Four places to try in the Twin Cities

Over the past few years, the food and beverage scene in Minneapolis has drastically changed, producing James Beard award winning restaurants and chefs.


If you asked people what they associate Minneapolis with, it would most likely be the cold. The midwestern city, which has long been known for its brutal winters, is now breaking out of the tundra-only stereotype and on to the global stage as a culinary leader. Over the past few years, the food and beverage scene in Minneapolis has drastically changed, producing James Beard award winning restaurants and chefs. If you find yourself in the Land of 1,000 Lakes, the restaurants below will not disappoint.


Young Joni


A Minneapolis gem, the restaurant run by James Beard Award winning chef, Ann Kim, serves Korean fare and pizza with its most popular dishes being Korean BBQ pizza, grilled whole fish, and saffron cauliflower. Each pizza is cooked in a wood-fire oven and there is a variety of what you can order, ranging from the classics to unique, ensuring that there is something for everybody. Chef Kim also own two other wildly popular, but less upscale pizza restaurants (Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza), so if you’re looking for the same amazing taste but at less of an expense, make sure to try them out!

Photo by Young Joni

Revival


Though it is a couple thousand miles away from the south, Revival could easily challenge a soul food joint located in Georgia or South Carolina. Minnesotans flock to this restaurant for their incredible fried chicken and other southern fare. The menu consists of classics like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, and so much more. The ambiance is super laid back, with everybody there looking to enjoy some good old comfort food.


Spoon and Stable


Spoon and Stable is one of the most well-known restaurants in Minneapolis. The nationally recognized and James Beard Award Finalist establishment is the brainchild of Chef Gavin Kaysen. The restaurant is located inside a rustic vintage carriage house and the menu is French inspired, serving dishes like Minnesota foie gras, seared monkfish, mafaldi, and bison strip loin. The dining experience may be a bit on the pricier side, but from the thousands of rave reviews it gets, it has absolutely been deemed as worth it. 


Photo by Spoon and Stable

Quang


What many people don’t know is that Minneapolis is home to a thriving Vietnamese community. You can find places serving pho and banh mi all around the city, but one place that really stands out is Quang’s. Quang’s has won many awards over the almost 30 years it has been open. It is an iconic restaurant for both the Vietnamese community and beyond, serving budget-friendly dishes in a loud and chaotic setting. Anticipate a wait but know that it is for good reason.