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Beloved barbecue trailer Smok’n Outdoors opened a brick-and-mortar location in St. Paul’s East Side late last year.
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The 14 Hottest New Restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul Right Now, January 2022

An ambitious restaurant highlighting indigenous cooking and more

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Beloved barbecue trailer Smok’n Outdoors opened a brick-and-mortar location in St. Paul’s East Side late last year.
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Welcome back to the Eater Twin Cities Heatmap, a collection of exciting new restaurants that have opened or re-opened recently. Despite the trying pandemic, Minneapolis and St. Paul’s resilient hospitality community continues to find creative ways to introduce diners to fantastic food in fresh environments. These are the restaurants of the moment, some brand new and some old favorites that have finally returned.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed in geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Saints Restaurant

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222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 259-7507
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All Saints opened in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis this fall with wood-fired cuisine that goes heavy on veggies. Along with creative starters like salt and pepper mushrooms dressed with scallion dip-dip, the sleek setup also serves grilled prawns with miso turmeric butter and swordfish surrounded with eggplant caponata and pine nuts. Creative cocktails like the Mac are filled with rum, macadamia, lime, fino sherry, and vanilla.

2. Smok’n Outdoors

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1409 Arcade St
St Paul, MN 55106

Twin Cities couple Richard Xiong and Mary Vang found a permanent pad to send out the same beloved barbecue its Smok’n Outdoors food truck was known for. Opening offerings from its brand new St. Paul address include beef or pork ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, plus sides like sweet cornbread, apple kale slaw, sticky rice, chili cheese fries, and mashed potatoes. The family-owned business smokes its meats with all-local oak wood to bring out the taste of the outdoors.

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Beef ribs from Smok’n Outdoors.
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3. Owamni by The Sioux Chef

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420 1st St S
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 444-1846
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Chef Sean Sherman (of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook the Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen and the local cooking school in Midtown Global Market) and co-owner Dana Thompson have teamed up on space that aims to decolonize the restaurant format with a menu that puts indigenous cooking at the forefront. Here, no flour, dairy or refined sugar is present in kitchen, as well as an absence of beef, chicken, and pork products — plus, any other foods that “did not exist in America before white people stepped onto this soil.” What’s left in its place is one of the most exciting, much-overdue spots to have opened up in Twin Cities — perhaps, let alone, the whole country.

4. EaTo

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305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 208-1638
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James Beard-nominated chef Jamie Malone’s Eastside flipped into an Italian restaurant and market in August, offering downtown Minneapolis a fresh new spot to sample pizzas, salads, sandwiches, housemade sausages, coffees, and soft serve gelato. Patio and walk-up service (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). is now joined by an indoor component, marketplace, and newly opened bottle shop. Swing by the market for grab-and-go lunches starting at 11 a.m.

5. Farmers Kitchen + Bar

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750 S 2nd St Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 200-9434
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The Minnesota Farmers Union debuted its first restaurant in the former Spoonriver space in late August, bringing the historic Mill District neighborhood a new sit-down spot for hyperlocal meats, cheeses, and produce. A coffee bar serving State Fair maple cream nitro opens daily at 7:30 a.m., followed by a lunchtime menu full of appetizers, soup, salad, sandwiches, and picnic platters from executive chef Kris Koch. Dinner recently joined the mix with Minnesotan-influenced dishes like walleye “tots,” bison wild rice meatballs, fried cheese curds, and wild rice Waldorf salad will change with the seasons.

6. Spice & Tonic - Indian Cuisine And Bar

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903 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

A historic building in Downtown Minneapolis just welcomed a new Indian restaurant from a tenured local chef. Situated in a prime location near U.S. Bank Stadium, Spice & Tonic serves North Indian staples like samosas, lamb shahi korma, and chicken tikka masala. Chef and owner Joginder Cheema has sprinkled 15 Indian restaurants across the Twin Cities since 1993. He came out of retirement to open Spice & Tonic with his former business partner Manjit Singh and his son, Shan Cheema. Once a liquor license arrives, look for cocktails like a masala chai martini to go along with imported Indian beers and wines.

Indian food served in tin dishes
A medley of North Indian dishes from Spice and Tonic.
Spice and Tonic/official photo

7. Union Hmong Kitchen

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693 Raymond Ave
St Paul, MN 55114
(612) 431-5285
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After five years of roving residencies around town, chef Yia Vang finally found a permanent place to serve his popular Asian orders inside North Loop’s two-story Graze Provisions + Libations food hall. A section of Zoo Siab Meals — which translate to “happy meals” — include proteins like barbecue pork or grilled shrimp, purple sticky rice, veggies, and hot sauce. Nontraditional orders include an all-day egg sandwich on a King’s Hawaiian bun, made with his hit Hmong sausage patty, pickled veggies, and chili oil mayo. Vang, who recently became a naturalized U.S. citizen, bases much of his menu around recipes passed down from his parents who met in a refugee camp.

