In the movie Miracle, Minnesota’s own Herb Brooks famously says, “Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight, boys, a chance to eat at Thrillist’s best new restaurants in the Twin Cities." Or maybe something about hockey. We can’t remember, so we assembled a list of MSP's best new openings just in case. Feast your eyes...
Downtown just got itself a new modern American restaurant from the guy who helped bring us places like Barrio, Burch Steak & Pizza Bar, and Bar La Grassa. With the former chef of Cosmos helming the stoves and dishes like an oyster casserole, bison hanger steaks, and a classic roast half-chicken with foie gras butter, we’re guessing that this place, like many of Ryan Burnet’s other restaurants, will become a neo-classic.
Lowertown is booming these days and the Ox Cart Ale House is just one more prime addition to St. Paul’s answer to Minneapolis’ North Loop. Bringing an onslaught of craft beer to the neighborhood, including a healthy variety of local and regional brews, along with scratch-made pub food, this is a great spot to hit up for any pre-CHS Field event. Or, you know, pretty much any other time.
Say what?! That’s right: fans of Downtown’s beloved former Thai palace, the King & I Thai is back, and this time it's been reborn out in the 'burbs. It's still serving up all its former classics, including King & I egg rolls, pad Thai, and a healthy array of different curries and stir-fries, so it would seem as though life has given you a second chance to visit the King.
One of the Twin Cities' favorite sushi joints is getting a new suburban location which will offer a slightly smaller footprint, but will feature a bigger focus on noodles. New to the menu is brothless abura ramen, which comes in four different varieties in addition to the other classic, broth-laden options.
One of the newest in a long line of new Italian restaurants, this Calhoun Square spot is off to a pretty solid start. Its obligatory crudos are all spot on (we recommend both the scallop and the salmon), and the entrees are all solid, but you’ve got to try the smoked potted eggplant. Think of it as a meatless pâté that you wouldn’t know didn’t have meat in it if we hadn’t just told you. It’s absolutely incredible.
South Carolina low country meets Minneapolis at this new restaurant in the old Joe’s Garage space from the folks that brought you Butcher & the Boar. It is offering up contemporary takes on Southern classics, like snapper ceviche that is a real show-stopper, and the fried chicken, which can hold its own against what is suddenly a slew of sweet new poultry options in MSP.
This new restaurant-within-a-restaurant is located inside the kitchen of south Minneapolis’ Nighthawks, where Chef Landon Schoenefeld is offering a unique dining opportunity, three days a week, for 12 diners at a time, with only one seating per night, which means that this could become one of the Twin Cities' most exclusive eating experiences. With that being said, this place looks to be pure Schoenefeld, with clever offerings like mashed potatoes with baby potatoes, potato gnocchi, and potato chips, or smoked carrot dumplings in turnip sauce.
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Keane Amdahl is Minneapolis-based food writer who definitely would have been good enough to play hockey at the 1980 Olympics if he didn’t, as his Twitter bio @foodstoned says, “like food” so much.
1. Eastside305 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
2. Ox Cart Ale House255 East 6th Street, St. Paul
3. King & I Thai760 Highway 110, Mendota Heights
4. Masu Sushi & Robata330 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
5. ParellaCalhoun Square, Minneapolis
6. 4 Bells1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
7. Birdie3753 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis
This pick is a New American restaurant in the Gateway District with a heavy emphasis on fresh and seasonal seafood. In a sleek, modern setting, Eastside serves up small plates like octopus, ahi tuna tartare and king crab salad along with full-fledged dishes like smoked arctic char, grilled swordfish and sea scallops — but you can always go for a burger or the pork chops if fish ain't your deal. Pair them with a specialty cocktail or a one of the many beers from all over the country that Eastside keeps on tap.
Just wait until you get a taste of their awesome craft beers on tap.
This city favorite is answering your prayers by opening up in the burbs.
This city favorite is adding a location in the burbs. Spread the love!
You've gotta try the smoked pot eggplant, because it is out of this world.
This place is offering up contemporary version of southern classics. Your mouth should be watering by now.