For all of the great advances and trends in local dining in recent years--fusion, small plates, exquisitely crafted platings, molecular gastronomy--for many meat-loving foodies there is still no experience quite like the primal thrill of biting into a big, juicy, perfectly cooked steak. And while the grass-fed, farm-to-table ethos has certainly enhanced the experience, many of the finest local steak houses seem immune to such concerns, lost in a time warp that has left them unchanged for decades; that retro chic, in fact, is part of their charm. So from modern to classic, here are our choices of where to find the best steaks in the Twin Cities.
Tony Nelson At the Twin Cities' best steak joints, you'll need is a big appetite, a sharp knife, and a thick wallet
Spending an evening at a great wine bar is one of life's most elegant, refined, and enjoyable dining experiences. Whether you're rediscovering a favorite wine; exploring little traveled regions, wineries, or varietals; seeking a perfect match of food and beverage; or just relaxing in good company, Twin Cities wine bars offer a world of taste adventures, and with so many opening in recent years, it's easy to find one nearby. Here are 10 of our favorite spots to pour a glass. They can be a destination in themselves or the perfect beginning or ending to a night on the town.
Could Indian food be the perfect regional cuisine? Its exquisite blending of perfectly balanced spices beckon equally in the sultry days of summer or on frigid winter nights. Its tastes are so delicious they'll satisfy a picky child, yet so complex they'll gratify the pickiest foodie. Dishes are rich enough for a raja, but affordable enough for a student, and they are easily tailored for vegetarians or carnivores, for timid diners or heat-seeking adventurers. When that craving strikes - and you know it will - here are our Top 10 choices for Indian food in the Twin Cities.
The Twin Cities have a great and growing beer scene. I've spent the last year traveling the upper Midwest visiting breweries and tasting brews. I've been to about 130 and can say with some authority that the beers brewed in the Twin Cities are among the best in the region. We've got some great brewpubs, both in terms of the beer they brew and the food they serve. Though we don't have very many, here's a top 5 list of them. My ranking is based on the whole package: beer, food, and ambiance.
Twin Cities top-5 brewpubs
|Walleye, Surly, Honeycrisp ... and we're just getting started|
The Twin Cities' recent domination of the James Beard Awards for Best Midwest Chef is only one sign that our state is now a fixture on America's food map. The explosive growth of Minnesota dining culture can be seen in the burgeoning farm-to-table ethic and growth of farmers markets; in Lenny Russo's grand, experimental food campus at Heartland; in the artisan meats of Green Ox; and in the designer cocktails at Bradstreet Craftshouse, La Belle Vie, and others. Esquire magazine even singled out Al's Breakfast as serving the "Best Pancakes in America."
Minnesota has long been a food-conscious state, from our Mill City beginnings to Betty Crocker to our invention of the Honeycrisp apple, but nothing has rivaled today's diverse restaurant and food scene. Eating in Minnesota has become a spectacular adventure of tastes and experiences.
Here is our list of the 50 best reasons to eat in Minnesota:
This year's Best Ice Cream Flavor, Sebastian Joe's Nicollet Avenue Pothole, is not for everyone. Its mix of dark chocolate ice cream, fudge, truffles, chunks of Heath bar, and sea salt is pretty intense--proving that an ice cream might actually be too rich!
Fro-yo will never replace ice cream, especially the Izzy scoop!
Still, sometimes lo-cal frozen yogurt isn't going to cut it. Here are five of our favorite local scoops to celebrate the last of the hot weather:More »
We're no longer able to sip this year's Best Contemporary Cocktail winner, the Inn's Slim Shim, as the restaurant has unfortunately closed.
The new Marvel Bar helps make up for the loss of the Inn.
But we lucky liquor lovers still have plenty of great cocktail choices in town, including several stellar options from a few newcomers--hello, Marvel Bar!
Here are five of our current favorite contemporary cocktails--we kept 'em light in honor of Indian Summer:More »
August 31 is National Eat Outside Day, so we're rounding up a list of some of our favorite Twin Cities outdoor restaurant seats, on sidewalks, patios, and roof decks. This year, Moto-i's hidden, building-top oasis took home our Best Outdoor Dining honors. Here are five others we like. Now, if only the weather would cooperate...
On the outside at Barbette.
A Baker's Wife took home this year's Best Doughnuts honor, and those cinnamon-sugar dusted ones are always a fave. (Even better, pair 'em with a coffee from Angry Catfish around the corner.)
Sarah Jane's Bakery A spread of Sarah Jane's assorted doughnuts.
Summertime is a boon for doughnut fanatics, actually, as some of the metro's best finds come from farmers' markets and food trucks. Here are five of our best-loved donuts that always hit the sweet spot.More »