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The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul Right Now, February 2023

Shrimp and grits in Uptown, Detroit-style pizza in the North Loop, and other noteworthy spots to try this month

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Scallops from Chloe by Vincent.
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Welcome to the Eater Twin Cities Heatmap, a collection of exciting new restaurants that have opened or re-opened in the last six months or so. Despite long-tail challenges of the pandemic, like supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, Minneapolis and St. Paul’s resilient restaurant community continues to find creative ways to introduce diners to fantastic food. This month, the map highlights Bricksworth Beer Co., a new Detroit-style pizza and craft beer spot in the North Loop; Breakfast Klub, Uptown Minneapolis’s new Southern-style restaurant; and soul food spot Wendy’s House of Soul, which just reopened in North Market in the Camden neighborhood.

Note that these restaurants are listed geographically.

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WENDY'S HOUSE OF SOUL, INC.

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Chef Wendy Puckett recently located her restaurant from Glenwood Avenue to North Market in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Puckett’s popular soul rools are stuffed with soul food like greens, fried chicken, and mac and cheese, rolled into an egg roll wrapper, and fried. (One favorite is the Trell, made with French fries, gravy, and jalapeño.) Wendy’s also serves other brunch options like chicken and waffles, caramel cakes, and the “Broadway Special” — smothered chicken over rice and gravy.

Marty's Deli

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Minneapolis sandwich shop Marty’s Deli operated as a roving pop-up and delivery service for the past two years. But in early January, the deli debuted its new permanent home — and revamped menu — in Northeast Minneapolis. Owner Martha Polacek kept many staples on the menu: her chicken salad sandwich; the Uncle Pete, a BLT with Peterson Craftsman bacon, pickled tomato, and basil; and the Raffi Luigi, which is stuffed with salami, prosciutto, and fennel slaw. Her roasted cauliflower vegan sandwich stuck around, too. But she’s added a customizable breakfast sandwich, hash browns, a kid’s salami sandwich, and a chicken cutlet and broccoli sandwich.

A focaccia sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, tofu, and pesto on red and white checkered paper.
A Seward sandwich from Marty’s.
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Francis

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Vegan restaurant Francis has opened in the former Sen Yai Sen Lek and Dipped & Debris space in Northeast. The Francis team — Lindsey Johnston, Garrett Born, and Brendan Viele — started out as Sociable Ciderwerks’ resident food truck last year. The new restaurant’s menu is similar to that of the food truck (think Impossible burgers and bean burgers, chicken sandwiches and nuggets made with a seitan-tofu blend that’s breaded and fried, and crispy french fries). There’s also a bar with fully vegan offerings.

A hand holding a veggie burger topped with cheese, pickles and lettuce in the sunlight.
A vegan burger from Francis.
Francis

Khue's Kitchen

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Khue’s Kitchen is the new resident restaurant at Bar Brava. Chef Eric Pham’s mother is none other than chef Khue Pham, of Eat Street icon Quang, and his cooking is entirely dedicated to her legacy. Eric Pham grew up working at Quang, and then spent a few years in the Spoon and Stable kitchen. Start with the five-spice, twice-fried chicken wings — you can’t go wrong with the caramelized pork ribs, the killer fried chicken sandwich, or the warming lion’s head meatballs, served in a rich, marinara-like sauce.

Two people wearing an apron and a chef’s jacket stand in a commercial kitchen holding plates of food.
Eric and Khue Pham.
Khue’s Kitchen

The Briar

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The Briar might take the cake for coziest new winter spot. This new coffee shop — located in a thoughtfully renovated former art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis — is much more than a coffee shop. Its menu is stacked with warming winter dishes: roasted broccoli and fennel salad, a bread pudding drizzled with lemon creme anglaise, and a selection of frittatas, sandwiches, and more. The Briar also hosts weekend pop-ups with local chefs and makers like Dahlia and Laune Bread.

Bricksworth Beer Co.

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Burnsville restaurant Bricksworth Beer Co. has opened a second location in Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood. Bricksworth pairs craft beers with Detroit-style pizza, the rectangular, pan-baked style with a crispy cheese crust that’s been gaining local traction with the help of restaurants like Wrecktangle and Mario’s. Ingredient-wise, Bricksworth hews fairly close to classic Italian favorites: pepperoni, cremini mushrooms, prosciutto, anchovies, and mozzarella (though specials like Swedish meatball pizza and a “Minnesota sushi roll” break that trend). The restaurant serves notable chicken wings, too, and salad. It’s open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends, adding a much-needed casual late-night spot to the area.

