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Shuang Cheng Restaurant, Minneapolis:
“I come for the steamed whole walleye and because of how I feel when I’m here,” he said. “I have an emotional attachment to the restaurant.”
shuangchengrestaurant.com

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis; Bellecour, Wayzata:
“I think the food at these two places is the best in the five-state region. You have to go to Chicago to get food like they’re doing there.” (Zimmern is an investor in both.)
spoonandstable.com and bellecourrestaurant.com

Heyday, Minneapolis:
“I don’t understand why this place doesn’t get the same attention as some of the trendier restaurants in the cities. I think it’s very underrated.”
heydayeats.com

Mandarin Kitchen, Bloomington:
“I like to go out to restaurants that are making things I don’t make at home. ... Their dim sum is fantastic.”
Manderin Kitchen on Facebook

Hmongtown Marketplace, St. Paul:
“I would rather eat there than just about any place in the Twin Cities. I always get the bitter bamboo soup.”
hmongtownmarketplace.com