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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Minneapolis metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Minneapolis.

Kincaid's Fish, Chop and Steakhouse - Bloomington
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437

Description: Consistently rated high with discerning local diners, this stylish restaurant offers an array of American cuisine options. On a balmy summer evening, request a table on the outdoor patio, and relax under a canopy of stars while dining on a melange of seafood items. Kincaid's specializes in fresh fish ranging from Alaskan halibut and king crab legs to Hawaiian mahi mahi and Northwestern king salmon.

Keys Cafe
767 Raymond Ave
St. Paul, MN 55114

Description: The original Keys opened on Raymond Avenue in 1953. It's still there and the same family still runs it. Some of the old fixtures even remain in place, including the rotating stools at the lunch counter. For the health-conscious, the menu offers several low-calorie options such as salads and veggies. But the trademark here is high-cholesterol American diner food. Breakfast choices include eggs, bacon, sausages, hash (roast beef or Italian), omelets and blueberry pancakes the size of dinner plates. For lunch, traditional favorites such as liver and onions, the hot turkey sandwich with gravy, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, burgers and melts are available.

Lions Tap Family Restaurant
16180 Flying Cloud Dr
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Description: Located far out in the rolling green fields of Eden Prairie, the Lion's Tap keeps it simple: burgers and nothing more. That's the extent of the menu, which is posted on a wall plaque. There are no fripperies, such as chicken, pizza, sandwiches, salads or desserts. OK, you can get a plate of crinkle-cut French fries, and you can top your burger with onions (fried or raw) or bacon if you really want to complicate things. Everything is served on tiny paper plates, as if at a lakeside snack bar.

David Fong's
9329 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420

Description: To this day, the lounge and dining room of David Fong's, though a bit outdated in decor, remain comfortable to long-time regulars and first time guests. Old family recipes make the standard Chinese dishes more tempting than the neighborhood takeout, and classic Western dishes like steaks and walleye are unaffected by the dual-hemisphere cooking styles. (Some dishes -- like the House Chicken -- are hybrids of the two.) Permanent specials, combination dinners and a kid's menu are a few of the incentives for going out to Fong's with the family.

Snuffy's Malt Shop
1125 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Roseville, MN 55113

Description: Dessert steals the show at this old-time diner. Snuffy's is all about family-friendly atmosphere, old-fashioned eats and old-fashioned prices. Maybe it's the red and white candy-striped walls that make kids feel so comfortable and give them all that energy, or maybe it's the malts -- gigantic, stainless steel cups filled with about two-and-a-half glasses worth of malted milk and ice cream in 20 different flavors.

Good Earth
3460 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

Description: Quite possibly the first on the Twin Cities healthy dining scene, at least commercially, Good Earth still satisfies vegetarians and organic- food lovers on a day-to-day basis. Although you can actually get a natural beef burger (minus the additives and other stuff), and a number of other meat dishes, Good Earth puts emphasis on helping you get your supply of grains and vegetables. Trust that your veggies are the fresh, healthy kind.

Buca di Beppo
1204 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Description: Bigger is better at Buca di Beppo. The first Buca opened in 1993 in a Minneapolis basement (the name literally means "Joe's Basement") and quickly became known for its overflowing platters of Italian standards served in a boisterous atmosphere. Small Caesar salads serve four, and heaping bowls of pasta are smothered in marinara and three-pound (no kidding) meatballs.

Pepitos Tex-mex Bar and Grill
4820 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Description: This is one of a very few Mexican restaurants that's been in the Twin Cities since before tacos and such were sold by the bag. Southwestern dining was a trend waiting to be discovered, and if you didn't know about Pepito's, you were out of luck. This may still be the best, despite an outbreak of local Tex-Mex dining options, when it comes to authenticity. Located just a couple of doors down from the historic Parkway Theater since 1971, the family-owned eatery continues to serve hearty helpings of spicy pork, huevos rancheros and homemade chorizo for added zing.

Red's Savoy Inn and Pizza
421 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Description: You'll understand why when you finally venture into the aging east side of downtown St. Paul to try a Savoy pie. A lot of St. Paul pizza is made the old way, zesty and un-prettified by trends, and here is a prime example. You can order your thin crust with traditional toppings or ask them to throw on a couple of your personal preferences, if you dare. Either way, the pizza comes out loaded up pretty heavy with ingredients, sliced in squares (as required by traditional Pizza Law), tasting like it did in the days when everyone ''went out'' for pizza, and before cholesterol was a household word.

Manny's Steakhouse
1300 Nicollet Mall, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Description: Despite the expectation of red meat rapture, chops and seafood are also listed for anyone who suddenly feels he or she has been steered in the wrong direction. Expect a very simple menu that reveals prices about as steep as your steak is thick. Located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency, Manny's can be accessed from nearby ramps and lots, or you can flip your keys to one of the valet parking crew.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
1300 Nicollet Mall Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Description: Fits of fish fantasy are not uncommon at the Oceanaire Seafood Room. One look at the menu tells you that you have reached the rapture of the deep, food-wise. Fresh bounty is harvested and flown in daily to gratify oyster bar patrons, caviar aficionados, and those who like their sea bass, shellfish and snapper to have some snap. The oyster selection, usually 10-12 types, is delectable and addictive. You'll be impressed with both presentation of your entree and your personal choice of preparation. In many cases, entrees and sides are sizeable enough for two.

Other Great Restaurants

McCormick and Schmick's
800 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402

Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant
95 Merriam St Minneapolis, MN 55401

Lord Fletcher's on Lake Minnetonka
3746 Sunset Dr Spring Park, MN 55384

Mickey's Diner
36 7th St W Saint Paul, MN 55102

Curran's Family Restaurant
4201 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55409

Lake Elmo Inn
3442 Lake Elmo Ave N Lake Elmo, MN 55042

St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., Saint Paul Hotel Saint Paul, MN 55102

Cafe di Napoli
814 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dunn Brothers Coffee - Southeast Minneapolis
530 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

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