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

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

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

6. WRAP

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.

Lowertown Sounds: Summertime Music and Food Community Events – Mears Park, St. Paul

Lowertown Sounds: Summertime Music and Food Community Events – Mears Park, St. Paul

Thursday night summertime concert series featuring live, local and original music, plus food trucks, Minnesota-made beer, cider and wine!

Lowertown Sounds, presented by Hiway Credit Union, brings the community together in Saint Paul’s Mears Park for a Thursday night summertime concert series featuring live, local and original music, plus food trucks, Minnesota-made beer, cider and wine — benefiting the St. Paul Yellow Ribbon Network. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the show. We encourage guests of Lowertown Sounds to stay informed on Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan regarding Covid-19. To see list of performers & dates: Lowertownsounds/Schedule

Dates: June 10th, 17th and More…

Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.

Location: Mears Park

221 5th St E , Saint Paul, Minnesota

Heather’s “Summer” Pies – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Heather’s “Summer” Pies – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! How can you not love this one?
So tart, So sweet. We swoon over this flavorful pie in the North. Bold. Just like us, enjoy!
MN pastry made from a human who loves to make pies. From scratch-organic Fruit Pies. My Oven to Your Table!

Enjoy any of our delicious organic fruit filled pies as an Everyday Pie perfect for anytime, a Detailed Pie for that special event, or send a PieGram to that special someone. If there is a flavor of fruit you’re not seeing on our pie menu, feel free to ask. We enjoy this part. Your fresh baked pie comes in a 10″ pie pan serving 8-10!

Fresh baked pies in Minneapolis
Grab Snacks and Cocktails Along Grand Avenue’s Most Charming Stretch – St. Paul, MN

Grab Snacks and Cocktails Along Grand Avenue’s Most Charming Stretch – St. Paul, MN

Iron Ranger’s Porketta nachos, a beer and a view | Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Eater Twin Cities: Grand Avenue, located between Dale Street in the east and Fairview Avenue in the west, is a charming stretch in St. Paul dotted with charming shops and restaurants. The neighborhood keeps the chains at bay, so it’s a fantastic place to get a taste of locally grown businesses. There are dining icons like Tavern on Grand and Dixie’s; modern twists on classic diners like Colossal Cafe and Iron Ranger, plus worldly flavors from Khyber Pass and Shish Cafe.

1. Grand Catch

1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-8541

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Crack into this lively seafood boil, pile on the by-the-pound seafood in buttery sauce or tour the rest of the menu – it’s impossible to go wrong. Non-seafood-fans will love the massive fried chicken sandwich and the ice cream cone desserts.

An orange cocktail in a tall glass sits at the edge of a table in front of wall of green plants and a pink neon sign that reads, “What’s Crackin’”
The full bar is a popular stop near Macalester College | Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

2. Shish

1668 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-2212

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Shish is known for fabulous gyros, giant salads and scratch made desserts. The lovely breakfast offerings, including a spicy shakshuka, are worth rolling out of bed for.

A little facelift for the room, but the food is as good as ever | Shish/Facebook

3. Colossal Café

1340 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 414-0543

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A sunny bistro, which also has a location on Como Avenue, the breakfast menu reigns supreme here, with plate sized, yeasted pancakes, or Flappers. Order them topped with brie, apples and walnut. The Grand location also offers a full-service espresso bar that includes a nitrogen-infused cool brew, perfect for the summer months.

4. The Uptowner Café on Grand

1100 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-0406

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The iconic breakfast joint on the corner of Grand and Lexington serves the type of greasy spoon menu many eateries have left behind in favor of granola and quinoa. From giant platters of Cajun breakfasts to mid-day BLTs, Uptowner fills your daily carb requirements the old fashioned-way.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 289-4990

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This historic restaurant has it all for anyone looking for a well-earned night out. Enjoy supper club fare in the fancy dining room, a classic cocktail at the bar, a juicy burger in the Williamsburg Room, or better yet, head upstairs to the patio for a glass of Frosé.

6. Iron Ranger

1085 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 487-1913

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Honoring Minnesota’s hard-working communities of the Iron Range, this eatery serves tender porketta, pasties and ice cold Hamms beers. The colorful patio is ready for your next happy hour.

