Cultures Meet (& Eat) at Midtown Global Market

By Erica Wacker

Midtown Global MarketIf your family members or travel companions have trouble agreeing on where to eat, the Midtown Global Market in south Minneapolis may be the answer. With vendors selling everything from gyros to made-to-order pastas, there's sure to be something to please every palate.

Located in a historic building that was once a Sears store, the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street is an eclectic mix of more than 50 food and merchandise vendors that represent the diversity of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Manny Torta's, Taqueria Los Ocampo, La Loma Tamales and the full-service A la Salsa all specialize in Mexican fare. For Asian cuisine, there's Pham's Deli (Chinese and Vietnamese), Sabbai Cuisine (Cambodian and Thai) and The Rabbit Hole (Korean street food). You'll also find American hamburgers and fries at Andy's Garage, Italian specialties at Fresco's and Jakeeno's, as well as Middle Eastern, East African and South American eats.

In addition to prepared food vendors, there's a variety of specialty grocers in the market. Grass Roots Gourmet sells artisan cheeses, natural deli meats and more, and Holy Land Grocery features a full butcher shop and an antipasti bar stocked with nearly 50 types of olives.

Between courses, visitors can check out the various artisans selling jewelry, clothing, handmade soaps, home decor and other unique items. For the kids, there's a play area and special programming on Wednesdays during lunchtime, as well as family nights every Friday with music and activities for all ages.