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A Handy Guide to the Twin Cities' Best Charcuterie

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Over the past few years charcuterie has become an "it" menu item at restaurants around the Twin Cities, and with good reason. Difficult pronunciation and sometimes unidentifiable ingredients aside, this is some tasty stuff. Whether it's a heaping plate of prosciutto as an appetizer, or a delicate paté accent in an entree, these salty, tangy, umami-laden cured meats seem to be here to stay. So, without further ado, we present a handy guide to 15 of the best charcuterie plates to be had in Twin Cities restaurants, featuring everything from roulades to rillettes to salumi, and mapped in roughly geographic order.

Did we miss your favorite charcuterie? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Broders' T3RZO Vino Bar

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2221 W. 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 925-0330
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At this intimate Italian wine bar, imported cuts are the only way to go. A whole platter of various kinds of prosciutto awaits those craving something classic. There’s also a salumi board that has less often spotted Italian favorites like lardo (thinly sliced fatty pork), coppa, boar salame, and hand-cut salame.

2. Corner Table

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-0011
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This Kingfield neighborhood restaurant is known for its charcuterie. The menu changes frequently, but current options include duck liver paté, paté en croute, and the always-popular "charcuterie to share."

3. Rincon 38

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3801 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 824-4052
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This cozy neighborhood joint has some of the tastiest tapas around. Not to be ignored is their charcuterie contribution — the Plato Iberico. The flavors of España are out in full force on this plate of salty serrano ham, basque olives, salchichon (a Spanish summer sausage), and spicy chorizo drizzled with pungent lemon oil and aged balsamic.

4. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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From the spot that arguably put Minneapolis on the prepared meats map, Butcher & the Boar has a whole menu section dedicated to its tasty hams, sausages, and more. For the aspiring charcuterie connoisseur, there’s the unusual wild boar head cheese or a bite of everything on the sampling platter.

5. Union Fish Market

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Rillettes, or shreaded meat spreads are often spread on bread or crostini. At Union Fish, they are given the Scandanavian treatment. Smoked sturgeon rillettes are served with doughy lefse, tart lingonberry sauce, and mustard.

6. HauteDish

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119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-8484
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Nestled in the North Loop, Haute Dish pulls off being both upscale and playful. Menu items, usually with some sort of punny title, experiment with flavors of the Midwest in a refined way. The “char cuts" plate available on the bar menu has a chicken liver pate, country pork terrine, and veal tongue.

7. The Bachelor Farmer

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50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3920
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The chic presentation at Minneapolis’s most hailed new-nordic eatery continues with the house charcuterie. A duck liver pâté with green apple compote and grain mustard is just one example on the ever-changing “toast” section of the menu.

8. Bar La Grassa

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800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-3837
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In addition to more common (though still excellent) thinly sliced coppa, prosciutto, and salami, the Cold Meat Plate at Bar La Grassa also goes rustic with hearty chunks of headcheese, paté, and mortadella.

9. Spoonriver Restaurant

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750 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 436-2236
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A pioneer in the local food scene, intimate downtown spot Spoonriver stays true to its roots with a local charcuterie plate featuring tons of meaty deliciousness. There’s bison sausage, ham, duck and chicken liver paté, and even some beef tongue all from this great state.

10. The Butcher Block

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308 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 455-1080
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At this meat-focused neighborhood bistro in Northeast, you get a selection of meats and cheeses in the antipasta misto. There are all the Italian favorites, including: bologna, salami, prosciutto, and fontina, parmesan, and romana cheeses.

11. Sample Room

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2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0333
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This Northeast favorite has a whole section of its menu devoted to charcuterie, currently featuring duck carpaccio, pork belly confit, chicken liver mousse, or a full-on charcuterie platter, with the chef's selection of the day.

12. Pig Ate My Pizza

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4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN
This casual Robbinsdale pizzeria, best known for its kitchen crew (the boys behind Travail), and wacky pizza toppings (brussel sprouts and mussels anybody?) definitely offers more than your standard za. For a first course, there’s the charcuterie platter that features a rotating selection of rillettes, mortadella, and tartares. Still craving more meat? The “Piggy” is a brioche crust pie topped with bacon, ham, pepperoni, and prosciutto.

13. Victory 44

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2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 588-2228
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The cured meat plate at this gastropub goes all out featuring an extravagant bacon-wrapped pork paté, a pork cheek or “face bacon,” and chicken liver mousse. It also comes with a selection of creative condiments for every palate — a spicy dijon, pickled bacon jam, and sweet apricot mostarda, as well as several pickled vegetables.