8. Iconos Gastro Cantina

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2937 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-0800
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The former site of Lyndale Tap House and Hickory n’ Hops flipped into a lively new neon-lit spot to sample a dizzying array of Latin American dishes from its Guatemalan chef Cristian Deleon. Highlights include chimichangas, daily ceviches, birria tacos, and American wagyu beef hot dogs topped with pickled jalapenos and served with a side of yucca fries. The bar sends out a long list of margaritas that includes a comically large “El Cantarito” for five that fills a clay bowl with a whole bottle of tequila ($100).

9. The Kitchen by Baked Brand at Midtown Global Market

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920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 872-4041
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The international market has a brand new stall for fried chicken sandwiches, all-day breakfast, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and baked goods. The Kitchen comes from South Minneapolis native Destinee Shelby, whose Baked Brand empire also includes Got the Juice, Got the Tea, and Homebody Candle Co. Her proprietary Budda Sauce enhances dishes like a turkey leg stuffed with baked mac and cheese and vegan cauliflower wings. A small retail area is also stocked with products from small businesses that don’t have their own brick-and-mortar presence just yet. Open daily, with extended hours in the new year.

A plate of mac and cheese and shrimp
The Kitchen by Baked Brand brings decadent comfort foods to Midtown.
The Kitchen by Baked Brand/official photo

10. Khâluna

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4000 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 345-5199
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Rising chef Ann Ahmed (Lemongrass, Lat14) adds to her Southeast Asian restaurant empire with the opening of Laotian restaurant and bar Khâluna in October. Menu highlights at her third area eatery include a variation of pa crispy rice salad, elevated with smoked fish and fresh herbs and vegetables from her cousin’s garden, as well as a beautifully prepared bowl of pineapple noodles with shrimp, green mango, shrimp flakes, coconut milk, Thai chili, and micro cilantro. The sleek space (formerly Harriet’s Inn) also features a retail component she plans to use for private events and cooking classes.

11. The Creekside Supper Club

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4820 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 354-3675
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The owners of South Minneapolis’s the Parkway have opened a neighboring supper club inspired by those of the upper Midwest. Here you’ll find classics like Vidalia onion rings, relish trays, prime rib sandwiches, a fish fry, or a wedge salad — best enjoyed with an ice cold martini in hand. The nostalgic, cozy interiors were designed by Anna Lundberg, who also designed the Parkway.

12. Mr. Paul's Supper Club

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3917 Market St
Edina, MN 55424
(612) 259-8614
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Edina’s ode to New Orleans opened in December with a Cajun-leaning lineup of steaks, chops, soups, seafood, and homemade beignets to go along with theatrical takes on Sazeracs and Hurricanes. Louisiana lover and local chef Tommy Begnaud sends out comfort classics like oysters, crawfish gratin, boudin balls, crawfish etouffee, andouille mussels, and short rib stroganoff. A next-door sandwich shop called Mr. Paul’s Po’Boys and Jams also recently opened with to-go po’boys and snacks like pimento cheese and deviled eggs.

A popover tray from Mr. Paul’s Supper Club.
Relish and popover trays at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club.
Chris Emeott for Edina Magazine

13. AMA Sushi

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5033 France Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Tibetan and Japanese cuisine collide at Ama, which replaces the 50th and France space that formerly housed Hana Bistro. At Ama, Tibetan brothers Sonam Nyorie and Rinpo Yak build upon the same fusion theme at Momo Sushi, the Northeast Minneapolis sister spot where Nyorie is a head sushi chef. Offerings at Ama swing from Tibetan momos (steamed dumplings) to offbeat rolls like the Lungta, which plays up colors in a Tibetan prayer flag via spicy salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko. There’s sake flights available, too.

14. The Copperfield

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735 Maple St
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
(651) 340-5144
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Mendota Heights’s new catch-all cafe and bar from the team behind The Green Mill and Crooked Pint kicks off the day at 7 a.m. with breakfast staples like pancakes, oatmeal, and egg sandwiches served until 3 p.m. At night, the versatile venture flips into an after-work hotspot with $5 Roku and tonic cocktails and bar bites like calamari and brie and cranberry bruschetta. Dinner entrees all $20 and under include flank steak, wild rice stuffed chicken, a lightly breaded walleye sandwich, and sizable “Mac Daddy” burger. The 145-seat setup with a big patio also houses a grab-and-go deli stocked with fresh macaroons, pastas, potato salad, and quiche.

