Target Center, in case you’re new to the area, is Minneapolis’ multi-use arena and home of the Timberwolves. Target Field, located nearby is our baseball park, home of the Minnesota Twins. In 2011, ESPN named Target Field as number one on the continent for quality, fan-friendliness (hey, it’s Minnesota, of course we got that one!) and frequency of game-day promotions. By the way, we fell to number 9 last year.
The food at Target Field is an entirely different matter. Sure, a lot of it is tasty, but from $9.50 for a tot dish (covered in “generic cheese glop,” according to the Star Tribune’s food critic Rick Nelson) to Korean fried chicken sandwiches ($13), or $8.50 for a small burger, you’ll pay big bucks to eat and drink, at the game. So, forget about it. Fill up before or plan on doing so after, at any of these bars and restaurants near Target Field and Center.
Take a Twins loss out on the mechanical bull at Cowboy Jack’s, then pull up a barstool for reasonably priced drinks and decent bar food. Cowboy Jack’s is located about 4 minutes slightly southeast of Target Field, at 126 N 5th St. in Minneapolis.
If your companion is a kid, you can’t beat Pizza Luce before or after a game. If your companion is vegan or vegetarian, ditto. If you love pizza, what’re you waiting for? Weekend brunch here is the bomb, by the way. Pizza Luce is located 3 minutes east of Target at 119 North 4th Street in Minneapolis.
Not sure how sweaty sports fans are treated at one of the city’s most chichi eateries but, hey, if you have the money to pay for a meal here, go for it. If you do, order the nori (seaweed) encrusted sirloin with ponzu (an amazing Japanese dipping sauce). Seriously. Order it. 112 Eatery is east of Target Field, at 112 North 3rd Street in Minneapolis.
Kieran’s Irish Pub
Can we interest you in homemade tater tots washed down with a Guinness? Oh, yes, we are blessed to live in Minneapolis. Kieran’s not only offers décor that’s been deemed “magical” on Yelp but fish and chips, natch. It’s the location that can’t be beat, however: across the street from the Target Center (handy before or after a Timberwolves game) and about a block away from Target Field. The address is 601 1st Ave N in Minneapolis.
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