Minnesota has such a natural love for dairy that the allure of cheese gives off a sense of culture all its own. In particular, cheese curds have become such a staple of treats, be it as an appealing appetizer or a snack at the State Fair. But there is much that can be savored from cheese than the mere simplicity of frying it up and there’s no shortage of quality cheese dishes around Minneapolis. Here are 15 cheesy dishes to try at popular restaurants in Minneapolis.
Eli’s Food & Cocktails
1225 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Eli’s does not disappoint when it comes to cheesy food options. Aside from their artisan cheese plate, other items include nachos, quesadillas, and penne & cheese. And that’s only their appetizer menu, considering their entree options include a decadent grilled cheese on sourdough. Open for dining in seven days a week and also located in Uptown.
2112 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Though branded with a modern downtown appeal, The Lowry specializes in traditional dishes. It makes them a fine location to indulge in delicious cheese curds and nachos loaded with shredded cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeños, pico de gallo, cilantro crema, and pickled onions. Open seven days a week for dining in, takeout or delivery.
600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Casual and cozy, Brasa Rotisserie serves up savory and slow-cooked options cheesy dishes and foods. For cheese, they have a scrambled egg & cheese sandwich. This establishment is open seven days a week for takeout and delivery.
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R. A. MacSammy’s Elbow Room
735 E 48th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
With macaroni in its logo, you know R. A. MacSammy’s Elbow Room is going to have some cheesy choices. They indeed do not disappoint with a menu that includes Beer Cheese Mac Bites, Classic 6-Cheese Mac & Cheese, and their special Bulgogi Mac & Cheese. Open Tuesday – Sunday for takeout.
Butcher & The Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Though better known for their beer and meat pairings, Butcher & The Boar in Minneapolis also has some cheesy dishes on their menu of upscale appeal. Their highlight is the Butcher’s Platter which comes with Texas Wild Boar Ham, Turkey Braunschweiger, Wild Boar Head Cheese, Artisanal Cheeses, Onion jam, and house-made crackers. Open in the evenings seven days a week for takeout.
825 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
With such a classy joint as Manny’s Steakhouse, one won’t be disappointed with their menu of cheese utilized to such appealing degrees. Now one might not think much of the menu simply showcasing Macaroni and Cheese as more of a side order but it’s crafted with more care than your average order. Open in the evenings seven days a week for dining in and curbside pickup.
Hen House Eatery
114 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Located in the Baker Center as a comfy cafe, Hen House Eatery in Minneapolis can certainly dish out some fine cheese dishes from its bakery. Their numerous soup and sandwich options give plenty of variety from Turkey & Cheddar to Corned Beef & Swiss. Plenty of melts are also on the menu, including their signature Baconini Melt which comes with bacon, pesto, spinach, fresh mozzarella, avocado, and tomatoes. Open seven days a week for dining in, takeout, or delivery.
French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
With freshly baked menu items available any time of day, French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar is a bakery of numerous options, be it a divine dinner or light snack. Plenty of choice cheese dishes are available including Tuna Melts, Rosemary Potato Flatbread, and a 3-Cheese Macaroni. Open seven days a week for dining in, takeout, and delivery.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
As a casual tavern of downtown Minneapolis, Stanley’s doesn’t disappoint when it comes to their selection of cheesy food options. They have a little bit of everything with a lengthy menu that includes cheese curds, nacho, quesadillas, broccoli & cheddar tots, and jalapeno poppers stuffed with mozzarella and cream cheese. Open seven days a week for dining in, curbside pickup, and delivery.
Wilde Cafe & Spirits
65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
There’s nothing quite like the casual comfort food of Wilde Cafe & Spirits. And what could be comfier than the gooey grace of cheese? Highlights include the meat & cheese omelet, the goat cheese salad, and the Fiesta Salad with cotija cheese. Open Wednesday – Sunday for takeout.
4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Taking its trendy cues from the 1950s, Hi-Lo Diner is no stranger to a greasy spoon when it comes to cheesy comfort. One can find plenty of melted cheesy foods and dishes within the Tex Mex Burrito, Breakfast Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese, and Spicy Cheese Curds. Open seven days a week for dining in and curbside pickup.
Red Cow North Loop
208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Where there are cows there is dairy and where there is dairy there is cheese, leading one to the natural conclusion that a place such as Red Cow North Loop would make with the cheesy bliss. One can find plenty of cheese in their numerous varieties of burgers, burritos, and a midwest staple of Wisconsin cheese curds. Open Wednesday – Sunday for dining in, curbside pickup, and delivery.
The Patty Wagon
6042 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
A simple and savory spot for burgers and beer, The Patty Wagon certainly brings the cheese for their meaty menu. There’s much to choose from but let’s get straight to the biggest draw: Loaded Tots and Cheese Curds. If you still have an appetite for more cheese, consider their stuffed burgers as well. Open seven days a week for dining in and curbside pickup.
The Sample Room
2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A small but sufficient space for dining and drinking, The Sample Room has plenty of simple cheese snacks to munch on. Of note are the Shrimp & Grits, Cheese Curds, and the grand Amusement Board with grand cru cheese. Open Wednesday – Sunday evenings for dining in and takeout.
4047 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
For the ultimate in grilled cheese, All Square in Minneapolis has height on the competition. Their classic four-cheese sandwich is stacked high with a variety of cheeses that includes asiago, parmesan, sharp cheddar, and cracked pepper. Open Thursday – Sunday for dining in or takeout.