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Top 5 Hotel Restaurants in Minneapolis

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Part of what makes a great hotel is a great dining experience. Whether it’s for a vacation or a business trip, quality hotel restaurants can offer a valuable and delicious convenience when visiting a new city — especially since most are open for three meals a day. You know they’re good, too, when even the locals recommend them.

That being said, not all hotel restaurants are created equal. If you’re headed to Minneapolis, for either personal or professional reasons, some hotels’ dining options rank above others, so make sure to consider this list when planning for your next Minneapolis outing.

  1. Prairie Kitchen, Hyatt Regency
    Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Prairie Kitchen & Bar is located in the Hyatt Regency. The restaurant "features cuisine and décor designed to reflect the natural resources and unique growing seasons of Minnesota and surrounding states." In line with these "seasonally inspired" menus, the restaurant serves locally grown produce, meat, grains, and dairy products. The dinner menu bison osso bucco with celery root potato purée and roasted root vegetables is a dinner menu standout.
  1. FireLake Grill House, Radisson Plaza
    Also focusing locally grown cuisine, the FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar at the Radisson Plaza Hotel is open for three meals a day, as well as for weekend brunch. The kitchen features a hickory rotisserie, brick oven, and a mesquite grill to help deliver the very best dishes to the table. A highlight of their dinner menu is their fresh herb rotisserie chicken: Minnesota raised half chicken, white Cheddar-herb mashed potatoes, and natural jus.
  1. Manny’s Steakhouse, The W Foshay
    Continuing the locally sourced trend, Manny’s Steakhouse at the W Foshay serves ingredients from nearby areas, including chops, chicken, produce, and "USDA-certified, dry-aged, center-cut beef, hand trimmed by master butchers." When available, Alaskan king crab legs and claws are also on the menu. They cater to private dining events and are also open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Their Flat Iron au poivre is more than enough to make any meat eater’s mouth water.
  1. Cosmos, Graves 601 Wyndham GrandFlickr
    Located in the city’s theater district, Cosmos is an award-winning and nationally-recognized hotel restaurant. The restaurant offers a sleek and hip dining ambiance and is committed to "impeccable service and exquisite cuisine." They’re open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, wine, cocktail, and happy hour menus in addition to special menus for certain holidays. Their house pad thai, with rice noodles, peanuts, cilantro, lime, vegetables, and a choice of shrimp, chicken, or beef is an ideal lunch choice.
  2. Rare, Grand Hotel
    Specializing in steak and sushi, Rare at the Grand Hotel serves a spectrum of menu options in downtown Minneapolis. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and have a happy hour special featuring $5 sushi rolls, $3 wines and beers, and $5 featured cocktails. The 10-ounce bison flank steak is a must-order when visiting this restaurant.


1115 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are located on the ground level of the Hotel Ivy, a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Seven miles of skyway connect guests to such attractions as the Convention Center, Nicollet Mall, Orchestra Hall, and the Guthrie Theatre.

PHONE 612-353-6207

Our philosophy at Monello is to first and foremost be known as genuine. We practice genuine hospitality: Every person is truly welcome here and is treated as though they were guests in our own homes. We offer genuine Italian fare: Our menu reflects the rich culinary traditions of Italy, particularly the Campania region along the southwest coast, long celebrated for its diversity and abundance.

At Monello, we celebrate a culinary tradition that weaves the charm of rustic simplicity with the inherent elegance of fresh ingredients. We are reacquainting folks with true Italian fare, one that dives into the sea for spiny urchin and treks the brushy land for wild rabbit that celebrates the abundance of the farmer’s field and the fisherman’s boat. We make thoughtful use of every ingredient, taking proper care to ensure the expression of the chef’s vision does not overpower the expression of the ingredient itself.

Remembrances of restaurants past

The demise of the River Room prompted me to -- what else? -- spend countless hours on the internet.

Specifically, to get a peek at the restaurants that once fed Twin Cities shoppers, a subject that neatly fits into the intersection of several of my obsessions, namely, architecture and design, department stores and local history.

Naturally, I turned to one of my favorite time-suck destinations, the Norton & Peel photo archive at the Minnesota Historical Society's website. Don't know it? You should. It's an incredible -- and free -- resource.

This digital library holds thousands of easily searchable images, most of them photograped by Walter Norton and Clifford Peel between the mid-1920s and the late 1960s the pre-1925 images are credited to their predecessor, C.J. Hibbard.

While stumbling across a number of finds, I did discover some disappointing gaps. Where, for example, is the one-and-only Fountain Room at Young-Quinlan? Or such mid-century classics as the Valley View Room at Dayton's Southdale, the Minnesota Room at Donaldson's Southdale, or the Bubbling Kettle at Dayton's Rosedale? If you've got images of them, send them to me at [email protected], and I'll post them.

The restaurant inside Donaldson's Glass Block, Nicollet Av. and 6th St., Minneapolis, 1910. The elaborate room was designed by noted Minneapolis decorator John S. Bradstreet. His aesthetic lives in on in the incredible Prindle House period room, saved from a Duluth mansion, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

When President William Howard Taft visited Minneapolis in 1911, he enjoyed what appears to be an all-male luncheon in another one of John Bradstreet's sumptuously appointed dining rooms at Donaldson's Glass Block (so named for the five-story building's many windows). The next time President Obama drops in on Minneapolis, wouldn't it be great if he cracked open a popover at the Oak Grill?

Skip ahead 37 years to a different iteration of the in-store dining experience at the Donaldson Grill, 1948. Here's the story on Donaldson's: Scottish immigrants (and brothers) William and Lawrence Donaldson opened their store in the mid-1880s. Over the decades it eventually grew to occupy the half-block on Nicollet Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets, and remained there for nearly a century before moving across the street into City Center in 1982 (without, unfortunately, a restaurant). Several months later, the store's original building was heavily damaged in a spectacular Thanksgiving Day fire. The site is now occupied by Gaviidae Common Donaldson's (its corporate ownership eventually dropped the apostrophe) disappeared in the late 1980s.

The Capitol Dining Room at the Golden Rule in St. Paul, 1951. The store, at 7th and Minnesota streets, dated to 1886. Its parent company also owned Donaldson's, and in 1961 it became Donaldson's-Golden Rule, then eventually Donaldson's. The stately building, still standing, was converted to an office building in the early 1980s when the store moved to its short-lived new home in Town Square.

