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Where To Eat Near Lake Nokomis


The Lake Nokomis neighborhood truly feels like a small town in the middle of the big city. Just minutes from MSP Airport, Metro Lines, and Downtown Minneapolis it serves up all the convenience of the big city while maintaining an impressively quaint and peaceful lifestyle.

While you’re walking, biking, or just enjoying Lake Nokomis you may need to grab a bite to eat and you won’t have any trouble finding award winning local eateries all over the Lake Nokomis area. Let’s take a look at the list.

Dominguez Restaurant

A family-run and kid-friendly spot featuring ample Mexican combo platters in a colorful, casual space.

3313 E 50th Street, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Town Hall Lanes

A local bowling alley with a cozy pub offering lots of craft beer on tap & American grill fare.

5019 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Minneapolis Carbone’s Pizza & Pub

A longtime local pizza chain offering plenty of topping options, hoagies & salads.

4705 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis Mn 55407

Grande Sunrise Seafood & Mexican Restaurant

A traditional Mexican street eats & seafood served in a simple space decorated with colored flags.

5554 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Fat Lorenzos

Fat Lorenzo’s is a legendary neighborhood Italian joint offering pizza, pasta, hoagies, and gelato amid colorful murals.

CBS Minnesota named Fat Lorenzo’s Gelato the “Best in Minnesota” and they’ve been named one of the best pizza’s in the country by Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine.

5600 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Tacos Lupita

When it comes to finding tacos around Lake Nokomis, Tacos Lupita tops the list for locals. We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves.

Family owned and operated. Eat local! Great tacos al pastor. Best burritos in south metro. $2.50 for a huge horchata.

-Google Review

This is by far MY FAVORITE PLACE for Mexican eats. Here they “clean” their meats (like i do @ Btown-BBQ). Which means they take out the tendons/fat that is attached to every piece of meat. They take the time to eliminate the “schmeckus”. Which is huge in my book. The flavors are authentic. Tastes of deep southern mexico. Tortillas are homemade and made that day. This is a MUST TRY, if you call your self a fan of Mexican foods.

-Google Review

Authentic Mexican food, great staff.

-Google Review

5748 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417 | (612) 598-5460

Berry Sweet Kitchen

French toast on a white plate.

Cafe & Bakery offering American breakfast & lunch fare, plus scratch made breads, pastries, and cakes.

Some of their signature items include Banana French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy and bacon smoked in house.

5406 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Sassy Spoon

This colorful counter-serve joint offers gluten-free small plates & entrees in casual quarters.

5011 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

ie, Italian Eatery

Spaghetti on a blue plate.

ie is a neighborhood eatery at heart, conveniently located on the Minnehaha Parkway nestled amidst the lakes of South Minneapolis. They are stirred by the Italian dining traditions that inspire authentic hospitality to nurture depth in our community.

A rustic & romantic destination for lovely food. The staff was wonderful from the time I made the reservation to the time we left the restaurant. Highly recommended!

-Google Review

Check out ie’s Events Calendar for classes & other happenings.

4724 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55407

Hot Plate

Hot Plate is known for its unique Nutella, peanut butter and bacon pancakes. Our house specials include the Grand Marais and Carnitas scrambles. The caramelized pecan rolls are also a mouthful, try them and let us know. We also try new and original dishes on a regular basis. Those getting the two-thumbs-up are likely to make it into our regular menu over time.

Waiting times vary on weekends, but you can expect from 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays to about 45min on Sundays. We try hard to keep the waiting time to a minimum by keeping our table bussers on their toes and our kitchen running like a well-oiled machine.

Stop by, have some free coffee while you wait and enjoy your time. You will be glad to take a trip down memory lane, or feel free to ask what are those paintings and figurines, we might not know either, but they have been a conversation starter for many years now.

5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417

Bull’s Horn Food & Drink

This location has been a bar since 1935. Amy and Doug bought it in spring of 2017 and opened Bull’s Horn Food and Drink in October.

