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spoonriver restaurantFoodies will feel right at home in Minneapolis. Farm-to-table meals, award-winning dishes cooked by internationally renowned chefs and unique, trendsetting entrees can be found around town. For a true Minneapolis experience, grab a meal made with locally sourced ingredients. The Minneapolis region produces honeycrisp apples (this type of apple was developed at the University of Minnesota), a variety of lake fish and wild rice, which is the Minnesota state grain.

Finding the Best Restaurants on the Road

James Beard-award-winning La Belle Vie is perfect for special occasions or a memorable evening of wine and fine dining. Authentic French fare fills the menu, and an extensive wine list features a wide variety of bottles from wine-growing regions around the world. This restaurant isn't a good choice for travelers on a budget, but patrons watching their wallets can choose to eat in the lounge as opposed to the dining room, as the lounge offers a less expensive tasting menu and more affordable meal options.

Find delicious, inventive food for affordable prices at 112 Eatery, a popular spot downtown that gets pretty packed during peak lunch and dinner hours. The restaurant stays open late (till 1 a.m. on weekends), so it's a great option for night owls feeling peckish. Menu offerings include foie gras meatballs, duck and radicchio salad, and roasted barramundi with chickpea stew.

Food from the "hot zones" peppers the menu at Chino Latino, a restaurant that takes trendy to new levels with original dishes, pounding music and eye-popping decor. Part nightclub (on Friday and Saturday nights, noisy flocks of 20-somethings in designer jeans crowd the large bar), part Asian/Latin fusion bistro, Chino Latino dishes out imaginative fare from inside-out tempura shrimp sushi rolls to Senegalese peanut curry. (Dieters beware.) Expect plenty of skewered seafood, slow-cooked beef and spice.

Diners seeking healthy, organic dishes should check out Spoonriver, a Mill District restaurant that serves heaps of vegetarian fare alongside grass-fed beef and seasonal specials. (The menu is inspired by the fresh offerings at the nearby Mill City Farmer's Market.) Stop in on weekend mornings for brunch and dine on tofu Thai curry vegetable scrambles or seasonal quiches. Or visit for lunch or dinner, when salads, sandwiches, quesadillas and burgers are on offer. Additionally, Spoonriver has an extensive bar menu featuring creative cocktails, wine and locally brewed beer.

A stroll around the Mall of America is bound to make one hungry. Whiffs of movie theater popcorn and fried foods tend to waft through certain parts of the mall, and all that walking really stirs up an appetite. But you'll have no trouble finding a spot to fill your stomach -- the mall has dozens of great restaurants, from familiar chains to original eateries. Our pick? Those seeking steak and seafood should head to Twin City Grill, a casual American restaurant serving cocktails and draft beer alongside large portions of homemade meatloaf, fish fries, burgers and steaks. Vegetarians can order large salads and veggie flatbreads off the menu.
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