Picnic Season in Minnesota is upon us! That means you can take that meal outside where children are free to make noise, run around, make a mess–you know, the things they would do anyway–all while you sit back and enjoy the view. It’s a win-win for everyone. Plus, you never have to worry about getting a reservation. There is always an open table for your family in the great outdoors!
Whether you take that picnic to your favorite beach, park, or picnic pavilion, might we suggest some of these great local restaurants and markets for your next meal al fresco?
8 Local Eateries to Order Up Your Next Picnic
Revival Minneapolis Smoked Meats | 4537 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Long known for their fried chicken, this Kingfield location has recently moved down the street and now features BBQ meats. But don’t worry, in case you are a person like me who who prefers the sides to meat, their side game is still strong. You can order carryout but you can’t time it so be sure to get your order in early.
Mama Sheila’s | 3744 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
If you’re still craving that fried chicken meal but want to get something more local, Mama Sheila’s is the place to go. Mama Shelia has been cooking from her soul for others for years and now she brings that to the restaurant scene in South Minneapolis. While dining in is an experience in itself (don’t miss that Prince print!) with the art and the soul music making you feel welcomed into Shelia’s home, it’s also the perfect food to grab for a group and bring to a park.
Burnt Chicken | 324 N 6th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Known for their chicken sandwich, they also offer great perfectly crispy tenders your kids will love. You’ll be tempted to stick around and have a drink at First Draft while waiting for your order. If you happen to have tickets to a Twins game, it makes the perfect pre or post-game stop!
Pizzeria Lola | 5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
A favorite family tradition of ours is to pick a pizza on a gorgeous evening and drive over to one of the many beautiful city lakes for a beachside picnic. Pizzeria Lola is a favorite spot with options for both adults and kids tastes alike. Order them up a pepperoni and save the Korean BBQ for yourself!
Afro Deli | Multiple Locations
For a unique flavor combo don’t sleep on Afro Deli. The gyros, hummus, and the falafel are incredible, but it’s also important to note so are their fries, in case you have a picky four year old like I do! Still holding out for the time he is willing to try curry, but for now at least he has fries!
Crossroads Delicatessen | 2795 Hedberg Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
If you love a classic deli but want to take it up a notch, Crossroads Delicatessen is the place for you. The restaurant is popular but their deli counter is just as good. Don’t miss the amazing fresh baked breads, and of course, the pot roast sandwich!
Westside Wine & Spirits/Market | 8016 Minnetonka Blvd., St Louis Park, MN 55426
Wanting a unique and tasty sandwich to take to the park? Try the deli counter at this great wine and spirits shop in the St Louis Park Texa-Tonka district. Sandwiches are named after notable favorites from the suburbs like Friedman (gouda and gruyere), Coen Bros (shaved ham on grilled marble rye), plus rotating menu of special seasonal sandwiches.
Local Co-Op Deli or Hot Bar | Various locations
The deli, salad, and hot bars of local co-ops are the perfect spot for grabbing a picnic to go. My husband and I have done this countless times for a quick picnic at the park. The options are endless so that means everyone is happy (I’m looking at you, picky four year old!) Seward Co-Op posts their daily menus online so you’ll know what’s on the menu each day in the hot bar. The breakfast burrito days are worth noting on the calendar!