A 1937 image of the Tea Room at the Emporium, located across Minnesota Street from the Golden Rule. The store operated from 1911 to 1970, and the building still stands -- it was converted to Metro Square office building after the store closed -- although its facade has been completely altered. What a great-looking room, right?

The Sky Room at Dayton's, Nicollet Avenue and 7th Street, Minneapolis, 1960. In 1947, Dayton's completed a major expansion of its store, adding several floors to the 8th Street side of the building. The top floor included two restaurants: the Oak Grill, a men's-only dining room (women were allowed only with male escorts), and the airy Sky Room, the women's restaurant, with its glamorous Waterford chandeliers and enormous windows. This photo was taken during a Santa breakfast. If the chandeliers look familiar, it's because some of them later showed up 12 floors below on the store's main level, and the others found a new home in the River Room at the company's St. Paul store. After nearly 100 years on Nicollet Avenue, the Dayton's name disappeared in 2001, and the store was converted to Macy's in 2005.

F.W. Woolworth in St. Paul, 1956. The national five-and-dime chain opened a new store in downtown St. Paul in the 1950s, and like most Woolworth's, it included a lunch counter. The store closed in 1994, but the Minnesota Street building still stands, empty.

Fast food, 1949-style: Walgreen Drugs. The store was located on the first floor of the long-gone Nicollet Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, where Nicollet, Hennepin and Washington avenues converge. The site has been a parking lot since the late 1980s.

Another downtown Minneapolis Walgreen's, in a photo from 1937. There's no address on the photograph, but Walgreen's also operated stores at Hennepin and 6th and Nicollet and 9th. Both have been closed since the 1980s.

The soda fountain at Clancy's Drug, 50th Street and Halifax Avenue in Edina, 1951.

The lunch counter at Snyder's drug store at E. Lake Street and 27th Avenue in Minneapolis, 1957. How about those prices?

Finally, the year-round Sidewalk Cafe in the Garden Court at Southdale, 1964.

It’s patio season! Here’s the 2019 guide to our favorites in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro

Guests enjoy a beautiful moonlit evening on the Grand Catch patio on Grand Avenue in St. Paul on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

This year’s patio guide has a new category (it also honors one of the greatest boy bands ever — don’t argue!) that contains 15 newly minted patios we’ve visited this past year and can’t wait to tell you about.

Our annual guide includes our perennial list of favorites in categories such as along-the-water haunts, neighborhood classics and trending hot spots.

We also give you the lowdown on changed or improved patios, such as Ox Cart’s al fresco dining revamp, a major renovation that includes plans for a rooftop patio at Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub at Water Street Inn, and more. (* = changed or improved patio).


BARDO, 222 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 612-886-8404 Choose between lounge chairs with a fire pit or wrought iron tables and chairs at this urban oasis serving New American cuisine, well-curated wines and inventive cocktails. Stringed lights lining the trees on the patio add to the quaint and cozy feel. Dogs are welcome.

COLITA, 5400 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-886-1606 One of the past year’s hottest new restaurant additions, Colita serves some of the best contemporary Mexican fare and cocktails around, and the hot spot just rolled out two patios. A few tables on the sidewalk are available, but the majority of the restaurant’s 46 patio seats can be found in an enclosed space on the east side of the building. Plants, wood accents and a pergola for shade add to the charm. Garage doors adjoin the indoor and outdoor dining areas. The patio is first-come, first-served via a waiting list, so you might want to head there when the restaurant opens at 5 p.m. to snag a seat.

The Nantucket-themed patio at COV in Edina. (Courtesy of COV)

COV (Cov Edina, 3155 Galleria, Edina 952-999-4011, Cov Wayzata, 700 E. Lake St., Wayzata 952.473.5253, An Edina location recently opened, with a Nantucket feel that extends to an open-air patio and a patio area that can be enclosed. The menu of oysters and plenty of seafood adds to the coastal vibe. COV’s location in downtown Wayzata also has a pretty patio, with lake views.

DELICATA, 341 Pascal St., St. Paul 651-756-8123 The landscaped and fenced-in 65-seat patio with flowers, plants and trees offers a serene setting for grabbing meatballs and antipasto platters as well as sandwiches, pizza or gelato in the Como Park neighborhood. The patio is dog-friendly.

The patio action at Feller in downtown Stillwater, May 11, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

FELLER, Lora Hotel, 402 Main St. S., Stillwater 651-571-3501 The patio at the gorgeous new Lora boutique hotel is in downtown Stillwater, so you can take in the city’s historic charm, plus the bluffs, the St. Croix River, and the action on Main Street. Order from the hunter-and-gatherer menu or enjoy happy hour (from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday) that includes $3 off specialty cocktails and wines by the glass, $5 tap beer, and small plates.

GRAND CATCH, 1672 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-348-8541 This Cajun seafood boil spot offers two patios: a colorful, hopping sidewalk patio out front as well as a one in the back with wooden benches. Both areas are perfect for peeling jumbo shrimp or cracking into that lobster tail.

HAI HAI, 2121 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis 612-223-8640 The spot serves up Southeast Asian street food and has a colorful, 80-seat patio that transports you to another place. Colorful stools and floral cloths bring tropical notes to the decor. If full sun is not your thing, half of the patio is covered and can be enclosed for those wanting shade or protection against bad weather. There’s even a service window for ordering drinks. The patio seating is first-come, first served, and is dog-friendly.

Holman’s Table at St. Paul Downtown Airport, May 14, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

HOLMAN’S TABLE, Holman Field, 644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, 612-800-5298, Holman’s Table at the St. Paul Downtown Airport (also known as Holman Field) gets to shine this year with its first full patio season. Sinking into one of the dark, wicker chairs at the two- and four-tops on the 36-seat, elevated patio is a way to practically sit on the tarmac and, if your timing is right, watch planes fly in and out of the reliever airport. Patio seating is first-come, first-served.

Revival at Keg and Case West 7th Market, May 14, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

KEG AND CASE WEST 7TH MARKET, 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul In all, Keg and Case will have three patios. Currently there’s a 45-seat patio for Revival Smoked Meats customers. Later this summer, look for patio seats to be added at In Bloom (and bonus, reservations will be taken) as well as at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. In addition, there’s also the Keg and Case Park area, where you can bring your purchases from the market outdoors and make a picnic of it.