Facing the Iron Ranger’s front window is a cutting board loaded with nachos next to a pint of beer
Porketta nachos, a beer and a view | Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

7. Thirty-Six Cafe

Thick slice of white bread topped with ice cream, strawberries, and a drizzle of honey

 Ice cream and honey topped toast toast | Emily Winters / Eater Twin Cities

949 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

This gorgeous blush-colored cafe is dripping in elegant florals, serving unique sweet treats like souffle pancakes and toast with scoops of ice cream and honey. During the pandemic, the café adjusted by creating stunning take home platters to rival any charcuterie display.

8. Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 917-2345

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Gather the gang for Le Grand Boeuf, the family-style feast for ten that is sure to impress any time of the year. Salut is known for its happy hour, so this is a great spot take in the afternoon sun on the classic patio.

Salut Facebook

9. Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-5687

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This grown-up cafeteria has a vast array of offerings. Cafe Latte wisely places decadent desserts at the front, but if you can navigate away from the shiny cases filled with layered beauties and cheesecakes dotted with giant strawberries, you will be rewarded with freshly made sandwiches and salads treasured by visitors since 1984.

10. Hyacinth

790 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 478-1822

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A New York chef and his small team relocated from the bit city to Saint Paul to open this darling little Italian restaurant that is ideal for long, intimate conversations over date-night worthy Italian food. Remember date nights?

The small, light-filled interior of Hyacinth
Big city style dining in comfy Saint Small | Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

11. Red Rabbit

788 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 444-5995

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The second outpost of Minneapolis’ beloved pizza and pasta restaurant is serving a nearly identical menu with a little more elbow room in the former Wild Onion space. There’s an enormous wine and craft beer list, plus a whole book of cocktails.

Meatballs Joy Summers / Eater Twin Cities

12. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

777 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-1302

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From the mind and soul of award-winning chef Alex Roberts, comes this spacious, urban restaurant featuring rotisserie meats and craveable Southern-esque sides. While most folks think of Brasa as being meat-centric, the vegetarian options are plentiful, and the sides are where the place truly stands out, showcasing Southern classics like creamed spinach with Jalapeño, sweet fried plantains or tender, spicy masa cakes.

A feast at Brasa
Brasa / Facebook

13. Punch Neapolitan Pizza

769 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 602-6068

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The Grand Avenue location is one of twelve for this locally-owned mini pizza empire. The super thin Neapolitan style pies, with crackling, charred blisters of dough and toppings like fresh mozzarella di bufala, basil and Mt. Vesuvio tomatoes are what gets everyone in the door, but the flavorful, complex salads are not to be missed.

14. Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza

750 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 293-1655

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Follow the inviting aroma of baking waffle cones to the red door of Grand Ole Creamery. In the summertime, the lines often extend down the block, but the pure joy of grabbing a curbside seat with a cone of rich, dripping ice cream is what these days are all about.

15. India House

758 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 293-9124

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For an elegant evening of traditional Indian cuisine, stop by at the India House next to Grand Ole Creamery. The crimson and gold decor transports you out of St. Paul, where diners can linger over tandoori special for two.

95 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-7345

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The menu at Dixie’s, created by a Louisiana native, brings to mind a lingering Southern Sunday dinner, complete with bowls of gumbo, crab bisque and golden fried chicken served on a lively street-side patio. Emmett’s Public House in the former Dixie’s party room next door is the perfect spot for an after-dinner cocktail.

17. Saji Ya

695 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-0444

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Enter boisterous Saji Ya, and staff will belt out greetings as you cross the tiny bridge into the heart of the dining room. Upstairs, teppanyaki tables glow in darkened corners, each throw of a shrimp eliciting oohs and ahhhs from gathered diners. There is also an extensive menu of sushi, small plates, bento and hot pot choices.

18. Tavern on Grand

656 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 228-9030

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The iconic St. Paul tavern has long been known for its walleye, served grilled, deep-fried or pan blackened, with an assortment of up-at-the-cabin sides like coleslaw or cottage cheese, all in a Northwoods setting.

