Your guide to the 5 top spots in Minneapolis's Calhoun neighborhood

Spending time in Calhoun? Get to know this Minneapolis neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a boozy arcade to an Indian restaurant. 

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Calhoun, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Up-Down

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Topping the list is bar and arcade Up-Down. Located at 3012 Lyndale Ave. South, it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 187 reviews on Yelp. 

Up-Down features more than 60 beers on tap and more than 50 arcade games from the '80s and '90s, including favorites like skee-ball, pinball and classic adventures. Also on site are Nintendo 64 consoles, Jenga blocks, Connect Four boards and more. 

Hungry? Pair your gaming experience with a beer and a slice of pepperoni, cheese, veggie or mac and cheese pizza. Check out the spot's website for a full line of offerings and more information. 

2. Darbar India Grill

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Next up is Indian spot Darbar India Grill, situated at 1221 W. Lake St., Suite 106. With four stars out of 254 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

This restaurant's expansive menu includes vegetarian entrees, sizzlers, biryani dishes and protein-centric specialties. Notable menu options include chicken kashmiri — boneless chicken breast prepared with tomatoes, onion and peas and simmered in tomato cream sauce, and the botti kebab, which includes cubes of lamb marinated in chef's special sauce and baked in a tandoori oven, served with a choice of dal or vegetable curry. (Here's the full menu.)

3. Bill's Imported Foods

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Grocery store, wholesale store and imported food spot Bill's Imported Foods is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 721 W. Lake St., 4.5 stars out of 52 reviews.

Like the business' name suggests, this grocery store features a variety of fare from across the globe. Purchase anything from baking ingredients, breads and grains to oils, sweets and meats. (Check it out here.)

4. Dogwood Coffee

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Dogwood Coffee, a spot to score coffee, tea and more, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 130 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3001 Hennepin Ave. South, Calhoun Square to see for yourself. 

Stop by one of this small chain's four area cafes to sip on a caffeinated beverage of your choice. Bags of coffee beans are also for sale, with choices of Ethiopian, Ecuadorian and Colombian blends. (Check the cafe out here.)

Subscriptions to the shop's coffee products are also available for diehard coffee fans. 

5. Steamship Coffee & Tea

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And then there's Steamship Coffee & Tea, a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 43 reviews. Stop by 711 W. Lake St. to hit up the spot to score coffee, tea and more next time you're in the neighborhood. 

Grab a classic cold brew, espresso or cup of tea, or go for a crafted beverage like a cappuccino, latte or cafe mocha. Hungry? Yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, sausage patties and Belgian waffles are also on offer. (Here's the menu.)


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