NICO’S TACOS ON COMO, 2260 Como Ave., St. Paul 651-450-8848 The new Mexican restaurant in St. Anthony Park continues the reputation of its predecessor, Muffuletta, in having a patio that quickly attracts a crowd on warm weather days. After all, the open-air patio is still a great place to catch some rays, and greenery still fills the landscape — this time tropical-themed accents.

“I love when people bring their dogs,” said host Shiloh Edwardh (cq) center, who brings out a bowl of water for Nel, a Standard Poodle, and Lux, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, at the Red Rabbit patio on Grand Avenue in St. Paul Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The owners Bob and Anne Herman recently arrived from Chicago and love this patio. “Chicago is not as dog friendly,” said Anne. “There aren’t nearly as many places you take your dog.”The restaurant is in the former Wild Onion. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

RED RABBIT, 788 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-444-5995 The centrally located Red Rabbit in the former Wild Onion space sports a quaint patio with a fireplace where you can take in the action along Grand Avenue while sipping on aperol spritzes and negronis and dining on menu items ranging from oysters to rustic Italian fare in the form of pizzas, pastas and more. The original Red Rabbit, in Minneapolis’ North Loop, is also a hot spot for dining al fresco.

REVOLUTION HALL, Rosedale Center, 1595 Minnesota 36, Roseville 651-400-7918 Rosedale Center’s shiny new food hall just rolled out a 60-seat patio complete with a bar for ordering beer, wine and other drinks. You can also order from one of the 11 food and beverage concepts inside, and when your order is ready for pickup, you’ll get a text message.

St. Paul Tap’s newly minted patio. (Courtesy of St. Paul Tap)

ST. PAUL TAP, 825 Jefferson Ave., St. Paul 651-227-6315 The former Tavern on the Avenue received a major makeover before introducing the space’s newest restaurant iteration. During the past few weeks, the upgrades went on outside. Construction of a patio just wrapped up, and al fresco dining was slated to start this week. The 2,000-square-foot patio includes a full service bar along with booth-and- table seating that accommodates shaded or sunny areas. Catch a Twins game under the stars on one of the many televisions or play games on the patio like Giant Connect 4 and Jenga. And bring Fido. This patio is dog-friendly, and even features a menu especially for your furry friend.

Rooftop patio at Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis. (Courtesy of Hewing Hotel)

HEWING HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR AND LOUNGE, 300 Washington Ave. N. Minneapolis 651-468-0400 Just this month, a weekend brunch menu was added to the offerings on the rooftop bar and lounge of the Hewing Hotel. That way, you can enjoy the pretty views of the city while enjoying dishes such as buttermilk pancakes with strawberries and cream, brisket hash and waffle ham and gruyere Monte Cristos pool- and sauna-side. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Waldmann Brewery in St. Paul, April 25, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

WALDMANN BREWERY, 445 Smith Ave., St. Paul 651-222-1857 This German-style lager house has added a sizable beer garden, where you can enjoy your beer and house-made wurst. Nab a seat at one of the tables or bench seats perfect for large groups. There’s even a fire pit and a walk-up window.


6SMITH (Boat Works Building), 294 E. Grove Lane, Wayzata, 952-698-7900 Pull up to one of the patio seats off the main floor or head to the rooftop patio. Either way, this sleek, contemporary spot on Lake Minnetonka’s Wayzata Bay is a place to watch the waves and boats docking.

ACQUA, 4453 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake, 651-407-7317 Nab a seat on one of the quaint patios on either floor of this duplex restaurant overlooking White Bear Lake, or cross the street and enjoy the restaurant’s more spacious lakeside patio. Italian fare served here is top notch.

ADMIRAL D’S WATERFRONT TAVERN, 4424 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake, 651-330-3101 The casual, come-one, come-all vibe makes it a welcoming spot for enjoying views of White Bear Lake.

Birch’s on the Lake in Long Lake, photographed May 2016. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

BIRCH’S ON THE LAKE, 1310 W. Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake, 952-473-7373 Brew house and supper club with an expansive wood deck on a hill offers pristine views of Long Lake. Or, walk to the bottom of the hill where a fire pit surrounded by chairs sits right next to the lake. It’s also a place to grab a decent brew and gastro-pub fare.

BRICK & BOURBON, 215 Main St. S., Stillwater 651-342-0777 Bird’s-eye views of the St. Croix River and historic Lift Bridge make scoring a seat on this small rooftop deck worth your while. Craft drinks and spins on comfort food are the lay of the land.

*CHARLIE’S RESTAURANT AND IRISH PUB AT WATER STREET INN, 101 S. Water St., Stillwater, 651-439-6000 The spot features pub fare and two patios that offer a spectacular backdrop of the St. Croix River and Lift Bridge. The first-floor, covered patio was redone last year and can be enclosed or open, depending on the weather. And there’s another patio to come. The inn is currently under construction with plans for a three-story, 20-room addition with rooftop patio. The patio is slated to roll out in mid-June, featuring 120 seats and its own bar and kitchen.

CURRENT, the Afton House Inn Hotel, 3291 St. Croix Trail S., Afton, 651-436-8883 Restaurant with a patio a few hundred yards from the St. Croix River offers views of the majestic waters and marina. The area’s charming small-town vibe makes you feel like you’re on a staycation.

DOCK CAFE, 425 Nelson St., Stillwater, 651-430-3770 Grown-up restaurant with a patio on the water’s edge offers direct views of the St. Croix River, Lift Bridge and river valley.

Liz Hennum brings food for Teri Vargas, of Shakopee, and Dan Sadowski, of Cottage Grove, on the patio at Freight House. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

FREIGHT HOUSE, 305 Water St. S., Stillwater, 651-439-5718 One of downtown Stillwater’s most popular and sizable patios boasts seating on the main patio, gazebo with wrap-around bar or beer garden. Take in vistas of the St. Croix River and historic Lift Bridge. Challenge your dining mate to a game of bocce ball. And dine on burgers and local tap beer while there.

GIANNI’S STEAKHOUSE, 635 Lake St. E., Wayzata 952-404-1100 Take in views of Lake Minnetonka while dining in style at one of Gianni’s white-linen-covered tables with hand-woven bistro chairs. The happy hour on the patio (from 4 to 6 p.m. daily) includes a supper of top sirloin or bavette steak and salad served with a glass of wine for $27.

