You know the best way to start 2015? Eating less than you did last year, obviously, but since that's not likely, you'll just have to settle for hitting these eight sweet new bars and restaurants that opened at the end of 2014...

Keane Amdahl

Spoon and Stable

North Loop
Possibly last year’s biggest restaurant opening, Spoon and Stable has not disappointed since it officially opened its doors in November. The pastas are fantastic, the entrées are on point, and the bar menu is perfect for munching and has some of the city’s most delicious cocktails. But then you already knew everything you needed to about this place.

Keane Amdahl

Red Wagon Pizza Company

Southwest
This welcome new addition to the Southwest Minneapolis food scene is rocking the wood oven hard! Not only are they kicking out some delicious pizzas, but they’re cranking out a handful of other wood oven-centric entreés and sides that are ideal for helping stave off the winter weather.

The Salt Cellar

The Salt Cellar

Cathedral Hill
After successfully navigating several bumps in the road, this new St. Paul addition is already winning over a lot of folks. With a focus on old classics with a bit of modern flair, this is another great excuse to dine on the other side of the river.

Surly Brewing Company

Surly Beer Hall

University
The destination brewery of our dreams has finally arrived, and aside from the fact that it's flush with all of the Surly you can handle, the new menu has everybody in a frenzy! Run by veteran chef Jorge Guzman, it basically features anything and everything that pairs well with beer, which basically makes it a utopia for food and beer-o-philes.

Le Town Talk - French Diner & Drinkery

Le Town Talk

Longfellow
Things aren't always exactly the way we remember them, but in the case of Le Town Talk, that's okay. It’s certainly not what it once was, but that doesn’t mean that the new French bistro concept it’s sporting these days isn’t a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Pilgrimage Cafe

Pilgrimage Café

Standish
Having just opened up in the old Citizen’s Café location, this new café is featuring food with a global kick in the pants. While it's currently only open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, it'll be launching a full dinner menu soon, and we’re very excited to see what it'll bring to the table.

GYST Fermentation Bar

GYST Fermentation Bar

Whittier
For those of you that love all things fermented, cured, or foods that are otherwise preserved, this is the place for you! Think charcuterie boards, cheese plates, and sandwiches paired with a variety of delicious wines or craft beers.

Eastlake Craft Brewery

Eastlake Craft Brewery

Midtown
Yeah, we’ve got a lot of new breweries, but what this one has that the others don’t is a location right in the Midtown Global Market, which means the food options are endless. If you want to pair your beers with Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, American or African food, you can do exactly that.

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1. Spoon and Stable 211 North First St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

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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2. Red Wagon Pizza Company 5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (Southwest)

What started out as a pizza food truck has built its own brick-and-mortar, where its serving even more delicious pizza to Southwest Minneapolis. Red Wagon’s pies are all Neapolitan style fired off in a high-heat wood oven, and finished off with unique topping varieties—the signature Red Wagon pizza features house-made cheese over a red sauce, crispy soppressata, banana peppers, house-made sausage, and finished with chili flakes and a fig balsamic. In addition to the pies, RW also serves chilaquiles and fresh baked pastries.

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3. The Salt Cellar 173 Western Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102

After successfully navigating several bumps in the road, this St. Paul spot is winning over a lot of folks. With a focus on old classics with a bit of modern flair, this is another great excuse to dine on the other side of the river.

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4. Surly Beer Hall 520 Malcom St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University)

The destination brewery of our dreams has finally arrived, and aside from the fact that it's flush with all of the Surly you can handle, the new menu has everybody in a frenzy! Run by veteran chef Jorge Guzman, it basically features anything and everything that pairs well with beer, which basically makes it a utopia for food and beer-o-philes.

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5. Town Talk Diner & Gastropub 2707 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Town Talk has lived many lives in Longfellow as a classic diner, a French restaurant, and currently a modern gastropub, but the Lake Street landmark still shines as a beacon with its retro, vanity-lit sign, and serves an ever-changing menu of seasonal American plates (brunch is a fan favorite) and inventive craft cocktails. For dinner, you can nosh on fresh, locally sourced dishes that have included braised beef cavatelli and pan-roasted scallops (alongside a Sazerac or Dill Gimlet), and on Sunday mornings, shrimp & grits and cinnamon French toast with a prosecco-and-guava Brunch Bellini.

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6. Pilgrimage Café 2403 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Pilgrimage Cafe in the Powderhorn district is a friendly neighborhood bistro offering contemporary American cuisine with a global twist. Equally as comfortable making short ribs as they are bahn mi and tacos, the chefs at Pilgrimage have honed in on the best of comfort food. The casual dining atmosphere adds to the feeling of comfort you get from the food, and a sunny, dog-friendly patio amps up the neighborhood hang out feel. A beer and wine list of local favorites complements the fare by highlighting the flavors of Minneapolis, and the seasonal menu changes accordingly.

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7. GYST Fermentation Bar 25 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Whittier)

For those of you that love all things fermented, cured, or foods that are otherwise preserved, this is the place for you! Think charcuterie boards, cheese plates, and sandwiches paired with a variety of delicious wines or craft beers.

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8. Eastlake Craft Brewery 920 E. Lake St. #123 , Minneapolis, MN 55407

Located in Midtown Global Market, this brewer offers both post-modern American and traditional European beers. With options like Shoot From The Hip Belgian IPA and Mud In Your Eye American Brown Ale, there is something for every type of brew lover. And for everyone else? There's also Dean kombucha on tap and several flavors of botanically brewed soda in bottles. Bombers and growlers are available for purchase as well, and their location in the Global Market means you can pair their brews with everything from a camel burger to custom pizza. The best part is, you can bring your food right into the taproom!

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