Food lover and chef back HOME for a week, WHAT DOO I EAT?
I need to know, I've been gone for over a year. I live and work in New York but crave Minneapolis like it's (and it is) in my bones. Where do I go, where do I eat, since I've been gone. What's changed? What restaurants have lost their luster, is Nick and Eddie still worth a return visit (?), what's been usurped, is Bangkok still the best Thai deli in Saint Paul (?). Who are the new emerging players (?). What about the Minneapolis dinning scene has changed in the last year and what would be a shame to miss?
In no particular order:
Haute Dish - Landon Schoenfield
In Season - Don Saunders
Piccolo - Doug Flicker
Nick and Eddie - meh
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Agree with kt on Piccolo, In Season, and Victory 44. Also agree to forget about Nick and Eddie. If Travail has figured out their kitched inconsistency, then that is worth a shot (but you may not like the room).
I would also recommend Cosmos now that Hakan Lundberg is cooking there. And Heartland's new space is wonderful (so's the food).
I would normally say Travail, but they will be closed from tomorrow to Jan. 7th. Today would be your only day to go. Get there when they open, otherwise you're looking at a long wait.
The main chef from Bangkok, as I understand, On, has opened her own place called On's Thai Kitchen in the spot Cafe Bonxai was, University / Snelling. Oh, I see TDQ alludes to this.
638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
I am going to add to the "go to Piccolo" list. It was the best restaurant meal I had in the Twin Cities in the last year.
Another couple of other places I would recommend would be Bar La Grassa and the Strip Club.
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401