In keeping with Eater tradition, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types and bloggers. 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. Disagree? Agree? Who got it right? Take to the comments and let us know your pick!
Jess Fleming (Dining critic for the Pioneer Press):
Lowertown, duh. (Yeah, yeah, I'm a homer.)
Nancy Ngo (Food reporter for the Pioneer Press):
Mecca Bos (Food Blogger and Dining Critic for City Pages):
Nicollet South of Lake street, hands down.
Jason DeRusha (Co-Anchor WCCO This Morning, MidMorning, resident food reporter with DeRusha Eats and newly named critic for Minnesota Monthly):
Ten blocks of Nicollet Avenue between 34th and 43rd: Ramen Kazama, Nighthawks and Revival all opened joining Hola Arepa, Blackbird Cafe, Kyatchi, Five Watt Coffee, Wow!
Stephanie March (Senior Food Editor at Mpls./St. Paul Magazine)
Kingfield took it back this year from North Loop.
Joy Summers (Eater Minneapolis Editor):
That stretch from 46th to 35th on Nicollet. Corner Table to Ramen Kazama and everything in between.