|House-cured meats and artisanal cheeses at Be'Wiched.|
As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart of this warehouse-district-in-metamorphosis is increasingly popular for its budding food scene, which includes a number of Best Of winners. In case you've missed all the excitement, here are our 10 favorite spots to grab a bite in the North Loop.
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107 N. Washington Ave.
Much of the renaissance of the North Loop can be attributed to the location of Target Field, and nothing goes with sports quite so well as wings and beer. Luckily, Runyon's is located just a short walk away from the home of the Twins, and it features some of the best hot wings this side of Buffalo. They come slicked with a spicy, vinegary sauce that offers a more authentic experience than your local Buffalo Wild Wings. A half order of wings with a half order of fries should be enough to fill most bellies, but ordering the full plate with a group of friends on the way to the game is the ideal experience.
9. Moose & Sadie's
212 3rd Ave. N.
Moose & Sadie's has been in the North Loop for years, and transformed right along with it. When it opened up in 1991, in a part of town then better known as the Warehouse District, it was the first coffee shop around. When Birchwood Cafe alum Susan Muskat came on board as chef in 2005, it became one of the only area lunch spots serving up fare beyond tots and tacos. Today, the airy cafe remains a kind of palate cleanser between the fancier restaurants sprouting up around it, a place for a casual brunch, a working lunch, or just a quick cup of coffee from the counter. While Moose & Sadie's offers a comfortable hang-out spot and a reliable internet connection, it also serves up fresh pastries from its bakery, locally sourced ingredients, and full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that rotate weekly. Up this week: sweet corn polenta, roasted pork loin sandwiches, and pizza specials overflowing with seasonal veggies. Don't say this neighborhood standby can't keep up with the new kids.
800 Washington Ave. N.
Most of the time the very idea of lunch meat is so unappealing it makes you steer clear of a deli sandwich, but at Be'Wiched on Washington, it's the main draw. All the amazingly peppery pastrami for the classic New York-style rye sandwich is house-cured; the turkey that's paired with bacon, goat cheese, and medjool dates is smoked on premises; and the tuna confit goes straight from their kitchen to a slice of focaccia with olives. Every sandwich comes with a scoop of some cold salad, like the mildly Moroccan-spiced cous cous, but their minestrone is a knockout and goes especially well with the Italian hero. Just recently, the deli added brunch and dinner service as well as a mess of creative, crave-able daily specials. If you're ever there when turducken sliders with soft quark cheese and braised ramps are on the menu, you know what to do.