Anything new in the past 2 years in DT Mpls that I need to try?
I grew up in the Minneapolis area went to the U and lived in DT, so I know the area pretty well, but in 2010, I moved to the East Coast. I'm visiting for a week after Thanksgiving and staying in Downtown Minnneapolis. Is there anything new that is a must try? Looking specifically for business lunch options and at least one nice dinner. No price considerations and I like everything from greasy spoons to WD-50.
For dinners Butcher & Boar and Bar La Grassa (if you didn't get there). Aside from the food trucks, I can't think of anyplace great for weekday lunches that's new. My go-to spots for lunch DT are Be'wiched and One on One Bike Studio for soup and as you know, those won't necessarily qualify for "business lunch" (depending on the business).
I'll steal the thunder by naming two places that are inserted into every single discussion for MSP no matter what the question is and where in the Twin Cities the request is for: Travail up in Robbinsdale (read up on the Travail thread about the waits) and someone else will undoubtedly throw in Ghorka Palace.
I'm not arguing that they're not worthy, but it's just kind of a funny phenomenon on here in the last 1-2 years.
I think Haute Dish has opened since then. Gets some mixed reviews. When it's good, it's really good. Saffron wasn't on your list, but was open then. If you've never been, I'd add that one. And just across the river from downtown into NE (since you listed Alma and Bulldog) is Masu Sushi and Robata (one name).
re: Brad Ballinger
I've yet to make it to Bachelor Farmer for anything other than brunch and we have had some great brunches there. The pastry cart - I could do an "around the world" of that every time! However, we went there last Sunday for brunch and it was a huge disappointment. Ordered the roasted ham entree with flageolet beans and it was really awful. The ham was like shoe leather in texture and taste. It tasted like nothing. And the beans were nothing to write home about either. It was new to the menu and I don't think it'll last very long. No good. If you do go to Bachelor Farmer, I'd suggest the brioche French toast or the pyttipana. Far better choices!
While not DT, Picolo and Heidi's are new relative to 2010. Probably the top two places on my list right now. If you have not been to the new Heidi's you should really check it out.
Since you are staying downtown you should take advantage of the explosion of food trucks in the last couple of years. While some of my favorites have packed it in for the cooler months there are still some worthy mobile eats out there.
1) Gastrotruck - seriously good food
2) ChefDrivenCo/Get Sauced - incredible braised meats done right
3) Fork in the Road - get the pulled pork grilled cheese with carmelized onions....meat, cheese, buttered bread, onions that melt in your mouth.
Murray's has reinvented itself. Fun new bar menu plus all the sinful garlic toast you want for free.