Anne LiesComment

Biking for Bites

Anne LiesComment
Biking for Bites

Some sights in Minneapolis are best seen from a bike, and with its extensive system of paved paths, cyclists of any experience level can cover a lot of ground in a day in Minneapolis. Whether you want to make it a full day on the Chain of Lakes, or just want to take a quick jaunt down the Midtown Greenway, fuel up at these casual Southside pit stops along your bike route.

By Anne Lies

Lake of the Isles

Rinata Restaurant

An intimate and rustic trattoria featuring fresh housemade pasta and pizzas. Relaxed enough for a quick bite, but romantic enough for date night after your bike ride.

2451 Hennepin Ave. S.

Serves happy hour, dinner


The Kenwood

A warm and inviting neighborhood spot with a fresh, seasonal menu. Breakfast offerings include many à la carte options and brunch starts at 10 a.m.

2115 W. 21st St.

Serves breakfast through dinner

Breakfast/brunch $8–$17, dinner $12–$38


Lake Calhoun

The Tin Fish

Seafood-oriented menu, with grilled and fried fish. Perfect for lakeside lunch or dinner (sunset no extra charge). Kid friendly pit stop for mid-ride slushies or ice cream to cool off.

3000 E. Calhoun Pkwy (open seasonally, late April through mid-October)

Serves lunch through dinner, snacks





This neighborhood bistro is open early to late, serving French and American favorites. The interior is relaxed and welcoming, with a comfortably cluttered, art-studio aesthetic, and the outdoor seating has a quiet, European side-street vibe, all the sweeter for being just steps away from the hubbub of Uptown Minneapolis. (Except for one weekend every July, when Barbette pulls out all the stops for its annual Bastille Day party.) The menu, much of which is sourced locally, changes seasonally, and includes daily brunch. If you’re just stopping for a quick bite, don’t miss the frites, which are generally considered to be some of the city’s best. If you’re really feeling Euro, get the mussels too.

1600 W. Lake St.

Serves breakfast through dinner, happy hour and late night

Breakfast $8–$14, dinner $21–$29

Urban Eatery

Smooth and contemporary space serving a wide-ranging, world-influenced menu. Plenty of patio seating and lake views.

2730 W. Lake St.

Serves dinner every day, lunch and brunch Thursday-Sunday

Lunch $9–$19, dinner $13–$28



Side-by-side restaurant, wine bar, and to-go counter service, Lucia’s can take you from breakfast pastries to an afternoon picnic, to casual dinner.

1432 W. 31st St.

Serves breakfast through dinner, happy hour

Breakfast $8–$14, dinner $11–$30



Lake Harriet

The Harriet Brasserie

This brasserie’s menu is a blend of American, Latin, and French influences, all housed in the quaint brick of a former fire station.

2724 W. 43rd St.

Serves brunch through dinner

Brunch $9–$15, dinner $12–$28

Bread and Pickle

Park your bikes near this Lake Harriet waterfront counter, which offers a variable menu of American picnic fare. Next door to the Lake Harriet Bandshell, it’s just the place to grab something to eat while you listen to free, live music.

4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy (open seasonally)

Serves lunch through dinner, coffee and snacks under $10



Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

Offers an extensive menu of homemade ice cream flavors, from the traditional (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough) to the exotic (Roasted Garlic Almond Chip). The list varies daily and is updated on the fly through the website’s live feed. Grab a cone and keep your bike rolling, or linger a while over coffee on the patio.

4321 Upton Ave. S.

Serves ice cream, coffee, baked goods

Under $10




The Dirty Bird and Rose Street Patisserie

The Linden Hills neighborhood boasts some of Minneapolis’ most beloved and buzz-worthy shops and restaurants, mainly The Dirty Bird. Located in the alley behind its sister restaurant, Upton 43, The Dirty Bird roasts up crispy-skinned chickens to juicy perfection under a halo of their eponymous spice rub. Everything here is for take-away, and they offer a rotating menu of sides such as a shaved red cabbage and lime slaw, wild rice-a-roni, and classic mac and cheese, but really, it’s the chickens that have everyone all a-cluck. If you’d rather hang out in the neighborhood for a while, step next door into Rose Street Patisserie for dine-in quiche, panini, salads, and fantastic breads. Or just grab dessert to go with your chicken, take your feast and your bikes to the Lake Harriet Bandshell and make an evening of it.