MALLORY’S RESTAURANT AND ROOFTOP BAR, 609 Second St. Hudson, Wis. 715-531-4101 Sit at one of the high tops offering glimpses of the St. Croix River, head to a lounge area with fire pits or belly up to the long bar at this downtown restaurant with a rooftop patio and bar. Food is as casual or fancy as you want it to be, from burgers to knife-and-fork entrees.

Patrons enjoy the multi-level patio at Muddy Waters Bar and Grill in Prescott, Wis, May 17, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

MUDDY WATERS BAR & GRILL, 231 Broad St., Prescott, Wis., 715-262-5999 Outdoor hot spot has become a destination for its expansive, multi-tiered patio. Its primo views of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers make it one of the prettiest riverfront restaurants around. The patio has an outdoor bar and a covered deck area to keep patrons dry when there’s rain.

PIER 500, 500 First St., Hudson, Wis., 715-386-5504 Contemporary dining spot, with great views of the pier and St. Croix River, offers one of the best decks in downtown Hudson.

PORTSIDE, 317 Main St. S., Stillwater 651-342-1502 The second-floor restaurant with a patio overlooking the St. Croix River is a way to take in the waterfront action in a casual atmosphere. Dine on a menu of wings, burgers, pizzas as well as barbecue-influenced fare.

Psycho Suzi’s, 1900 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays late-night happy hour starts at 10 p.m.

PSYCHO SUZI’S, 1900 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-788-9069 Tiki-themed deck and Polynesian cocktails at this spot overlooking the Mississippi River inspire rest and relaxation.

SANDCASTLE, 4955 Lake Nokomis Parkway W., Minneapolis, 612-722-5550 The outdoor dining action is in full swing at this bright-blue lakeside walk-up eatery. Bar stools face Lake Nokomis, and a picnic-bench area easily accommodates large groups.

SEA CHANGE (Guthrie Theater), 806 Second St. S., Minneapolis, 612-225-6499 If the contemporary, design-savvy, open-air patio isn’t enough to impress, check out the pretty views of the Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge.

SEA SALT EATERY, 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 612-721-8990 Legions line up at this pavilion restaurant inside Minnehaha Park, and it’s easy to see why. The spot not only dishes up some of the best seafood around, but it also has a picturesque bench area amid parkland and near a roaring waterfall.


B-52 BURGERS AND BREW, 5639 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights 651-451-3838 B-52’s patio has several seating options, such as a long marble-top bar and a lounge area. Fireplaces and television screens add to the vibe.

BARBETTE, 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis 612-827-5710 Nabbing a seat on this bustling 46-seat Uptown patio and having a glass of rose and moules frites — in our opinion, the best around town — is one of our favorite pastimes. It should become one of yours, too.

Boca Chica in St. Paul. Photographed May 10, 2018. (Nancy Ngo/ Pioneer Press)

BOCA CHICA, 11 Cesar Chavez St. St. Paul 651-222-8499 One of St. Paul’s staples for authentic Mexican fare boasts a stone terrace with a few umbrella-laden tables looking out onto Cesar Chavez Street.

BRIT’S PUB, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-332-3908 Multi-tiered expansive rooftop patio accommodates large groups that come to lawn bowl and eat fish and chips. Others can pull up to the sidewalk cafe in front and catch the Nicollet Mall street action.

Brunson’s Pub in St. Paul. (Courtesy Brunson’s)

BRUNSON’S PUB, 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul 651-447-2483 The dozen or so tables with blue umbrellas on the two-tiered, landscaped deck fill fast. Probably because it’s a great place to soak in some sun. The reliable sandwiches, burgers and salads with Southern flair and down-to-earth prices don’t hurt either.

BURGER MOE’S, 242 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-3100 Thanks to the canopies and flower beds, this playful, casual spot is bursting with colorful decor.

CITY PLACE TAPROOM AT WHOLE FOODS WOODBURY (305 Radio Drive Yes, it’s true. This grocery store features a taproom and coffee bar with a patio for restaurant and grocery store customers to linger. Sleek lounge furniture, tables with poppy-yellow chairs and fire pits are part of the charm.

COZZIE’S TAVERN AND GRILL, 11154 60th St. N. Stillwater 651-342-0447 Spacious roadside spot off Minnesota 36 sports a multifaceted backyard oasis. There’s a stone patio (designated non-smoking), a wood deck, lawn area with bean-bag toss and even a small spot for volleyball during the warm-weather months and boot hockey during the chilly season. The mini-Coney dogs from the casual menu are not to be missed.

May 19, 2016 photo of Dark Horse Bar & Eatery in St. Paul’s Lowertown (Pioneer Press: Nancy Ngo)

DARK HORSE BAR & EATERY, 250 E. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-313-7960 Charming 110-seat patio offers a retreat from busy East Seventh Street. The patio here includes bar seating, barrel-top high-tables for large groups, low-tops, fire pits, strings of lights and colorful flower beds. The full menu is available, including sandwiches, pizzas, curry bowls and 40 beers on tap.

DAY BY DAY CAFE, 477 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-227-0654 Breakfast and lunch spot offers a fenced-in, multi-tiered patio that makes for a serene retreat in the middle of the city. Landscaping touches such as potted flowers, fish pond and waterfall add to its restfulness.

EL BURRITO MERCADO, 175 Concord St., St. Paul 651-227-2192 This beloved Mexican spot now offers a 36-seat, festive patio that even comes with weekend entertainment. Every Friday is Fiesta Friday, with a mariachi band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and karaoke from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Reservations are encouraged. Fridays are a popular night for birthday celebrations.) On Saturdays, Latino music from local talent is on the roster. And on Sundays, family activities are featured.

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: Nancy Ngo)

FRENCH MEADOW BAKERY & CAFE, 1662 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-789-8870 When French Meadow opened a St. Paul location a few years ago, most people knew about the sidewalk seating in the front of the restaurant, but few knew about one of Grand Avenue’s best-kept al fresco dining secrets — French Meadow’s outdoor dining area in the back. The small, fenced-in patio with wood booth benches, wrought-iron tables, draped lights and colorful flower beds offers an escape from the city hustle and bustle. Enjoy the health-conscious eating options while there.

GRAY DUCK TAVERN, 345 Wabasha St., St. Paul 651-340-9022 Sidewalk patio with eight two- and four-tops, red umbrellas and flowerbeds is a convenient gathering place, thanks to the restaurant’s location in the heart of downtown. The spot is contemporary, serving global comfort food and trending cocktails.

