Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar (www.
burchrestaurant.com), serving just what
the name implies. Now two years old,
Butcher and the Boar (
www.butch-erandtheboar.com), a self-proclaimed
“American craft food and bourbon house”
in downtown Minneapolis, still has carnivores herding in. In St. Paul, century-old
Cossetta’s ( www.cossettas.com) added a
pasticceria and new restaurant, Louis,
featuring the city’s largest rooftop deck.
Then, in the suburbs, thanks to a crazy-successful Kickstarter campaign, Travail,
located in Robbinsdale, reopened as a new
concept: Travail and The Rookery. That
being said, the Twin Cities hasn’t forgotten about its roots, as Matt’s Bar (www.
mattsbar.com) still churns out its Juicy
Lucy, rated No. 10 on Time’s list of the
most influential burgers of all time, and
Mickey’s Diner (www.mickeysdiningcar.
com) rewards guests with all-day breakfast, juicy burgers and thick malts.
For curbside service, food trucks take to
the streets from May through October (or
as Mother Nature permits). These trucks
populate the St. Paul and Minneapolis
downtown areas, cooking up everything
from burgers and bánh mì sandwiches
to mac and cheese and cupcakes. There
are also the farm-to-table, sustainable and
organic restaurants that inhabit the area,
from Spoonriver ( www.spoonriver.com)
and Wise Acre Eatery (
www.wiseacree-atery.com) to Heartland (
www.heartlan-drestaurant.com). If you want to step into
Uptown Minneapolis is brimming
with character, taking place as
the eclectic neighbor to down-town Minneapolis. Full of young
professionals and recent graduates, this hipster haven is bursting at the seams with places to
go and things to do. Situated
between Lyndale and Hennepin
avenues and cut down the middle
by Lake Street, the amount of
restaurants, shops, theaters and
bars that line these thoroughfares
are seemingly endless.
In the summer, Uptown’s big-
gest asset is Lake Calhoun, one
of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, that
situates itself among the metro
area. Stop for a bite at Tin Fish
while watching sailboats ride the
breeze along the lake’s shores, or
rent a paddleboat and spend the
afternoon on the water.
Shoppers flock to Uptown’s
storefronts as the area boasts
chains like CB2, Urban Outfitters,
Columbia Sportswear and
American Apparel, alongside small
boutiques like Local Motion and
Cliché for women’s fashion, plus
funky additions like John Fluevog
(shoes) and Goorin Bros (hats).
Uptown’s endless list of restaurants will tide even the hungriest patron over. Try Barbette,
a French-inspired café, or Chino
Latino, which combines Chinese
and Latin flavors, or if you’re
looking to keep your taste buds
stateside, check out The Lowry
for burgers, oysters and brunch.
Uptown provides a perfect
mix of modern and traditional,
full of local haunts that provide
great food, nightlife and shopping. Stroll around and take in
this free-spirited part of town.
the role as head chef, stop by Mill City
Farmers’ Market ( www.millcityfarmers-market.org), where local and tasty ingredients are abundant.
There are several places in the Twin
Cities where local meets global. On
Minneapolis’ Eat Street, for example,
you’ll find 17 blocks of Nicollet Avenue
lined with Asian, Middle Eastern,
German, Greek and Latin restaurants.
Try the spanakopita at Christos Greek
Restaurant ( www.christos.com), or the
grilled lemongrass ribs at Jasmine 26
( www.jasmine26.com)—one of the city’s
best Vietnamese spots. To find flavors
from all continents under one roof,