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Revolutionary cuisine in Robbinsdale
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23 Destination Restaurants in the Twin Cities Suburbs

Some of the most exciting dining is outside the city limits

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Revolutionary cuisine in Robbinsdale
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The metro’s fabulous restaurant scene doesn’t end at the Minneapolis and St. Paul city lines. From multi-course tasting menus to epic burgers, some of the area’s best dining can be found in the suburbs. What do the restaurants included in this list have in common? Their detail-driven, quality cuisine makes them worth the drive, whether that’s from the next suburb over or downtown St. Paul. Luckily, one stereotype about the suburbs does hold true: there’s usually plenty of parking.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order from West to East.

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Bellecour

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Skip the drive into the city and make a reservation at Bellecour, renowned chef Gavin Kaysen’s suburban French bistro. Standouts on the menu of perfectly executed classics include the bouillabaisse and duck à l’orange; brunch features a stellar quiche Lorraine. At the bakery counter, opt for a slice of the crepe cake, dozens of delicate crepes layered with cream, or one of the generously-sized macarons.

World renowned chef in Wayzata
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Lions Tap

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The menu is brief at Lions Tap: a handful of burgers and fries. But with burgers this good, made from fresh ground beef and seasoned with a secret blend of salts, herbs, and spices, that’s enough. Big appetites will appreciate the signature double California cheeseburger, a towering stack of two patties, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes held in place with wooden skewers.

Burgers worth the drive
Lion’s Tap

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

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BLVD Kitchen & Bar offers an array of classic dishes with just a little bit of updating in a convivial, dressy neighborhood bar atmosphere. Entrees range from classic steaks and burgers to a crab cake BLT and lobster mac and cheese.

Q Fanatic Artisan BBQ

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For barbecue aficionados, Q Fanatic is worth the drive: smoked ribs, brisket, ham, and pulled chicken and pork are served a la cart in generous portions. The lineup of sauces includes classic Kansas City-style barbecue sauces (heat lovers should try the pepper vodka barbecue), plus other options like vinegar barbecue and a roasted garlic and pesto aioli.

This must be what heaven smells like
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The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House

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Located in a stately historic house, The Mad Hatter offers a daily brunch menu in elegant surroundings. Opt for well-executed classics like eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles or try the signature pulled pork stuffed French toast or Swedish meatballs. The reservations-required afternoon tea service is a worthwhile treat, with a delicious assortment of scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts.

Fancy fun worthy of the restaurant’s name
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MT Noodles

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Located in a Brooklyn Park strip mall, MT Noodles serves up some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in the metro. The menu features well-executed favorites like bahn mi, spring rolls, and pho, as well as more unusual specialties. The restaurant’s signature dish is broken rice with grilled marinated pork, shredded barbecue pork, steamed egg loaf, Chinese sausage, and shrimp in a crispy bean curd wrap.

Another strip mall treasure
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Lela’s sleek open kitchen is the first giveaway it’s anything but a typical hotel restaurant. The menu’s crudo section features raw selections from around the globe, including ceviche, beef tartare, and tuna tacos. The lobster deviled eggs and steaks,ranging from a petite six-ounce tenderloin to an 18-ounce ribeye, are worthy splurges.

A serious steak
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Pig Ate My Pizza

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At Pig Ate My Pizza the rotating menu of inventive pies are topped with unique ingredients like beets or chicken tikka masala. Fans of classics should try the Piggy Pie, a orgy of pork on a fluffy brioche crust, or the Big Cheeser, which includes an over-easy egg as the crowning touch.

That’s a big pepperoni
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Travail Kitchen and Amusements

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A meal at Travail Kitchen & Amusements may be the metro’s most unique culinary experience, with a 14-20 course seasonal tasting menu that’s as much entertainment as it is dinner. Thanks to an open kitchen and chefs who double as servers, diners are fully immersed in a molecular gastronomy-inspired culinary spectacle.

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The most fun kind of delicious
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Hello Pizza

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Inspired by New York City’s ubiquitous slice shops and made by local pizza maven Ann Kim, Hello Pizza is a casual pizza place with high-quality ingredients like made on the spot fennel sausage, sheep’s milk feta, and hand-crushed tomato sauce. Try the signature Hello Trinity, a pizza topped with red sauce, whole milk mozzarella, fennel sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms.

