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1. Meritage410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul
2. 112 Eatery112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis
3. The Rabbit HoleMidtown Global Market, , Minneapolis
4. Butcher & The Boar1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
5. Paddy Shack1013 Front Ave, St. Paul
6. Barbette1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis
7. Ward 6858 Payne Ave, Saint Paul
8. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
9. Victory 442203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis
10. Tilia2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis
With tiled floors, warm wooden accents, and high ceilings that capture tons of natural light, Meritage has all the trimmings of a classic Parisian brasserie, including the exceptional fare and expert wine list. Situated in Downtown St Paul, it's a prime spot for date night or dinner before a show, though stopping in for weekend brunch is highly encouraged too, when dishes like an omelet du jour, eggs Benedict, and eggs en cocotte are prepared. At lunch and dinner, you'll find traditional plates like steak frites, roasted duck breast, and swordfish au vin, plus plenty of fresh selections from the oyster bar.
How often do you come across a restaurant where you can get pan-fried gnocchi, frog legs (!), and tres leches cake under one roof? Add to that possibly the best burger in the Twin Cities (with Brie!), and you've got a must-hit spot.
From couple behind the culinary genius of The Left Handed Cook comes this graffiti-laden Midtown Global Market eatery. This is one of the best spots to stop in and grab some spicy Korean-inspired bar food and a cold cocktail. You’ll never go wrong with the Harold & Kumar poutine, a slew of house-cut fries, kimchee, onion, parmesan & cheddar cheese, poached egg, pork curry gravy, and, of course, chipotle aioli.
A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.
Located inside the classic St. Paul dive bar known as Half Time Rec, sits an unassuming little kitchen featuring some of the most innovative takes on Irish pub fare that the world has ever seen. We’re not even kidding here. Not even in London, or Dublin are the "chips" so… well, chip-like.
Frities at their finest! If there’s anything the folks over at Barbette know, its classic French fare and these pomme frites are the evidence that slams this case shut. Served with a side of rich, yet slightly tangy, saffron aioli, the only other thing you’ll need is a big glass of wine and good book and you’ll feel like you're right at home, but with really awesome fries.
This beer bar and eatery boasts a menu specifically with "food for drinking", as well as a load of other entree options for three squares a day, as well as a a drink menu with plenty-o-beers, adult milkshakes(!), and cocktails, which begs the question why Wards 1-5 even bother to compete.
Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage dÃ©cor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.
Victory 44's is well known around the Twin Cities for its signature burger, which earns its "Perfect Burger" name with a ground beef patty with a just enough pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect. You can order one year-round despite the rest of the menu's seasonal rotation of chicken and pasta dishes like squash farotto.
New American plates are doled out at Tilia, a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in Linden Hills. The lunch and dinner menu offer potato leek soup, potted meat, bacon cheeseburgers, and Parmesan agnolottim, but Tilia’s best meal is its Saturday and Sunday brunch, which leans heavily on savory flavors apart from the glazed brioche donuts and custard dipped sweet potato brioche French toast. Try a fish taco torta or buttermilk biscuits to complete your belly-filling meal. Tilia also offers over 15 beers on draft and as many bottled brews.