HERBIE’S ON THE PARK, 317 Washington St. St. Paul 651-726-1700 The 60-seat downtown patio near the Ordway on Washington Street is a bit hidden from the street. If you find the right seat, you can catch the sidewalk action and views of Rice Park.

JAX CAFE, 1928 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-789-7297 Classic steakhouse with a zen-like garden and koi pond in the back is a place to get your “om” and filet mignon on.

KENDALL’S TAVERN & CHOPHOUSE, 12800 Bunker Prairie Road N.W., Coon Rapids, 763-755-1234 Restaurant at Bunker Hills Golf Club includes a sizable deck looking out onto sprawling greenery.

LA GROLLA, 452 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-221-1061 Friendly neighborhood Cathedral Hill spot is a place to eat pasta while sitting on a patio lined with flower beds. Flowering trees add to the vibrant colors.

Bistro style dining at Meritage in St. Paul. (Courtesy Caitlin Abrams)

MERITAGE, 410 St. Peter St., St. Paul 651-222-5670 Sidewalk terrace with brasserie charm aims to whisk you away. French dishes and wine list at this spot in the heart of downtown are also buzzworthy.

MOSCOW ON THE HILL, 371 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-291-1236 Neighborhood spot with wood deck with tents, string lights and colorful cushions attracts regulars from Cathedral Hill and beyond. Russian fare such as perogies and house-infused vodkas are also a draw.

PATRICK McGOVERN’S, 225 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821 A retractable roof is part of this pretty, three-tiered, landscaped patio, making the casual hangout a place to come rain or shine.

RED RABBIT, 201 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-767-8855 North Loop hot spot has a spacious patio with plenty of low- and high-top tables and lounge areas with, of course, red cushions. Dine on rustic Italian fare, small plates and inventive cocktails.

REVIVAL, 525 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-2355 This often-packed spot adds more seating in the warm weather months, thanks to a fenced-in patio out back. Umbrellas, flower beds and lamppost lighting add to the charm. There is also a new patio at Revival’s second St. Paul outpost, at Keg & Case West 7th Market (see description under Keg and Case), which just opened.

Dorothy Furlong Hall, left, enjoys a drink and a laugh with her husband, Charley Hall, both of White Bear Lake, on the patio at Rudy’s Redeye Grill in White Bear Lake on Monday May 21, 2012. (Pioneer Press: Richard Marshall)

RUDY’S REDEYE GRILL, 4940 U.S. 61 N., White Bear Lake, 651-653-6718 Rooftop terrace with colorful tents, comfy wicker chairs and banana-leaf palm trees make snowbirds feel like they never left Florida.

SEVENTH STREET TRUCK PARK, 214 W. Seventh St. 651-340-8431 Retro-themed indoor food-truck park serving pizza and chicken and ribs near the Xcel Energy Center has garage doors that open to different themed bars where you can sit and take in the hustle and bustle of West Seventh. Its neighboring sibling restaurant New Bohemia Wurst+BierHaus also has outdoor seats.

SMACK SHACK, 603 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-259-7288 Grab a seat on the long, 150-seat patio at this popular North Loop seafood spot and make sure oysters and lobster rolls are part of your group’s order. Retractable coverings can be adjusted according to whether you want sun or shade. Water-tight overhangs also make the patio a reliable option for dining al fresco even if it starts to drizzle. The 3-to-6 p.m. happy hour is especially popular.

*SPRING CAFE, 1360 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul Spring Cafe, the pavilion overlooking Lake Como, may be under new ownership and have a new menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and burgers, but one thing has stayed the same — it’s reputation as a prime spot for eating outside, thanks to a spacious pavilion and bench and lawn areas overlooking Lake Como.

T. MORRIS PUB & GRILL, 9555 Wedgewood Drive, Woodbury, 651-294-3160 Prestwick Golf Club restaurant spotlights from-scratch pub fare. The stone deck with its signature orange umbrellas and views of the golf course greenery are as popular as ever. Potted plants, flower beds and a stream also make for a picturesque setting.

THE HOWE, 3675 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-729-3663 Two patios — a sidewalk and back deck — offer plenty of choices for enjoying nice weather. The spot is also a draw as a dog-friendly patio, complete with yoga mats for your furry friend to lounge on and a dog menu to order from.

THE LIFFEY (Holiday Inn), 175 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-556-1420 The second-floor patio at this Irish pub is expansive and comes with a wrap-around bar and plenty of seating. It’s also a good spot for views of the Cathedral of St. Paul and the state Capitol.

THE TAVERN GRILL, four metro locations, including 772 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury, 651-578-3000 10950 Club West Parkway, Blaine, 763-398-8100 and 3561 Lexington Ave., Arden Hills, 651-478-4450 Tavern Grill draws regulars not only for its wide-ranging menu — casual burgers and pizzas as well as fancy steak and seafood — but also for its elaborate landscaped patios. Fireplaces, lounge areas, waterfalls and wrap-around bars are part of dining al fresco at Tavern Grill, depending on the restaurant location.

The Tilted Tiki in downtown Stillwater. (Courtesy The Tilted Tiki)

THE TILTED TIKI, 324 Main St. S., Stillwater, 651-342-2545 Tiki-themed spot in the Grand Garage Building includes a patio with palm trees and thatched decor, with Polynesian cocktails and food to match. The spot along downtown’s Main Street lets you take in sidewalk and street action.

TINY DINER, 1024 38th St. E., Minneapolis, 612-767-3322 A charming little patio inspires in big ways. Its solar roof, edible gardens and rainwater catch system are a show-and-tell of sustainable and urban farming practices. And then there are the pretty plates emphasizing local ingredients.

TRIA, 5959 Centerville Road, North Oaks, 651-426-9222 Take in nature at this popular dinner and Sunday-brunch spot on the former farm of railroad mogul James J. Hill. The menu changes seasonally. The addition of Edison bulbs strung across the entire patio means it is no longer pitch black when the sun sets, so patrons will get some extra patio time each night.

VIVO, 15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley, 952-891-6569 The fancy stone terrace has a pond and is dotted with fireplaces and multiple seating areas that offer plenty of privacy and peace.

