Food & Drink

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

Published On 09/17/2014 Published On 09/17/2014
Tiny Diner
The Third Bird
The Workshop
Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar
Public kitchen + bar
Foreign Legion
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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.