Check, please: Make a museum visit complete with a fun-for-the-whole-family meal.

  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 4:05 PM
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Grain Stack at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

It’s all about options at Cafe Minnesota, the well-run cafeteria inside the Minnesota History Center, which makes an effort to showcase local ingredients (a burger with Minnesota-raised grass-fed beef, a grilled cheese sandwich made with Gouda from Eichten Hidden Acres in Center City, Minn.) while keeping most prices below $7.

345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul • 651-259-3000 • www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Fika, the exceptional restaurant inside the Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute, promises all kinds of inventive and visually striking Nordic-inspired fare at shockingly affordable prices. Lunch is the primary focus, although there’s a modest breakfast and a replay of the lunch menu that’s served on Wednesday evenings.

2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. • 612-871-4907 • www.asimn.org

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is quietly rolling out major changes in its food-and-drink offerings, including Grain Stack. The mezzanine-level restaurant serves items such as a beef tongue Reuben sandwich, a seasonally minded daily soup and an apple-endive salad with maple-mustard vinaigrette.

2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. • 612-870-3000 • www.artsmia.org

RICK NELSON

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