

Joy Summers
Joy Summers

Yes, I'm sorry for the out-of-date info on Little T's. 

That Caffrey's Blue Cow is a sandwich for the ages! I'm also enamored with their simple chicken philly.  It's so ridiculously basic and yet so good. A great option if there's a picky eater in the crowd.

Jen Boyles
Jen Boyles

Joy was mistaken about Little T's... They've been closed for at least two or three years. (Miss their tacos). 

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