While this summer is undoubtedly different than any we have experienced in recent history, we hope you are still finding ways to get outside, stay active and healthy, and enjoy the beautiful green public spaces that Minneapolis has to offer (from a safe distance).
One thing we love about summer in the parks is the delicious array of restaurants that open with the warmer months. There are a handful of take-away options for park goers, many with outdoor seating, and all next to beautiful Minneapolis parkland if you’d prefer to eat in a more socially distanced atmosphere. We’ve compiled five must-taste menus in various Minneapolis parks for you to dive into this summer!
Sandcastle is located right on the big beach at Lake Nokomis. It is open for take-out only at the moment, but they do have a patio area with spaced out tables for eating. While their menu includes something for everyone, from your Coney (chili-cheese) Dog to a Kimchee Veggie Brown Rice Bowl, we have heard from reliable sources that a go-to for many is their classic Basket of French Fries. A simple, yet unbeatable, snack on a summer lake day. Check out their full menu, hours, and location here.
#2. Bread & Pickle
Bread & Pickle is a favorite among many who live in the Minneapolis Lake District. Located on Lake Harriet next to the Bandshell, this restaurant could not offer a more picturesque backdrop. On top of that, it’s a zero-waste operation, with everything served in compostable paper wrappers and biodegradable cups. In parallel with this, Break & Pickle sells an awesome reusable water canteen that you can fill up from their cold tap water spigot. It’s a perfect souvenir or much needed refresher if you’re out for a walk or kayak around the lake on a hot day. Unfortunately, the lakeside water fountains are all currently closed due to Covid-19, but you can bring your water bottle to any Bread & Pickle window and they will fill it up with tap water for you. More restaurant info here!
Photos courtesy of Bread and Pickle Instagram account @breadandpickle (photographs #1 and #2 taken by @phatphood , #3 taken by @bscribbles)
#3. Mill Valley Market
Mill Valley Market is located in the Trailhead building at Theodore Wirth Park. While they don’t market themselves as a health food restaurant, their menu is packed with healthy servings of nutrient-rich produce, whole grains, and sustainably raised meats and fish because as they say, “a satisfying meal shouldn’t just be filling, it should be nourishing.” With breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, beer, and wine you are bound to enjoy yourself on their patio after an outing in Theodore Wirth Park. Hours, location, and menu can be found here.
Photos courtesy of Mill Valley Market Instagram account @millvalleymkt (upper right photograph taken by @eatswithjason)
#4. Sea Salt Eatery
Sea Salt Eatery is a Cajun-inspired seafood spot adjacent to Minnehaha Falls, located in Minnehaha Regional Park. While we’d argue you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, Sea Salt boasts some of the best fish tacos in the area. With a variety of fish, shrimp, calamari and other selections, you will easily find an option that satisfies your seafood cravings. More restaurant info and ordering options here.
Photos #1 and #2 courtesy of Sea Salt Eatery Instagram account @seasalteatery
#5. Rotating Food Trucks
Along with the brick and mortar restaurants above, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers food truck permits at more than 15 park locations across the city – the full list can be found here. Also, check out this interactive map that you can use to find specific food truck locations across Minneapolis parks.
While there is no set schedule for which food trucks will be at which locations on a given day, it’s a wonderful way to experience new and different cuisines, and support small businesses. Additionally, if you are interested in attaining a permit for your food truck, you can fill out a simple application here.
BONUS: The Sioux Chef at Water Works on the Central Riverfront
With construction in full swing at the Water Works site on the Central Riverfront (read our latest construction update here), we are eagerly awaiting the grand opening of the Sioux Chef’s new restaurant at this location. The Sioux Chef‘s co-owners, Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson, are committed to revitalizing Native American Cuisine and reclaiming this important culinary culture through food and story telling. Their restaurant is set to open spring 2021.