Life changes—and nothing changes in life more than your late night dining options. For twenty-odd years you could go to Little Tijuana for your after-show options—and now you can’t. (You didn’t know? It closed in December of 2010, after there was structural damage to the roof, which led to a necessary kitchen remodel—and owners hope to reopen this spring.) But what if you want to eat after a show now, now, now? Or at least this spring? Here are my top picks for late night grub:Top 5 Late-Night Dining:
Tilia – 7 days a week until 1 a.m.2011's restaurant of the year, Tilia, helmed by one of Minneapolis’ greatest chefs, has had one fatal flaw. You can’t get in. Except after ten o’clock at night, when you absolutely can. Serving nightly till 1 a.m., Tilia is the foodie ace in the hole—and never forget, those sorta jerk chicken thighs are genius.Tilia, 2726 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-354-2806, tiliampls.com
112 Eatery – F-Sa until 1 a.m., Su until 10 p.m.; M-Th until 12 a.m.Stumbling distance from First Avenue and so many other music venues, 112, by James Beard-winning chef Isaac Becker, has some of the most craveable food in town, including a legendary fried egg sandwich with harissa, and foie gras meatballs that aren’t particularly livery, but are particularly great.112 Eatery, 112 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-343-7696, 112eatery.com
Haute Dish - Th-Sa until 12 a.m.; Su-W until 10 p.m.Chef Landon Schoenefeld is utterly creative, his “tater tot hot dish” of house-made mega tots and short ribs has turned into one of Minneapolis’ signature dishes. And it turns a night at the rock show into a celebration worth remembering all year.Haute Dish, 119 Washington Ave. N. Mpls., 612-338-8484, haute-dish.com
Moto-I – 7 days a week till 1:45 a.m.Minneapolis has been buzzing the last few months about the new, killer ramen at Moto-I; I finally visited and I can affirm, yeah, it’s pretty fantastic. Salty, rich, good chewy noodles, plenty of pork (in the pork one) a full on hangover killer, when the hangover can still be killed.Moto-I, 2940 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-821-6262, moto-i.com
Amsterdam Bar & Hall – 7 days a week until 2:30 a.m.Don’t cry, St. Paul, you’ve still got Mickey’s Dining Car (see below) and the light and lively Dutch sandwiches (and beyond awesome imported Dutch and Belgian beers) of new Amsterdam Bar & Hall—a couple of little grilled cheeses and fries are a highly pleasant way to wrap up a night of revelry.Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112, amsterdambarandhall.com
The best of the rest! If that isn’t enough late-night dining for you, add these to your social calendar:
Zen Box Izakaya - Th-Sa until 12:30 a.m., M-W until 10 p.m.Zen Box, 602 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-332-3936, zenboxizakaya.com
Republic - F-Sa until 12 a.m., M-Th until 10 p.m.Republic, 221 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-6146, republicmn.com
Mayslack’s – F-Sa until 1 a.m., Su – Th till midnight.Mayslack’s, 1428 NE 4th St., Mpls., mayslacksbar.com
Mickey's Dining Car – 7 days a week, open and serving 24/7Mickey’s Dining Car, 36 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-698-0259, mickeysdiningcar.com
Pizza Lucé – Su-Th until 2:30 a.m., F-Sa until 3:30 a.m. (downtown location), F-Sa. 2:30 a.m. (Uptown location)119 N. 4th St. Mpls., 612-333-7359, and 3200 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-5978, pizzaluce.com (also a St. Paul location, if needed).
Hell's Kitchen –Th-Sa 2 a.m., Su 11 p.m., M-W until 10 p.m.Hell’s Kitchen, 80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700, hellskitcheninc.com
Research assistance contributed by the excellent intern, Megan Willett.