J's Sambusa, in residential Lower North Mankato, is a Somalian restaurant centered around sambusa and rice and meat entrees.
Mac's Green Mill Bar is in downtwon Le Sueur.
LocAle Brewing Company is a local original dedicated to brewing beer with a connection to the southern Minnesota landscape and its history.
Starbucks serves coffee, baked goods, and light bites.
Nupá Mediterranean Cuisine boasts a full menu of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, offering pitas, gyros, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
Neisen's Riverside Sports Bar, just west of the Minnesota River along Hwy 99, offers a large selection of beers on tap, as well as an eclectic menu of traditional bar foods like burgers, pizza, and fish and chips. You can even stop by in the morning and grab breakfast.
The Square Deal is located in the entertainment district of downtown Mankato features various entertainment through the week and live music almost every Friday featuring the areas best county/rock bands.
The 507 is located in the heart of downtown Front St. and boasts some premier outdoor seating on their lit-up back patio. Along with their extensive beer list, they serve up traditional bar foods, sliders, and Philly cheesesteaks.
Local original, River Rock Coffee in downtown Mankato, offers baked goods, coffees, and light menu items.
Third Street Tavern in St. Peter is known for its BBQ and southern comfort foods. This local original also has a full bar specializing in bourbon.