Post by Lucy
I have an absolute new favorite spot in Minneapolis, although I think I am a bit behind, since it’s everyone else’s new fav as well. But, if you have not been, the gorgeous and ridiculously delicious Hai Hai restaurant in northeast Minneapolis should be at the top of your list. This is the second venture from the owners of Hola Arepa, and they hit it out of the park. I have been three times in the last month, and I already have plans to bring a couple of friends while they visit from out of town.
What makes it so great? The Vietnamese-inspired menu features street-style dishes brimming with the freshest produce – cilantro, lettuce, basil, etc. – which balances the heavier ingredients perfectly. The cocktails are refreshing and unique – I had the Lychee Keen, a gin-based slushy drink which was almost *too* good. And the bright and poppy interior decor is a stunning backdrop for a meal with friends and family.
So, after that love letter, you can imagine how excited I was when City Pages asked me to take photos for their feature on the place! Below are a few of my favorite shots. You can read the review here, and see more of my images here!