Food, Dining & Cafés

If you want internationally diverse, authentic and affordable cuisine, get it on the West Bank. A mix of ethnic eateries in the district produces an intriguing variety of fare and endless places to enjoy lunch or dinner. Mediterranean, Ethiopian, Chinese, Somali, and Indian; all exist here alongside great bar food, and perhaps the best hot dog shop in the 5-state area! Taste the world.

 

Afrik Grocery
613 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 343-0245

Offering a variety of products. Everything from meats and produce to frozen, and fast foods along with all the regular supermarket line-up. Open 7 days a week.

 

Afro Deli
1939 5th St. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 871-5555

http://www.afrodeli.com

 

Alleaamin Coffee Shop
609 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.9369

The vibrant, multicultural personality of the neighborhood creates unique opportunities to enjoy local gathering places. Give them a visit.

 

Bruegger’s Bagels
815 25th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-338-8294
www.brueggers.com/

A national chain. Authentic kettle-boiled bagels are fresh from the oven all day. The coffee is always brewing. Delicious sandwiches, salads and soups. Stop by anytime.

 

Bullwinkle’s Saloon
1429 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-338-2855
http://bullwinklesaloon.com/

Great cheap wings (3 flavors), free popcorn, and great drink specials every night of the week. Staff is very friendly. Packed during sporting events, always-great food and drink specials. Good tap selection; reasonably priced drinks, and a cool dive feel to the place. Upstairs has a nice view of the street.

 

Cedar Coffee
421 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.343.1272

A small coffee shop on Cedar Avenue mostly catering to the East African community on the West Bank.

 

Chipotle
229 Cedar Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.659.7830
www.chipotle.com

Southwestern-style national fast food chain. Features freshly prepared wraps, tacos, and burritos. Mexican fare. Serving fresh, made-to-order burritos and tacos. Beer, wine and margaritas.

 

Davanni’s
2500 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.332.5551
www.davannis.com

Good pizza, hoagies and pasta for delivery. The best pizza and hot hoagy restaurant in the neighborhoods we serve by ensuring that everyone leaves happy. Great Food. The Best Customers In The World. The Best Employees In The World. Area dorms alert–delivery!

 

Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant
1813 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 332-2898
http://www.dillasethiopianrestaurant.com/

Ethiopian food is served on centerpiece platters over injera, accompanied by plates of more injera, rolled up like so many dish towels. To eat, you simply tear off pieces of injera and scoop up bites of food. Our traditional menu incorporates beef, lamb and chicken. And due to the Orthodox Church’s fasting seasons vegetrian dishes come in abundance and variety of flavors. The flavorings are usually cooked slowly in kibe, a clarified butter with Ethiopia-grown chili peppers combining with ginger, garlic, onions, spices, basil and a host of less familiar flavorings like bishop’s weed, which resembles thyme, and ‘enset’ (banana tree like) plant powder.

Dilla Restaurant specializes in all sizes of catering. Our professional team would be more than happy to work with you to make your event a memorable one. Whether you are planning a corporate event, casual or formal party, or any celebration, we can work out a package to fit your needs. You can either pick up the food from our restaurants or have us deliver the food to your site.

 

Hard Times Cafe
1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.341.9261
http://www.facebook.com/pages/the-hardtimes-cafe/108520912514624

A notorious West Bank gem with the best people watching spots in town. An (almost) 24-hour coffee shop and all vegetarian cooperatively owned diner is a haven for those from all walks of life, especially those in the mood for monster nachos. Entrees range from dirt-cheap to moderate. Check out the bathroom graffiti.

 

Jewel of India
1427 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.0002
http://www.jewelofindia.net/

Small Indian restaurant that features a full dinner menu. A hit with neighborhood residents and hungry college students alike. The local Indian population gather here to watch cricket matches through the middle of the night. Lunch buffet.

 

Jimmy John’s
2037 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.344.4444
www.jimmyjohns.com

The world’s greatest gourmet sandwiches. It’s honest, it’s good, and it’s fast, at a decent price! Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey; the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, and no fake stuff. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar – it’s the best of the best.

 

Keefer Court Bakery & Café
326 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.340.0937
http://www.keefercourt.com/

An Asian bakery/fortune-cookie factory. Serving Chinese pastries in this location since 1983, and we’re proud to still be serving you today. The fortune cookie division grew up, and moved to it’s own state-of-the-art facility. Chinese and Hong Kong style menu items. Stop in soon!

 

Lucky Dragon Restaurant
1827 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.375.1690
http://www.luckydragonmpls.com/

A good value. Attracts swarms of hungry students looking for a good meal at a bargain price. Fans rave about the fried rice, and more adventurous eaters recommend the selection of soups or spicy shrimp dishes. Daily lunch buffet includes ice cream!

 

Maashaa ‘Allah Restaurant
605 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-333-3776

East African and Mediterranean influences. Stop in to experience an African-style home-cooked dish in a cozy setting of wood finishes and earth tone colors. Good atmosphere. Hospitable owner. The food is great. The prices are incredible.

 

Malabari Kitchen
414 1/2 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-339-9385

http://malabarikitchen.com/ 

 

Mango Factory

233 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Neighborhood: West Bank
(651) 206-8517
https://www.facebook.com/MangoFactory
 

Mapps Coffee & Tea
1810 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.6398
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mapps-Coffee-and-Tea/301147735991

A destination for meeting friends, hanging loose or to get some work done using the free Wi-Fi. Owners Yildiz and Erdoan Akguc have created a relaxed atmosphere in a spacious location convenient to the University and Augsburg. A small selection of delicious pastries, brownies and sandwiches fuel the brain, while award-winning chai is a spicy alternative to the coffee.

