Fans of the defunct El Mason can rejoice now that Chef Hector Ruiz’s newest edition to his restaurant empire has resurrected many of the dishes of the much-beloved but lost Latin bistro. In addition to old staples, like the legendary arroz con pollo, it has an extensive lunch and dinner menu with a variety of new options. This South Minneapolis restaurant is also serving breakfast, allowing for a variety of delicious dining options all day long.
We’ve been waiting for this since we first learned of this spot's closing, which basically feels like forever ago, but it's back, featuring an array of delicious, if not laborious, cocktails and a variety of tasty small plates. Check out the pork neck toast along with the classic black walnut Old Fashioned!
The newest showing from Chef Landon Schoenefeld is exactly as delicious as we’d hoped it would be. The menu may look like it’s comprised of dated diner dishes, but do not be deceived, because the food is treated with the love and respect that the classic blue plates deserve. The fried chicken is crispy and succulent, the chopped liver is rich, silky, and divine, and the classic hot turkey sandwich is a true thing of beauty. While it may not have a full liquor license, the beer- and wine-based cocktails are also 100% on point.
From the folks that brought you one of St. Paul's most beloved dining spots comes one of the hottest and most anticipated restaurants of the year. Chef J.D. Fratzke and his partner in crime Tim Niver are back at it again, but this time La Belle Vie alum, Adam Eaton, is in the kitchen cooking up marlin enchiladas or, if you're into something more straightforward, burgers served with old school-style crinkle fries.
This is the first in a long line of “modern Italian” restaurants hitting the Twin Cities scene with a focus on crudo, but the difference here is that it’s led by longtime La Belle Vie alum Mike DeCamp, and that, dear reader, is a pretty big difference. Dishes like the urchin crudo with smoked beef marrow, cappelletti with morels, smoked mozzarella & truffle, and the grilled octopus with pine nuts and grilled cucumber are all huge hits and we highly recommend ending the evening with the nasturtium panna cotta, should it still be on the highly seasonal menu, of course.
This summer is apparently all about three words: “modern Italian” and “crudo.” Il Foro features an array of classic handmade pasta and gnocchi along with variety of fresh, Italian-style raw fish dishes. Located in the slightly remodeled Forum space and led by Borough alum, Joe Rolle, this new addition to Downtown is as delicious as it is deco.
The newest addition to Surly’s destination brewery gives Executive Chef Jorge Guzman a chance to spread his culinary wings and sling high-end, seasonal, yet still beer-friendly cuisine. While this may be fine dining, the atmosphere is kept fairly casual, so no need to overthink your attire for your brewery visit.
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1. La Ceiba Bistro3500 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis
2. Bradstreet Neighborhood Crafthouse1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
3. Nighthawks3753 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
4. Saint Dinette261 5th St E, Saint Paul
5. Monello1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis
6. Il Foro40 S Seventh St, Minneapolis
7. Brewer's Table520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis
Chef Hector Ruiz,of the defunct El Mason, brought many favorites of the Latin bistro to La Ceiba, like the legendary arroz con pollo. But they've also got plenty of new options including breakfast, so they've got you covered in terms of delicious food all day.
Bradstreet Neighborhood Crafthouse has some of the absolute best cocktails in Minneapolis and a nice array of small plates to go with them. Try the pork neck toast with their classic black walnut old fashioned. For the best cocktail experience, order the signature Bradstreet cocktail, made of Jim Beam Rye, jasmine, ginger, lemon, and egg white. The bar also offers on-tap cocktails, which are a must-try in this hip yet comfortable establishment.
Nighthawks in Kingfield offers amped-up diner classics, making it a go-to spot for weekend brunches, weeknight dinners or a late-night case of the munchies. The fried chicken is some of the best in town and its list of daily blue plate specials keeps things fresh. While they don’t have a full bar, they make full use of the beers and wines that they carry by transforming them into delicious cocktails like the Sodak (pickled PBR with tomato juice), the Bellazza (strawberry & rhubarb cordial, zuccu amaro, and prosecco), or the Wide Eyed 2.0 (Big Watt cold-press, bonal, and long pepper).
Sant Dinette in Saint Paul is famous for its burger, which is a masterclass in simplicity—it’s a rich and succulent double burger engulfed in creamy cheddar cheese between light-yet-buttery toasted buns with a side of sweet pickles. An order of crispy, salty, crinkle cut fries will complete your true Saint DInette dining experience. Don't forget about its amazing cocktail list, which include signature cocktails Thanks for Last Night and Healthy Vacation. If you're there for brunch, make sure to indulge in the killer Bloodys.
Monello is modern Italian with an emphasis on crudo. Dishes like the urchin crudo with smoked beed marrow, cappeletti with morels, smoked mozzarella & truffle, and the grilled octopus with pine nuts and grilled cucumber are all wildly popular.
Located in the remodeled Forum space, Il Foro is modern Italian, complete with classic handmade pasta and a variety of fresh, Italian style raw fish.