"Minneapolis is underrated because everywhere in the Midwest is underrated! Oklahoma City, Omaha, Madison... We're underrated because the coasts have all the people and all the media outlets, but we have all the farms. Duh.
"We are the Lyons of the USA, the breadbasket (Patisserie 46 -- led by John Kraus, USA captain of our team competing in Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie -- is the best bakery in the country), the egg basket, the pork basket. Enjoy importing charcuterie from Italy and France, New York City? We make our own Mangalitsa Lardo, and we eat it so fast we don't export it. We are the dairy basket too! We put grass-pastured, single-farm milk in our lattés as a matter of course -- you coast dwellers with your homogenized, tasteless milk are leading degraded lives, and you don't even know it.
"We drink beer so good you would die, like America's only real farmhouse ale, Olvalde. What does farmhouse ale mean? It means we can grow and malt barley here, on black-dirt-rich land, just like Europeans did 200yrs ago. Here's why Minneapolis and St. Paul are the most underrated American food cities: we have the good stuff, we enjoy and support it so much we don't let our artisans export it, so you don't even know about it... and we have the time to kick back and relish it."
-- Dara Grumdahl, staff writer at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine