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Feeling hungry? Mankato serves up a savory food scene. From City Center’s local ingredient-driven restaurants to the Old Town’s Food Truck Hub and neighborhood eateries offering all your favorites –  from New York-style pizza to pub-styled burgers served with local craft beers and more.

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Local Food Scene

We could rave about our local restaurants, but it’s even better when others do the honors.  Check out a few of the Mankato-area eateries recognized as “best of” in our market and state.

Top 10 Locally Owned Restaurants

Reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor offer a glimpse into the menu offerings you’ll find at Mankato restaurants. Based on reviews by visitors and locals and ranked in no particular order, we’ve assembled a list of their Top 10 choices.

Top Delicious Dishes & Drinks

Dine like the locals do! From polls, surveys and word of mouth (from those who call Minnesota home) — here is what they say are the must-try dishes and drinks in Mankato.

The Gathering Table

If dining beneath the stars is a bucket-list experience, consider an al fresco meal hosted by the Chef + Farm Collective, a group of Southern Minnesota chefs, farmers and food bloggers. Their Gathering Table pop-up dinners feature local growers and celebrated field-to-fork fare.

One of the Most Highly Rated Restaurants in Minnesota

Wondering where to find a pizzeria with proven staying power and a killer sauce? Look no further than Mankato’s Pagliai’s.  Since 1969, Pagliai’s has prepared award-winning, hand-tossed pizza. In 2016, the restaurant earned top-ranking from Only in Your State on its list of “Ten Most Highly-Rated Restaurants” in Minnesota.

Best Minnesota Winery

The Star Tribune recognized Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery –  located in the rolling hills of our Southern Minnesota River Valley –  as Best Minnesota Winery on its “2015 Best of Minnesota” list.

10 Best Bagel Shops in Minnesota

Mankato’s – from scratch –  Tandem Bagels earned a “Top Ten Best Bagel Shops” ranking by Best Things Minnesota in March 2017.

Best Waffle Fry in Minnesota

Tav on the Ave, a favorite Mankato sports bar destination, was voted as having the Best Waffle Fries in Minnesota by WCCO-TV viewers in September 2017.

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