Looking for something in particular? Here are my favorite picks throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. I like to remember which places are worth the splurges once in a while… Of course, it’s impossible to try everything and some restaurants change their menus and close. So if you know something that I don’t or find something that you think is better, give me a shout! I’ve noted Rob’s favorites, when I’m still undecided. If I’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well.

I update this as we discover new places we love.


Best… in the Twin Cities:

  • AmbianceForepaugh’s (St. Paul)
  • Baklava – Byblos (Burnsville)
  • Beef Stroganoff –The Lowry (Minneapolis)
  • Bloody Mary Buffalo Tap (Savage)
  • BreadGiuseppe’s (Burnsville)
  • Breakfast Sandwich Eat Street Social (Minneapolis)
  • Bruschetta – Chianti Grill (Roseville & Burnsville)
  • Brussels Sprouts – Pajarito (St. Paul)
  • Burrata – The Tangiers (Minneapolis)
  • Cheese PlateHaskell’s Wine Bar (Minneapolis)
  • Cheese Curds –  Brie Curds at The News Room (Minneapolis)
  • Chicken – Amish Chicken at Eat Street Social (Minneapolis)
  • Chicken SandwichChicken Caprese Sandwich at Morgan’s (Burnsville)
  • Chilaquiles – Pajarito (St. Paul)
  • Chinese/Asian Take-out Nha Sang (Burnsville)
  • Craft Cocktails – Eat Street Social (Minneapolis)
  • Cupcakes – Copper Hen (Minneapolis)
  • Dessert (chocolate) – Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart at Salty Tart (Minneapolis)
  • Dessert (non-chocolate) – This is a tie between the Rosemary Panna Cotta at the Northeast Social (Minneapolis) and the Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie at Forepaugh’s (St. Paul)
  • Edamame (Rob) – Clive’s Roadhouse (Burnsville)
  • Eggs Benedict – Short Ribs Eggs Benedict at Cook St. Paul (St. Paul) and Bahn Mi Benedict at The French Hen Cafe (St. Paul)
  • Fish & ChipsAnchor Fish & Chips (Minneapolis)
  • French Dip – Parmesan French Dip Melt at Buffalo Tap (Savage)
  • Fried RiceRice Rice Baby {aka Kimchi Fried Rice} at The Rabbit Hole (Minneapolis)
  • Garlic Bread – Bob’s Bread at Jensen’s Supper Club (Eagan)
  • Grilled Cheese (Rob) – The Lowbrow (Minneapolis)
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato SoupKip’s Irish Pub (St. Louis Park)
  • Hashbrowns – Hash Browns Blue Style at Pittsburgh Blue (Edina) and Cheesy Hashbrowns at Jensen’s Cafe & Bar (Burnsville)
  • Hot Dog – The Chihuahua at Burger Jones (Burnsville & Minneapolis)
  • Ice Cream Izzy’s (St. Paul & Minneapolis, but also served in many restaurants)
  • Juicy LucyParmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy  at the Buffalo Tap (Savage)
  • LasagnaWhite Chicken Lasagna at Cravings Wine Bar (Woodbury)
  • Nachos – Lefse Nachos at Erik the Red (Minneapolis)
  • Macaroni & Cheese Revival (Mpls or St. Paul)
  • Meatball Sandwich – Devil’s Advocate (Minneapolis)
  • Mini Donuts – (Rob) – Muddy Chicken (Burnsville)
  • Mojito – Classic Mojito at Chino Latino (Minneapolis)
  • Pasta Carbonara (Rob) – Arezzo Ristorante (Minneapolis/Edina)
  • Patty Melt (Rob) – Groveland Tap (St. Paul)
  • PierogiesHammer & Sickle (Minneapolis)
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich – Devil’s Advocate (Minneapolis)
  • Pizza Pig Ate My Pizza (Robbinsdale) and  Pizzeria Lola (Minneapolis)
  • Poutine (Rob) – Breakfast Poutine at Muddy Waters (Minneapolis) and Harold and Kumar Poutine at The Rabbit Hole (Minneapolis)
  • Quesadillas Lowertown Bulldog (Savage)
  • SangriaSt. Germain Sangria  at Burger Jones (Burnsville & Minneapolis) If it’s not on the menu, just ask for it.
  • Sausages (handmade) – Tazenwald Brewing (Northfield)
  • Salad (starter) insalata di stagione at Terzo Vino Bar (Minneapolis)
  • Salad (main) – Heirloom Grain Salad at Vivo (Apple Valley)
  • Steak Filet Mignon at Perron’s Sul Lago (Prior Lake)
  • Street TacosNutmeg Brewhouse (Burnsville)
  • Tator TotsParmesan Truffle Tots at Hell’s Kitchen (Minneapolis)
  • Tomato Basil SoupRoasted Pear (Burnsville)
  • Thai CuisineNaviya’s Thai Brasserie (Minneapolis)
  • Tuna Melt – Now that Uptown Cafeteria is closed… I’m looking! Suggestions?
  • Turkey Burger – Groveland Tap (St. Paul)
  • Walleye – Almond Crusted Walleye at The Mason Jar (Eagan)
  • Wine Bar – TerzoVino Bar (Minneapolis)

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What are your favorites in these categories?