Ridgedale is following the lead of other malls and incorporating more dining-out options to its tenant mix. The latest is the Twin Cities' second Bar Louie, offering its familiar eat-drink-be-merry brand of all-American fare. The fun-loving bar produces all manner of cocktails.
12653 Wayzata Blvd., 952-545-2425, www.barlouieamerica.com
At their easy-to-remember-where-it's-located Lake & Irving (find it at Lake Street and Irving Avenue S. in Uptown), brothers Andrew and Chris Ikeda are cooking wide-ranging, reasonably priced menus from morning (weekend brunch, anyway) to late-night (1 a.m.). Meanwhile, the bar is shaking up classic cocktails and tapping an eclectic list of craft beers.
1513 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-354-2453, www.lakeandirving.com
After an 18-month hiatus, the Mill City Cafe has a new home, a new name — the Mill Northeast — and a returning roster of greatest daily brunch hits. What's really new is dinner, with co-chefs Matt Kempf and Tommy Begnaud putting out one appealing dish after the next. Full bar.
1851 Central Av. NE., 612-315-2340, www.themillnortheast.com