If there's one thing only Minnesotans know about winter it's... um, these 20 things... but also that it's pretty hard to open a restaurant in the winter, as evidenced by the fact that several highly anticipated spots (Saint Dinette, Brut, Nighthawks, etc.) have been "opening soon" forever, and that only seven spots made our list of the best new bars and restaurants in Mpls...

Shag Sushi

Shag

North Loop
While dining on plates filled with raw tuna in a 1970s Vegas-themed sushi bar might sound a little awkward at first, having our North Loop sushi void filled is actually kind of nice. Just remember, whatever happens in your local Vegas-themed sushi restaurant, stays in your… well, you get the idea.

Prairie Dogs Hot Dogs & Handcrafted Sausage

Prairie Dogs

Lyn-Lake
For some reason good hot dog options these days tend to be a little limited. While there are a few notable exceptions, the folks at Prairie Dogs are kicking up the local hot dog scene in a big way. Their variety of hand crafted sausages and hot dogs come served with an array of delicious toppings including a hot boudin-style Cajun sausage with pickled peppers, pork cracklins, and blue cheese.
 

Du Nord Craft Spirits

Longfellow
We’ve finally gotten a glimpse of what a cocktail room looks like and so far so good. Serving up seasonal cocktails using their own distilled takes on gin and vodka (and eventually bourbon), this South Minneapolis haunt is filling a much needed neighborhood niche, and stomachs with eats from nearby restaurants or food trucks parked outside.

Cafe Racer

Cafe Racer

Seward
In another round of food truck gone brick-and-mortar comes the latest installment of South Minneapolis BBQ. Featuring a variety of pulled meat options including chicken, beef, and pork (or roasted vegetables for you veggie fanatics out there), these guys are putting their own signature spin on BBQ by putting some South American touches on their dishes.

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Revival

Kingfield
We’ve been waiting for this one for a long time and it was worth the wait. Chef Thomas Boemer is showing off some of his Southern roots with all of the same flare that we've grown to love from his other restaurant, Corner Table. If you're heading in for fried chicken, which of course you are, we recommend the Tennessee Hot.

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Tinto Cocina + Cantina

Uptown
In the building that once housed the remodeled version of Spill The Wine now lives a very special Mexican restaurant that actually goes to the effort of making homemade tortillas, offering a variety of small and large plate options, plus cocktails, sangrias, and variety of craft taps, which suggest TC+C could finally be the Mexican restaurant that Uptown has sorely needed.

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Vellee Deli

Downtown Minneapolis 
We’ve long since been in love with their food truck, but VD's finally gone brick-and-mortar, thereby giving the Downtown lunch crowds, and you, a permanent place to go for their inspired brand of Vietnamese fair.

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1. Shag Sushi 730 Washington Ave s, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

While dining on plates filled with raw tuna in a '70s Vegas-themed sushi bar might sound a little awkward at first, having our North Loop sushi void filled is actually kind of nice. Just remember, whatever happens in your local Vegas-themed sushi restaurant, stays in your… well, you get the idea.

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2. Du Nord Craft Spirits 2610 E 32nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Serving seasonal cocktails using their own distilled takes on gin and vodka, this South Minneapolis haunt is filling a much needed neighborhood niche. The cocktail room, which is in the distillery, was the first one in the Twin Cities area when it opened in 2015, and since then, it has been named "Best Cocktails" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It also allows you to bring in your own food or have it delivered to the cocktail room.

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3. Prairie Dogs 610 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Locally-sourced gourmet hot dog and sausage purveyor.

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4. Cafe Racer 2929 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

These Latin American BBQ fanatics have turned the success of their food truck into a real live, brick-and-mortar restaurant featuring all their street food favorites plus the sophistication that only a stationary kitchen can bring. Brunch is served everyday, with classics like their signature Colombian street dog and breakfast Yucca poutine. During dinner the food gets fancier, trading quick-serve staples for more elaborate dishes that take advantage of the local meats in Minneapolis. The clean and modern interior doesn't pull focus from the food, and doesn't go overboard with the Latin American theme. For hip, casual dining with a ton of flavor and authenticity, Cafe Racer is your go to.

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5. Revival 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This place is serving fried chicken and other fine Southern fare.

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6. Tinto Cocina & Cantina 901 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

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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7. Vellee Deli Minneapolis 109 South 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

We’ve long since been in love with their food truck, but finally the folks serving up their wonder brand of inspired Vietnamese fair have gone brick and mortar thereby giving the downtown lunch crowds a bit more of year round lunchtime stability.

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