19. French Meadow Bakery & Café

1662 Grand Ave

St Paul, MN 55105

(651) 789-8870

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French Meadow’s St. Paul Fido-friendly patio is the stuff of dreams, as is their health-focused menu. Munch on ultra fresh salads and plant based bowls or dive into a plate of organic chicken wings caressed with Caribbean dry rub.

20. Everest on Grand

1278 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-1666

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Dine-in lunch service is offered on Mondays and Thursdays but take-out orders of simple dishes packed with Nepalese, Tibetan and North Indian flavors are available all week.

21. Bap and Chicken

1328 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 333-0929

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Starting this week, dine-in service is available for Bibimbap bowls, Korean Fried Chicken and simple bar snacks, all reflecting owner John Gleason’s union of Korean and Minnesota heritage.

22. Coconut Thai on Grand

720 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-7250

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The menu at Coconut Thai covers all the expected offerings, plus a few surprising and delightful dishes, like the satisfying Yala salad or the kicky Sriracha fried rice.

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Locally-Sourced and Worldly-Inspired: Holman’s Table “Soup + Sunshine” – St. Paul, Minnesota

Locally-Sourced and Worldly-Inspired: Holman’s Table “Soup + Sunshine” – St. Paul, Minnesota

Grab a bowl of chef’s Beer Brat & Sauerkraut soup – it’s the epitome of summer grill outs in a bowl!

Holman’s Table: Fresh, modern dishes complemented by a classic bar & beautiful wine list. Located at Holman Field at the Downtown STP airport. Holman’s Table is a dining experience that celebrates the spirit of travel, encouraging guests to relax and embark from the everyday. Diners can expect fresh, modern, sophisticated dishes complimented by a beautifully classic bar and wine list.

Serving dinner and weekend brunch in our Dining Room. Grab drinks and bar snacks in Cora’s Lounge – a new space added October 2020, with happy hour. Enjoy our tarmac patio during Minnesota summer.
Holman's Table
Charles W Speed Holman

OUR NAMESAKE
CHARLES W. “SPEED” HOLMAN

1898 – 1931

About: Holman was born in Minneapolis and grew up a daredevil. Early pranks and motorcycle racing earned him the nickname “Speed.” He learned to fly at the Security Aircraft Company at Speedway Field in 1920, did some parachute jumps and received his first airplane as a gift from his father. Stunting and cross-country racing became his passion. His name became a household word, and when the newly organized Northwest Airways looked for its first pilot, they hired Speed. He became Operations Manager and pioneered air mail routes across Wisconsin and into North Dakota.

His airline career was punctuated by wins in national air races, including the prestigious Thompson Trophy Race in 1930, part of the National Air Races in Chicago. Holman set a looping record that stood for many years*; visited every corner of the State, lobbying the cities to build airports; was considered one of the country’s top aerobatic pilots; and every fragment of his life was spectacular. Such was his death during an impromptu aerobatic performance at the dedication of the Omaha Airport. His funeral was the largest in state history, with a hundred thousand persons turning out along the funeral route and at the cemetery.

*His 1,433 consecutive loops over the St. Paul Airport is one of many stories to inspire Holman’s Table.

Biography & history provided by Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, 2017
 www.mnaviationhalloffame.org

Modern Fare & Classic Bar | Holman's Table

Sea Salt Eatery Opens for the Season – Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis

Sea Salt Eatery Opens for the Season – Minnehaha Regional Park, Minneapolis

“Super excited to see @seasalteatery is now open! Great spot to take the fam or your besties for a walk, see the Falls, and munch on some yummy seafood! “High on my personal list of Best Things To Do on a Sunny Summer Day: Find a sprawling patio to perch on with a good friend, and enjoy good food and conversation until you’re pleasantly full.”

Unlike last year, you can order at the counter and most of their menu items are back including the Shrimp Po Boy, which wasn’t on the menu due to a shrimp shortage. The eatery is open seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

Sea Salt Eatery: Serving extraordinary fresh seafood, wine & beer daily April through October. We are a casual restaurant in Minnehaha Park adjacent to Minnehaha Falls. See our website for menu, location & other details!
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