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By Lavender May 19, 2011

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Late-Night Dining

All dressed up, and nowhere to eat? One of the gustatory trials of living in Minnesota (in truth, they are mighty few) is that most of our kind-of-fine dining establishments pull down the shades at 10 PM. So, you come out of a play or a concert dressed to kill, and Mickey’s Diner just won’t do. These late-night options deliver more than a greasy spoon.

112 Eatery
This snug little salon is run by a chef who used to work for others, so when he opened his own kitchen, he charted hours with his fellow cooks in mind. Once these buddies lock their own doors, they head over here (along with the city’s smart set) for those addictive little lamb bones and harissa-spiked eggs.


Bradstreet Crafthouse

Welcome to this sweet little sleeper in Block E’s fancy-schmancy Graves Hotel. Glad tidings arrive in the form of tasty tapas-style selections (don’t miss the fab sliders), partnered by flights of wine. The party continues until 2 AM.


Duplex

This snazzy little hangout welcomes hungry night owls to swoop in for anything, everything, from a clever list of small plates to creative entreés in a setting that’s Uptown’s answer to Soho. There’s even a late-night happy hour.

Il Gatto
Nice kitty! This kitchen keeps cattin’ around until 2 AM, serving portions sized XXL for the young and the restless of Uptown in its urbane dining room. Since Chef Tim McKee became padrone of the cathouse, the food quality has soared. And cheers for the $5 glass-and-a-half of stomped-on-yesterday’s plonk.

The Lowbrow
They keep the lights on late at this new neighborhood watering hole on South Nicollet, so grab a table under the amazing deer-in-the-headlights mural, or belly up to the bar to sample the many local suds on tap to accompany the kitchen’s home cooking.

Monte Carlo Bar and Grill
The Monte has been the darling of the après-anything crowd for decades, where, beyond the best back bar in town, the café sports an easygoing menu of beef (burgers to sirloin) and beyond, delivered by vet waitresses performing marathons with platters of fries.

W.A. Frost
Call it the 911 of St. Paul—a lifesaver for those who’ve come famished from the Xcel Center or the Ordway in hopes of good food and wine. The quietly elegant setting keeps the romance of the evening simmering long after the final curtain.

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