TC Eats for the Insta

Cheers me! No wait! Don’t do it, I’ll lose my ice-cream.

Cheers me! No wait! Don’t do it, I’ll lose my ice-cream.

#eatingfortheinsta is probably a hashtag that has fallen out of vogue (idk, too lazy to look and too old to care) because well, it’s just life now. So many of our choices are influenced by things we saw on social media that it’s hard to say if we’re actually making any decisions of our own. It’s whatever though, because that’s life in 2018. And honestly it’s pretty great.

I question and lose respect for a restaurant or business if they don’t have an official presence on instagram. Only on Facebook? Hard pass. No account or worse, no tagged photos? Huge red flags.


I will look to insta for recommendations before I ever looked at yelp or google (mostly because I refuse to register for and download the yelp app). Pictures paint a way more accurate picture Photos paint a way more accurate picture in real time of how a place will be than racist Steven’s anecdotal yelp review.

This listing includes spots in the Twin Cities that have a great presence on social media. Food/drinks may or may not be good, I’ll try to warn you if they’re not good. These are spots to go to for the experience and the photographable mems.

In alphabetical order because that’s fun.

Alma Cafe Hotel Restaurant @almampls

(Marcy-Holmes) Modern New American fare with local sourced ingredients and imaginative cocktails + hotel.

Aster Cafe @astercafe

(St Anthony Main) Cafe for sandwiches and coffee with an outdoor patio.

Augustine’s @augustinesmn

(Merriam Park) All-day spot for American eats, baked goods, full bar. Good food, noisy dining experience.

Bachelor Farmer @bachelorfarmer

(North Loop/Warehouse) Hipster cafe with gorgeous interior. Expect long waits and you might eat toast for dinner. I want to love this place, but the food is not good. It looks like they took the “old water chicken” off the menu though so perhaps it deserves another try.

The Bad Waitress Diner @badwaitressmpls

(Whittier) Hip diner for organic, locally sourced all-day breakfast, burgers and milkshakes in retro surrounds. Good service despite the name.

Bauhaus Brew Labs @bauhausbrewlabs

(Northeast) Brewery that’s mostly patio. It’s loud and they only serve beer. If they have food it’s from a rotating selection of food trucks. Bags and other fun games.

Barbette @barbettempls

(Uptown) French food in a romantic and quirky atmosphere. Wine selections primarily by the bottle. Host of Bastille Day.

Betty Danger’s Country Club/Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge @bettydangers @psychosuzis

(Northeast) Betty Danger’s has a ferris wheel and mini golf. Psycho Suzi’s has a riverfront patio. The drinks and food are fine.

Brit’s Pub @britspubmpls

(Downtown Minnie) Pub with lawn bowling on its roof.

Cafe Lurcat @cafebarlurcatmpls

(Loring Park) Classy, white tablecloth restaurant serving sophisticated comfort food.

The Copper Hen @thecopperhen

(Nicollet) Farm-to-table food, cakes, craft cocktails and beer.

Eat Street Social @eatstsocial

(Whittier) Refined bistro fare, craft cocktails, live music and a seasonal patio.

Hai Hai @haihaimpls

(Northeast) Modern Vietnamese street food and tropical cocktails.

Herbie’s on the Park @herbiesonthepark

(Saint Paul) Features upscale tavern fare and handcrafted classic cocktails in downtown StP.

Hewing Hotel @hewinghotel

(North Loop) Technically the restaurant is Tullibee at the Hewing Hotel. Sorry. There’s a rooftop pool so that’s fun.

Hola Arepa @holaarepa

(Nicollet Ave) It’s not just a restaurant, it’s also a food truck. Do not miss the yuca fries.

That’s the list (Part I). There were a lot of dogs featured.

Christine Hicks