From lunch with coworkers to happy hour with friends and dinner with the family, we have the perfect outdoor dining options for you!
Life gets busy. Work. Family. There never seems to be time for just the two of you. That’s why it’s time to get away. We have the prefect sweet retreat that will allow you to reconnect and recharge. Come spend a long weekend in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot!
Now that you’re feeling carefree, stroll along the tree-lined boulevard and do a little window shopping at The Shops at West End. Dinner awaits at Raku Sushi & Lounge where traditional Japanese dishes have been cleverly fused with French, Italian and other Asian influences. Sip a glass of sake and enjoy the finest sushi and sashimi. Order traditional tempura and teriyaki or try one of their signature dishes, like the grilled Chilean sea bass marinated in yuzu miso and served with udon noodles in bonito broth.
Head next door and take in a movie at the ShowPlace Icon Theatre. Splurge on VIP seating and watch your movie in style as you put your feet up and sink back into a luxurious recliner. Enjoy the ultimate in cinematic digital sight and sound!
Start your day in the Historic Walker Lake District. Say cheers to togetherness with a strawberry sunrise mimosa from The Block Food + Drink. Their Biscuits Breakfast Bar features flaky buttermilk biscuits with fun option like the “I’m Eggs Sausaged Biscuit Sandwich.” Or try the pacos, three mini pancakes stuffed with cheesy scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and green onions topped with spicy pepper jam and maple syrup – yum! They also offer several vegan options and a dog-friendly “pawtio” complete with a dedicated dog menu. Snap a pic in front of their Minnesota-themed mural with the words “With love from SLP” and send it to your loved ones.
As you walk through this neighborhood, be sure to look down. The sidewalk between Lake Street and The Block is sandblasted with poetry by local residents and students. The poems explore themes of local identity, cultural expression and the concept of place and time. Additional sidewalk poems can be found nearby on Lake Street between Dakota Avenue and Walker Street.
Stop into sota clothing, a store with merchandise that screams Minnesota, in an elegant, understated way of course! Created by Minnesota native Spencer Johnson, sota offers everything from hoodies to hats to drinkware and artwork, many of which feature the brand’s signature design of two crossed oars accompanied by the state outline. (Bonus: There’s no sales tax on clothing and shoes in Minnesota!) You’ll find another great photo-op at sota’s Minnesota-themed selfie station. The side of the building is painted with an outline of the state emblazoned with the catchphrase “You betcha,” as well as Minnesota’s unofficial mascots, giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his friend Babe the Blue Ox.
Give your feet a rest and grab lunch at México City Café, a family-owned restaurant serving authentic and modern Mexican dishes. Chef Julio Margalli, who grew up in Mexico City, learned to cook traditional dishes from his grandmother. Upon moving to the U.S., he saved enough money to attend culinary school and eventually open his own place, serving up traditional Mexico City street tacos, classics like burritos and enchiladas, and specials like chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers).
For dinner, you’ll fall in love with Lat14 Asian Eatery. Ann Ahmed, owner and executive chef, drew inspiration from her real-life experiences to create this Golden Valley gem. The restaurant is designed to bring people together with a menu full of unforgettable food inspired by her Asian culture. You’ll experience the flavors of several Asian countries that sit along the 14th parallel north — specifically Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. Grab a seat on the beautiful pergola covered patio and dig in. You can’t go wrong with any meal, but our favorites include the Thai basil duck, the snow crab wontons and the bacon pineapple fried rice.
If you have time, you’ll want to check out Patina. They’re a specialty purveyor known for selling a curated mix of affordable gifts, home décor, scents, paper goods, jewelry and toys. You’re sure to find the perfect memento from your trip here.
Wake-up and small the delicious coffee from Triple D Espresso. This family-owned coffee shop is known for their fresh roasted coffee beans and delightful baked goods. Be sure to pick up a muffin or scone to go with your morning latte. You can even scoop up some of their beans to bring home with you!
Mill Valley Market, located at the Trailhead in Theodore Wirth, serves locally sourced, organic cuisine. They offer several picnic options, as well as Belgian waffles topped with strawberries, chocolate, and even fried chicken and honey.
End your weekend with dinner at Doolittles Woodfire Grill, known for its rotisserie cooking. Try the woodfired smokehouse spareribs or the woodfired spit-roasted chicken. Their expansive wine list features over 60 wines from around the world. Raise a glass and toast to a wonderful weekend of togetherness.
This is just a sampling of what you might do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. View our list of Experiences to help plan your trip!