Tuesday, September 18, 2018
King Field Neighborhood of Minneapolis | Cody Anderson

 Click here to view an interactive metrics link for the median sale price of homes in Kingfield: http://northstarmls.stats.10kresearch.com/infoserv/s-v1/PTcp-KfA


The Kingfield neighborhood is a foodie paradise. Residents don’t have to walk far to satisfy their cravings in this 90-block area of Southwest Minneapolis


The neighborhood boundaries are 35W on the east and Lyndale Avenue on the west, 36th Street on the north and 46th Street on the south. That leaves plenty of space for single-family homes to brush elbows with notable eateries and independently-owned small businesses at commercial corners.



Kingfield is a veritable gastro-hood. From the sustainable Kyatchi sushi bar… to revolutionary Cuban cooking at Victor's 59 Cafe… to burgers and comfort food at Lowbrow… to ticketed chef’s table experience offered by Landon Schoenefeld at Birdie, the restaurant-within-a-restaurant at Nighthawks... to exquisite French pastries at Patisserie 46… to farm-to-table at Blackbird… to Spanish bistro at Rincon 38… to “Tennessee hot” fried chicken at Revival… to speciality drinks at Five Watts Coffee… to good food at incredible prices at Curran’s (they are still offering a $1 slice of pie). And we’re just scratching the surface. We haven’t even mentioned the places like Cafe Ena and Sunstreet Breads just outside the neighborhood. The street life along Nicollet Avenue continues to grow due to the opening of a number of new restaurants and bakeries.



Enjoy Kingfield’s main street by ped or pedal when the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) and Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) host the annual Nicollet Open Streets between Lake and 46th Street each September. For one day, the busy street is closed to vehicular traffic and taken over by those biking, walking, dancing, doing yoga, jump roping, art making, frolicking, and more. This one-day event is focused around healthy living, sustainable transportation, local businesses, and community connections.



The Kingfield neighborhood has a reputation as a place where the people are willing to volunteer to create and maintain a vital, caring and safe place for those who live and work here. In February, the community comes together at Kingfield Empty Bowls to share a meal of homemade soup and bread donated by local restaurants out of handmade bowls donated by local artists. All the proceeds from the event are given away to help an organization in the neighborhood. Diners take the bowl home as a reminder of the many neighbors that are in need of food and shelter.



On a single evening in June, neighbors walk the dog, stroll the baby, or pack a cool beverage and meander from home to home enjoying free music. PorchFest offers an evening of free acoustical music held at free venues (a.k.a. people’s front porches). throughout Kingfield.  



In July, neighbors come together to enjoy the beauty of each other’s gardens during a self-guided, walking tour that visits between 6-10 resident-hosted gardens in a select area of the neighborhood and ends with a community celebration at Kingfield’s Pleasant Community Garden. Enjoy food, beverages, and music. A fundraiser for the Kingfield Garden Group, the event helps pay for educational classes offered at no charge for beginning gardeners, as well as to explore new gardening interests at the Pleasant Community Garden including bee hives, mushroom growing, and an outdoor bread oven.



It’s probably not a surprise that the neighborhood is named after a man who was active in the anti-slavery struggle. Colonel William S. King was an ex-congressman and a prominent figure in national affairs who lived in Minneapolis in the 19th century. This was farm country in the second half of the 19th century. Transportation was by horse and buggy. There were fewer than 20 farms established by 1874. In 1885, the southern border of the city of Minneapolis was 38th Street. By 1887 the city had expanded its borders to 54th street, and thus the area which is now Kingfield became part of Minneapolis. Kingfield is mainly a residential area with three-fourths of its single-family houses built before 1920. Another King is honored in Kingfield. The park at 4055 Nicollet is named at Martin Luther King, Jr.