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Eastside is located on the east side of downtown, but to be confused with east St. Paul or, well, St. Paul. From the moment the doors opened at Ryan Burnet's newest restaurant (he also has Barrio, Bar La Grassa and Burch under his belt) with chef Remy Pettus behind the burners, fans have been crowding in for the Dan Oskey created cocktail list, foie butter packed roasted chicken and the attentive, professional service.
Dark Horse continues the trend of Lowertown restaurants that make us want to move to this urban oasis at the edge of St. Paul. The bar alone is seriously desirable real estate with taps upon taps of craft beer and a glittering selection of spirits. The menu draws inspiration from around the world and fans from around the metro area.
4Bells was worth the wait as is the upstairs, year-round patio. (These are the folks that created that four season beer garden at Butcher & the Boar, after all.) Chef Brendan McDonald's menu draws inspiration from the low-country and does wonders for the fried chicken and seafood options in the mill city.
Tattersall Distilling is ground zero for taste makers in the Twin Cities. Every night they are open, cocktail fans, bartenders and chefs crowd the room and historic bar for some of the best drinks in town. As Tattersall continues to rapidly expand the spirit offerings, each evening inside affords the opportunity to check out something new. With the rotating list of food trucks that park outside, there is no reason to ever leave.