Mankato is known as a place to get away and explore the outdoors. When out-of-towners and their families visit Mankato, one of the first things they want to know is where to eat. Lucky for them, Mankato has a strong local food scene where restaurants in the City Center and nearby neighborhoods serve everything from New York style pizza to creative burger creations and local craft beer.
With so many choices for sipping and snacking in the Greater Mankato area, how do you know where to start? Go where the locals go! Whether you’re craving breakfast, bar food, something sweet or a new fresh brew, the area is brimming with restaurants to satisfy your appetite.
Mankato Free Press Best Ofs Dining . Go>
Every year the Mankato Free Press polls residents and visitors alike to develop their annual Best of Mankato issue. This publication is full of listings of the best places to go to based on specific categories. Below is a list of winners in different dining and drinking categories. Please keep in mind that it’s really just a snapshot-in-time survey, and doesn’t mean that anyone who didn’t “win” isn’t very good at what they do.
Wine and Brew. Go>
After a day on the trails relax at one of our four wineries. Each offers a unique experience and entertainment options from grape stomps to murder mystery parties, but all provide the escape and relaxation a person associates with a nice glass of wine. If only a brew will do for you then check out one of our local breweries or unwind with a hometown brew at a local watering hole.
SHRPA Adventures. Go>
The Greater Mankato area has a ton of great restaurants, breweries, and wineries. If you want to experience a self-guided food tour, here’s a few SHRPA adventurers that did it themselves!
Picnicking in Greater Mankato with Anita McVey. Go>
Location, location, location…and food! Travel writer Anita McVey of Picnic Life Foodie is all about finding perfect picnic spots and the foods that make it memorable. Read all about her finds in Mankato!
Foodie Travel Writer Tasha Dahl in Mankato. Go>
Foodie travel writer Tasha Dahl of Minneapolis made the trek south to Mankato for some good local eats. Having experienced Mankato previously, she frequented her usual stops as well as a few new finds on this trip. Read all about her weekend adventure in Mankato!