4312 Upton Ave. S. (entrance around back)

Serves lunch through dinner (takeout)

The birds $9–$16; the sweets, under $10


Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Falls


Grand Ole Creamery

Grand Ole Creamery serves super-premium ice creams that tend toward classic flavors (think Peppermint Bon Bon, Strawberry), but they’re also known for mixing it up. Case in point, the Coffee Break (espresso with Oreos) or the Black Hills Gold (cookies and cream in a caramel base with pralines—reportedly enjoyed by none other than President Obama on a 2014 visit to the Twin Cities). Get it while you’re hot!

4737 Cedar Avenue S.

Serves ice cream, coffee

Under $10


True to its lakefront concession stand heritage, Sandcastle offers easy finger food, but with more inspiration than mere hotdogs could ever achieve.

4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy (open seasonally, mid-April through mid-October)

Serves lunch through dinner, breakfast on weekends

Under $10


Sea Salt Eatery

Loved for its high-quality fresh fish and seafood, Sea Salt Eatery brings a little Gulf-Coast zing to the northern hinterlands. Try the generous scallop tacos or a crawfish po’ boy, or if you’re feeling more serious, the Sexy Ahi Burger and raw oysters on the half shell. This Minneapolis summer treasure is located inside Minnehaha Park, so when you come be sure to give yourself some time explore the environs: wading pool, disc golf course, gardens, and a bandstand that hosts music and movies in the summertime. That’s not to mention the beautiful Minnehaha Falls, and the gorgeous views of the Mississippi River’s limestone bluffs, all within an easy walk of Sea Salt. The eatery’s lines can be long, so plan either for stopping off-hours, or maybe for making some new friends while you wait.

4825 Minnehaha Avenue (open seasonally, April through October)

Serves lunch through dinner

Fat Lorenzo’s

Carbo-load for your big bike ride with pizza, pasta, and hoagies from an old-school neighborhood joint. Eat-in, takeout, and pizza by the slice.

5600 Cedar Ave. S.

Serves lunch through dinner

$4–$15, pizzas $13–$25



Midtown Greenway


Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant

Father and son craft spicy, homestyle Caribbean dishes. Curries, jerks, rice, and roti fill the menu, with vegetarian and vegan friendly options.

2653 Nicollet Ave. S.

Serves lunch through dinner, closed Mondays


World Street Kitchen                                                                                       Midtown Global Market

Located in a former Sears department store, the Midtown Global Market is home to over 50 vendors, some of whom are new or emerging entrepreneurs. There’s plenty to see, so park your bike and give yourself some time.

920 E. Lake St.

Serves breakfast through dinner, coffee, drinks, snacks—even groceries. Picnic, anyone?

Born from a food truck, World Street Kitchen has parlayed its success into a brick-and-mortar location that truly manages to retain an urban street vibe indoors. Its street-food inspired world cuisine leans heavily on Asian inspirations, such as Yum Yum Rice Bowl and lettuce wraps. It also includes Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors like Moroccan Fried Chicken. If you don’t know what to do for dessert, WSK connects to Milkjam Creamery. There you’ll find chef-inspired frozen desserts—some of which are even ice cream, many of which are vegan, and any of which can be served inside a donut.

2743 Lyndale Ave. S.




Longfellow Grill

Right on the Mississippi’s banks, the Longfellow is a great spot to start—or finish—your Minneapolis bike tour. Relaxed, upscale diner vibe with plenty of patio.

2990 W. River Pkwy

Serves breakfast through dinner, happy hour

$10–$16, breakfast $6–$12


The Craftsman Restaurant

Seasonal, farm-fresh, and lovingly crafted menu runs the gamut from eclectic burgers to more upscale entrées.

4300 E. Lake Street

Serves dinner, brunch on Sunday

Dinner $14–$28, brunch $12–$15


Peppers & Fries

Burgers, burritos, and baseball. A brighter, fresher, tastier version of sports bar with open garage doors in the summer for a breezy beer garden to complete your bike adventure. Vegetarian and gluten-free options.

3900 E. Lake St.

Serves lunch through dinner, brunch on weekends



Anne is a Minneapolis-born freelance writer, editor, and photographer who currently lives, gardens, and cooks among the cornfields outside of Madison, Wisconsin. When she's not traveling in search of a great meal, she can be found in her garden growing one. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

Anne is a Minneapolis-born freelance writer, editor, and photographer who currently lives, gardens, and cooks among the cornfields outside of Madison, Wisconsin. When she's not traveling in search of a great meal, she can be found in her garden growing one. Follow her adventures on Instagram.