Summer is slowly arriving in the Twin Cities, so what better time to list some of our favorite warm-weather hangouts? Here are Pancakes’ picks:
Uptown Cafeteria/Sky Bar: the rooftop has great views, but it’s pretty expensive. The real way to win at Cafeteria is to go to the downstairs part on a Wednesday when they have Happy Hour from 3-midnight and trivia from 8-10. Order the all-you-can-eat pancakes for only $5.
Punch Pizza: various locations around the Twin Cities, fast, convenient, not too expensive. Their pizza is legit - cooked in an 800 degree wood oven, thin crust, fresh mozzarella, and San Marzano tomatos.
The Angry Trout Cafe: you have to make the trek up to Grand Marais for this one, but if you’re up north you can’t skip it. Fresh-caught Lake Superior fish, local/sustainable/etc produce, stellar northern MN accents.
Fried Lake Superior whitefish with spinach fettucine and salad
Tin Fish: continuing in the fish theme, this one is a Twin Cities favorite. On the shore of Lake Calhoun, Tin Fish offers a variety of fish tacos, grilled or fried fish, salads, and more. It’s expensive though, so go with your parents or sugar daddy/mama. Worth it for the huge patio overlooking the lake and the ample people-watching opportunities. And the delicious food, of course.
Dunn Bros Coffee: Dunn Bros is great no matter what season it is, but during the summer they have absolutely marvelous cold press drinks. My favorite is Vanilla Iced Nirvana (cold press with cream and vanilla) but anything made with their Infinite Dark cold press is to die for. You can also buy growlers of cold press to bring home!
Butcher & The Boar: this place is a huge splurge, so again remember to bring your parents or sugar daddy/mama. Their beer garden is gorgeous, though, and they do have happy hour there.
Image via http://butcherandtheboar.com/tour/
Williams Pub & Peanut Bar: 300 types of bottled beer and 70 beers on tap, free popcorn and peanuts, always lively on weekends. A night out in Uptown is incomplete without stopping in at Williams.
And last but certainly not least, Sebastian Joe’s: arguably the best ice cream in the world (yes, I like it more than Portland’s Salt & Straw). Try their classic Raspberry Chocolate Chip or Pavarotti, which is caramel/banana/chocolate chip.