 

Mediterranean Deli
523 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.4400

The Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, grains (rice, pasta), fish, fruit and dried beans. The diet is typical of the middle-eastern Mediterranean countries and Greece. Hands down best gyro in town – enough said.

 

Quiznos
1851 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.7845
http://www.quiznos.com/restaurants/store-5461

Toasted subs. Grilled sandwiches featuring a wide variety of breads and toppings. A little bit different. Think all sub sandwiches are equal? Horseradish! Toasting is a wake up call for flavor! Everything — even the Flatbread for our Salads — gets toasty at Quiznos. Signature toasting style gets crisp edges, melted cheese, sizzling meat, and warm bread. Heck, if it doesn’t come from Quiznos, it’s gonna leave you cold!

 

Red Sea Bar & Restaurant
320 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.1644
www.redseaclub.com

A famed bar and nightlife club in the Twin cities with an international crowd and ethnic food. Live music. Friendly service and a fully stocked bar. Music focuses predominately on reggae, world beat, and hip hop. Food, Music. Drinks.

 

Republic
221 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.6146
http://www.republicmn.com/

A corner pub unlike any other corner pub. A thoughtful, seasonal rotation of local and emerging American craft, Belgian, and German beers into 56 taps. Wine and cocktails featuring fresh-squeezed juices and infused spirits. Affordable food with REAL ingredients, simply and thoughtfully prepared using local farms and sources everywhere. Grass-fed beef is the foundation of a full burger menu, plus delicious mussels, lots of local cheese, steaks, yummy salads and some great sandwiches like slow roasted pork with a cherry compote and pickled jalepeno on a New French Bakery baguette. Everything’s made from scratch, including ketchup for the house-cut fries.

Republic’s rentable event space Aux 1 is outfitted with a built-in PA system, mics, chords, stands, a video projector, screen and Internet hook-ups for you to use for your next event, independent movie screening, Skype chat, slide show, presentation or whatever you need it for.

 

Sagal Restaurant & Coffee
411 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.644.6226

A storefront coffee shop featuring delicious sambusa and other East African food delights. A popular hang-out to watch the news or soccer or talk for hours.

Sahara Restaurant & Grill
408 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612)332-1822

Delicious and authentic East African cuisine.

 

Sports Restaurant & Coffee
1501 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-367-4186

A popular cafe and gathering place on the West Bank. Open 7 days a week to satisfy that caffeine craving.

Starbucks Coffee
2515 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.305.0235
www.starbucks.com

Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world. Live music. Book readings. Coffee seminars. There’s a lot going on inside at Starbucks.

The Corner Bar
1501 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.4333
www.thecornerbar.net

Pizza and American food. Specialties include pizzas, appetizers, and burgers. Full bar. Seasonal outdoor seating on the best sidewalk patio in Minneapolis. The perfect place for lunch (or your next birthday party). Comedy Corner Underground is on Friday and Saturday nights showcasing the best comics from the Twin Cities.

 

The Wienery
414 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-333-5798
www.wienery.com

Tasty dogs, a location with real personality (and lots of cracked vinyl), super value, and everything made fresh to order. This is a humble diner, so don’t expect anything fancy, but with that said it’s also has the best hot dogs in town. About 10 stools and two small tables, get ready to be cozy with your neighbor. The fries are hand-cut. The dogs are excellent and cheap with soft and yummy buns. The employees and clientele are interesting. The food is delicious, and the price is right.

 

Town Hall Grill & Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.8696
www.townhallbrewery.com

A nostalgic, brewpub atmosphere with vintage photographs and a tin ceiling. The on-site brewed beer is the highlight. A patio rivals the best patios in town. A popular spot for midday lunches as well as post-class gatherings. The “Pint Club” offers discounts and occasional special events. All about having a good drink, a good bite and a good conversation. Try the Oatmeal Beer – an awesome dark brew. Good place for groups. Specialties include nachos, pasta, burgers, and assorted entrees, plus an abundance of house-brewed beers and ales.

 

Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.7399
www.triplerocksocialclub.com

Spirits and Cold Beer, Hot Food. Live music almost every night. Best bar food in Minneapolis. Staff is amazing. Nice tap selection. Good jukebox. But the food, oh the food. Offering vegetarian/vegan dishes in addition to standard bar fare. Check out the amazing Sunday brunch. Generous pours, good jukebox selection, and regular dancing are all excellent reasons check it out. A great sound system. National and local acts. A favorite place to see shows in the city.

 

West Bank Diner
324 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.2211
http://westbankdiner.com/

West Bank Diner is a fresh take on Somali and American cuisine with a twist. From Juicy Angus Burgers to Appetizing Liver Omelettes, the menu will allow you to experiment with new dishes or new twists on your classic favorites. All dishes are made fresh to order using only 100% halaal products and grilled to healthy perfection. Breakfast served all day!

 

West Bank Grocery
417 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-2720

A convenient store with friendly staff, interesting international treats, and fresh-made deli food. At the check out counter is a plate of fresh-made sambusa (which are like samosa or empanadas)–once you’ve tried it, it’s an irresistible impulse buy. Always friendly. Open late.

 

Whiskey Junction
901 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.9550
www.thewhiskeyjunction.com

The Cabooze’s little brother, where there’s never a cover and live music every night. The Whiskey tends toward local blues and rhythm and blues acts. Nothing fancy. A lot of regulars here. A decent beer selection. Serves breakfast on weekends. Serves pizza until 2 AM. Pool tables and a good happy hour special. Take a gander at the music calendar online.