Greater Mankato has been cooking up something just for you. Whether you’re craving breakfast, bar food, something sweet or a new fresh brew, the area is bursting with restaurants to serve up a memorable dining experience. Local classics, international cuisine, food trucks and familiar chain favorites, our variety of options is sure to satisfy. Find what you’re craving in Greater Mankato!
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Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar sources ingredients from local and regional producers to create tantalizing appetizers like candied butternut squash steak, a chopped kale and brussels sprouts salad accented with bleu cheese, wheat berries, and pistachios and entrees like a pork chop with pomegranate and molasses reduction. Clearly labeled gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options allow groups to easily accommodate appetites and dietary restrictions of all types. In Old Town, look for Wooden Spoon to lead the way with its farm-to-table producer partnerships resulting in sandwiches like its Kato Classic (a gourmet grilled cheese dripping with smoked provolone, sharp cheddar, feta, and a garlic spread on Italian sourdough), from-scratch soups and daily mouth-watering pastries and breads.
Get creative at Frozen Yogurt Creations, which tempts with indulgent treats like frozen yogurts, gelatos, custards and Italian ices—oh, and 75 possible toppings!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and your passion for zero waste with a visit to Mom & Pop’s ice cream shop, where waffle or sugar cones serve as edible containers. Even if you opt for utensils, dip into one or more of Mom & Pop’s 32 flavors of house-made, handscooped ice cream, gelatos or sorbet with confidence; after all, their cups and spoons are compostable.
A legendary Mankato must-do is Zanz Mexican Restaurant. Fill up the whole family with tacos, tostadas, burritos or the famous Zanz cheese chilitos.
Pub 500 is so welcoming, even your dog will feel at home. And everyone can find a favorite here, whether it’s an appetizer of poutine, a cajun chicken pita, fish tacos, a hickory burger or a gluten-free grain, veggie and protein bowl. Who won’t toast (from Pub 500’s extensive libations menu) to that?
The celebrated Tav on the Ave serves up a sports bar ambience complete with wings, waffle fries, roll-ups, burgers, and malts.
Did somebody say pizza? Whether it’s one of Mankato’s classics (Pagliai’s or Jake’s Stadium Pizza), Dino’s Pizzeria in lower North Mankato) or many others, you can’t go wrong with sharing a hot ‘za. Mangia
Don’t forget to check out The Hub in Old Town, where a constantly revolving list of food trucks rolls in. Brats, BBQ, Asian cuisine, authentic Mexican fare and more are available at various times.
And keep an eye out for The Pelican of North Mankato, which pops up seasonally with mouth-watering gourmet hot dogs, burrito bowls and salads, pork nachos, and more offerings that make any line totally worth it.
Let’s raise a glass to Greater Mankato’s wineries and breweries! Each offers a unique experience and entertainment options from tours and tastings to live music and more. Providing an escape and time to relax, unwind with a nice glass of wine or hometown brew. There’s so many great establishments to talk about, we decided to dedicate a page just for that! Head on over to Wine and Brew to tour.
Every year, the Mankato Free Press polls residents, and visitors to develop the annual Best of Mankato issue. This publication celebrates the best businesses, organizations, people and more that YOU think deserve to be named the best. It is always stiff competition each year as Greater Mankato offers an abundance of fabulous establishments.
Check out some of the winners of The Free Press Best of 2022 and Best of 2021.