1. All Saints Restaurant

222 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

All Saints opened in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis this fall with wood-fired cuisine that goes heavy on veggies. Along with creative starters like salt and pepper mushrooms dressed with scallion dip-dip, the sleek setup also serves grilled prawns with miso turmeric butter and swordfish surrounded with eggplant caponata and pine nuts. Creative cocktails like the Mac are filled with rum, macadamia, lime, fino sherry, and vanilla.

222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

2. Smok’n Outdoors

1409 Arcade St, St Paul, MN 55106
A metal container of ribs
Beef ribs from Smok’n Outdoors.
Smok’n Outdoors/Facebook

Twin Cities couple Richard Xiong and Mary Vang found a permanent pad to send out the same beloved barbecue its Smok’n Outdoors food truck was known for. Opening offerings from its brand new St. Paul address include beef or pork ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, plus sides like sweet cornbread, apple kale slaw, sticky rice, chili cheese fries, and mashed potatoes. The family-owned business smokes its meats with all-local oak wood to bring out the taste of the outdoors.

1409 Arcade St
St Paul, MN 55106

3. Owamni by The Sioux Chef

420 1st St S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Chef Sean Sherman (of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook the Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen and the local cooking school in Midtown Global Market) and co-owner Dana Thompson have teamed up on space that aims to decolonize the restaurant format with a menu that puts indigenous cooking at the forefront. Here, no flour, dairy or refined sugar is present in kitchen, as well as an absence of beef, chicken, and pork products — plus, any other foods that “did not exist in America before white people stepped onto this soil.” What’s left in its place is one of the most exciting, much-overdue spots to have opened up in Twin Cities — perhaps, let alone, the whole country.

420 1st St S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. EaTo

305 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

James Beard-nominated chef Jamie Malone’s Eastside flipped into an Italian restaurant and market in August, offering downtown Minneapolis a fresh new spot to sample pizzas, salads, sandwiches, housemade sausages, coffees, and soft serve gelato. Patio and walk-up service (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). is now joined by an indoor component, marketplace, and newly opened bottle shop. Swing by the market for grab-and-go lunches starting at 11 a.m.

305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

5. Farmers Kitchen + Bar

750 S 2nd St Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Minnesota Farmers Union debuted its first restaurant in the former Spoonriver space in late August, bringing the historic Mill District neighborhood a new sit-down spot for hyperlocal meats, cheeses, and produce. A coffee bar serving State Fair maple cream nitro opens daily at 7:30 a.m., followed by a lunchtime menu full of appetizers, soup, salad, sandwiches, and picnic platters from executive chef Kris Koch. Dinner recently joined the mix with Minnesotan-influenced dishes like walleye “tots,” bison wild rice meatballs, fried cheese curds, and wild rice Waldorf salad will change with the seasons.

750 S 2nd St Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Spice & Tonic - Indian Cuisine And Bar

903 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Indian food served in tin dishes
A medley of North Indian dishes from Spice and Tonic.
Spice and Tonic/official photo

A historic building in Downtown Minneapolis just welcomed a new Indian restaurant from a tenured local chef. Situated in a prime location near U.S. Bank Stadium, Spice & Tonic serves North Indian staples like samosas, lamb shahi korma, and chicken tikka masala. Chef and owner Joginder Cheema has sprinkled 15 Indian restaurants across the Twin Cities since 1993. He came out of retirement to open Spice & Tonic with his former business partner Manjit Singh and his son, Shan Cheema. Once a liquor license arrives, look for cocktails like a masala chai martini to go along with imported Indian beers and wines.

903 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

7. Union Hmong Kitchen

693 Raymond Ave, St Paul, MN 55114

After five years of roving residencies around town, chef Yia Vang finally found a permanent place to serve his popular Asian orders inside North Loop’s two-story Graze Provisions + Libations food hall. A section of Zoo Siab Meals — which translate to “happy meals” — include proteins like barbecue pork or grilled shrimp, purple sticky rice, veggies, and hot sauce. Nontraditional orders include an all-day egg sandwich on a King’s Hawaiian bun, made with his hit Hmong sausage patty, pickled veggies, and chili oil mayo. Vang, who recently became a naturalized U.S. citizen, bases much of his menu around recipes passed down from his parents who met in a refugee camp.

