Football Food: Tailgating in the Twin Cities

Forget a hot dog at the Dome. These Minneapolis joints score real points for their unique, football-worthy food before or after the big game.

Updated: October 21, 2009

Gridiron Grub

501 Club

501 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Stop into this bar/nightclub before or after the game for some Pterodactyl wings, juicy, marinated and grilled hot wings that come with a giant, tangy, dinosaur-sized bite. Or stop in on Saturday or Sunday from 10 am till 2 pm for 501's hash and house brunch, where the hash browns are made with Yukon gold potatoes and come with a side of mouth-watering homemade hot sauce.

Grumpy's Bar & Grill

1111 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Wings, mini corn dogs, nachos, mini tacos, and more turn Grumpy's into the perfect pit stop for game fans and State Fair lovers. Yes, the corn dog lives! And so does Elvis, in the form of Grumpy's Elvis burger, where a half-pound of black angus comes topped with peanut butter and bacon. Never go to the game hungry again.

Town Talk Diner

2707 1/2 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Along with 40-ounce PBRs that come in champagne coolers and homemade drinks like adult malts and the Jackson Pollack, Town Talk's mini duck burgers are all about class and style. These little bites of goodness come topped with bourbon ketchup, and taste even better with a side order of garlic sage fries.


507 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

If you have a big pre-game appetite, go for this sweet downtown dive bar's ?First Cuz,? two eggs with your choice of bacon, sausage links or ham; hash browns or fries; and toast and coffee for $7.75. Downtown crowds almost always go for the specialty--Cuzzy's homestyle taters, a mountainous mound of fries topped with ham, onion, green peppers and cheese.

Hell's Kitchen

89 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Visit Hell's Kitchen before or after the game for the restaurant's famous bison sausage (side order is only two bucks), huevos rancheros, big steak and eggs or the bison burger. Kids will love the desserts on offer (like devil's food cake, of course) and the celebratory atmosphere.