Monday through Friday of next week select area restaurant will be offering lunch menus from $10 to 20 and dinner from $15 to 30. It's an opportune time to dine at sRead More
Where to Eat for Minneapolis/St. Paul Restaurant Week
Discounted lunch and dinner menus are rolled out all over town next week. It's hard enough to decide what to have for lunch, let alone where you should eat over the course of an entire week. Get those reservations down now.
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Perhaps you've heard the critics raving about the evolution of this cozy neighborhood restaurant. It's understandable if you don't live in the area and haven't gotten around to dining there yet, but now is the opportunity to task what all the raves are about. The food comes out like plates of art with hearty, comforting flavors including a cassoulet that's second to none in the cities - a bowl of creamy beans stuffed with a myriad of meat treasure waiting to be unearthed.
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Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
Settling into the dining room in the Warehouse District's Saffron feels like an exotic vacation from real life. Inside here the cocktails are top notch and servers deliver plate after plate of bewitching aromas and savory flavors. The restaurant week menu seems particularly well suited for vegetarians, or those looking to cut back on meat without being relegated to a side salad. Roasted sweet potatoes with lentils, poached black figs, tahini and pomegranate sounds particularly intriguing. However, the chicken tagine is difficult to resist as is the ceremony of the cooking vessel being presented, brimming with chickpeas, piquillo peppers, green olives and a tart and zesty chermoula.
Vincent A Restaurant
Vincent might just be the best place to lunch like a big shot in downtown Minneapolis. The open room captures every bit of the midday sun and the service always makes you feel like the most important person in the room. For lunch during restaurant week the three courses are served at a perfectly timed pace to get you back before the boss notices you're gone, plus the end includes chewy madeline cookies, vanilla bean-flecked ice cream and a warm pitcher of pouring chocolate.
The Third Bird
This is the first time The Third Bird has been around for restaurant week and there will be special pre fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Swing by to taste chef Lucas Almendinger's plays on familiar dishes given an unexpected twist like the "Cesar" salad featuring roasted cauliflower, romaine and Parmesan vinaigrette or black truffle polenta.
This is also the first time the sexy cheese and meat bar inside the Soo Line building will be participating in restaurant week. Overseen by the very busy chef Russell Klein (who also runs next door Brasserie Zentral and St. Paul's Meritage) the menu boasts turkey terrine, duck rillettes and an assortment of fine cheeses. Between that and their gorgeous wine list, this smells like an ideal excuse for happy hour.
If you leave Haute Dish hungry, you've done something horribly wrong. This is the season for bulking up for cold nights ahead and the pork and beans (not in a can) will do that in the most satisfying manner. Or dive into the deliciously decadent mac and cheese studded with king crab and laced with pungent, creamy Taleggio cheese.
Since taking over 128 Cafe chef and owner Max Thompson has been churning out revitalized menus inside this beloved neighborhood restaurant. Thompson had the unfortunate timing of reopening in the dead of winter. Now, Merriam Park residents have a secret eatery that the rest of the dining world ought to check out that serves both lunch and dinner. Sure they still have those perfect ribs on the menu, but chicken roulade, seasoned like a Thanksgiving preview demands attention.
The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen
Since opening this adorable farm to table spot on Nicollet's Eat Street stretch, neighborhood fans have been happily tucking into home made comfort foods and just-sweet-enough cupcakes. The apple cider braised pork is served with a sweet potato souffle with everybody's favorite meat candy: bacon.
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