Game Day Eats and Drinks

By Caitlin Rick

Home to numerous professional, collegiate and club teams, Minnesota is a haven for sports fans. Since snacking and sports go hand in hand, we decided to make a list of some of the best places to eat and drink before, during or after the big game.

CHS Field

One of Minnesota’s newest sports stadium (for now, anyway), CHS Field is home to the St. Paul Saints and is located in the buzzing Lowertown neighborhood. The stadium opened in the spring of 2015 and has hosted concerts and popular events like the Beer Dabbler, National Senior Games and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The stadium is near the bustling St. Paul Farmers Market, Lowertown Dog Park, and displays public art both inside and out.

Inside

Cool down with a malt or shake from Snuffy’s Malt Shop. Adults will enjoy sipping on a “grown-up” shake made with vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce and Summit Brewing’s summer ale. Satisfy your State Fair cravings with a Pickle Pups Pickle Dog, a tasty combination of a crisp dill pickle surrounded by cream cheese and wrapped in an egg roll wrapper. Get a taste of the Minnesota craft beer scene by visiting the Craft Beer Corner to sample brews from 16 local breweries.

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Saint Dinette Burger Photo Credit Nicholas Kolnik
Photo credit: Nicholas Kolnik

CHS Field is surrounded by great options to grab a bite before or after a game. Just steps away from the stadium you will find Big River Pizza. Indulge and enjoy one of the most popular burgers in the area at Saint Dinette. Just a short walk away in Mears Park, you will find a variety of food trucks, The Bulldog Lowertown, Public Kitchen + Bar and Handsome Hog.

U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings have a new place to call home in downtown Minneapolis. Located on the site of the demolished Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, this new stadium will welcome fans in August 2016. In addition to the Vikings, the stadium will host a variety of sporting events and concerts.

U.S. Bank Stadium Andrew Zimmern Canteen SandwichInside 

The stadium is partnering with chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern to create Andrew Zimmern's Canteen. The famous chef will be partnering with Gavin Kaysen, chef and owner of Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable restaurant to create delicious hoagies featuring rotisserie beef, pork, and more. Fans can get a taste of Minnesota by enjoying fried chicken from Revival or a steak sandwich from Ike's Food and Cocktails.

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Just a short walk away from the stadium you will find Grumpy's Bar. Don't let the name fool you, after grabbing a bite before the game you will be happy. Snack on the Tex Mex Queso Rolls, beer battered onion rings, or the honey Sriracha wings. Hungry fans will enjoy the Grumpy's Mac 'N Cheese served with sliced brats, specialty hot dogs or the garlic cheesy burger served between two slices of their cheesy garlic bread. Be sure to order a side of their famous tater tots as a side.

Cross another Minnesota brewery off your list by visiting Day Block Brewing Company. Start your meal by ordering a bacon or pickle flight to share. Fuel up for the game with a jerk chicken sandwich or a specialty pizza like the Carolina BBQ pizza topped with chicken, bacon, coleslaw, and a house-made Carolina style barbecue sauce.

Target Center

Located in downtown Minneapolis, Target Center is home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx, the 2015 WNBA Champions. The Target Center is also a popular Twin Cities concert venue.

Target Center Lefse Cod Wrap
Photo credit: David Sherman

Inside

Enjoy dishes you can find only in Minnesota like Man Cave Sliders, Butcher and the Boar brats, or a Lefse Cod Wrap with battered cod, mango salsa and lettuce wrapped up in Minnesota-made lefse.

Outside

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ Warehouse District, you will find numerous bars and restaurants to please any palate. Enjoy tableside guacamole and margaritas at Rosa Mexicano, sip a Big Ginger cocktail on the patio at Kieran's Irish Pub or spice it up with the buffalo chicken wontons at Bar 508. Satisfy your pizza craving at local favorite Pizza Luce (fans with dietary restrictions will enjoy the gluten free or vegan pies).