The bar was called the Sunrise Inn as far back as the 50’s and likely since 1935. It changed hands a few times but a sale document from 1958 lists that name.

Amy and Doug kept the feel of a neighborhood MN bar, added elements of their life and are pleased to share this dream with you!

You’ll find lots on their Events Calendar including Open Mic Nights, Meat Raffles, and Happy Hours.

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55406

5-8 Club

Burgers on a wooden platter.

Local tavern chain serving cheese-stuffed burgers, pub grub and more in laid back surrounds.

Their signature item, the Juicy Lucy, has transformed the way America sees cheeseburgers.

Featured on several syndicated national TV shows, the burger stuffed with cheese has gained national attention.

Adam Richman’s Man v. Food put the Juicy Lucy on the culinary map. 

In 2014, the Travel Channel ranked the 5-8 #1 in America for tastiest place to chow down. 

Time Magazine also listed the Juicy Lucy as one of the most influential burgers of all time.

City Pages listed eating a Juicy Lucy at the 5-8 as #15 on its comprehensive Twin Cities bucket list, “50 Things To Do Before You Die.” 

Their loyal Juicy Lucy fans have helped them achieve recognition as the best Juicy Lucy restaurant in the Twin Cities.

  • 5800 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55417
  • 2289 Minnehaha Ave E Maplewood Mn 55119
  • 6251 Douglas Court North Champlin, Mn 55316
  • 1741 S Robert Street West Saint Paul, Mn 55118

Parkway Pizza

A family owned eatery offering classic pies, plus gluten free and vegan options for dine-in & delivery.

They use local ingredients whenever available and grind their sausage fresh daily.

Craving pizza? Their delivery drivers are ready to bring you the best pizza ever, everyday, at no extra charge.  

As many have stated, their homemade sausage is outstanding. We almost always order the Supreme which is overflowing with sausage, pepperoni, and a good assortment of veggies. We typically take out but when we have eaten in the restaurant, service has always been friendly and efficient. I love the “neighborhood” feel to the place as well. All in all, a fantastic place for pizza. One of these days we will have to try more menu offerings.

-Google Review

Check out Trivia Thursdays at their Longfellow & NE locations.

Three locations and growing in Longfellow, Northeast, and St. Louis Park.

  • 4359 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55406
  • 2851 Johnson Street NE, Minneapolis Mn 55418
  • 6325 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park Mn 55416

Chicago’s Taste Authority

They claim to have the only “authentic Chicago style food in the area.” The proof is in the fact they serve only true 100% all beef hot dogs, polish sausage and Italian beef.

Made fresh exclusively for Chicago’s Taste Authority by a fourth-generation family meat merchant.  No nitrates, No preservative. Never frozen. 

Your Chicago favorites are shipped directly from Chicago to Minnesota.

As a result, Chicago transplants consistently drive from all over the Twin Cities to eat the food with which they grew up.

Some drive over 20 miles weekly to taste a real poppy seed bun and glowing green relish, they refer to as “Nuclear Relish”.

The extensive menu includes hometown Chicago originals, from traditional thin crust pizza to tamales.

Chicago’s Taste Authority sells 1,500 hot dogs per week, 2,000 pickles, 8 gallons of Nuclear Relish, and 1,200 pounds of Italian Beef for their Cheesy Beef sandwiches per month.

Their food is frequently featured in local newspapers, on radio, and on television.   Jason DeRusha, of WCCO-TV’s program, “DeRusha Eats”, declared the Italian Beef as his favorite in the Twin Cities.

3101 E 42nd Street, Minneapolis Mn 55406

BaGu Sushi & Thai

Sushi on a plate with chopsticks.

Bagu Sushi & Thai Restaurant is a small, family-oriented and Hmong-owned restaurant located in South Minneapolis.

Sushi is top notch. The service was excellent. A place you would definitely want to come back and get the whole menu.

-Google Review

One look at their menu and you’ll be ready to try this Minneapolis sushi spot asap.

4741 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis Mn 55407