10 Hottest New Restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul Right Now!

Jun 13, 2021 | eat/drink

Fried masa topped with fresh goodies, sticky racks of ribs, and more

A study in crispies from Petite Leon: all the fresh, fried, and fun textures in one dish | Lucy Hawthorne
Welcome back to the Eater Twin Cities, here is a collection of exciting new restaurants that have opened, or re-opened recently. Nothing has been normal in the past year plus thanks to the pandemic, but the hospitality industry, especially the industrious souls in Minneapolis and St. Paul, continue to find  creative, and fun ways to serve fantastic food!

Fresh for June, we welcome The Butcher’s Tale and Storm King, BBQ.

1. Josefina

739 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

Josefina is the latest restaurant from chef Daniel del Prado. On the menu are pasta, veggies, and pizza inside the former Bellecour location on Wayzata’s main drag. It’s a perfect summer stop after a day on nearby Lake Minnetonka. The bright dining room and bar are airy, open, filled with natural light and white paint. The patio out back is tucked away from the busy street. Reservations are available online.

2. Sooki & Mimi

1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

The five course tasting experience is evolving into a three course menu set up in its summer iteration that begins serving on June 16 There are also seats at the bar or outside available with snacks and cocktails from Adam Gorski. Dishes celebrate all the ways masa can transform with ingredients from James Beard Award winning chef Ann Kim’s Korean heritage, tastes indigenous to Minnesota and more. Make a reservation online.

A long view of the dining room from the left side of the room shows a second smooth, white curved bar, with round, wood-topped stools.
The sun dappled dining room and bar inside Sooki & Mimi
 Jes Lahay

3. The Butcher’s Tale

1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 236-4075

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What was once The Butcher & the Boar has been reborn as The Butcher’s Tale with chef Peter Botcher at the helm. Returning from the old days is a menu filled with smoky meats both inside and out in the year-round beer garden.

4. Bar La Grassa

800 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-3837

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A legion of fans have been crying out for James Beard Award winning chef Isaac Becker’s beloved pasta restaurant in the North Loop. Finally, those tried and true dishes are back, and being served inside. Reservations are hard to come by and get snapped up fast.

5. Petite León

3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 208-1247

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Chef Jorge Guzman and masterful bar man Travis Serbus’ intimate restaurant is pushing boundaries both on the plate and in the glass. The intimate dining room is ideal for romantic date nights.

A stark black dish with a black central line of charred bits decorated with pops of yellow and lavender. A pool of golden sauce sits off to the side and a faint dusting of gold powder decorates the top left side of the plate.
This intimate restaurant is serving fresh, new cocktails and artful dishes
 Lucy Hawthorne


729 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 448-5247

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Just how exciting can a wrap be? Well, what if it’s pepperoni, salami, and cheese augmented by some Hot Cheeto crunch? This new North Loop stand is angling to be a handheld food destination with creative and fun stuffings, all built to travel well, and destroy a big appetite.

7. Sanjusan

33 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-7763

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Open inside Kado No Mise (the sushi restaurant has moved upstairs) Sanjusan is a mix of Italian dishes pushed through a Japanese lens. Serving dishes that are a stunning mix of Japanese and Italian cuisines. The menu offers ribeye nigiri, raw tuna topped pizzas, fresh pasta dressed in uni and crab meat, and more.

A white plate close up of ravioli under shredded cheese
Japanese Italian means plenty of fresh pasta with light and delicate treatments, like this shrimp stuffed ravioli
 Sanjusan [Official]

8. Sidebar at Surdyk’s

303 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 455-2574

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Sidebar at Surdyk’s opened briefly last fall before the weather, and pandemic, took a turn for the worse. Now, it’s back refreshed, honed, and aiming to be a destination this spring. Chef Randall Prudden, who had worked at Spoon and Stable and Alinea previously, has put together a fun and easy to explore menu of seasonally mindful ingredients. Don’t miss the bright and light crudo or the tartare.

A giant silver bowl on the copper bar filled with ice and bottles of wine
The wine is flowing at Sidebar again and the food is even better than ever
 Jes Lahay

9. Boomin Barbecue

949 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Kick off ‘cue season at this brand new trailer parked outside Ombibulous. Chef Dylan Boerboom has been a barbecue devotee since he was a kid and now those dreams have reached reality. Follow the trailer on Instagram, as the operation is new enough that hours aren’t steady yet. But Saturday starting at noon until they sell out there will be tender, juicy brisket and more meaty goods for packing off to picnic destinations or feasting on the dashboard.

A giant cutting board covered in brown butcher paper is overwhelmed by an abundance of barbecued brisket with a nice, dark bark and tender pink insides oozing juices
There’s a new barbecue adventure on Hennepin Avenue in Northeast
 Boomin Barbecue/Facebook

10. Chip’s Clubhouse

272 Snelling Ave S #200
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 330-1617

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Chip’s Clubhouse inside the former Monkey Temple location on Snelling Avenue is serving lunch and dinner with a cute little patio. It’s right next to owner Tara Coleman’s first restaurant, Hot Hands Pie & Biscuits. She’s teamed with her friend, and Chicago transplant chef Gina Mangiameli, and local hospitalitarian, Tim Leary. The menu is pure comfort with long-cooked roasts, a french fry sandwich, and a tasty little smash burger. Order online.



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