Moving here from San Francisco and being your typical West Coast food snob, I was prepared to live in a land of restaurant chains and uninspired scandinavian-based food. But what an amazing revelation. Since I moved here over 7 years ago I have been so inspired by our local food scene (and was again last night with a memorable dinner at Heartland) that I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate (and certainly go out and support) the incredible local restaurant scene we have here in the Twin Cities. We have amazing chefs in this city creating great food, many with locally sourced ingredients.
So here's a thank you to the restaurants where I had truly INSPIRING meals in 2010. In no particular order - 112 Eatery, Haute Dish, Heartland, Alma, Lucia's, Anchor Fish and Chips, In Season, Bar La Grassa, Grand Cafe, Heidi's, The Strip Club, Craftsman (good luck Chef Phillips on the new venture), Cafe Bar Lurcat, Mandarin Kitchen (ok, that's Bloomington, but it's really good), Corner Table, Broders Pasta Bar and Sea Salt.
Who has inspired you this year?
8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420
4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
The Anchor Fish and Chips
302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419