Chloe by Vincent

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Chloe by Vincent is downtown Minneapolis’s new casual French restaurant. The ambiance, like the food, is elegant but simple, drawing from rustic French elements. A classic buckwheat crepe with ham, gruyere, and a jammy sunny-side egg makes for an excellent light lunch; other entrees, like the boeuf bourguignon, are heartier, warming winter dishes. Save room for a chocolate crepe.

Bar Cart Lounge And Restaurant

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Step into Bar and Car and find the former Khyber Pass space on Grand Avenue transformed. Ralena Young and Brian Riess offer an impressive bar program and a menu divided into four themes: spreads (think whipped feta), foot longs (a meatball sandwich), light (a tuna poke bowl), satisfying (steak tips), and homey (lobster mac and cheese). Bar and Cart has a noteworthy happy hour menu too, offering oysters, loaded hummus, and pistachio cake, among other dishes.

Chef Yia Vang’s latest project is Slurp, a limited-run pop-up in the former Mucci’s space on Lake Street. Slurp’s succinct menu has just six dishes, half of them “brothy” soup-style noodles and half of them “saucy,” either pan-fried or chilled, and centers around essential Hmong dishes and flavors. One noodle dish has a soy-based broth that’s fortified with mustard greens; another, made with pan-fried egg noodles, is topped with braised pork and curry sauce.

A dish of pan-fried noodles with greens against a black background.
A saucy noodle dish from Slurp.
Lauren Cutshall

Breakfast Klub Minneapolis

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Breakfast Klub, located in the former Hammer & Sickle restaurant in Uptown, is the Twin Cities’ newest Southern-style restaurant. Chef DeMarco Cavil’s menu has everything from Southern classics like jerk shrimp and grits and fried chicken on a hot, fluffy waffle, to trendy desserts like Fruity Pebbles toast. The Breakfast Klub flipped Hammer & Sickle’s Soviet theme into an unabashedly Minnesotan one — everything from the walls to the napkins is done in Prince’s royal purple hue.

Arts + Rec Uptown

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Arts + Rec is one of the newest spots to open in Uptown Minneapolis, and certainly the most unique. The menu is fun and a little irreverent, with some local highlights: Dorito-crusted Ellsworth cheese curds with Cry Baby Craig’s hot honey; ham-and-pickle croquettes made with black forest ham from Lowry Hill Meats. But the nine-hole mini golf course may be an even bigger draw. Each hole has a Minnesota-related theme designed by local artists. The August Bar, an homage to homegrown theater legend August Wilson, takes on a Jean-Michelle Basquiat decor style.

bb.q Chicken Uptown Minneapolis

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Popular Korean fried chicken chain bb.q Chicken touched down in Minneapolis in early January. The chain originated in South Korea, and has since expanded to thousands of locations around the world. It has an impressive range of sauces, from a “Gagnam-style” black pepper, to Galbi, a smoky Korean classic topped with green onions, to Cheesling, a dry sweet cheese coating. Pair an order with Kimchi fried rice or sweet potato fries.

Chelas is Minneapolis’s newest tapas restaurant — it draws on both Vietnamese and Latin flavors. Start with a plate of bone marrow toast, topped with uni and caviar, and explore the “land,” “sea,” and “tacos” sections of the menu, which feature borrego with pepper sauce, coconut clams, and mock duck tacos.

Asia Mall

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Eden Prairie’s new pan-Asian shopping mall has been generating nonstop buzz since its soft opening in November. Not all the vendors are up and running yet — CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog and Snowbing Korean Shaved Ice, for example, are still being built out. But many of the mall’s cornerstone restaurants are open for service: Hometaste Hong Kong Cuisine, which has full roast ducks on display, Pho Mai, where servers whisk bowls of fragrant pho to hungry families, and sizzling, steaming Hot Pot City. Pair a hot meal with sweet boba and a box of chewy, delicately sweet mochi doughnuts, and stock up on shrimp snacks at the first-floor grocery store. Take a full tour of the mall here.

