KC Eats: An Ongoing List of our Favorite Food Discoveries

At KC, we’re all about finding the truth…and great places to eat.

One of the main qualities of anyone that works at KC is curiosity. We all have it. We all encourage it. Part of curiously is getting out there and trying new things: new technologies, new advertising channels, new ideas…and, of course, new things to eat. In that spirit, we offer this continuously updated list of our favorite food discoveries. Looking to try something new? Want great food delivered with passion? Start right here.

The Fed

(Peter’s Pick)

Here’s the thing with The Fed. It’s not hip, it’s not fancy, and it’s not even the best. But you know what? Judges eat there. Federal judges. And they let the slovenly public in, too. But hey, guilty until proven innocent, amiright?

You hungry? The Fed has you covered: with weekly specials that span from French Dip Sandwiches to French Cheeseburgers (dijon mayo, red wine reduction onions, brie cheese on a 1/3 pound of a grass-fed beret wearing beef). The Fed is also home to more homespun highlights like Spaghetti and Meatballs and a Jamaican Turkey Melt with Fries (everything comes with fries, unless you want a side salad).

But that’s just the grill. Surely district attorneys don’t subsist on sandwiches and burgers, do they? Occasionally they have the killer Fish Sandwich (lightly fried, perfectly placed on the perfect bun with the optimal amount of shredded lettuce and tartar sauce).

There’s also a salad bar (no, it’s not sequestered). And soup! Oh the soup. Chili on Wednesdays, Beer Cheese as a usual accompaniment. Olde Fashioned Steak, Manhattan Clam Chowder and Turkey Gumbo show up on the menu every now and then.

Did I mention they do breakfast? Bailiffs get hungry first thing in the morning! American Breakfast Sandwich (bacon), Mexican Breakfast Sandwich (chorizo), Courthouse Special (cholesterol). Perfect for hangovers! Did I mention it comes in a styrofoam to-go box?

Look at the time, and we haven’t even discussed the Deli, where you can enjoy the same pre-wrapped sandwiches.

The verdict is in… it’s amazing!!

The Federal Cafe

Located in the United States Ninth District Court — District of Minnesota

300 S 4th St

Minneapolis, MN 55415

Mon-Fri 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM



(Robb’s Pick)

You gotta love a 12 seat restaurant. What they lack in space they more then make up for in flavor. Known for their empanadas, they actually sold us off of those for the pizza. The margarita pizza was great…an almost a sweet tasting crust, with big hits of salt. We also tried the carne empanada. Wow, killer flavors with a killer side sauce. Don’t look past the empanadas in spite of all the buzz around their pizza. But the big winner here was the caesar salad. It was the best I’ve had in town. Fantastic, big bold rich flavor. Places usually phone those in, not here. Bonus: They serve beer and wine for the win. 🙌🏻  You don’t want want to miss this place.


3749 Nicollet Ave

Minneapolis, MN  55409



Tues-Sun 11-9, Closed Monday