Food & Drink

The Twin Cities' 9 best new summer restaurant openings, part 2

Published On 09/17/2014 Published On 09/17/2014
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So many sweet new restaurants have opened in MSP this summer that one list of the best new restaurant openings wasn't enough. That's why we created something people around here should be familiar with, its twin. So, here's our other list of the Twin Cities'... youguessedit!... nine best new restaurant openings. Feast your eyes...

Tiny Diner

Tiny Diner

Powderhorn
When it comes to dining green, you just can’t beat this new South Minneapolis restaurant. They not only utilize a lot of veggies from their own gardens, but they also generate their own solar power through a rooftop array directly over their patio. Plus, each month they pay homage to various diner-centric cities across the US by creating several dishes using as many locally sourced products as possible.

The Third Bird

The Third Bird

Loring Park
Brought to you by the same folks behind Tiny Diner, this new addition to Loring Park is turning out creative takes on modern classics. Try the pork belly with peanuts, choke cherry, and cilantro; or the chilled watermelon with jalapeños, pickled rind, and charred tomatoes; or the beef tartar with smoked poblano puree, puffed beef tendon, lime, and toasted rice.

Libertine

Libertine

Uptown
Prepare yourself for some serious meat sweats because this new Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef. And the pork. And the lamb. And the... you get the idea. Their charcuterie plate is fantastic, as is their giant, barely trimmed, lightly smoked bacon chop. Oh, and they even have a small portion of their menu dedicated to... ugh, vegetarian dishes.

The Workshop

The Workshop

Downtown Minneapolis
Opened in the old Union Fish Market space in Downtown Minneapolis, this new eatery from notable (notorious?) Chef Stewart Woodman is a place, as its name implies, where the kitchen is allowed to flex its creative muscles. This results in dishes like beet chicharrones with truffle salt; chicken fried chicken eggs; and a free-form vegetarian lasagna.

Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

Richfield
Breaking out from underneath the umbrella of Twin Cities master chef Alex Roberts, Chef Ben Rients is serving refined bar fare to Minneapolis suburbanites. The menu's got classics like wings, burgers, and flatbreads, as well as more sophisticated items like braised short ribs with miso butter, and sea bass in a fennel curry with purple rice.

Public kitchen + bar

Public Kitchen + Bar

Lowertown
This new Lowertown restaurant is keeping things simple and refined. Their display of classic flavors includes dishes like a bone-in beef short rib with cheddar grits; lobster linguini made with house-made pasta, tarragon, and lemon crème fraiche; and a potato gnocchi with a vegetable ragout and balsamic reduction.

Foreign Legion

Foreign Legion

Downtown Minneapolis
The newest showing from Chef Russell Klein is something just a little bit out of the ordinary. The primary focus of this new Downtown Minneapolis spot is wine and cheese. It’s really as simple as that. Or is it? Because in addition to their vast selection of fancy wines and cheeses, they’re also rocking the grilled cheese like no one else, and they're slinging a sweet list of cured meats that can be ordered in a variety of different ways too.

6Smith

6Smith

Wayzata
Just outside of the Twin Cities, this Wayzata restaurant is elevating the traditional steakhouse concept with creative takes on classic cuts, such as the cast-iron seared hanger steak with slow-cooked grapes and caramelized red onions. They've got fresh seafood options too -- including an entire section of the menu dedicated to different lobster preparations.

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CōV

Wayzata
This sleek lakeside bistro is offering locally sourced steaks and fresh seafood in a nautically inspired, moss-covered space. You can stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or maybe just for a cocktail or two) and enjoy sprawling views of Lake Minnetonka.

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1. Tiny Diner 1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tiny Diner is not, in fact, a literal, miniature diner, but a small restaurant in Powderhorn Park that's all about sustainability, from the way it sources its food to the way the restaurant itself is built. Using mostly its own garden to grow its ingredients, this spot provides the freshest fare possible in the form of all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aim for a patio spot when you come here so you can admire the view of the garden out back while you polish off your country scramble or scallops.

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2. The Third Bird 1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This Loring Park spot creates modern takes on classic dishes like for brunches, lunches and dinners alike that please both the eye and taste buds in a romantically offbeat setting. All the ingredients used here come from local and regional suppliers for fresh and sustainable fare like asparagus omelettes with goat cheese in the morning, pork belly sandwiches in the afternoon and poached salmon in the evening.

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3. 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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4. The Workshop 731 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The newest incarnation of the Union space in Downtown Minneapolis offers dishes like beet chicharrones with truffle salt, chicken-fried chicken eggs, and a “free form” vegetarian lasagna.

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5. Public Kitchen & Bar 229 E 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

This new restaurant has classics like a bone-in beef short rib with cheddar grits, and a potato gnocchi with a vegetable ragout and balsamic reduction. Simple and delicious: perfecto!

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6. Foreign Legion 105 S 5th St Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN 55403

In addition to this spot's vast selection of fancy wines and cheeses, they’re also rocking the grilled cheese like no one else. Wrap that up with a fantastic list of cured meats that can be ordered in a variety of different ways and you’ve got yourself a snackers paradise.

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7. 6Smith 294 East Grove Ln, Wayzata, MN 55391

This Wayzata restaurant has a traditional steakhouse concept with creative takes on classic cuts like a cast-iron seared hanger steak with slow cooked grapes and caramelized red onion.

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8. CōV 700 E Lake St, Wayzata, MN 55391

This new lakeside bistro offers locally sourced steaks and fresh seafood. You can stop in anytime for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or maybe just for a round of cocktails.

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9. Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar 6439 Lyndale Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423

Richfield’s Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar is a haven for fried chicken and pizza devotees. On its rotating menu, the American restaurant and cocktail bar delivers local and organic produce on a menu that also includes an impressive craft beverage program; try the signature Tijuana Brass Smash. Thin-crust pizza, made with milk and honey, strays from Italian convention and is made in a California-made replica of a massive Italian oven. Chicken wings are burnished with either Togarashi or Northstar dry rubs, and their crispy skin glistens, even in the casual, dimly lit room.

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