The Best Spots for Late-Night Eats
These nine eateries are open late, so you can fuel up during a fun night out.
The next time your stomach starts to growl after 10 p.m., you’ll know exactly where to go. These kitchens crank out food until the wee hours so you can fuel up before, during or after a fun night on the town.
Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for bar food done right, head to Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville. Belly up to the bar for a vast selection of craft beers, as well as daily food and drink specials like half-priced deep-fried apps from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day. The full menu is served until 11 p.m. most nights and until midnight on weekends. It includes burgers, wings, brick-oven pizzas and quirky Minnesota-inspired specialties like Tater Tot Hot Dish. For aspiring singers, the bar hosts late-night karaoke on Saturdays.
This beloved Minnesota artisan pizza chain has been feeding hangry bar crowds for years thanks to its multiple locations throughout the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro region, including Richfield and Roseville. The mouthwatering pizza options include wild mushroom and arugula or the more unusual Baked Potato Pizza, topped with baby reds, broccoli, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, a sprinkle of bacon and a side of sour cream. The gluten-free and vegan crowds will find plenty of options here as well. Best of all, the full menu is available until 2 a.m. every day for dine-in (2:30 a.m. for delivery).
Lookout Bar & Grill
This family-run restaurant has been in operation for six decades and has a long legacy of live music and a killer outdoor patio. You can order from a late-night happy hour menu Wednesdays and Thursdays until 11 p.m. But good luck choosing between the totchos, firecracker shrimp, flatbreads and stuffed mushrooms. Fridays and Saturdays, the Lookout Bar & Grill kitchen is open until midnight (with a full menu until 11 p.m. that includes award-winning broasted chicken as well as steak and shrimp scampi). It’s easy to see why the Lookout is known as the “best kept secret in Maple Grove.”
Mickey’s Dining Car
Serious night owls will appreciate that Mickey’s Dining Car is open 24 hours a day. The iconic Saint Paul rail-car eatery, which opened in 1936, has been family owned for three generations and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It serves up classic diner fare with a side of sass. You can order breakfast all day (omelets or scratch-made buttermilk pancakes, anyone?). Those opposed to breakfast for dinner can opt for items like burgers and fries, which are best paired with an old-fashioned, hand-dipped malt
The name of this trendy Lowertown establishment hints at its pig-centric focus. Featuring contemporary Southern cuisine and boasting 100 bottles of bourbon, Handsome Hog has drink specials and a late-night menu Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Carnivores can satisfy their cravings with munchies like “pigwiches,” sausage gravy poutine and brisket sliders. For the meat averse, try the mac and cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
The Loop West End
This St. Louis Park eatery features a 360-degree bar, an outdoor patio with a fireplace, and fresh, fabulous food. It’s open every day until 1 a.m., with a stellar late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight during which hungry customers get a $3 discount on appetizers like buffalo chicken wontons and steak lettuce wraps or wood-fired pizzas with toppings like mac and cheese with bacon. End the night with a sweet treat like a hot fudge sundae or Key lime pie.
Punch Bowl Social
Near downtown and Target Field, this St. Louis Park favorite offers more than just food. Order up a PBR tallboy or a craft cocktail and check out the abundance of entertainment — from vintage arcade games to giant Scrabble, bowling, karaoke and more. Foodies can feast upon an array of appetizers like green chorizo fries, tacos, nachos and buffalo wings. The kitchen is open until 11 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Edward’s Dessert Kitchen
Looking for late-night drinks and dessert? Edward’s Dessert Kitchen in the North Loop is the answer. The kitchen is open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and desserts are made daily with fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s hazelnut chocolate mousse, mango coconut crème pie puff or homemade ice cream and sorbet in inventive flavors like avocado lime and sea salt caramel with coriander. The swanky space also has a full cocktail and coffee program (as well as draft beer and wine), carefully curated for perfect dessert pairings.
For a chef-driven take on bar food favorites, visit Bloomington’s NorthStar Tavern. Check out their menu of customizable handheld sandwiches, with options for every taste and dietary restrictions, or go with a classic app like cheese curds, fried cauliflower and artichoke dip. Apps are $2 off during the daily late-night happy hour, which also includes drink specials on beer, craft cocktails, wine and more, making NorthStar the perfect spot for a laid-back night out with friends.