I'm a MN girl AND a foodie. Luckily for me, Minneapolis is a HOT HOT food scene and the restaurants available are out of this world amazing. If you are local to MN, these are 5 Minneapolis Restaurants Bea says you need to visit. I am ashamed to say I have only visited 1 of the 5. I will be fixing that problem very, very soon.
5 Minneapolis Restaurants Every Minnesotan Needs to Visit
One of my favorite parts of living in Minneapolis is the pride that people take in our community and our state. I love that people are proud to be Minnesotans and that we embrace our state with love. The winter months can be tough to get through but I think it makes our community a little stronger. Another thing I love about the Minneapolis is our restaurant scene. Chefs in kitchens across the city place a high value on our culture and are dedicated to creating delicious food that puts Minnesota on the map. I decided to pair two of my favorite things ( Minnesota and Food) and find some of the best representations in Minneapolis. I cataloged my top 5 restaurants that I believe reflect Midwest/Minnesota life or are a staple in the city. If you haven’t been to these I highly recommend all of them and I’m interested to hear what you think should be added- Happy Dining!
Matts Bar- Home of the Original Jucy Lucy. With a limited Menu- (and kitchen area) this place is all flavor and no frills. After years of hearing how this was the best burger in Minneapolis, my husband and I finally made it in. I have to say, this is a pretty good burger. The best in the city? I’m not sure (don’t hate me) but it is a Minnesota classic, and one I can get behind. The cheese to meat ratio was spot on and the cook was perfect. I think I might just not be a huge fan of stuffed burgers- but if I was, this would be where I would go. With all that said, definitely a must try, and a great place to bring out of town guests.
Bachelor Farmer- This is one of my favorite spots in the city, between their picture perfect café and their delicious cocktails at Marvel Bar, the Bachelor Farmer has it figured out.With Midwest flavors and local, seasonal ingredients, the food feels just like what we should have all grown up eating. I’d recommend going on a Sunday for the tasting menu which is all preset and allows the chefs more creativity, I love when restaurants decide the menu for me because I always have a hard time choosing! Plus “Sunday Supper” is only $36 per person so it’s an all around win! If you can’t make it on a Sunday I’d recommend going family style and splitting some of the toasts, sides, and entrees so you can try some of everything. The menu rotates seasonally so you might need to go back every couple months to see what’s new. Side note- if you are in the North Loop and it’s not dinner time, check out the Bachelor Café. They have my favorite chocolate croissants in the city and really delicious sandwiches!
Haute Dish- Right down the street from Bachelor Farmer sits Haute Dish. Known for their modern midwestern cuisine, they prepare beautiful food that makes you feel like a sophisticated grown up without dismissing your inner-child. My ultimate favorite is the Tater-Tot Hautedish- a deconstructed and elevated take on a midwestern favorite. The protein is a tender and juicy short rib that rests on top of green beans, and tots, with a creamy sauce that pulls it all together. I also love the Mac n’ Cheese. This is an interesting take with large noodles, teleggio cheese, king crab, and celery. Both of these dishes together are pretty hearty, so I’d recommend grabbing a friend and splitting- plus maybe another side or two.
Murrays - Opening in 1946, Murrays is a Minneapolis tradition. Being a midwestern girl, I love an old fashioned steak house with high quality meats, and sides to feed a family of 4. My favorite on the Murrays menu is the Silver Butter Knife for 2. A super tender and juicy strip sirloin carved table side that easily feeds two people, a staple item that everyone should try once. If you have a lighter appetite, or don’t like to share, I’d suggest the filet (mostly because that is my favorite cut) it’s juicy with a perfectly crispy sear. Lastly, I can’t talk about Murray’s without mentioning their amazing happy hour! Monday - Friday from 4-7 in the bar, they offer ½ price food specials and great drink deals. My favorite of the food specials are the mini steak burger and the boneless wings- this is a great way to dip your toes into Murray’s!
Hi-Lo Diner- This classic spot was brought from Pennsylvania to Minneapolis and serves up delicious comfort food in a cute old fashioned diner. My favorite on the menu is the crispy chicken sandwich, the pairing of the apple slaw and the pickles is amazing! Just as you would expect at a diner, they serve breakfast anytime and have a large variety of options. I’m not a breakfast lover, but my husband is, so we both left satisfied. An exciting twist on a typical diner is that Hi-Lo serves craft cocktails(some carbonated ones on tap) and has a complete beer and wine list. My favorite cocktail was the Hi-Loma, a paloma with a spicy kick! Hi-Lo doesn’t accept reservations so dining is a first come first serve situation, be prepared to wait a bit, but I promise it’s worth it!
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