What better way to top off a delicious night on the town than to contribute to a beautiful cause? An annual fundraising event, Dining Out For Life raises money to support HIV/AIDS service groups and organizations. This year, the event will take place on Thursday, April 25, with all participating restaurants donating 20 to 100 percent of that day’s profits to The Aliveness Project. Want to help out? Just visit one of these amazing establishments on April 25 and make a difference! For a full list of participating restaurants, go to www.diningoutforlife.com/city/minneapolis-st-paul-greater-mn.
A celebration of all things French right in the heart of Uptown, Barbette has been a staple of brunch and happy hour taste treats for years. Simple, classic continental cuisine served up in a relaxed, unfussy atmosphere makes for a perfect stop along your daylong Dining Out for Life food journey.
1600 W. Lake St.
Popul Vuh- 25%
Elevated Mexican cuisine right in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, Popol Vuh offers up fresh, traditional ingredients in artful combinations designed to tell unique stories through flavor. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, try the four-course tasting menu.
1414 Quincy St. NE
Fig + Farro- 20%
It’s not every day you can get me into a restaurant that doesn’t serve meat. Even fewer are the days you’d get me into such an establishment and like, nay, love it. Like many first-time vegan diners, I went into Fig + Farro wondering if I would leave full. I needn’t have worried. Favorites include the jackfruit barbacoa and yellow pea falafel.
3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Joan’s in the Park- 35%
This intimate, white table-clothed hidden gem in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul is a perfect spot for anyone wanting classic fine dining without all the fuss. At Joan’s in the Park, you feel like you’re at the home of a dear friend who’s invited you over for dinner. That is, if your dear friend happened to be a highly acclaimed chef with ample national recognition. If you want to earn bonus points from your dinner mates, order the crab toasts and steak tartare.
631 Snelling Ave. S.
Hola Arepa- 25%
If you’ve never had an arepa, you’re in luck. There’s no better place to explore the culinary magic of these flavor-packed Venezuelan parcels of plenty in the Twin Cities than Hola Arepa. The handmade dough and fillings are prepared fresh daily and will literally take you on a tasty tour of Latin America in just a few bites. Add an order of yuca fries and arepitas (fried arepa balls filled with jalapenos and goat cheese) and I guarantee you’ll become a regular.
3501 Nicollet Ave.
Pizza Luce- 35%
If pizza were music, Pizza Luce would be punk rock… in your mouth. Innovative, expressive and totally tasty, Pizza Luce’s menu puts most to shame with its mouth-watering menu of original eats. And don’t forget an order of wings or, if you’re in a sammy mood, the Muffuletta tops my list of all-time favorites.
Various Metro Locations
The Eagle needs no explanation, but a reminder that, in addition to a stiff drink or four, you can also grab a super juicy burger basket with fries at this downtown watering hole. Perfect for your Dining Out for Life lunchtime nosh with coworkers or late night nibble with friends.
515 S. Washington Ave.
The secret to extraordinary Thai food is finding just the right balance of sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Or just ordering off the Sawatdee menu at one of their eight Twin Cities locations.
Various Metro Locations
Ever a great spot to grab a drink and unwind with friends in Northeast, the patio at LUSH Food Bar also offers a wonderful brunch option with traditional eats and cocktails for days. Cinnamon roll french toast, a fancy shmancy Bellini and a few gossip-laden friends to catch up with and you’re golden. Stop by for a quick Happy Hour or extend that Happy Hour right in to a full on night out on the town.
990 Central Ave. NE