|Emily Utne |
|A salad, Minnesota raised and grown by Wise Acre Eatery |
Close your eyes, and Minneapolis sounds altogether different from New York. And New York sounds so very different from Cancun. And Paris sounds so different from Cancun and from Dubai. Actually, we have never been to Dubai but we just know it would sound different.
And just as all of these sounds vary, so do the flavors of all places. It's in the water, in the pizza crust, and in the foam on the beer. In the yeast. In the molecules of the soil, in the hands of the preparers, in the weather. It's obviously in the tradition.
It has been said that when you take away all other regional cuisines, Midwestern is what you have left. Maybe.
As a burgeoning major food city we can now take all those dumb assumptions about having nothing up here but lutefisk and fried walleye and deflect them with a smirk. But what if you did have to define Twin Cities dining with just 10 places?
Er, make that 11 places. Eleven places that are deeply and passionately held, to us and only us, in one way or another.
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