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    Corner of First Ave and Fifth St.
    Minneapolis, MN

    This is a uniquely designed bar and restaurant reminiscent of of Cuba in the 1940's. Foods from the Southwest, Caribbean and Mexico are made from the very best of local and imported ingredients and are prepared on their 100% hard-wood burning grill. They have some of the best ribs, and killer Bloody Mary's are their specialty. In the winter months, you may get lucky and find they have Real stone crab claws flown in from Joe's Stone Crab in Miami!!

    695 Grand Ave.
    St. Paul
    (651) 292-0444

    An adventure in fine Japanese dining awaits you at Saji-Ya, a fixture on Grand Avenue for 20 years. Saji-Ya has been voted the Twin Cities’ best Japanese restaurant and features award-winning sushi made with fish flown in fresh from Los Angeles. You’ll also find country-style specialties like heavenly light shrimp tempura, steak sukiyaki and teriyaki chicken breast. Saji-Ya also offers an array of traditional Japanese items, including yose nabe, okisuki, ten zaru and salmon chazuke. Open for lunch weekdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner served Sun. through Thurs., 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. until 11 p.m.

    500 1st Ave. N.
    (612) 332-8342

    The Loon Cafe is a nationally known, upscale meeting, eating and drinking locale, which is now celebrating their 17th year as the cornerstone of The Warehouse District. A magnet for sports fans, who can catch up on the latest scores, or gather for pre- and post-game huddles. They offer full bar service and an extensive menu, featuring several varieties of award-winning chili, American items (including Minnesota wild rice soup), Mexican cuisine, excellent pizzas, tempting salads and daily specials. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

    Calhoun Square
    3001 Hennepin Ave.
    (612) 822-9900

    Rockin' blues and award-winning barbecue share the spotlight at Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues, a wildly popular bar and restaurant reminiscent of an old Chicago blues club. For lunch and dinner any day of the week, you can get a plate stacked high with barbecued ribs, beef brisket, pork or chicken, served with an assortment of made-from-scratch side dishes and homemade desserts. While the hot blues music is a big attraction, it’s the award-winning food that makes Famous Dave’s such a big hit. Live music is performed Thursday through Saturday nights, starting at 9:30 p.m.

    Four Points Minneapolis Metro North
    1330 Industrial Blvd.
    (612) 379-4444

    Anchorage restaurant, voted Best Seafood Restaurant by the readers of Mpls.St.Paul magazine, specializes in seafood, all flown in daily. Steaks, chops and beef entrées are also expertly prepared. The dining room’s brass and polished wood provide an intimately warm dining environment.

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