WASHINGTON SQUARE BAR AND GRILL, 4736 Washington Ave., White Bear Lake 651-407-7162 This patio regularly makes the list in our annual readers’ patio picks and it’s easy to see why. This spacious deck in the heart of downtown White Bear Lake sports a fun vibe and a delicious menu of American- and Mexican-influenced fare at affordable prices.


4 BELLS, 1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-904-1163 An open-air patio with tables lining the side maximizes views of Loring Park. Shift a few degrees, and you’ll also catch pretty skyline views. Or, head to the four-season atrium with a full bar, televisions and fireplace, also on the second level. The first floor gives additional outdoor dining options. Choose between sidewalk seating in the front or a quaint area in the back alleyway.

BAR LURCAT, 1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, 612-486-5500 The elegant establishment features a patio with gorgeous views of Loring Park. For something more quiet and private, we’ll let you in on a secret: Lurcat also has a few outdoor seats in the back on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as there isn’t a private event.

Brittney Story carries a tray of drinks to a table of customers on the patio at Betty Danger’s Country Club Bar and Restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

BETTY DANGER’S COUNTRY CLUB, 2501 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis, 612-315-4997 Look for the big Ferris wheel at the eclectic and whimsical Betty Danger’s and you’ll know you’ve arrived. Outdoor seating is dotted around the mini-golf course and Ferris wheel. While there, get in line and take a 20-minute Ferris wheel ride, which offers spectacular views of the Northeast Minneapolis arts district.

BOROUGH RESTAURANT AND PARLOUR BAR, 730 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis 612-354-3135 Be a part of the North Loop action at this contemporary restaurant with a spacious dockside patio with a bar. Or, grab one of the sidewalk seats out front.

BUTCHER AND THE BOAR, 1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-238-8888 Belly up to the bar or score a bench seat on the large wooden deck at this downtown Minneapolis hot spot. Brat lovers won’t want to miss ordering one here.

ESKER GROVE, 723 Vineland Place, Minneapolis 612-375-3540 The Walker Art Center’s restaurant is on the first floor, and so is an equally contemporary patio. The mix of bench seats and tables offers great views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the skyline.

SEVEN STEAKHOUSE SUSHI AND ROOFTOP, 700 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-238-7770 Expansive rooftop patio, luxurious and mod decor, fancy dining menu and one of the best skyline views in downtown.

THE LEXINGTON, 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-289-4990 The 80-seat rooftop retreat offers plenty of choices for sun or shade. A bar and kitchen guarantee that Polynesian-themed drinks and bites come out at just the right pace. Opens 4 p.m. daily and for lunch Fridays and Saturdays at noon. A second-floor private event space seating up to 120 people is also available.

LIBERTINE (Calhoun Square), 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-877-7263 Rooftop patio with bar provides the best perch in Uptown to observe the neighborhood’s hustle and bustle. While there, play a game of giant beer pong.

The patio at Lion’s Tavern in Stillwater. (Kelley Brenner)

LION’S TAVERN, 324 Main St. S., Stillwater, 651-342-1900 The large, landscaped, multi-tiered stone patio is gorgeous on its own. Red umbrellas, cabanas, lights, fountain, fireplace and pergola with granite banquet table add to the wow factor. Look for a menu of American fare with some South American and Mediterranean influences. Craft cocktails are also a draw.

LOUIS RISTORANTE & BAR, 211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476 Located off the third-floor sit-down Italian restaurant, the large terrace has its own bar, pretty Italian villa accents and flower beds. And then there’s the gorgeous view of the Cathedral of St. Paul. For something more low-key, the second-floor wrap-around patio is part of the more casual Cossetta restaurant.

MERCY RESTAURANT AND BAR, 901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-767-6999 Sleek courtyard patio with fire pits, mod lounge areas, cabanas and umbrellas, all done up with stylish furniture and decor.

MONELLO CUCINA, 115 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-353-6207 Escape from the urban hustle and bustle at this quaint patio with plenty of Italian villa-esque charm at this fine restaurant establishment in Hotel Ivy. Order a drink at the outdoor bar and order from the more casual patio menu to further wind down from your day.

*OX CART ARCADE & ROOFTOP, 255 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, 651-756-8909 Lowertown’s first restaurant rooftop patio is a stunner. Plenty of sunlight falls on the sizable deck with a wrap-around bar, a lounge area with fireplace and tabletops. CHS Field, the Mississippi River bluffs, the state Capitol and downtown make for great views. With the restaurant’s recent revamp to an arcade and carnival-theme comes updates to the rooftop as well. Look for games like giant Jenga and more poppy, festive furniture accents and decor.

SALUT BAR AMERICAIN, 917 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-917-2345 French-American brasserie boasts one of the largest patios along Grand Avenue, making it a primo spot for people-watching on a warm day.

STELLA’S FISH CAFE, 1400 Lake St. W., Minneapolis, 612-824-8862 The unique rooftop patio with built-in bar at this seafood spot continues to be trendy. It’s the only two-tiered rooftop restaurant deck in Uptown.

UNION RESTAURANT & BAR, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-455-6690 Thanks to a retractable roof, it’s patio season all year-round at this trendy downtown dining spot. Suit up, because this is the place where the pretty people like to come dressed to impress.

A gas fire burns in the fire pit at W.A. Frost’s popular patio dining area, in May 2015.

W.A. FROST, 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715 This perennial favorite has long been a crowd-pleaser for its classy vibe, fancy stonework and abundant gardens. The spot is even more breathtaking when lit up at night, making it one of the most romantic spots around.


ALEXIS BAILLY VINEYARD, 18200 Kirby Ave. S., Hastings, 651-437-1413 Wine connoisseurs, picnic lovers and those looking for a place to chill amid a sprawling estate will find a trip to this vineyard right up their alley. Create your own picnic basket with local artisan cheeses, grab a bottle of Alexis Bailly vino from the on-site shop and find a place to sit on the lawn or patio. Stroll the sculpture garden or play a game of bocce ball while you’re at it. In July and August, live jazz is featured on Sunday afternoons.

BAD WEATHER BREWING, 414 W. Seventh St., St. Paul 651-207-6627 When the garage doors open up on nice days, revelers hit the pavement outside and station themselves at one of the bench seats while enjoying sips of Bad Weather’s house brews. A food truck can usually be found on the premises, too.