14. The Craftsman

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4300 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-0175
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The charcuterie plate here is one of the most varied around. It usually features at least five different cuts of meat and several condiments. The house-made selections constantly change, but the plate is usually heavy on duck and pork items.

15. Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market

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289 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 699-3536
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At this upscale, local-focused St.Paul restaurant, lamb rillettes are served with an intense smoked jalapeño mustard, a brussel sprouts kraut, and grilled house-made french bread for an entree that is equal parts unusual and delicious.

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1. Broders' T3RZO Vino Bar

2221 W. 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
At this intimate Italian wine bar, imported cuts are the only way to go. A whole platter of various kinds of prosciutto awaits those craving something classic. There’s also a salumi board that has less often spotted Italian favorites like lardo (thinly sliced fatty pork), coppa, boar salame, and hand-cut salame.
2221 W. 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
This Kingfield neighborhood restaurant is known for its charcuterie. The menu changes frequently, but current options include duck liver paté, paté en croute, and the always-popular "charcuterie to share."
4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

3. Rincon 38

3801 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
This cozy neighborhood joint has some of the tastiest tapas around. Not to be ignored is their charcuterie contribution — the Plato Iberico. The flavors of España are out in full force on this plate of salty serrano ham, basque olives, salchichon (a Spanish summer sausage), and spicy chorizo drizzled with pungent lemon oil and aged balsamic.
3801 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

4. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
From the spot that arguably put Minneapolis on the prepared meats map, Butcher & the Boar has a whole menu section dedicated to its tasty hams, sausages, and more. For the aspiring charcuterie connoisseur, there’s the unusual wild boar head cheese or a bite of everything on the sampling platter.
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Union Fish Market

Minneapolis, MN
Rillettes, or shreaded meat spreads are often spread on bread or crostini. At Union Fish, they are given the Scandanavian treatment. Smoked sturgeon rillettes are served with doughy lefse, tart lingonberry sauce, and mustard.

6. HauteDish

119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Nestled in the North Loop, Haute Dish pulls off being both upscale and playful. Menu items, usually with some sort of punny title, experiment with flavors of the Midwest in a refined way. The “char cuts" plate available on the bar menu has a chicken liver pate, country pork terrine, and veal tongue.
119 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The chic presentation at Minneapolis’s most hailed new-nordic eatery continues with the house charcuterie. A duck liver pâté with green apple compote and grain mustard is just one example on the ever-changing “toast” section of the menu.
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
In addition to more common (though still excellent) thinly sliced coppa, prosciutto, and salami, the Cold Meat Plate at Bar La Grassa also goes rustic with hearty chunks of headcheese, paté, and mortadella.
800 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

9. Spoonriver Restaurant

750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A pioneer in the local food scene, intimate downtown spot Spoonriver stays true to its roots with a local charcuterie plate featuring tons of meaty deliciousness. There’s bison sausage, ham, duck and chicken liver paté, and even some beef tongue all from this great state.
750 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

10. The Butcher Block

308 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
At this meat-focused neighborhood bistro in Northeast, you get a selection of meats and cheeses in the antipasta misto. There are all the Italian favorites, including: bologna, salami, prosciutto, and fontina, parmesan, and romana cheeses.
308 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

11. Sample Room

2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
This Northeast favorite has a whole section of its menu devoted to charcuterie, currently featuring duck carpaccio, pork belly confit, chicken liver mousse, or a full-on charcuterie platter, with the chef's selection of the day.
2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

12. Pig Ate My Pizza

4154 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN
This casual Robbinsdale pizzeria, best known for its kitchen crew (the boys behind Travail), and wacky pizza toppings (brussel sprouts and mussels anybody?) definitely offers more than your standard za. For a first course, there’s the charcuterie platter that features a rotating selection of rillettes, mortadella, and tartares. Still craving more meat? The “Piggy” is a brioche crust pie topped with bacon, ham, pepperoni, and prosciutto.
4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN

13. Victory 44

2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
The cured meat plate at this gastropub goes all out featuring an extravagant bacon-wrapped pork paté, a pork cheek or “face bacon,” and chicken liver mousse. It also comes with a selection of creative condiments for every palate — a spicy dijon, pickled bacon jam, and sweet apricot mostarda, as well as several pickled vegetables.
2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

14. The Craftsman

4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
The charcuterie plate here is one of the most varied around. It usually features at least five different cuts of meat and several condiments. The house-made selections constantly change, but the plate is usually heavy on duck and pork items.
4300 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

15. Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market

289 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101
At this upscale, local-focused St.Paul restaurant, lamb rillettes are served with an intense smoked jalapeño mustard, a brussel sprouts kraut, and grilled house-made french bread for an entree that is equal parts unusual and delicious.
289 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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