Food & Drink

MSP's 5 Best Hot Dishes

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
The Mason Jar
The Mason Jar

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...

©William LaVigne

HauteDish

North Loop
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.

The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin

St. Paul
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.

The Mason Jar

The Mason Jar

Eagan
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.

The Bulldog Northeast

The Bulldog Northeast

Northeast
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 East Food and Cocktails

Eli's East Food and Cocktails

Northeast
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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1. HauteDish 119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

The revered HauteDish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac & cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos, and steak & potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast (go for the chicken & waffles), lunch, and dinner, but if you go in later hours, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house-made cocktails and dozens of draft beers from nearby breweries, too.

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2. The Buttered Tin 237 7th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

A buzzy corner cafe in St. Paul, the Buttered Tin is as warm as its name evokes, serving up popular brunch plates like huevos rancheros Benedict and biscuits & gravy, plus savory sandwiches like a beef short rib Reuben. The true stars at this sunny spot are the desserts though, which are available to-go at the bakery counter. We're talking cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and the Buttered Tin's take on a classic Twinkie.

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3. The Mason Jar 1565 Cliff Rd #1, Eagan, MN 55122

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.

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4. The Bulldog Northeast 401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

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.

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5. Eli's East Food & Cocktails 815 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

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.

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