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Friends of Eater Minneapolis Share Restaurant Standbys for 2015

In keeping with Eater tradition, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types and bloggers. To kick it off in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Eater asked the group eight questions, ranging from the restaurants they frequent most to the biggest surprises of the year. Responses are in no particular order, and readers are encouraged to leave answers in the comments.

Heyday remains one of the best.
Heyday remains one of the best.
Katie Cannon

What were your top restaurant standbys of 2015?

Jess Fleming (Dining critic for the Pioneer Press):

Is it a standby if it opened last year? I love to take out-of-towners to Surly. It's such an impressive space, and the beer and food are fantastic. I also love Cook St. Paul for brunch/lunch. It never disappoints me and I could drink owner Eddie Wu's Korean hot sauce.

Nancy Ngo (Food reporter for the Pioneer Press):

Heyday, 112 Eatery, Muddy Waters, Smack Shack, Hola Arepa, iPho by Saigon, One Two Three Sushi and La Loma Tamales.

Mecca Bos (Food Blogger and Dining Critic for City Pages):

I’ve been going to DeGidio’s and Savoy lately because I rediscovered how great it is for spaghetti and meatballs, Minnesota square cut pizza and classic Seventh Street charm that never changes. I fell in love with Rainbow Chinese all over again for Tammy Wong’s new happy hour menu that’s easily the best Chinese to be had in either city right now. I ate YumYum bowls from World Street Kitchen like a fat kid.112 [Eatery]  has never failed to please me, ever. And while everyone is losing their shit over double cheese smash burgers, my burger crave still sends me to Lyon’s Pub or Blue Door more often than any of them.

Jason DeRusha (Co-Anchor WCCO This Morning, MidMorning, resident food reporter with DeRusha Eats and newly named critic for Minnesota Monthly):

The Strip Club Meat & Fish, Black Sheep Pizza, Be'Wiched Deli, and Punch Pizza Maple Grove.

Stephanie March (Senior Food Editor at Mpls./St. Paul Magazine)

Corner Table, Spoon and Stable, and Monte Carlo.

Joy Summers (Eater Minneapolis Editor):

Whenever I'm gathering with my Ladies League girls, experiencing a rare date night, celebrating a birthday or grabbing dinner alone, I almost always find myself at Corner Table. Little Szechuan is my go-to take out, event though I now have to drive all the way over to Stadium Villiage since the St. Paul location went all hot-pot. Cheeky Monkey is cozy, crowd pleasing sandwiches and walking distance from my house. Meritage for all the oysters, cocktails and frites. Cecil's Deli soothes like nothing else, any time someone is sick or has a baby, we bring bread, pastrami and that insanely addictive coleslaw. Saint Dinette is new, but I already feel at home there. Hola Arepa is just always, always divine from the drinks to the specials to my favorite arepas. They have the brunch I crave and it still pleases my kids. I'm not sure how I lived without Revival's fried chicken before now.

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