Shira is a public health and social work professional who loves traveling, hiking, swimming and boating in lakes, ice cream, coffee, and dogs. She actually used to have an ice cream blog called “The Ice Cream Scoop.” I met Shira’s husband, Adam, at a Columbia Business School alumni event for people in the food industry. They were getting ready for a weekend away to Minneapolis, Minnesota when I shared some of the places on my bucket list. I asked if they would be willing to share their inside scoops on the food and brewery scene in Minneapolis. Thank you, Shira, for filling us in on your weekend away!
“Living in NYC, when most people hear ‘memorial day weekend trip’, Minneapolis definitely does not come to mind as a potential vacation spot. My husband and I have been living in NYC for the last 4 years, and we often crave an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of our favorite things to do together is to explore cities that are new to us. We chose Minneapolis for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend escape due to its accessibility from NYC (easy 2.5-hour direct plane ride), its mild summer temperatures, and incredible parks system.
Minneapolis is a quiet and unique city with incredible coffee, award-winning parks system, and awesome breweries. Keep reading for some of my favorites from our weekend!
Patisserie 46 is an adorable French bakery on the corner in a residential neighborhood. We had the breadbasket and an incredible chocolate hazelnut cake. They also have sandwiches, coffee, and tasty looking chocolates and pastries.
FiveWatt Coffee is a Brooklynesque coffee shop with a fantastic open space with tons of seating and incredible, unique, coffee concoctions. We had the Big Easy (cold press, chicory + nutmeg simple syrup, Black Walnut bitters, cream or non-dairy milk of choice) and the Hibernator (Cold Press, Toasted Almonds, Honey, Milk) and they were both great.
Dogwood Coffee Company is a Minneapolis-based coffee chain with great coffee and adorable mugs and gifts. It is camp themed and they have the cutest logoed gear for sale at their locations.
Spyhouse Coffee Roasters is also a Minneapolis-based coffee chain, Spyhouse has great open space with myriad seating to spend an afternoon reading or getting work done. I had a lavender latte here with oat milk, which was excellent.
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. is a small but wonderful brewery with great tasting beers. They have some seating though it can get crowded. One of my favorite things about this brewery is that they have lots of different card and board games around to play.
Surley Brewing Company. We LOVED this place. Surley is a huge brewery with massive indoor and outdoor space. They have a restaurant and event rooms, and gas fire pits in the outdoor space. There were lots of dogs and kids milling about. We spent a few hours here before heading to the MNUFC game and I could have spent even longer just hanging around one of the fire pits drinking beer and playing with puppies.
Burch Steak & Pizza Bar. We went to this restaurant after the MNUFC game and it was incredible! We ordered both steak and pizza and both were extremely tasty. I also had a fantastic cocktail. This meal was easily our favorite of the trip.
112 Eatery. We went to 112 Eatery for dinner after the Twins game. We shared a number of dishes including steak tartar, fresh ricotta with white truffle honey, and pan-fried gnocchi all of which were fantastic, though I think the gnocchi was my favorite. We also had the chocolate torte with malted ice cream for dessert, which hit the spot.
The Bad Waitress Diner is a fun diner on ‘Eat Street’, Bad Waitress serves local and organic breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. We both had egg scrambles and shared an order of strawberry rhubarb pancakes. The name of the restaurant comes from their unique ordering method. Instead of a waitress coming to the table, you write your order on a sheet of paper, bring it up to the counter and pay before you get your food.
MNUFC Soccer Game This was so much fun! Even though it is only the first season for this team, the stadium was pretty full and there was a lot of team spirit!
Twins Baseball Game.The Twins stadium was beautiful with lots of fantastic food offerings. I got ice cream and cheese curds – not the healthiest, but I can’t visit the Midwest and not have cheese curds!
Minnehaha Park. Minneapolis has an award-winning parks system and this park did not disappoint. We rode a two-person quadricycle on the numerous bike lanes and walked around the Minnehaha Falls area of the park.
Lake Calhoun. There is so much to do on Lake Calhoun! We went for a run around the lake and we were hoping to go canoeing as well but it was too windy on the day we hoped to go. There is also a small café on the shore of the lake and opportunities for biking, boating, fishing and more. ”