Kyatchi
moto-i
Keane Amdahl/Thrillist
Keane Amdahl/Thrillist
Keane Amdahl/Thrillist
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1. Kyatchi 3758 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (Southwest)

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.

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2. Moto-i 2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

A Japanese resto that is also a sake brewery (!), serving their in-house namazake on draft alongside eats like Tokyo frites and miso popcorn on a sweet patio.

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3. Masu Sushi & Robata 330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

The ramen here has a slightly sweeter broth that pairs incredibly well with the succulent, umami packed, fried pork cutlet. The gai lan (Chinese broccoli) adds a brightness that binds all of the flavors of the ramen into one tidy little package while the yolk from the poached egg adds richness and depth.

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4. United Noodles and UniDeli 2015 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Seward)

Located in the center of an Asian market under the guise of a typical deli, this place is bringing it on extra hard with its ramen. The broth is rich and its silky texture coats the inside of your mouth, which is likely to be on fire from all of the delicious kimchi that they pack into it.

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5. Zen Box Izakaya 602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

The wings at this Downtown Minneapolis spot are some of the best in the Twin Cities. They're marinated overnight in a homemade teriyaki sauce before they hit the fryer. Be sure to stop by and try some.