Tomorrow's the first day of Spring, and you know what that means! Yup, here in the Twin Cities, it's time
for another couple months of snow to check out the sweet new restaurants that opened while you ordered in all Winter. To make it easy, we scoured the city for the best ones, tried 'em all, then built this list of five new bars and restaurants you need to try right now. After we took a nap, obviously.
Boneyard Kitchen & Bar
The cool, two-story matte black exterior belies the warming comfort food-style eats on offer inside: expect unique takes on classics like mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and a meatloaf that's made with duck instead of ground beef, plus craft cocktails (see the Double Barrel w/ a cranberry-cinnamon bourbon infusion), and -- come Summertime -- a three-season porch where you can sit and sip said cocktails.
Travail & The Rookery
At the height of their popularity, Travail Kitchen and Amusements decided to... close? Yup. But now, after an epically successful Kickstarter campaign, they're back in a new, vaguely industrial space (just three doors down from the old one) that they've split in two: on one side, Travail's serving a predictably next-level tasting menu, while The Rookery's pouring craft cocktails, and dishing up "micro plates" like aged beef, Gruyere & bacon sliders, and oxtail covered in dashi at your table.
Opened by the dude behind Rincon 38 and Cafe Ena, this Grand Avenue Mexstaurant is serving up intricately constructed coastal eats like avocado-crusted scallops, and the snapper/tomato/jicama Ceviche De Huachinango, which, instead of guacamole, comes topped with an avocado mousse.
Helmed by the dude who was much-hyped Twins player Tsuyoshi Nishioka's personal chef, this sushi-slinging resto can't help but be better than the shortstop, especially since it's serving Japanese-inspired ball park franks, ramen, and sweet sustainable seafood options like fresh oysters, and the Ebi Mayo Roll made with white shrimp.
Opened way back in December, this craft suds-maker was initially criticized for charging more per pint for crap domestic brews than their housemade beers, but when said beers are as good as The No. 7 Hoppy Amber, which has a weighty-but-still-pleasant citrus and hops finish, people should probably just shut up. Or stuff their faces with sweet bar eats like caramelized Thai pork with Asian slaw and pickled cucumbers, braised short ribs, and lobster "Mac N Cheez".
Boneyard features Chef Jason Bush's take on good ol' homestyle southern chicken. The two story matte black exterior gives way to comfort food inside with a rustic and modern interior featuring stressed wood lines many of the walls and there is even a large display of antique skillets. Expect unique takes on classics like mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and even a meatloaf that makes use not of ground beef but duck.
The gastropub rocking a chalkboard menu oft-scrawled with duck, quail, and rabbit (all of which's perpetually served by the chefs themselves) serves up a rotating selection of adventurous eats in Robbinsdale.
The Freehouse stands behind their home-crafted beer, and it's clear why they are so confident: The No. 7 Hoppy Amber delivers a weighty but still pleasant citrus and hops finish. For eats, try the Caramelized Thai Pork for a melt-in-your-mouth entree served up with asian slaw and pickled cucumbers.
Kyatchi lives to serve Japanese-style cuisine with an American twist. The Minneapolis sushi hotspot dishes out soups, salads, small plates, grilled fish and seafood, meat skewers, rice, noodles, and, in a true cultural mélange, hot dogs. If you’re intrigued, good; hot dogs, like the kimchi dog with mustard, sesame oil, and Japanese mayo, all come with Japanese potato salad, whose savory flavor gives any typical ballpark frank a run for its money. If it’s more traditional cuisine you’re craving, try veggie or pork ramen, or scallop yuzu kosho, with raw scallops, veggies, chili pepper, yuzu peel, and sea salt. Kyatchi emphasizes sustainable ingredients and delivers them to you in a casual, open dining space decorated with Japanese artwork.
La Fresca lives up to its name's promise of fresh eats. Each dish is intricately constructed; these are not your every day tacos. The ceviche in particular pulls out all the stops with snapper, yellow tomatoes, and jicama.