Back on a pre-snowfall November 28th, I crossed Minneapolis on 26th and 28th Streets. But first, I picked off a few streets South of that route to get things started.
El Norteno is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the city. Very friendly service. Authentic food. Awesome. The only person to give the place a 2-star or lower review on Yelp lives in Woodbury, which reinforces place’s awesomeness. Next time try Don Pablo’s, John G.
I’m the mayor of East Lake Liquor on Foursquare. So far, that hasn’t earned me any deals there.
Video Lease is Longfellow’s finest porn shop. And only.
Heading North, I connected with W Mississippi River Rd near 26th and started West from there. The Immanuel Baptist Church is at 36th Ave S.
Hexagon Bar is a cool music venue and some excellent Heggies pizzas. Their pizza oven is damaged, so the bartenders have to keep a close eye on things to create an even cook job but they have it down. It’s also a great spot to for morning drinking.
The Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota headquarters near 26th St & 25th Ave is where dogs are trained to help Minnesotans live more independent lives. Volunteer opportunities are posted on their website.
West of Cedar on 26th, things get a little rough, but people are proving that they care and are fighting back against the bad eggs by taking steps to prevent graffiti on their property through murals like this one.
Boarded up properties are fairly common in Phillips. It’s one of the harder hit areas on the South side of Minneapolis.
I don’t know what this Praxair contraption behind Abbot Northwestern Hospital does, but I’m impressed by the ice that hangs off it year round.
The Zurrah Shrine and Event Center resides in the old Harrington Mansion at Park Ave & 26th. Partying in the Red Fez room in the carriage house sounds like a good time to me. Depending on how closely you follow Freemason real estate deals, you may not realize that this is being put up for sale, so you could own your own event center soon.
Here’s the Minneapolis skyline from the 26th St E bridge over 35W.
Whittier shows off the neighborhood’s draws, including art museums, theaters, and Eat Street restaurants on their sign.
One of my favorite late night stops, Little Tijuana, is just East of Nicollet on 26th. As reviews consistently suggest, the hours are the best thing this place has to offer.
Calvary Baptist Church, at 26th & Blaisdell, has been at this corner since 1883, and the current building dates back to 1902.
Common Roots Cafe, at 26th & Lyndale, is one of Carly’s favorite restaurants in the city. Great food with a strong focus on fresh non-industrial local ingredients.
The CC Club feels like the kind of place that should have an exemption from the smoking ban. The place describes what it’s looking for on its MySpace page as, “Local Minneapolis people, drunks, punks, hip hop kids, pool sharks, rockers, scenesters, indie kids, emo kids, and anyone willing to buy me a drink.”
A few blocks past Hennepin, I ran into Lake of the Isles. Not literally. While working my way over to 28th for the return trip East across town, I remembered how much I like this house. If I ever end up owning it, expect to see me on the top balcony shooting trap shot out over the lake.
I’ll save 28th St for another post.