The Best Restaurants in Minneapolis–Saint Paul
Collected by Susan Mason , AFAR Local Expert
With everything from farm-to-table restaurants and fusion food trucks to artisanal specialty shops and farmers’ markets, Minneapolis–St. Paul is an underrated food destination bursting with fresh flavors. The culinary scene here is as much about the community as the cuisine, and each meal is made memorable by the two-way exchange between customer and chef.
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...
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...
5400 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
New to the Twin Cities dining scene, Colita has become a fast favorite for its unique Mexican fare, which mixes south-of-the-border flavors with international barbecue and smoking techniques. Entirely gluten-free, the menu focuses mainly on...
3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
This food truck turned restaurant, both of which are painted in their signature turquoise color, delights with their twist on the Venezuelan arepa, a mini sandwich of messy goodness. Corn cakes are griddled and stuffed with a mix of flavorful meat...
928 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Keg and Case West 7th Market is home to everything from a Bogart’s Doughnut outpost to a brewery and a place to buy foraged mushrooms, but its centerpiece is In Bloom—a fine-dining restaurant from Nick Rancone and chef Thomas Boemer....
3500 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
When visiting the Twin Cities, you have to try a Jucy Lucy. And if you’re going to try a Jucy Lucy, you have to go to Matt’s Bar & Grill, which is widely believed to have invented it. In this inverted cheeseburger of sorts, the...
261 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
A neighborhood spot, Saint Dinette serves the kind of comfort food you eat at home—but better. The menu takes diners on a journey from Montreal to New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico, offering everything from poutine and fried oysters to...
211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
James Beard Award–winning chef Gavin Kayson returned to his Midwest roots in 2014 to open Spoon and Stable. Here, he uses techniques learned from around the globe to transform the Heartland food that he grew up eating into an upscale...
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...
165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
Owned by James Beard-nominated chef Ann Kim, Young Joni is a Minneapolis favorite for creative, wood-fired pizzas. Here, pies—which are available on surprisingly delicious gluten-free crust for an additional $4—range from classic...
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...
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...
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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