Sure, people like to make fun of the hot dish. They say it's just comfort food (is there something wrong with Juicy Lucys or cheese curds, too?!), or even worse, they say it's just a way for moms and lunch ladies to get rid of their leftovers. But true Minnesotans know that there is nothing better than a skillet stuffed with tater tots and a whole mess of other awesomeness, especially if it's from one of these five places...
MSP's 5 Best Hot Dishes
Pardon their French (!), but HauteDish's goal is to bring high cuisine caché to classic, Midwestern dishes, like this one that includes things like pork belly and short ribs, and which you won't find in any of the pans at your church potluck.
Buttered Tin brings you a truly authentic breakfast hot dish: a buttery, cheesy beast that changes depending on what they've got in the kitchen, but you can look forward to some assortment of eggs, bread, bacon, potatoes, and -- sigh -- vegetables.
A spin-off of the Cupcake franchise, The Mason Jar bills itself as an Iowa (?!) country food restaurant, but if they keep layering tots with housemade cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, corn, and cheddar cheese like this, we'll totally forgive them.
We know what you're thinking: another tater tot hot dish?! Well, did you see any beer-braised brisket in the last one? Or caramelized Brussels sprouts and roasted mushroom-Bechamel in the ones mom used to make? Didn't think so.
Eli's hot dish starts with top-notch Angus beef and builds on that with an amalgamation of carrots, onions, celery, sweet peas, and mushroom cream sauce, so don't bring your mom here unless you're tryin' to embarrass her.
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The much-lauded Dish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac and cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos and, steak and potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you go in after the late evening, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house cocktails and dozens of draught beers from nearby breweries.
St. Paul bakery and lunch spot that's slinging homemade Ho Hos and Twinkies.
A spinoff of the Cupcake franchise, The Mason Jar bills itself as an "Iowa Country food" restaurant attempting to "bring comfort food to life." Their tater tot hot dish is the by far the crowd favorite: a layer of tots, house made cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, corn, cheddar cheese.
A proud member of the Bull Dog franchise, this NE outpost serves up eats like beer-braised brisket, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and a roasted mushroom Bechamel sauce.
Bravely crossing the mighty Mississippi, Eli's East is bringing the same cocktailing mastery you know and love to Northeast (which you know and regard with patronizing acceptance) in a larger, red-hued, natty-leathered space that's barely recognizable from when it housed O'Brien's Decoy -- really a lot of real estate for one wooden duck.