You only need to make two small resolutions this New Year's: 1) read our roundup of where TC-scenesters demand you eat & drink in 2013, 2) eat & drink at those places.
Tom Horgen of Star Tribune:
Everything on the World Street Kitchen menu (at the new brick-and-mortar restaurant). I'm also looking forward to Borough, the new North Loop resto with two former Travail cooks at the helm and drinks by cocktail wizard Jesse Held.
Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods:
Korean chow… Someone smart should open a restaurant like Chicago’s BellyQ in the Twin Cities. And I wish there was some decent Pinoy food in this town. Frustrating. I will keep eating anything from Salty Tart, Bakers Wife, Rustica, Izzy’s… Can you tell I am on a diet? I drink Fresca with a splash of Welch’s grape juice over ice, with a half clementine squeezed and dropped in. Here is an idea: if wine didn’t get you drunk no one would care about it. That should start some conversation!
Erik Forsberg of The Devil's Advocate:
Without question Smack Shack tops this list. The highly anticipated opening in North Loop should prove to be a dynamic addition to the neighborhood. With Chef Jason Schellin at the helm, I have no doubt the city will be surprised and pampered by the creativity he will bring to this must-do watering hole. Also on the list is Burch. The new restaurant taking over a former Pharmacy should help close the gap between uptown, Loring Park and Downtown. Promising to bring great food and creative craft cocktails, Burch should prove to be the spot to make your reservations.
Kieran Folliard of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey:
Of course, everybody should try all the Kilbeggan family of Irish whiskeys (Tyrconnell, Greenore, Connemara, and Kilbeggan.) And, Mike Phillips' Three Sons charcuterie, which will hopefully be up-and-running out of the 1401 Marshall building by the end of 2013. Really, there are so many locally produced things that people should look for. Midwest Pantry things, Tipsy Pies, Muddy Paws, Chocolate Celeste, Izzy's Ice Cream, all the great local beers...
Thomas Kim/ Kat Melgaard of The Left Handed Cook:
In no particular order: Sandcastle, Parka, Sushi Fix, World Street Kitchen, Union, Burch, Hello Pizza, and the new spot from the guys at Sonora Grill.
Greg Martin of Urban Bean Coffee:
Jesse Held is involved as the "Big Boss of Beverages" for a new spot in the North Loop (Borough). It will most likely be good because he's a pro. For the eat list, the fast, casual EAT WSK.