693 Raymond Ave
St Paul, MN 55114

8. Iconos Gastro Cantina

2937 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The former site of Lyndale Tap House and Hickory n’ Hops flipped into a lively new neon-lit spot to sample a dizzying array of Latin American dishes from its Guatemalan chef Cristian Deleon. Highlights include chimichangas, daily ceviches, birria tacos, and American wagyu beef hot dogs topped with pickled jalapenos and served with a side of yucca fries. The bar sends out a long list of margaritas that includes a comically large “El Cantarito” for five that fills a clay bowl with a whole bottle of tequila ($100).

2937 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

9. The Kitchen by Baked Brand at Midtown Global Market

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
A plate of mac and cheese and shrimp
The Kitchen by Baked Brand brings decadent comfort foods to Midtown.
The Kitchen by Baked Brand/official photo

The international market has a brand new stall for fried chicken sandwiches, all-day breakfast, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and baked goods. The Kitchen comes from South Minneapolis native Destinee Shelby, whose Baked Brand empire also includes Got the Juice, Got the Tea, and Homebody Candle Co. Her proprietary Budda Sauce enhances dishes like a turkey leg stuffed with baked mac and cheese and vegan cauliflower wings. A small retail area is also stocked with products from small businesses that don’t have their own brick-and-mortar presence just yet. Open daily, with extended hours in the new year.

920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

10. Khâluna

4000 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Rising chef Ann Ahmed (Lemongrass, Lat14) adds to her Southeast Asian restaurant empire with the opening of Laotian restaurant and bar Khâluna in October. Menu highlights at her third area eatery include a variation of pa crispy rice salad, elevated with smoked fish and fresh herbs and vegetables from her cousin’s garden, as well as a beautifully prepared bowl of pineapple noodles with shrimp, green mango, shrimp flakes, coconut milk, Thai chili, and micro cilantro. The sleek space (formerly Harriet’s Inn) also features a retail component she plans to use for private events and cooking classes.

4000 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

11. The Creekside Supper Club

4820 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The owners of South Minneapolis’s the Parkway have opened a neighboring supper club inspired by those of the upper Midwest. Here you’ll find classics like Vidalia onion rings, relish trays, prime rib sandwiches, a fish fry, or a wedge salad — best enjoyed with an ice cold martini in hand. The nostalgic, cozy interiors were designed by Anna Lundberg, who also designed the Parkway.

4820 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55417

12. Mr. Paul's Supper Club

3917 Market St, Edina, MN 55424
A popover tray from Mr. Paul’s Supper Club.
Relish and popover trays at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club.
Chris Emeott for Edina Magazine

Edina’s ode to New Orleans opened in December with a Cajun-leaning lineup of steaks, chops, soups, seafood, and homemade beignets to go along with theatrical takes on Sazeracs and Hurricanes. Louisiana lover and local chef Tommy Begnaud sends out comfort classics like oysters, crawfish gratin, boudin balls, crawfish etouffee, andouille mussels, and short rib stroganoff. A next-door sandwich shop called Mr. Paul’s Po’Boys and Jams also recently opened with to-go po’boys and snacks like pimento cheese and deviled eggs.

3917 Market St
Edina, MN 55424

13. AMA Sushi

5033 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Tibetan and Japanese cuisine collide at Ama, which replaces the 50th and France space that formerly housed Hana Bistro. At Ama, Tibetan brothers Sonam Nyorie and Rinpo Yak build upon the same fusion theme at Momo Sushi, the Northeast Minneapolis sister spot where Nyorie is a head sushi chef. Offerings at Ama swing from Tibetan momos (steamed dumplings) to offbeat rolls like the Lungta, which plays up colors in a Tibetan prayer flag via spicy salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko. There’s sake flights available, too.

5033 France Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

14. The Copperfield

735 Maple St, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Mendota Heights’s new catch-all cafe and bar from the team behind The Green Mill and Crooked Pint kicks off the day at 7 a.m. with breakfast staples like pancakes, oatmeal, and egg sandwiches served until 3 p.m. At night, the versatile venture flips into an after-work hotspot with $5 Roku and tonic cocktails and bar bites like calamari and brie and cranberry bruschetta. Dinner entrees all $20 and under include flank steak, wild rice stuffed chicken, a lightly breaded walleye sandwich, and sizable “Mac Daddy” burger. The 145-seat setup with a big patio also houses a grab-and-go deli stocked with fresh macaroons, pastas, potato salad, and quiche.

735 Maple St
Mendota Heights, MN 55118

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