Modern Farm-to-Table in Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Collected by Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
With rooftop gardens and nearby farms, the innovative chefs at these restaurants transform the best of the season into unique, elevated comfort food.
211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
The drinks menu at this French-inspired restaurant reads like any cocktail list anywhere, belying the alchemy behind every ingredient. Beverage director Robb Jones's Pimm’s Cup is made with strawberries that are cryovaced (hermetically sealed)...
50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Minneapolis’s Nordic heritage is getting a contemporary food facelift thanks to the Bachelor Farmer Restaurant. The renovated “Peer House” warehouse space now holds the restaurant, a “secret” basement cocktail bar, a clothing store, and a rooftop...
1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Butcher & The Boar serves up manly food with a modern twist, and a side of bourbon. The meats are carved and crafted in-house. The Smoked Beef Long Rib with Tabasco-molasses BBQ sauce falls off the bone, and the Cheddarwurst Borkshire Pork and...
119 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Haute Dish is making Midwestern diner food with an upscale, sustainable twist. Menu items like Meatloaf in a Can, Breakfast Corndog, and Tater Tot Hautedish are un-ironically plated to perfection. Steak and Eggs? Try Steak tartare, egg in a hole,...
730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Borough’s atmosphere is as pleasant and thoughtful as its cuisine. The industrial interior has rustic accents like dangling lights covered in antique cheese graters. Their regularly changing menu features organic, locally grown and raised...
2203 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
At Victory 44, there are no servers, only chefs, so each dish you order comes with a personal, thorough description from the man or woman who cooked it. The high-quality items, like the dates-and-bacon Devils On Horseback, all have their own...
4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422, USA
The fun and interactive fine-dining experience of Travail Kitchen & Amusements will be extended with the opening of Travail 2.0 in a larger new location, thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised its goal of $75,000 in just...
4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
Innovative seasonal small plates are Piccolo’s specialty. The best items are intended for a refined protein palate—suckling pig, foie gras, pigeon, and pickled pigs feet are on the current menu. For $52, select one item from each of five sections...
2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
Featuring a German-folklore-inspired name, Tilia delivers delicious dishes and shared plates, like the Today’s Potted Meat “confit” spread, daily hand-rolled pasta, and soups with surprise ingredients that pop. This homey neighborhood spot has 21...
289 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
When Heartland Restaurant moved from their inaugural digs in a St. Paul neighborhood to a rehabbed vintage building on the edge of downtown, referred to as Lowertown, it was hard to believe they would fill the cavernous space. But the beautifully...
5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
The folks who own Wise Acre Eatery also own Tangletown Gardens, a farm of some 100 acres just outside Minneapolis. They proudly source 80 to 90 percent of the restaurant's food directly from their own farm. Even when I was there in the middle of...
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