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Local Dining Experts Name Their Best Restaurant Meal of 2019

What stood out for people who eat out all the time

Gavin Kaysen outside his North Loop tasting menu hotspot, Demi
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In keeping with Eater tradition, we’re closing out 2019 by looking back at the year that was along with a collection of local media experts. Already we’ve talked about restaurant standbys, newcomers, neighborhoods, biggest surprises, and attempted to sum up the year in one word. Next up is the best meal of the year, for people who eat out all the time.

Jess Fleming of the Pioneer Press, “Demi. Wow.”

Sharyn Jackson of the Star Tribune, “Jaew bong fried rice, a big bowl of chicken khao soi and a daiquiri at Lat 14. And for dessert and a nightcap, I’d go to the lounge at P.S. Steak for the baked Alaska and a glass of Ruinart champagne.”

Mike Marcotte of Twin Cities Live, “Demi is well worth the visit.”

Sarah Bumble and Em Cassel of City Pages, “The year’s not over yet.”

Nancy Ngo of the Pioneer Press, “P.S. Steak.”

James Norton, food editor of Growler Magazine, “I can’t stop thinking about the ginger-garlic-scallion ‘beard-wrecker’ duck wings I ate at the Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail. They’d be outstanding anywhere in the world, but to taste them (and some other stellar food and cocktails) so far north and so close to the Boundary Waters was really a treat.”

Joy Summers, editor Eater Twin Cities, “My standout meal was the tasting menu at Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast in Portland, when I traveled there for Feast. It’s a city-wide celebration of food and we have got to get one of these things going here in the Twin Cities.

Closer to home, my best meal began with a cardamom roll at Willards in Cambridge. I’m nuts for a good brunch, and the meal unfolded like a conversation between chef Erick Harcey and me about our country-kid origins, hardships, growth, parenthood, loss, and more. All that was found somewhere between a sticky roll, perfect egg, and an over-the-top cheeseburger.”


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