Bang Brewing’s beer garden in St. Paul. (Courtesy of Bang Brewing)

BANG BREWING, 2320 Capp Road, St. Paul, 651-243-2264 Small, 100 percent organic brewery in a grain silo can fit plenty more patrons on warm-weather days. The brick patio includes a steel-covered pavilion area that provides shade and additional picnic-bench seating. A fire pit with chairs is another seating option. While there, enjoy the rain gardens, natural prairie and wildflowers.

BAUHAUS BREW LABS, 1315 Tyler St. N.E., Minneapolis Large outdoor area includes plenty of picnic tables to enjoy a Bauhaus brew. Look for artsy murals and poppy colors on everything from the building to the furniture and you’ll know you’ve arrived at this brewery just steps away from the Northeast Minneapolis arts district.

BELLE VINEZ WINERY, W10829 875th Ave., River Falls, Wis. 715-426-9463 Sprawling winery with plenty of greenery offers a retreat for those wanting some rest and relaxation while sipping on the house vino and dining from the menu of charcuterie plates, brick-oven pizzas and more.

DAY BLOCK BREWING COMPANY, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis 612-617-7793 The spacious patio within walking distance of U.S. Bank Stadium makes it an ideal spot to pre- and post-game or just gather on nice days.

Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul, photographed May 2016. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

LAKE MONSTER BREWING, 550 S. Vandalia St., No. 160, St. Paul, 612-964-6288 This sizable brewery off the Cretin-Vandalia exit on Interstate 94 seems to be always hopping, and the patio is no exception. Wood chairs and tables with umbrellas dot the expansive sidewalk patio in front of the brewery. Patrons can sip a beer and dine from the featured food truck parked outside.

SAINT PAUL BREWING, 688 Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-1945 Formerly known as Flat Earth Brewing, this East Side brewery’s patio keeps in touch with the past at the site on the historic Hamm’s Brewery complex.

SURLY BREWING COMPANY, 520 Malcolm Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, 763-999-4040 Beer drinkers and foodies have a giant campus near the University of Minnesota to do their thing. The 1½-acre beer garden with views of the Witch’s Hat Water Tower offers a sizable outdoor space for hanging out. Grab one of the bench seats or a spot around one of the fire pits.

Patio at Tattersall Distilling in Northeast Minneapolis. (Courtesy of The Restaurant Project)

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the restaurant industry. In June Twin Cities Business made an initial survey of the damage, listing local eateries and bistros that had closed their doors for good. Since then, the casualties keep piling up. We try to keep everyone informed on the weekly Feed blog, but thought we should have a compiled list as well.

We will continue to update this list as needed. Our information comes from our own sources, plus Hospitality Minnesota, and other press reports and social media. Our list is primarily focused on the Twin Cities – where more than 50 restaurants have closed forever – but includes a few entries from outstate Minnesota. It is in no particular order.

  • Bachelor Farmer and adjacent Marvel Bar, North Loop
  • Ginger Hop and basement club Honey, northeast Minneapolis
  • The Herkimer, LynLake Minneapolis
  • Muddy Waters, LynLake Minneapolis
  • McCormick & Schmick’s, Nicollet Mall location
  • Sleepy V’s donut shop, northeast Minneapolis
  • Pazzaluna, downtown St. Paul
  • Bad Waitress, northeast Minneapolis location – replaced by Central N.E.
  • Burger Jones, south Minneapolis location
  • A Cupcake Social, south Minneapolis
  • Bar Luchador, Stadium Village Minneapolis
  • El Burrito Mercado, south Minneapolis location
  • 4 Bells, downtown Minneapolis
  • Fuji Ya, LynLake Minneapolis
  • Izzy’s Ice Cream, St. Paul and Minneapolis locations
  • Anelace Coffee, northeast Minneapolis (closed due to fire)
  • The Egg & I, LynLake Minneapolis location
  • Moose & Sadie’s, North Loop
  • Fig & Farro, Uptown Minneapolis
  • The Fitz, St. Paul (turned into Handsome Hog)
  • Public Kitchen, St. Paul
  • Grey Duck, St. Paul
  • Cleveland Wok, St. Paul
  • NE Arcade, northeast Minneapolis
  • Bonfire, locations in Blaine, Eagan, Savage, Woodbury, St. Paul, Mankato, and MSP Airport
  • Vivo Kitchen, Apple Valley – slated to be new Tavern Grill location
  • Sole Mio, Woodbury
  • Roasted Pear, Burnsville and Brooklyn Park
  • Little Tijuana, south Minneapolis
  • Green Mill Restaurant, locations in Roseville and Winona
  • The 508 Bar + Restaurant, downtown Minneapolis
  • Taco Cat, south Minneapolis -- shutting down Sept. 30
  • Allie's Deli, downtown Minneapolis
  • Bar Brava, North Loop, Minneapolis (*chance of re-opening in the future)
  • BBQ Cabin, St. Paul
  • Bellecour, Wayzata
  • Casablanca Restaurant, Rochester
  • Cheese Louise, Linden Hills, Minneapolis
  • Daube's, Rochester
  • Don Raul, south Minneapolis
  • Doolittles Woodfire Grill, Alexandria location
  • R.A. MacSammy’s Elbow Room, south Minneapolis
  • In Bloom, St. Paul
  • Keegan's Irish Pub-Restaurant, northeast Minneapolis
  • Lettuce Unite, Rochester
  • Lush, northeast Minneapolis
  • Octo Fishbar, St. Paul
  • Old Chicago, Apple Valley
  • Outback Steakhouse, Roseville
  • Popol Vuh (to be replaced with ViVir) northeast Minneapolis
  • Red's Savoy, northeast Minneapolis
  • Tonic Kitchen & Juice Bar, Rochester
  • Giordano’s, Uptown Minneapolis
  • Create Catering, Northeast Minneapolis as of Sept. 19
  • Macy's Lakeshore Grills, Ridgedale and Southdale
  • Butcher & the Boar, Mpls.
  • Surly Brewery Beer Hall and Pizza, Mpls. (production brewing still open)
  • Curran's Family Restaurant, Kingfield, Mpls.
  • Hopcat, Mpls.
  • Bardo, Northeast Mpls.
  • Costa Blanca Bistro, Northeast Mpls.
  • Birch's Lowertown, St. Paul
  • Honey & Rye, at Graze Food Hall (the original location in St. Louis Park remains open)
  • Carbon Pit Beef, at Graze Food Hall
  • Chino Latino, Uptown
  • Rah'mn, St. Paul
  • Peace Coffee coffee shops downtown Mpls., (Longfellow shop turning over to Wildflyer Coffee)

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Eight Indulgent Twin Cities’ Tasting Menus Worth Every Cent

Though known for their tiny portions and hefty price tags, tasting menus are having their reputations revitalized across the Twin Cities. From casual, choose-your-own-adventure menus to three-hour, kaiseki-style dining, here are nine restaurants across the Twin Cities offering tasting menus worth the splurge (or the deal!).

