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Walking Tours

Walking Tour: Eat Street

A gastronomic guide to Nicollet Avenue’s ethnic eateries.

Walk down Nicollet Avenue – Minneapolis’s beloved Eat Street – between Grant Street and Lake Street, and you can see history unfolding ,with markers of the city’s past, present and future standing shoulder to shoulder. For more than half a century, Eat Street has been one of the Twin Cities’ culinary hot zones, a place where immigrant entrepreneurs took their first step up the ladder. Today the range of ethnic cuisines includes Chinese, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, West African, German, Malaysian, Mexican, Somali and Vietnamese. 


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Black Forest Inn

in 1965, a German immigrant named Erich Christ took over the former Swinging Door, and turned it into the the Black Forest.…

Walking Tour: Little Africa

A visit to one of St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhoods – the Little Africa Business and Cultural District of Minnesota.

The neighborhood around Snelling and University in St. Paul is home to a growing number of African Immigrant businesses. Under the leadership of African Economic Development Solutions, they have branded themselves as the Little Africa Business and Cultural District of Minnesota.…

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Hai Hai makes Vietnamese Cuisine Exciting Again

Hai Hai, the new Vietnamese restaurant at 22nd and University Ave. N.E.,  makes Vietnamese cuisine exciting again – which is quite an accomplishment. The place has been jam-packed with millennials ever since it opened a few weeks ago. Owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Stefan Grudem have followed the same formula that has made their Hola Arepa such a popular eatery – fresh flavors, a stylish hip-on-a-budget decor, very affordable prices and a smart cocktail program.

City Pages: Generations of Lebanese cooking at Beirut Restaurant and Deli in West St. Paul

“The story of Beirut Restaurant and Deli is an immigrant story.

“(I)f you do nothing else at Beirut, order the monumental mezza platter for two, a $50 color wheel of just about everything the restaurant has to offer, served in smaller portions for sharing. It’s the way a Lebanese family would traditionally eat at a gathering, with plates of food coming and going, going and coming…'”

Source: Generations of Lebanese cooking at Beirut Restaurant and Deli in West St.

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