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Top 5 Restaurants in Minnesota’s Twin Cities

October 13, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis/St. Paul 0 Comments

Minneapolis and St. Paul are the two biggest cities in the state of Minnesota, and as a result they have become a major draw for the best Minnesota chefs looking to build their reputations in the restaurant industry. In terms of Minnesota food service, the residents of the Twin Cities have some spectacular places to choose from when it is time to head out for a night on the town. Here are the top five restaurants you’ll find here.

The St. Paul Grill
This mainstay of the Minnesota food service scene has been serving up fare for generations. The restaurant’s menu is a traditional mix of steaks and chops, fish, chicken, and pasta, along with all of the grill standards like salads and sides that include creamed spinach, asparagus spears, and a variety of potato dishes. The St. Paul Grill is also open for lunch and occasionally brunch, and sports a full bar for those who are just looking to relax after a hard day at work.

The Minnesota chefs at Kincaid’s offer up a similar menu to that found at The St. Paul Grill. Less traditional and more modern than some of its competitors, Kincaid’s is actually part of a national chain of restaurants that operate in select United States cities. The spot is renowned for its bar menu and happy hour, and is also listed as a great place to grab a business lunch with colleagues or potential clients.

112 Eatery
Fans of MN baking or late night dining don’t need to be told twice about the 112 Eatery. This high-end yet reasonably priced spot consistently garners nominations and awards from culinary publications across the state and even the country. The Minnesota chefs at the 112 Eatery have been nominated each of the last two years for the James Beard Foundation awards for best chefs in America, which says a lot about this fantastic local spot.

Jax Café
To say that Jax Café has been a part of the Twin Cities dining landscape for a long time would be an understatement. Owners of the second liquor license given out in the Twin Cities after the end of prohibition, the staff at the Jax Café has been serving up delicious meals in a classy setting since 1910. With a menu designed by Minnesota chef Bob Foster, the restaurant is available for special events and banquets and is one of the most treasured eateries in the history of Minnesota food service.

Pazzaluna Urban Italian
Switching gears from the meat and potatoes scene is the Pazzaluna Urban Italian restaurant. Long considered the best Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities, this restaurant offers up everything from spaghetti to pizza, insalata to antipasto, and it does so with a flair and focus on quality that keeps visitors to and residents of St. Paul coming back for more. Before you leave this fabulous eatery, don’t forget to savor a piece of MN baking at its best. Choose from one of many dessert menu items for a complete Italian meal.


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