New York style slices in Edina
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Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

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Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe offers diners a range of approachable French cuisine, from familiar quiches and onion soup to butter-drenched escargot and tarte flambe, a flatbread topped with bacon, onion, and crème fraiche. Save room for one of the exquisite selections from the pastry case, especially the le pave framboise, a delectable combination of raspberries and dark chocolate.

Classic French fare and fantastic desserts
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Lyn 65

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The ever-changing lineup of shared plates at Lyn 65 reflects the restaurant’s focus on global flavors crafted from seasonal and local ingredients. The menu also includes crowd-pleasing fried chicken, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and a fabulous burger layered with cheese, pickles, and dijonnaise.

Inside Lyn 65. Photo by Katie Cannon
Inside Lyn 65. Photo by Katie Cannon
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Dong Yang Oriental Food

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A self-service eatery tucked away at the back of a Korean grocery store, Dong Yang is the definition of a hidden gem. Try the stone bowl rice, a generous helping of rice topped with vegetables, beef, and an egg and served in a sizzling hot bowl. Other tasty options (order by the number listed on the menu board) include grilled beef short ribs, a spicy pork stir fry, and seafood pancakes.

A hidden gem in Hilltop
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Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

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The swank decor at Cedar + Stone, Urban Table belies its location at the Mall of America. The heirloom tomato pizza and smoked chicken wings make for upscale happy hour nibbles; for dinner, try the meltingly tender, 12-hour braised short ribs. Killer cocktails feature local spirits and freshly-squeezed juices, and many ingredients are sourced regionally.

Small dining tables in front a booth with a big panoramic mirror on the wall.
A cocktail sanctuary at the mega mall
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Vivo Kitchen

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Vivo Kitchen serves New American cuisine with a crowd-pleasing menu that includes salads, pasta, pizza, burgers, seafood and steaks. Try the calamari with lemon garlic aioli and the turkey burger served with a toasted walnut pesto (the junior-sized burger is a great happy hour option).

Giant stuffed pasta
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Good Earth Restaurant

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Good Earth has been offering healthful farm-to-table dining long before it was trendy. Start with one of the best bread baskets in the metro, an array of whole-grain rolls, flatbreads, and crackers served with hummus. Vegetarians will love the hearty bean burrito, and the classic cashew chicken salad sandwich is the restaurant’s bestseller.

Fresh and healthy
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Volstead House Whiskey Bar and Speakeasy

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Channel the Roaring Twenties at Volstead House. This bar is styled as a Prohibition-era speakeasy and whiskey bar. The menu features classic cocktails from the 1800s and early 1900s, like the Old Fashioned and Manhattan, as well as inventive signature cocktails and an extensive whiskey selection. Food options include a half-pound Angus burger brushed with a bourbon mustard glaze.

Mixology in Eagan
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Maverick's Real Roast Beef

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Maverick’s serves up comfort on a bun: roasted beef, slow cooked and sliced thin. Pile on the toppings from the seemingly mile-long free condiment bar—pickles, onions, peppers, and more.

An epic sandwich
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I Nonni

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Specializing in Roman-inspired cuisine, I Nonni offers an upscale Italian dining experience perfect for date night. The ever-changing menu highlights pasta, seafood, and seasonal ingredients, and there’s an expansive all-Italian wine list.

Nightly specials show off the pasta skills in this Lilydale restaurant
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Bourbon Butcher Kitchen + Bar

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As the name suggests, the Bourbon Butcher boasts an encyclopedic whiskey list, house-smoked meats, and half-pound Angus steak burgers. The bacon brisket burger is a meat lover’s dream come true, while the smoked vegan Korean barbecue ribs (sourced from the Herbivorous Butcher) are a ringer for the real thing. The menu also features some some tasty nods to Southern classics like jambalaya and shrimp and grits.

A massive bar and seriously smoky foods in Farmington
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House of Curry

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Sri Lankan cuisine may be tricky to track down in the Twin Cities, but the lively, intense dishes at the House of Curry are an excellent introduction. Start with the “deviled” section of the menu, which features meat and fish preparations reminiscent of a sweet and sour stir fry. From there, branch out to richly flavored curries and the pol roti, a coconut flat bread.

Sri Lankan cuisine in Rosemount
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Acqua Restaurant and Bar

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Enjoy pasta with a view at the elegant, diminuative Acqua Restaurant & Bar, which serves an Italian-inspired menu on the shore of White Bear Lake. Savor a classic Parmesan risotto or chicken marsala, and be sure to save room for the restaurant’s take on a s’more: a chocolate soufflé cake served with toasted marshmallow and graham cracker ice cream.

