Check, please: 3 spots in Minneapolis parks

  • Article by: RICK NELSON
  • Updated: May 26, 2012 - 2:50 PM

A holiday weekend means a picnic in the park. A Minneapolis park, anyway.

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A line of about three dozen people wait to order food at The Tin Fish.

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Restaurant guru Kim Bartmann is the creative force behind Lake Harriet's locavore-minded Bread & Pickle, where the Arnie Palmers and hibiscus-flavored punch are deeply refreshing, the well-stuffed sandwiches more than satisfy (love that egg salad), the ice cream is first-rate and service is definitely with a smile.

Chances are you're going to encounter a line at Minnehaha Park's Sea Salt Eatery and, yes, it's worth the wait. Highlights include generously stuffed po' boys and tacos, cool shrimp-scallops gazpacho, beautiful raw oysters, a gigantic soft-shell crab sandwich, hearty stews and a terrific list of moderately priced beers and wines.

At Lake Calhoun's Tin Fish it's all about choices: Thirteen varieties of tacos, a half-dozen fish sandwiches, more than 10 different fried-fish platters (served with fries and slaw), plus burgers and salads and at-the-beach snacks like popcorn and ice cream. Boat rentals, too.

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