Target Field

Steak Sandwich Target Field
Photo credit: Tony Grossman

Just a short walk from Target Center you will find Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins. The stadium opened in 2010 and has hosted the 2014 MLB All Star Game and concerts like Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Paul McCartney and the Zac Brown Band. In June 2016, the stadium will host its first-ever soccer match when Minnesota United FC plays Mexico’s Club León.

Inside

The stadium is known for its grub and has had partnerships with Food Network, Andrew Zimmern, and created a viral online sensation when they released a Bloody Mary garnished with a slice of pizza for the 2015 season. Fill up with Red Cow’s 60/40 burger (made of 60% Certified Angus Beef and 40% ground bacon), or get a taste of the Minnesota State Fair with Turkey to Go sandwiches, fried pickles, cheese curds, mini donuts or a pork chop on-a-stick.

Sip a refreshing Killebrew root beer, named for the legendary Twins player and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. Other fan favorites include the Murray’s Steak Sandwich, Kramarczuk's sausages, Izzy’s Ice Cream and the addictive Angie’s Kettle Corn popcorn hailing from Mankato.

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Fulton Brewing Patio
Photo credit: Fulton Brewing

A short walk from Target Field, you can get a taste of the local brewing scene at Fulton Brewing Company. Sip and sample a variety of brews on their large patio, enjoy live music or grab a bite from one of their rotating food trucks that park outside the brewery. Relive the days of the Metrodome and dine at Hubert’s just steps from Target Plaza. Before the game, snap a photo in the giant baseball mitt for an #OnlyinMN photo opportunity.

TCF Bank Stadium

Inside

In the fall, the excitement of college football is palpable on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium. Hungry fans can warm up with a cup of Minnesota wild rice soup or chili. Indulge with a hot beef sandwich from the Northeast Minneapolis bar, Mayslack’s. Before the game, attend the fan pep fest to find local food trucks or grab an order of State Fair-style cheese curds.

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Bar Luchador Tacos
Photo credit: Bar Luchador

Stroll through Dinkytown on game day and surround yourself with excited Gopher fans. One of the newest restaurants on campus is Bar Luchador, which serves up street tacos, nachos, chimichangas and more. Sip their housemade sodas, margaritas or sangria. Be sure to order a side of salsa or guacamole to dip your homemade tortilla chips in.

Next door, you will find the campus landmark Stub & Herbs, which has been open since 1939. Grab a group of friends and enjoy Tater Tot nachos, fried pickles, or order the fish and chips made with Schell’s beer.

Xcel Energy Center

Professional hockey came back to Minnesota in 2000 with the arrival of the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. On game day, downtown St. Paul is buzzing with hockey fans representing the “State of Hockey.” 

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Stop by the Bud Light Fan Zone for happy hour specials on drinks and food before the game, or walk through the concourse to find options like Davanni’s pizzas, hot dogs, walleye fingers, chicken strips, cheese curds and more.

Upgrade your standard game day brat for a “Loon Sausage,” stuffed with wild rice and cheddar, or try a gourmet baked potato topped with buffalo chicken, macaroni and cheese and more. Save room for a package of mini donuts: Trust us, you won’t be able to resist these sugary treats.

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Tom Reids Hockey City Pub
Photo credit: Visit Saint Paul

Walk down West 7th Street to Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub, owned by the former Minnesota North Stars hockey player. The restaurant is decked out with hockey memorabilia and has multiple televisions to catch pregame coverage. One of the newest additions to downtown St. Paul is Herbie's on the Park. The restaurant is named after Minnesota hockey legend Herb Brooks and is located just minutes from the Xcel Energy Center. The restaurant serves up tavern fare, handcrafted cocktails and local beers.

If you’re in the mood for something different, visit Sakura to find sushi rolls named after current and former Minnesota Wild players. Grab a table at Patrick McGovern’s Pub to find dishes made with their famous roasted turkey. Another popular spot is Cosetta's which has been serving up delicious Italian pizzas, pastas and sandwiches since 1911. To enhance your Minnesota hockey experience, visit Mickey's Diner which appears in "The Mighty Ducks" movies.

Find more food and drink options across Minnesota by browsing our Drink & Eat page.