This past weekend David and I packed our bags, jumped in the car, and headed north to the beautiful city of Minneapolis. Miles upon miles of cornfields filled the beautiful Iowa landscape as we journeyed six hours to the city. Our agenda: explore and eat good food.
We arrived Thursday evening with just enough time to make our 5: 30 PM reservation at 112 Eatery. Highly recommended via Tripadvisor, the restaurant did not disappoint. The food was fresh and the service was excellent. We even had a nice view of the city from our table (probably due to our early reservation, but we’ll take it nonetheless). David selected the Stringozzi w/ lamb sugo while I had Tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs. We’d recommend both dishes.
After dinner we walked to the the Guthrie Theater where we had tickets to the 7:30 PM showing of South Pacific (another Tripadvisor recommendation). Let me first point out how beautiful the architecture of the building is in and of itself.
Inside you’ll find a viewing deck overlooking Mills Run Park (as seen below).
My recommendation- go to a show and watch the amazing talent! When you read several online reviews comparing the production to something you’d expect to see on Broadway, it’s worth your time and money.
Day two started with a scrumptious breakfast at Good Day Cafe. A little secret about me, I’ve been obsessed with eggs benedict ever since first experienced it during our trip to Chicago. Sadly, I don’t think there is one single restaurant in Kirksville which serves it (if you are from Kirksville and know differently please help a sister out). Rating- 10/10. Muy deliciosa.
After fueling up coffee and good eats we headed to Minnehaha Park where we saw the breathtaking Minnehaha Falls.
A wading pool filled with cute children enjoying the nice summer day awaited at the end of the falls. Minnehaha Park also has a highly rated restaurant, Sea Salt, which we would have loved to try if it had not been for our filling breakfast only a few hours prior.
After leaving the park we headed to the Mall of America. Neither David or I are big shoppers, but the experience was fun in and of itself. The indoor amusement park is great for families with little children (who am I kidding, I wanted to ride the roller-coaster myself).
If you’re looking for a specific store look no further. There may even be multiple within the one mall. The Mall of America experience was considered our exercise for the day as I racked up 8,000 steps within the mall itself.
Let’s just say our feet were tired after this experience. We ended the night with a nice meal and much needed relaxation.
Cloudy skies with occasional rain showers was the forecast for our last day in the city, but we didn’t let it stop us. With no clear plan in mind, we headed back downtown for some shopping and exploring. We stumbled upon this gem right downtown and man am I glad we did.
This was not your typical Salvation Army but more of a Target surplus store. The shelves were filled with Target display items which cannot be sold in stores. I scored a new shower curtain and basket for a few dollars (although I’m sure I could have come away with much more).
After Salvation Army we headed to the Red Cow restaurant (another TripAdvisor recommendation).
We decided to split the “Breakfast” which is a burger paired with peanut butter, over-easy egg, bacon & Wisconsin aged cheddar on sourdough. Extra bonus-free donuts as an appetizer.
Overall opinion-delicious! If you’re visiting we would highly recommended this place. There is also a fun patio out front which would be a great hangout spot on a nice summer day.
After brunch we made the short trek to Mill Ruins Park where we walked over the beautiful stone bridge.
Our last stop of the day was Lake Calhoun. A beautiful lake surrounded by gorgeous homes, I can see why this is a go-to destination in the summer. Unfortunately for us, the weather was not ideal for a day at the lake, but we did enjoy a brisk walk alongside the shoreline.
Minneapolis certainly did not disappoint, and I’d definitely recommend exploring this city. Great food, wonderful views, shopping! and beautiful (cool) weather, what else could a person ask for?