Couple of foodies from Seattle flying into MSP on Oct. 1, ostensibly to visit a graduate school at UMTC and see if we'd like living in the area. The other reason is to wreak a path of destruction on area restaurants.
We're planning to visit these places, but wanted to consult fellow Chowhounders and see what else should be added to the list. Some places come from personal experience, and others from trusted sources (like Heavy Table).
112: In two previous trips to the Twin Cities, we've eaten here three times. Still have dreams about the Tres Leches cake.
Saffron: Heard nothing but superlatives about the Mediterranean place across the street from 112. We're big on the small-plate style of dining (more to choose from, natch).
Nook's: Big fans of Jucy Lucys. I know there are a lot of options out there, but the consensus seems to be that Nook's and Matt's Bar are two of the best. Certainly open to recommendations.
Hell's Kitchen: One of the best breakfasts I've ever had. The Huevos Rancheros blew my mind.
Sea Salt Eatery: Haven't been here, but the idea of good Oyster Po'boys intrigues me. I've heard some of the detractors complain about the long lines. But most reviews online suggest SSE is worth it.
So that's four places down, and we're hoping to squeeze in a few more.
We have a car and are staying downtown, but willing to travel. We're not looking for anything super expensive or chi-chi. Any cuisine works; we're not picky. Local ingredients are a plus. Thanks!