Food & Drink

The 7 Best New Brunches in the Twin Cities

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015
Keane Amdahl/Thrillist
Courtesy of Jenya Karpitskiy
Red Wagon Pizza Company
Spoon and Stable
Hola Arepa
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1. Tinto Cocina & Cantina 901 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This Mexican restaurant that actually has homemade tortillas. Offering a variety of small plate and large plate options along with cocktails, sangrias, and variety of craft taps, this could finally be the Mexican restaurant that Uptown has sorely needed.

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2. Libertine 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef, pork, and lamb hard, plus serving up some exotic cuts of meat in the process: lesser known chops like feather steaks, point steak, and onglets are on the menu here. But don’t worry veg-heads, they’ve got plenty to offer you too, like an entire section of the menu that's dedicated to vegetarian dishes.

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3. Red Wagon Pizza Company 5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

What started as a pizza food truck has evolved into a stylish brick-and-mortar in Armatage, where thin-crust pies and handmade pastas are the focus. The pizzas have an inevitable crispness that comes from being cooked in a wood-fired oven. The signature Red Wagon pie is topped with house-made cheese & sausage, soppressata, banana peppers, chili flakes, and fig balsamic. As for pastas, go with the fire-roasted meat lasagne.

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4. The Rabbit Hole Midtown Global Market, , Minneapolis, MN 55414

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.

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5. Brasserie Zentral 505 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The menu's full of dumpling and spätzle and other European comfort foods from Chef Klein's heritage.

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6. Spoon and Stable 211 North First St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The crew puts a lot of work and effort into the array of exquisite dishes and cocktails at this Downtown/Northloop. While nabbing a reservation might still be a little difficult, walking into the bar hasn’t ever really been an issue -- and you can order the full menu there, or choose from the equally delectable bar-only menu. The pastries are a solid choice for brunch, and mix up your typical Sunday mimosa morning with a Coffee 43 cocktail, which features cold-press coffee, Licor 43, tequila, and cream.

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7. Hola Arepa 3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Originally a food truck, the brick and mortar incarnation has a menu is stuffed with long-braised meats, crumbly cheese and their fiery sauces. They've got a great drinks menu too.