Best of Minnesota 2015: Food

The best restaurants, diners, bar menus, dishes, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and more.

Best walk-up - Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar

Karlene Crabtree (left) and Lynette Clausen order sandwiches at the walk-up window at Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar.

A well-placed window in the kitchen at Terzo Vino Bar is now a daytime walk-up called Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar, reflecting the all-porchetta menu.…

Best doughnuts - Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Doughnuts from Bogart's.

At her sparkling, morning-only shop, owner Anne Rucker turns out her trademark brioche doughnuts — developed at her popular stand at the Kingfield Farmers Market…

Best late-night, weeknights - Chino Latino

Short hits of 10-12 great late-night eat spots, and then a series of short-and-sweet sidebars offering readers many other dining ideas. Chino Latino,

Yes, post-10 p.m. dining options have expanded dramatically over the years in our early-to-bed metro area, but one venue has led the charge with a…

Best late-night, weekends - Glam Doll Donuts

At retro-dipped Glam Doll Donuts, co-owner Teresa Fox has made it her life’s pursuit to push the boundaries of fried dough, using it as a…

Best really late night - Nicollet Diner

In the rivalry between the two cities, downtown St. Paul’s underdog status has never extended to its Hall of Fame entry in the late-night dining…

Best pre-theater snack - Workshop at Union

Combining dinner with a show on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is a lot easier these days, thanks to an ever-growing number of restaurants popping…

Best bar menu - Spoon and Stable

Here’s a tip for getting into hyper-popular Spoon and Stable sans reservation: nab a seat in the smallish lounge. Your reward? Chef/owner Gavin Kaysen’s equally…

Best multicourse dining deal - Sanctuary

Deals on multicourse dinners are out there, particularly on Sunday evening, when three-course suppers are all the rage at the Bachelor Farmer ($34), Cafe Levain…

Best upcoming project - Alma

When Restaurant Alma chef/owner Alex Roberts started envisioning its future, the James Beard award-winner began to think big. The result is an exciting, multifaceted new…

Best crab cakes - Cov Wayzata

Crabcakes: So beloved, and so frequently disappointing. Not at Cov Wayzata, where chef Clay Gibbons churns out a bruiser of thing, one that’s roughly 95…

Best cheap lunch - Sun Street Breads

Noon-hour gold — in the form of a sandwich — can be had for as little as $5 at Sun Street Breads. Dubbed “Linnea’s Choice,”…

Best pork indulgence - Libertine

The menu at Libertine is certainly awash in beef, but it’s the pork dishes that really impress: a treat of a ham steak, thick-glazed Korean-style…

Best fried chicken - Revival and Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

Seemingly out of nowhere, fried chicken has become all the rage. Chef Thomas Boemer is killing it, fried chicken-wise, at his just-opened Revival, offering it…

Best cheese curds - Anchor Fish & Chips

Luke Kyle, chef/co-owner of the Anchor Fish & Chips, has a hyperlocal source for Cheddar cheese curds: the nearby Lone Grazer Creamery. “They’re made four…

Best grab-and-go breakfast - Mon Petit Cheri

The spiral-shaped, blueberry-dotted sweet rolls at Mon Petit Chéri Bakery & Cafe are the ultimate in portable a.m. fare because baker Emily Rheingans understands the…

Best frozen yogurt - Green + the Grain

Think there’s no difference between frozen yogurts? Think again. Tiffany Hauser and Dustin Naugle, co-owners of salad-focused Green + the Grain food truck, know better,…

Best vegetarian dish - Brasserie Zentral

Brasserie Zentral chef/co-owner Russell Klein reached back to his grandmother’s cooking, landing on a loving shout-out to stuffed cabbage. The slow-braised veal that was a…

Best steak - Third Bird

Chef Lucas Almendinger has an oak-burning grill, and he takes to it with an enviable discernment. A superb rib-eye stands at the peak of the…

Best waffles - L'Etoile du Nord

After converting a former consignment shop into L’Etoile du Nord Café, baker Olivier Vrambout walked away from the superb croissants, éclairs, galettes and breads that…