Situated along the tree-lined streets of Nicollet Mall, Millennium Minneapolis is the closest full-service hotel near the Minneapolis Convention Center and is also moments away from the city's cultural districts. Our 321 guest rooms and suites, featuring stunning views, combine a distinctive contemporary elegance with the service and amenities with pool to create an indulgent experience to be remembered. (Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, food & beverage services and pool/sauna/spa/gym facilities at this property are unavailable for now.)

At this top hotel in Downtown Minneapolis, you are perfectly located for exploring urban downtown. With bike rental nearby it's easy to get around the city using the bike paths and trails. Plus you're within easy walking distance from our hotel to the light rail with convenient access to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, Nicollet Mall, Loring Park, Target Center, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Field, Minneapolis Arts District and Orpheum Theater.

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Health & Safety

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Gourmet Food to Go! Star Chef Eats from the Food Court

This sandwich from Tom Colicchio has its origin in pork barbecue, which is often served with coleslaw. The cabbage in the sandwich &mdash a nod to that side of slaw &mdash is seasoned with olive oil and red wine vinegar. It is assertive and acidic, balancing the richness of the pork, while the jalapeños add a nice kick.

In 1989, carb-fearing Los Angeles got a whiff of chef Nancy Silverton's La Brea Bakery, and Tinseltown has not been the same since. The bakery now serves up its famous breads in kiosks at Macy's in Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Artisan loaves are not La Brea's only winners. The Mozza Caprese, prepared with fresh mozzarella, bursting-sweet cherry tomatoes, and glistening olive oil, ranks high on our list and is easy to re-create at home with quality ingredients.

Chef Rick Bayless is no stranger to Mexican cuisine. His top-ranking Frontera Grill and Topolobampo draw crowds in the Windy City, including &mdash you guessed it &mdash former Chicagoans Barack and Michelle Obama. But if you can't make it there, Bayless has introduced Frontera Fresco. "Fast food should be slow fast food &mdash meaning use fresh ingredients that are full of flavor," says Bayless. His top menu pick? A fragrant bowl of Tortilla Soup.

"There's no reason why good food has to only be experienced in a fine-dining, white-tablecloth establishment," says chef Cat Cora. "Fast food should be a casual version of what any good meal is: nutritious, flavorful, exciting, colorful, and bold." We like the sound of that! A testament to Cora's food philosophy? Her Chimichurri 'Cued Chicken from her California eatery, CCQ. One bite and you'll never grab the other stuff again.

"There is no reason that you have to sacrifice quality for convenience," says star chef Todd English. At Figs, his casual offshoot in Palm Beach, Florida, he serves up his Mediterranean-inspired Fava Minestrone with Herbed Ricotta Crostini.

The classic combination of chocolate cake, cherries, and cream found in the traditional Black Forest cake was the inspiration for this cream'wich. In the summertime, fresh cherries can be used in lieu of dried.

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5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

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6 Twin Cities restaurant openings and reopenings you should know about

The restaurant scene is updating at a brisk pace.

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Our restaurant critic highlights the favorites of his recent dining experiences.

New Twin Cities restaurant Joey Meatballs will serve pasta with a side of redemption

Food Network prize winner and former felon Joshua Hedquist wants to create "a flagship for second chances."

Two Esker Grove veterans are remaking the former Bardo in Minneapolis into All Saints

The vegetable-centric restaurant is expected to open in August.

A new book by Twin Cities author Beth Dooley explores new ingredients coming from Minnesota farms

"The Perennial Kitchen" provides recipes that bring out the best in a wide range of ingredients coming out of a new generation of Minnesota farms.

6 Twin Cities restaurant openings to put on your calendar, from the Butcher's Tale to Buttered Tin

The restaurant scene is busy with openings, expansions and rebrandings.

Augustine's in St. Paul reopening soon with new format and new chef

Consultant Lenny Russo has recruited Dakota chef Derik Moran to run the kitchen.

7 Twin Cities chefs talk about their favorite mom-made dish

In many cases, it's pretty safe to say that behind every great chef, there's a great mom.

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3 seasonal favorite restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin worthy of a road trip

Destinations offer delicious food along with lovely scenery.

IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis lands a new restaurant

Noa will open in the space vacated by Mission American Kitchen.

Twin Cities restaurants Bellecour Bakery, Falafel King in expansion mode

Bellecour also announces changes in pastry chef personnel.

5 patios to kick off Duluth's outdoor dining season

Ease back into pandemic restaurant-going on these five patios.

Belgian witbiers, once forgotten, are popular summer sippers

Once nearly extinct, one of the ultimate summer styles is as popular as ever.

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5 last-minute Mother's Day dine-in and takeout options in Twin Cities

Have you been waiting to figure out how you'll celebrate Mom? These places have your back.

Twin Cities chefs unite to raise awareness of racism against Asian Americans

Minnesota Rice, an online video series, uses food as a bridge to understanding.

St. Paul's Keg and Case food hall is reopening May 1 with changes in its tenant mix

Eight new vendors are in, and a few popular draws (Revival Smoked Meats, Sweet Science Ice Cream) are relocating.

Chef at The Hewing Hotel thinks outside the 'to-go' box

Ellen Galles
Updated: January 05, 2021 06:25 PM
Created: January 05, 2021 04:26 PM

At the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, they are thinking outside the 'to-go' box.

They have moved the beds out and dining tables into individual guestrooms for a private, indoor dining experience that's COVID-19 friendly.

They started the experiment in December using three rooms, two nights a week. The concept has become so popular, they have expanded to 14 rooms, four nights a week.

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"I think people just want to get out. A lot of people also want to support the industry during an uneasy time. It's helped the dining public's sanity, as well as ours," said Chef Nyle Flynn.

The concept has become so popular it's being adopted at hotels in Detroit and Kansas City.

The program at the Hewing Hotel will last through January, and possibly beyond. The cost starts at $110 per person, plus a room rental fee.

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