Neighborhood Spotlight: Lyn-Lake
With all that is packed in to the blocks at Lyn-Lake, there is no need to travel more than a few steps to fill a perfect day. The neighborhood’s eclectic mix of shops and bars and galleries can’t be replicated.
A few ideas for a daylong visit:
1) Start with breakfast at Egg and I. The classic diner with enormous portions has been around more than 30 years, and the hash browns are worth any wait time.
2) Bike the Midtown Greenway, in any weather. Ramp access is on the north side of the trail at Bryant Avenue. The trail is plowed throughout the winter, but for extra traction you can rent fat bikes at Freewheel Bike shop’s West Bank location or Angry Catfish Bicycle & Coffee Bar.
3) Take in the shops. You’ll find fair trade gifts at Regla de Oro, one-of-a-kind home décor at Pharmacie, and local designers at Showroom.
4) Have lunch at World Street Kitchen. Try the signature Yum Yum Rice Bowl with crispy tofu or caramelized lamb belly. Or try the giant Bangkok burrito filled with Korean bbq short ribs. WSK’s ice cream parlor, Milkjam Creamery, is set to open soon next door.
5) See a show. The 2016 season at Jungle Theater begins Feb. 12 with Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” featuring an all-female cast.
Improv shows at HUGE Theater run all week — there is improvised Jane Austen, the office-themed “Nimblicity” happy hour show (where admission includes an adult beverage), or weekly “Improv A Go Go” shows accepting admission prices of any amount. HUGE also hosts drop-in improv classes every Wednesday.
Bryant-Lake Bowl offers full bar and menu services at its shows. Upcoming performances include The Bible Cabaret (Jan. 31), the storytelling show Story Club Minneapolis (Jan. 21), the Bell Museum’s Café Scientifique discussing mountaintop science (Jan. 19), and a screening of the movie “Aliens” featuring live commentary by the improv group Splendid Things (Jan. 15).
6) Hunt for Volstead’s Emporium. The press-shy speakeasy without a web page challenges customers to find the unmarked back entrance at 711 W. Lake St.
7) Hit the patios, weather providing. Plenty to choose from here, including LynLake Brewery, Herkimer, moto-i, Marché, Fuji Ya and Muddy Waters.
8) See the galleries. You’ll currently find a holiday salon at Douglas Flanders & Associates, Art Shanty photos at SooVAC, and the local co-op exhibition “Prints on Ice” at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The exhibition “Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER” opens in late January at Intermedia Arts.
9) All stops should end at the VFW for karaoke.