Of all the things people in the Twin Cities love, the thing they love the most must be new restaurants because according to the Star Tribune 133 of 'em will open in MSP this year. That means to decide which ones are best, you'd have to eat at a new place every 2.7 days... or just wait for us to assemble this list of the 11 best new restaurants of 2014:
It doesn’t get any better than this new, modern culinary temple. It’s American Nuevo meets good, old-fashioned rock n’ roll, with a splash of bourbon. And oh, their seasonal chicken liver tart might be the best new dish of the year.
Thanks to a recent move into a brand-new location that they largely built with their own bare hands, this South Minneapolis bistro would have easily re-earned their spot on the list...even without slinging things like pork belly w/ chow-chow or a bologna sandwich that's a Thrillist favorite.
They may be a sushi restaurant at heart, but the fact that you can get your raw fish along with a side of hot dog is what really sets this new South Minneapolis restaurant apart... along with its starkly beautiful interior that's punctuated by boldly colored pop art, and totally sustainable seafood.
South Nicollet Ave has become a haven for exceptional eats, a trend embodied by this brick-and-mortar version of everyone’s favorite food truck. Not only are their arepas a delicious departure from more traditional fare, but the fact that you can wash it all down with some of the city’s best cocktails goes a long way too.
St. Paul has always had some good eats, but they’d been notably lacking in the modern chef-driven restaurant boom in comparison to their sister city. Tongue in Cheek changes all of that, giving people on the other side of the river a shot at apps like steamed pork buns and entrees like pasture pork belly w/ sweet potato, porcini, chestnut & baby carrots.
Yeah, this restaurant is green -- think solar power, onsite gardens, LEED certification, etc. -- but this small neighborhood diner is turning out colorful renditions of signature dishes from food cities around the country, allowing Minneapolis residents to take a culinary road trip without leaving MSP.
St. Paul’s Chef Russell Klein finally opened something on the Minneapolis side of the river, and his unique fine dining concept delivers in the form of unique and colorful takes on Eastern European eats ranging from apps (Polish-style pierogi w/ potato, bacon, and herb sour cream), to pastas/spaetzle (Potato Gnocchi w/ lamb neck ragout), plus mains like Austrian boiled beef shoulder w/ bone marrow, seasonal veggies, and more.
Just when you though MSP had enough meat-uarnts, Tim McKee goes and opens another crave-worthy watering hole for carnivores. This Uptown restaurant has got it all: a big, fat, untrimmed pork chop, steaks dripping in succulent marrow butter, and lots of craftily constructed cocktails.
From the folks behind the infamous Borough/Parlour came Coup d’etat, a modern-American eatery in the heart of Uptown. They’ve got the food, they’ve got the cocktails, and they’ve got a whole lot of class.
After the single most successful crowd funding campaign in the history of crowd funding campaigns (with possible exception for the great “potato salad” incident), the folks at Travail launched the newest iteration of their iconic modernist restaurant along with its sidecar, Rookery. Travail is tasting menu only, while Rookery allows you to do what you want, but the food is undeniably delicious at both. And the cocktails… oh, the cocktails.
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1. Heyday2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Corner Table4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
3. Kyatchi3758 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
4. Hola Arepa3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
5. Tongue In Cheek989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul
6. Tiny Diner1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis
7. Brasserie Zentral505 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis
8. Libertine3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
9. Spoon and Stable211 North First St, Minneapolis
10. Coup d'état2923 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis
11. Travail Kitchen & Amusements4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale
12. Rookery4124 West Broadway, Robbinsdale
When it comes to affordable yet elegant cuisine, Heyday is your spot. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, if not the country. Head to this rustic-chic space (it sports exposed brick and a gorgeous wooden-beamed ceiling) for favorites like the chicken liver tart, chilled blue mussels, and grilled quail, which all help to create a downright exquisite menu. Be sure to leave room for at least one of the inventive desserts including pea shell sorbet, and wash it all down with a creative cocktail like the Don't Think Twice with pisco, aperol, grapefruit, and elderflower.
With a larger beer list, a patio, and a brunch service, Corner Table has expanded from the former La Chaya Bistro location down the road. Be sure to try the pork belly, the fried rabbit, and the sweet potato waffles will.
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.
Originally a food truck, the brick and mortar incarnation has a menu is stuffed with long-braised meats, crumbly cheese and their fiery sauces. They've got a great drinks menu too.
Sustainably sourced stuff is served with style at Tongue in Cheek. The menu has must-tries like the fries with gravy and popcorn shrimp. There's a happy hour from 4-7pm every day too.
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.
The menu's full of dumpling and spätzle and other European comfort foods from Chef Klein's heritage.
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.
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.
Coup d’etat, a modern American eatery in the heart of Uptown serves food and cocktails with a whole lot of class.
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.
This Robbinsdael spot serves a great brunch that includes dishes like mussels with fennel, apple, and orange, and an egg dog -- which is ecactly what you think it is: eggs stuffed in a casing posing as sausage.