Minneapolis has embraced the Midwest’s beloved comfort food and blended it with its international influences. This has led to some delicious hometown specialties such as the Juicy Lucy, the Tater Tot Hotdish and Swedish Meatballs. For the best comfort food in Minneapolis, here are the top spots to try:
The Blue Door Pub
The Juicy Lucy is a specialty that’s sought after all over the city. This cheese-based masterpiece consists of a cheeseburger with even more cheese stuffed inside. Many claim to have the best, but The Blue Door Pub consistently ranks as one of the city’s most popular versions. Providing multiple locations in the Twin Cities, diners don’t have to go far to taste The Blue Door Pub’s varieties. Popular options include The Blucy, the Bacon Blucy, and the Baked ‘n’ Loaded.
There are few things more comforting than a casserole, and in Minneapolis that usually means a Tater Tot Hotdish. Typically made with ground beef and tater tots, this mouth-watering classic is the ultimate dish to eat on a cold winter’s day. Found in three locales around Minneapolis, The Bulldog is known to have one of the city’s top offerings—a casserole dish piled high with beef, corn, mushroom sauce and of course, crispy tater tots.
With a strong Scandinavian presence throughout Minnesota, it’s not surprising that Swedish Meatballs are big in Minneapolis. Serving food with a Nordic flair, Fika has a lot of expertise in dishing up Swedish Meatballs in their cafe within the American Swedish Institute. Fika’s take includes juniper and lingonberry-infused meatballs served over a creamy potato purée.