1. The Strip Club Meat & Fish378 Maria Ave, St. Paul
2. Devil's Advocate89 S 10th St, Minneapolis
3. Republic Uptown3001 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
4. Isles Bun & Coffee1424 W 28th St, Minneapolis
5. Pig Ate My Pizza4154 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale
6. Punch Neapolitan Pizza210 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Grass-fed beef is the name of the game at St. Paul’s premier meatery, an independent St. Paul chop and fish house, helmed by chef JD Fratzke. Strip House exhibits incredible use of ingredients from small, local farms, but it’s also distinctly unique and almost rustic despite its overall level of refinement and balance. The drink menu changes seasonally and the results are always spectacular, but even the long-standing staple drinks, like the Cobra Kai, are simply stunning.
40 expertly curated taps, root beer-glazed pork belly, and hands down the best cheesesteak in the Twin Cities? Cha-ching.
In a republic, the affairs of the state are a "public matter", so in this case, those affairs are more than 50 taps, an extensive cocktail menu and plenty of delicious food to soak up said beer and cocktails.
A quirky coffee shop with every kind of brew you could ever want, plus their famous Puppy Dog Tails, addictive cinnamon twists that were named by the nursery school children next door.
This pizzeria started by the gang at molecular gastronomy hotspot Travail is known for its gourmet, porchetta filled pies. The namesake Piggy Pie is a must-try for local foodies: the gloriously doughy pizza contains an incredible amount of pork on a thick, buttery brioche crust. It’s as delicious as it sounds. Run, don't walk to this one.