New food places nowadays have Instagram to thank (or not to thank) for making their businesses go viral, literally. While visual presentation has always played a big role in the appeal and popularity of food, social media has moved its importance to sky heights, making it crucial for “popular” food joints to make, for lack of a better word, beautiful food. Food trends are also more prevalent than ever thanks to the rise of social media, especially Instagram stories since everyone wants to prove and brag to the world that they eat well and some-what healthy. As for trendy Instagram-worthy places in the Minneapolis area, two new places stand out as being the definition of this; cool, hip, and delicious.
MNice Cream (NE Minneapolis): The name might be cheesy, but MNice Cream is the new “It” ice cream spot for the summer. Serving up crazy over the top soft serve creations, the original food truck and shop inside a northeast warehouse has been gathering quite the line. The concept is classic and simple. You order either vanilla, chocolate, or vegan/dairy-free soft serve, then choose a creation (a mixture of toppings) from the menu or create your own masterpiece. The toppings are over the top (think eatable glitter, churros, and homemade donuts, along with the traditional and every variety of candy), and you have the option to get a colorful cone and/or a flower which is purely for the Instagram aesthetic. The homemade soft serve itself is really delicious as it is perfectly creamy and flavorful, but the toppings truly make the place an experience, one that is perfect for a hot sunny Minneapolis day.
Above are some examples of amazing creations at MNice Cream brought to you from their Instagram.
My MNice cone was the dirty worms creation (oreo, gummy worms, chocolate sauce, and sparkles) with an added churro donut and flower on a waffle cone.
Nautical Bowls (Minnetonka): On the other side of the health spectrum (or at least we hope) is Nautical Bowls, a concept cafe that solely sells acai and such bowls which, if you live under an Instagram-less rock, are breakfast-like parfaits with a base of acai sorbet. While this might sound sweet, the bowls are more like a tangy super thick smoothie topped with fruit, nuts, and seeds. At Nautical Bowls (the name is derived from being near Lake Minnetonka), you have the option to create your own (see a trend?) or order from a couple of pre-designed creations. Acai isn’t the only base available. In fact, it’s probably the least exciting. There are 5 options which you can choose multiple of per bowl: the classic acai (deep purple), pitaya (beautifully pink dragonfruit), matcha (green tea), coconut with activated charcoal (a deep grey color), and chia seed pudding. Once you choose your base which is arguably the most exciting part, you choose 4+ toppings. They have a huge variety of “superfoods” such as bee pollen, goji berries, hemp hearts, in addition to fresh fruit and butters such as peanut butter and almond butter. The result is a colorful bowl chock full of nutrients and yumminess. The experience is literally amazing, as the taste of the bowls is super unique and satisfying.
Above are two bowls that a friend and I ordered at Nautical Bowls. I had a base of pitaya, coconut and chia seeds with banana, strawberry, bee pollen and coconut on top. I was in heaven. My friend had a similar thing, but with acai instead of chia seeds. The colors were so vibrant.
The cute interior of Nautical Bowl is supposed to reflect a nautical theme which feels really fresh and cheerful. It might seem kind of random, but if you were boating on the lake, the shop would be a perfect place to stop by after!
Don’t wait, and adventure to these spots for the amazing food and photos waiting to happen! It will be totally #instaworthy!