Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Marché2904 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Cook St. Paul1124 Payne Ave, Saint Paul
3. Tongue In Cheek989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul
4. Lagos Tacos2901 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
5. Heyday2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
6. Hola Arepa3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
7. Corner Table4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
8. Brasserie Zentral505 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis
9. Rival House Sporting Parlour411 Minnesota, Saint Paul
The Jester’s Concepts crew brings you a more casual Downtown resto that's serving sandwiches and breakfast.
The folks at Cook in Payne-Phalen are whipping up hearty American breakfasts (though you'll find some Korean influence on the menu as well) featuring locally sourced and scratch-made specialties, like bread-pudding French toast with a caramel banana sauce, short rib Benedict, and a good ol' fashioned plate of eggs, toast, and hash browns. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional diner-style breakfast or a straightforward lunch, Cook has you covered. Asian inspiration can be found in plates like Korean-style pancakes (ground yellow beans mixed with spicy sausage, spicy cabbage, and bean sprouts) and the Seoul Cubano sandwich (short ribs with Korean pepper flakes, spam, pickled Korean peppers, gruyere, dill pickles, and spicy mustard on grilled and pressed house bread).
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.
The actually-sophisticated-looking Lagos specializes in "street tacos" ranging from traditional takes like al pastor to beer-battered walleye w/ chipotle mayo (all served in triplicate with a side of sweet corn cake), but they've also got "Monster Burritos" filled with Godzilla meat, walleye, steak, carnitas, etc, and a full-blown cocktail bar with drinks that skew Lake Minnetonka like the South Lake Sombrero (basically Kahlua, tequila, and vodka).
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.
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.
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.
The menu's full of dumpling and spätzle and other European comfort foods from Chef Klein's heritage.
This sporting lounge -- not sports bar -- is located at the base of the DoubleTree Inn in Downtown St. Paul for your refined game day viewing and ‘za enjoyment. It's driven by craft beer and their centerpiece wood-fire pizza oven.