A sweet little spot on the lake
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Bored with buffalo? Try a few of the dozens of flavors from D-Spot’s unique lineup of chicken wings. Inventive flavors include thinks like the Frenchy (caramelized onion with a sweet balsamic reduction) and Goat’s Blood (red curry, tomato, and goat cheese). Heat levels range from dessert-like sweetnto the diabolically spicy “Death Row” section of the menu.

Wings are really just a blank canvas
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Bellecour

World renowned chef in Wayzata
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Skip the drive into the city and make a reservation at Bellecour, renowned chef Gavin Kaysen’s suburban French bistro. Standouts on the menu of perfectly executed classics include the bouillabaisse and duck à l’orange; brunch features a stellar quiche Lorraine. At the bakery counter, opt for a slice of the crepe cake, dozens of delicate crepes layered with cream, or one of the generously-sized macarons.

World renowned chef in Wayzata
Bellecour / Facebook

Lions Tap

Burgers worth the drive
Lion’s Tap

The menu is brief at Lions Tap: a handful of burgers and fries. But with burgers this good, made from fresh ground beef and seasoned with a secret blend of salts, herbs, and spices, that’s enough. Big appetites will appreciate the signature double California cheeseburger, a towering stack of two patties, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes held in place with wooden skewers.

Burgers worth the drive
Lion’s Tap

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

BLVD Kitchen & Bar offers an array of classic dishes with just a little bit of updating in a convivial, dressy neighborhood bar atmosphere. Entrees range from classic steaks and burgers to a crab cake BLT and lobster mac and cheese.

Q Fanatic Artisan BBQ

This must be what heaven smells like
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

For barbecue aficionados, Q Fanatic is worth the drive: smoked ribs, brisket, ham, and pulled chicken and pork are served a la cart in generous portions. The lineup of sauces includes classic Kansas City-style barbecue sauces (heat lovers should try the pepper vodka barbecue), plus other options like vinegar barbecue and a roasted garlic and pesto aioli.

This must be what heaven smells like
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House

Fancy fun worthy of the restaurant’s name
The Mad Hatter / Facebook

Located in a stately historic house, The Mad Hatter offers a daily brunch menu in elegant surroundings. Opt for well-executed classics like eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles or try the signature pulled pork stuffed French toast or Swedish meatballs. The reservations-required afternoon tea service is a worthwhile treat, with a delicious assortment of scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts.

Fancy fun worthy of the restaurant’s name
The Mad Hatter / Facebook

MT Noodles

Another strip mall treasure
MT Noodles / Facebook

Located in a Brooklyn Park strip mall, MT Noodles serves up some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in the metro. The menu features well-executed favorites like bahn mi, spring rolls, and pho, as well as more unusual specialties. The restaurant’s signature dish is broken rice with grilled marinated pork, shredded barbecue pork, steamed egg loaf, Chinese sausage, and shrimp in a crispy bean curd wrap.

Another strip mall treasure
MT Noodles / Facebook

Lela

A serious steak
Lela / Facebook

Lela’s sleek open kitchen is the first giveaway it’s anything but a typical hotel restaurant. The menu’s crudo section features raw selections from around the globe, including ceviche, beef tartare, and tuna tacos. The lobster deviled eggs and steaks,ranging from a petite six-ounce tenderloin to an 18-ounce ribeye, are worthy splurges.

A serious steak
Lela / Facebook

Pig Ate My Pizza

That’s a big pepperoni
Pig Ate My Pizza / Facebook

At Pig Ate My Pizza the rotating menu of inventive pies are topped with unique ingredients like beets or chicken tikka masala. Fans of classics should try the Piggy Pie, a orgy of pork on a fluffy brioche crust, or the Big Cheeser, which includes an over-easy egg as the crowning touch.

That’s a big pepperoni
Pig Ate My Pizza / Facebook

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

A hand with silver tweezers places some little fried tidbit onto a plate of soft eggs on a clay platter dressed with a little oozy sauce
The most fun kind of delicious
Travail / Facebook

A meal at Travail Kitchen & Amusements may be the metro’s most unique culinary experience, with a 14-20 course seasonal tasting menu that’s as much entertainment as it is dinner. Thanks to an open kitchen and chefs who double as servers, diners are fully immersed in a molecular gastronomy-inspired culinary spectacle.

A hand with silver tweezers places some little fried tidbit onto a plate of soft eggs on a clay platter dressed with a little oozy sauce
The most fun kind of delicious
Travail / Facebook

Hello Pizza