Posted March 17, 2010 by Jamie Moore
You've gotta love a city with a sense of humor. When you're as metropolitan as Minneapolis/St. Paul, you could easily put on cosmopolitan airs. But that's not the case here. The Twin Cities deliver whimsical twists at every turn. Eat organic at a bowling alley, find kitschy home decor, and take in a show in one of the city's renowned theaters.
Bryant-Lake Bowl: This hip retro-style bowling alley, restaurant, bar, and live theater venue in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood is a Minnesota institution. You'd never expect locally sourced organic menu items or a wine-and-beer list this good at a bowling alley. BLB is packed on weekends, but absolutely worth the wait. Try the bison hash ($9) or beans-and-guacamole breakfast burrito with jalapeno fries ($7.25). Monday is Cheap Date Night, when you get two special entrees, a bottle of wine, and a round of bowling for $28.
Patina: Featured in oodles of national and local magazines, Patina defines Minneapolis style. Take one look at the unbelievably affordable handbags and jewelry at one of the six locations in the Twin Cities, and you can't help but say "cute!" in a must-have kind of way. Beware of getting sidetracked: The store also brims with fun gadgets, games, and kitschy home decor.
Guthrie Theater: With more theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city outside New York, you're bound to find a play or musical that suits your tastes. Drop in at the Guthrie Theater, where plays from Shakespeare to modern classics are held on the three stages. After the show, you can take in the fantastic views of the Mississippi from the Guthrie's Endless Bridge, a cantilevered lobby that extends more than half a block from the building.
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