Eateries, Breweries, and More!

Where to satisfy your post-climb cravings!

There is nothing more satisfying than finding that perfect post-climb snack to re-charge. Whether it’s a morning cup of coffee, mid-day lunch, or a late evening beer, the communities around Vertical Endeavors are great for finding those local culinary gems. Here are some of our favorite spots around your Vertical Endeavors to try next time:

VE–Glendale Heights

  • Steamboat BBQ: Southern barbecue is hard to come by in the Chicago suburbs. Luckily Steamboat is here to fulfill our need for bbq meat.
  • Burrito Parrilla Mexicano: In Glendale Heights, you can throw a stone in any direction and hit a Mexican restaurant. We have hit every one of them and Burrito Parrilla Mexicana has stood out to be the best in the area.


  • Canal Park Brewing Company: This is a great place to grab a bite and a drink after your climb. They have an expansive patio with a great view of Lake Superior. Best of all, VE members get happy hour pricing with their member card!
  • Pizza Luce: Luce has a relaxed and fun vibe. Check out their weekend brunch specials ranging from the classic breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles to the hearty breakfast burrito or veggie skillets. The build your own Mimosas and Bloody Mary bar are great additions to an already wonderfully all-encompassing menu. It’s a great venue for checking out local and out-of-town bands. With pizza by the slice, other veggie and vegan options and a good happy hour it doesn’t get much better than Luce.


  • Gyropolis: FRESH! The gyros are delicious and made fast. They grow their own vegetables that are incredibly fresh and mouthwatering! We’ll go as far to say the best gyros in the Twin Cities.
  • STREETZ American Grill: If you’re looking for some true American classics, this is the place. The staff is always amazing and super friendly and the food is overly delicious. Definitely worth stopping in after a long evening of climbing.


  • Pimento: Serving traditional Jamaican cuisine such as jerk chicken & braised oxtail, Pimento is a great and unique option on “Eat Street.” Our entire staff raves about their great barbecue sauce. Oh, and sweet fried plantains. You can’t go wrong here.
  • Black Sheep Pizza: Overall best toppings on a pizza in the cities, especially their pulled chicken. Great pizza and a great beer selection make it a perfect place to wind down after climbing. In the summer, they’ll open their garage doors allowing the fresh air to give you the outside feel.
  • Lu’s Sandwiches: Not your average sandwich shop. Lu’s is a Vietnamese Banh mi sandwich shop. All of the ingredients are made from scratch daily, so everything is extremely fresh and savory. They have a variety of meat choices including chicken, beef, pork, pork meatballs, cold cuts, tofu, and mock duck, which are all grilled using their secret house recipes. We can’t say enough good things about Lu’s. The sandwiches are great, the spring rolls are great, and the staff is always super helpful.

Other honorable mentions on Eat Street:  Khun Nai Thai, Lou’s Sandwiches, Bad Waitress, Dunn Brothers, Spyhouse, Pho 79, Pho Tau Bay, Quangs.


VE–Twin Cities Bouldering

  • Dual Citizen Brewing: Brand new to the neighborhood (just like us!), Dual Citizen has made it a point to create something that’s intentionally inclusive and community oriented. Their taproom is one of a kind, with floor to ceiling windows and an impeccable line-up of handcrafted brews. Huge garage doors along with their patio space will keep you outside during our treasured Minnesota Summer months. Have you heard about our ‘Yoga and a Pint’ collaboration with Dual Citizen Brewing? You can catch us there twice a month, offering mindful movement classes and a chance to sip on their tasty offerings.
  • Lake Monster Brewing Co:  We’re beyond excited to be partnering with these folks to offer you all a sweet little deal every time you’re in the neighborhood. Post-climbing, head on over and show your VE scan card or day pass receipt for a discounted $4 pint. The Empty Rowboat IPA packs one heck of a solid citrusy punch, if you’re into that kind of thing!
  • Foxy Falafel: Foxy Falafel has been known for their food truck for years, but many haven’t even heard about their brick and mortar location. Foxy has something for everyone, and are some of the very best in terms of kindly catering to those with dietary restrictions. Weekly food specials, a mid-week Happy Hour, and even a cheap date night option, their quaint locale is just a hop, skip, and dyno away from TCB, conveniently nestled between several local thrift and record stores.
  • The Naughty Greek: The Naughty Greek has quickly picked up in popularity over the past year and a half since their first location opening, and for good reason. Their owner and chef, an Athenian native, has made it a priority to keep their menu rooted in authentic imported ingredients when appropriate (think Greek olive oil and feta) while incorporating tried and true family recipes. Their Yias-Yias Orange Filo cake can’t be missed if you’re a fan of sweets that are dripping with honey. Their gyros, salads, and crispy zucchini are all an A+, too. (Tip: If you’re looking for some entertainment, they have live music on Thursday nights!)


VE–St. Paul

  • Flat Earth Brewing: One of the many hidden gems on the east side of St. Paul. Flat Earth is one of the most unique breweries in town. It is warm and inviting and the beer is excellent. There are games for the kids, live music, an outdoor patio, and dog-friendly, what more could you ask for.
  • Ward 6: Great American cuisine, great service, and a great vintage atmosphere. Doesn’t’ matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Ward 6 is always a great choice.
  • Caydence Records & Coffee: A new local coffee shop with a terrific twist, they also sell CDs and records! The coffee is excellent, great vinyl selection, and the atmosphere makes it hard to leave. The owners are super friendly and have a tremendous amount of pride in the neighborhood.