First (hopefully not last) visit to MSP
I'm on the plane (free wifi!) back to Canada after spending the week in MSP for work. I'm not sure what I was expecting in terms of food but I have to say I have nothing but stellar things (minus The Awful Experience at Wolfgang Puck's at the MOA) to say about my dining experiences over the last week.
My highlights were Redstone Grill and Bacio in Minnetonka and Good Earth in Edina (although heavy on the salt). Even my takeout salad from La Brea at the airport was tasty. I look forward to coming back in the summer hopefully when I suspect restaurants take advantage of in-season and local ingredients!
Good Earth Restaurant
3460 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435
1571 Plymouth Road South, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Birchwood Cafe for breakfast or brunch is nice, Salut on Grand Ave or in Edina is good. El Gato in uptown is nice with Chino Latino for drinks after but during the week, the weekend it is packed..... The Strip Club in St. Paul for steak, I Nonni in St. Paul on the river for Italian or they are open for lunch and make the best made to order pastas it gets busy so go early or late.... Than Truc in Woodbury for Vietnamese. Akita sushi and hibachi in Woodbury for all you can eat sushi for around $25 a person.....
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
803 Bielenberg Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55125
Yeah, there are a lot of happening restaurants in MSP, but good restaurants can be found around the globe. The thing that exists only in MSP is the State Fair (Aug 25--) A truly amazing world of every kind of food on a stick imaginable and less imaginable things like Swedish egg coffee set against a panoramic backdrop of the diversity of Minnesotan animal and human existence.Oh and don't miss the butterheads.
I'll be back in MSP in June for 2 weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions for anything I missed last time? I will have a car and am willing to drive pretty much anywhere. I've seen a few MSP restaurants on Diner, Drive-ins and Dives - are any of these worth going to? I will try anything and especially love anything ethnic. Thanks!
The places you visited do a fine job. Glad you enjoyed them.
Upon your return, if you like ethnic (say it with me folks) do visit Saffron. Brilliant food. Chef Wadi, Iron Chef, cocktails, go...
Also, our Vietnamese scene is great. Quang is my favorite, though there are a number of great places on University in St. Paul.
I believe the Diner etc... show visited the Blue Door Pub. Many of us here are impatient with the wait time, but it is, by my lights, the crown jewel of a pretty robust burger scene here.
I'd pretty much recommend Heidi's no matter what you are looking for.
The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Hard to narrow things down, but...
Corner Table - Had one of the best meals of my life here a few weeks back. Not ethnically focused, but local as it gets.
Brasa - I prefer the vibe at the St. Paul location, but either one is great.
If you want to try a few ethnic meals, Midtown Global Market might be worth a visit. You can get a variety of good bites under one roof.
A few DDD locales I would recommend:
The Nook - My favorite burger spot in town. Unfortunately, a lot of people agree with me, so it is almost always packed. FWIW, they just reopened after a fire gutted the place. I would recommend getting take out or going at off hours. Otherwise, they have a handful of tables at the Ranham Bowling Alley downstairs, and they serve food down there.
Al's Breakfast - An absolute classic, but also comes with a wait. If you're willing to stick it out, the pancakes are delicious and the whole experience is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409