A person dressed in black puts the lid on a tall orange drink. Also on the counter are two tall drinks with boba and red lychee, and a smaller green drink.
Boba from Uni Uni Bubble Tea at Asia Mall.
Tim Evans/Eater Twin Cities

Blondette

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Blondette, dreamed up by prolific local restaurateur Danny del Prado, is the new “French punk” restaurant on the fifth floor of the Rand Tower Hotel. The menu features classic French dishes with a distinct del Prado twist: rich foie gras served with piperade and piparras, escargot with bone marrow and confit garlic, charred leeks with a jalapeno bourride. Nestled under a retractable glass roof — which, in any weather, gives a view of Minneapolis’s glittering cityscape — Blondette makes for a great date night spot.

WENDY'S HOUSE OF SOUL, INC.

Chef Wendy Puckett recently located her restaurant from Glenwood Avenue to North Market in the Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Puckett’s popular soul rools are stuffed with soul food like greens, fried chicken, and mac and cheese, rolled into an egg roll wrapper, and fried. (One favorite is the Trell, made with French fries, gravy, and jalapeño.) Wendy’s also serves other brunch options like chicken and waffles, caramel cakes, and the “Broadway Special” — smothered chicken over rice and gravy.

Marty's Deli

Minneapolis sandwich shop Marty’s Deli operated as a roving pop-up and delivery service for the past two years. But in early January, the deli debuted its new permanent home — and revamped menu — in Northeast Minneapolis. Owner Martha Polacek kept many staples on the menu: her chicken salad sandwich; the Uncle Pete, a BLT with Peterson Craftsman bacon, pickled tomato, and basil; and the Raffi Luigi, which is stuffed with salami, prosciutto, and fennel slaw. Her roasted cauliflower vegan sandwich stuck around, too. But she’s added a customizable breakfast sandwich, hash browns, a kid’s salami sandwich, and a chicken cutlet and broccoli sandwich.

A focaccia sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, tofu, and pesto on red and white checkered paper.
A Seward sandwich from Marty’s.
Tim Evans/Eater Twin Cities

Francis

Vegan restaurant Francis has opened in the former Sen Yai Sen Lek and Dipped & Debris space in Northeast. The Francis team — Lindsey Johnston, Garrett Born, and Brendan Viele — started out as Sociable Ciderwerks’ resident food truck last year. The new restaurant’s menu is similar to that of the food truck (think Impossible burgers and bean burgers, chicken sandwiches and nuggets made with a seitan-tofu blend that’s breaded and fried, and crispy french fries). There’s also a bar with fully vegan offerings.

A hand holding a veggie burger topped with cheese, pickles and lettuce in the sunlight.
A vegan burger from Francis.
Francis

Khue's Kitchen

Khue’s Kitchen is the new resident restaurant at Bar Brava. Chef Eric Pham’s mother is none other than chef Khue Pham, of Eat Street icon Quang, and his cooking is entirely dedicated to her legacy. Eric Pham grew up working at Quang, and then spent a few years in the Spoon and Stable kitchen. Start with the five-spice, twice-fried chicken wings — you can’t go wrong with the caramelized pork ribs, the killer fried chicken sandwich, or the warming lion’s head meatballs, served in a rich, marinara-like sauce.

Two people wearing an apron and a chef’s jacket stand in a commercial kitchen holding plates of food.
Eric and Khue Pham.
Khue’s Kitchen

The Briar

The Briar might take the cake for coziest new winter spot. This new coffee shop — located in a thoughtfully renovated former art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis — is much more than a coffee shop. Its menu is stacked with warming winter dishes: roasted broccoli and fennel salad, a bread pudding drizzled with lemon creme anglaise, and a selection of frittatas, sandwiches, and more. The Briar also hosts weekend pop-ups with local chefs and makers like Dahlia and Laune Bread.

Bricksworth Beer Co.

Burnsville restaurant Bricksworth Beer Co. has opened a second location in Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood. Bricksworth pairs craft beers with Detroit-style pizza, the rectangular, pan-baked style with a crispy cheese crust that’s been gaining local traction with the help of restaurants like Wrecktangle and Mario’s. Ingredient-wise, Bricksworth hews fairly close to classic Italian favorites: pepperoni, cremini mushrooms, prosciutto, anchovies, and mozzarella (though specials like Swedish meatball pizza and a “Minnesota sushi roll” break that trend). The restaurant serves notable chicken wings, too, and salad. It’s open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends, adding a much-needed casual late-night spot to the area.

Chloe by Vincent

Chloe by Vincent is downtown Minneapolis’s new casual French restaurant. The ambiance, like the food, is elegant but simple, drawing from rustic French elements. A classic buckwheat crepe with ham, gruyere, and a jammy sunny-side egg makes for an excellent light lunch; other entrees, like the boeuf bourguignon, are heartier, warming winter dishes. Save room for a chocolate crepe.

