Check, Please: Fun new spots to try

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Place a new restaurant on your dining-out itinerary.

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Place a new restaurant on your dining-out itinerary.

Night owls have a friend in Nightingale, where co-owners and spouses Carrie McCabe-Johnston (she cooks) and Jasha Johnston (he mans the bar) deliver appealing, eclectic and affordable food and drink at reasonable prices. Cool room, too. Dinner and late-night (kitchen to 1 a.m., bar to 2 a.m.) Tuesday through Sunday.

2551 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-7060,

www.facebook.com/nightingalempls

There's talent aplenty at Union. First up: Architects Shea Inc., for converting a down-in-the-dumps eyesore into a multi-floor dining and drinking magnet, including a wowser of a rooftop venue. Second: Chef Jim Christiansen's something-for-everyone menu (scallops with roasted cauliflower, pumpkin-filled ravioli, bacon-infused doughnut holes). Third: Johnny Michaels' lushly colorful cocktails. Dinner daily, weekday rooftop lunch.

731 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-455-6690, www.unionmpls.com

The buzz is so big on World Street Kitchen that its opening nearly triggered a social media meltdown. With good reason: Owners and brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi have converted the smarts and great tastes of their popular food truck into a counter-service restaurant, beefing up their global menu (don't miss the lamb belly and Korean BBQ rice bowls, or the North African-style fried chicken on a white Cheddar biscuit) and also adding beer, wine and beyond awesome soft-serve ice cream. Lunch, dinner and late-night (to midnight) daily.

2743 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8855, www.eatwsk.com

RICK NELSON

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