Bar Cart Lounge And Restaurant

Step into Bar and Car and find the former Khyber Pass space on Grand Avenue transformed. Ralena Young and Brian Riess offer an impressive bar program and a menu divided into four themes: spreads (think whipped feta), foot longs (a meatball sandwich), light (a tuna poke bowl), satisfying (steak tips), and homey (lobster mac and cheese). Bar and Cart has a noteworthy happy hour menu too, offering oysters, loaded hummus, and pistachio cake, among other dishes.

Slurp

Chef Yia Vang’s latest project is Slurp, a limited-run pop-up in the former Mucci’s space on Lake Street. Slurp’s succinct menu has just six dishes, half of them “brothy” soup-style noodles and half of them “saucy,” either pan-fried or chilled, and centers around essential Hmong dishes and flavors. One noodle dish has a soy-based broth that’s fortified with mustard greens; another, made with pan-fried egg noodles, is topped with braised pork and curry sauce.

A dish of pan-fried noodles with greens against a black background.
A saucy noodle dish from Slurp.
Lauren Cutshall

Breakfast Klub Minneapolis

Breakfast Klub, located in the former Hammer & Sickle restaurant in Uptown, is the Twin Cities’ newest Southern-style restaurant. Chef DeMarco Cavil’s menu has everything from Southern classics like jerk shrimp and grits and fried chicken on a hot, fluffy waffle, to trendy desserts like Fruity Pebbles toast. The Breakfast Klub flipped Hammer & Sickle’s Soviet theme into an unabashedly Minnesotan one — everything from the walls to the napkins is done in Prince’s royal purple hue.

Arts + Rec Uptown

Arts + Rec is one of the newest spots to open in Uptown Minneapolis, and certainly the most unique. The menu is fun and a little irreverent, with some local highlights: Dorito-crusted Ellsworth cheese curds with Cry Baby Craig’s hot honey; ham-and-pickle croquettes made with black forest ham from Lowry Hill Meats. But the nine-hole mini golf course may be an even bigger draw. Each hole has a Minnesota-related theme designed by local artists. The August Bar, an homage to homegrown theater legend August Wilson, takes on a Jean-Michelle Basquiat decor style.

bb.q Chicken Uptown Minneapolis

Popular Korean fried chicken chain bb.q Chicken touched down in Minneapolis in early January. The chain originated in South Korea, and has since expanded to thousands of locations around the world. It has an impressive range of sauces, from a “Gagnam-style” black pepper, to Galbi, a smoky Korean classic topped with green onions, to Cheesling, a dry sweet cheese coating. Pair an order with Kimchi fried rice or sweet potato fries.

Chelas

Chelas is Minneapolis’s newest tapas restaurant — it draws on both Vietnamese and Latin flavors. Start with a plate of bone marrow toast, topped with uni and caviar, and explore the “land,” “sea,” and “tacos” sections of the menu, which feature borrego with pepper sauce, coconut clams, and mock duck tacos.

Asia Mall

Eden Prairie’s new pan-Asian shopping mall has been generating nonstop buzz since its soft opening in November. Not all the vendors are up and running yet — CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog and Snowbing Korean Shaved Ice, for example, are still being built out. But many of the mall’s cornerstone restaurants are open for service: Hometaste Hong Kong Cuisine, which has full roast ducks on display, Pho Mai, where servers whisk bowls of fragrant pho to hungry families, and sizzling, steaming Hot Pot City. Pair a hot meal with sweet boba and a box of chewy, delicately sweet mochi doughnuts, and stock up on shrimp snacks at the first-floor grocery store. Take a full tour of the mall here.

A person dressed in black puts the lid on a tall orange drink. Also on the counter are two tall drinks with boba and red lychee, and a smaller green drink.
Boba from Uni Uni Bubble Tea at Asia Mall.
Tim Evans/Eater Twin Cities

Blondette

Blondette, dreamed up by prolific local restaurateur Danny del Prado, is the new “French punk” restaurant on the fifth floor of the Rand Tower Hotel. The menu features classic French dishes with a distinct del Prado twist: rich foie gras served with piperade and piparras, escargot with bone marrow and confit garlic, charred leeks with a jalapeno bourride. Nestled under a retractable glass roof — which, in any weather, gives a view of Minneapolis’s glittering cityscape — Blondette makes for a great date night spot.

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