Burgers – Red Cow
Packing in the protein (and flavor) is Red Cow with their fresh and feast-worthy burgers. From a 60/40—60 percent beef and 40 percent ground bacon—to a turkey burger dressed with cilantro-lime aioli and arugula, you’ll find something to gratify that burger craving.
Tacos – Taco Cat
In a town full of terrific taquerias, this indie bike delivery service has peddled their chicken tinga and grilled steak tacos straight to the top of your list.
Pizza – Pizza Lucé
Pizza Lucé is something of a pizza empire in Minnesota, with multiple locations in the greater metro area, plus one in Duluth. Lucé’s list of innovative pies, including meaty creations, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options, and gluten-free versions, slaps other slices away.
Barbecue – Revival
What’s the only thing that could make us not order fried chicken at Revival? One (or let’s face it, more) of Thomas Boemer’s smoked delicacies. The restaurant’s pork belly, shoulder, ribs, and brisket all easily rank among the best in town.
Ramen – Ramen Kazama
The Twin Cities’ ramen scene has exploded with great options in the last few years, but no one nails shoyu and tonkatsu with confidence like Kazama.
Seafood – Sea Salt Eatery
What’s better in the summer than an oil tin of oysters, a basket of fried fish, a counter full of hot sauce, and a cold beer in the park? Nothing, evidently, as you’ve voted Sea Salt your favorite place to indulge in the spoils of the ocean.
Fish Fry – The Anchor Fish & Chips
With perfectly battered filets of wild Alaskan cod and classic hand-cut chips at the restaurant and food truck, it’s always “fry-day” at The Anchor Fish & Chips.
Fries – Red Cow
Whether regular or truffle-parmesan, next to one of their KOABD-award winning burgers or as a cocktail snack, the fries of your dreams are at Red Cow.
Gluten-Free Offerings – Brasa
You only have to steer clear of the cornbread and the sandwiches. Otherwise, everything on Brasa’s menu, from rotisserie meats to red beans, is on the table for the gluten-sensitive.
Vegetarian Offerings – Pizza Lucé
If you forgo the carnivore’s lifestyle, dining out can oftentimes make for a selection of boring dishes. But not so at Pizza Lucé, with fresh salads and veggie-loaded slices, meatless eating is no sacrifice at all.
Wings – Blue Door Pub
Sweet, saucy, smoky, Southern fried, or spicy—scrumptious chicken wings have roosted a winning home at the Blue Door Pub.
Steak – Manny’s Steakhouse
For meat lovers, there’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a juicy steak. And according to readers, for a place that’s a cut above the rest, Manny’s is where it’s at.
Fried Chicken – Revival
Regular, Tennessee Hot, or Poultrygeist (if you’re a masochist), the best fried chicken in town is only the beginning of the culinary splendors at Revival.
Hot Dogs – Natedogs
Nathan Beck knows his hot dogs. And clearly our readers agree, having voted the wieners from his iconic orange food cart as the best in Minnesota.
Ice Cream Shop – Izzy’s Ice Cream
High on the list of quintessential Minneapolis experiences is walking to Gold Medal Park on the muggiest day of summer and lounging in the grass with a cone of Izzy’s.
Dessert – Cafe Latte
Creamy and dreamy cheesecakes and fudgy and caramelly turtle cakes have foodies saying that Cafe Latte is rich with top-notch desserts.
Service – Spoon and Stable
You’d be hard-pressed to find another restaurant around town that will serve your culinary desires better than the team at Spoon and Stable. Their attention to every detail and extensive knowledge of what they offer make them the best spot for a service-centered dining experience.
Brunch – The Copper Hen
When it’s time to refuel after a late night out, brunch is your saving grace. And when the time calls, The Copper Hen will satisfy your needs with their decadent menu: Farmhouse B.E.L.T., biscuits and gravy, and even buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream. We’re in.
Lunch Spot – Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
All too often, midday meals are consumed at the desk in front of a computer screen, rather than at a table with other humans. But when you do step out of the office for a meal and lunch beer, Northbound is the go-to place.
Late Night Dining – Pizza Lucé
Whether you’re a part of the after-bar crowd or just have a midnight hankering, this joint has pleased your palate, from the pasta to the deli-style hoagies, apps to desserts, and of course, ‘za.
Food Event / Dinner Event – Twin Cities Burger Battle
Rain couldn’t keep the hungry foodies away, for over 2,000 people came out to this year’s Twin Cities Burger Battle. While attendees crowned Casper’s & Runyon’s Nook as people’s choice and McKinney Roe of Minneapolis won in the judges category, the Twin Cities Burger Battle snags first prize from Growler Nation.
Mexican Restaurant – El Burrito Mercado
Whether it’s a breakfast of chilaquiles con huevos, lunch with tacos al pastor, authentic market groceries, or the hand-crafted goods you’re looking for, female-operated El Burrito Mercado has you covered.
Vietnamese Restaurant – Pho 79, Minneapolis
Bun Thit Nuong all summer, Pho Tai Nam all winter. Even on a street full of it, nowhere satisfies our cravings for big bowls of rice noodles like Pho 79.
African Restaurant – Afro Deli
Since 2010, Afro Deli has been introducing the Twin Cities community to Somali cuisine fused with American and Mediterranean influences. Everything is made fresh and prepared halal, from the delightful sambusa to the hearty Afro steak dinner, making this the perfect stop to experience the flavors of East Africa.
Japanese Restaurant – Masu
There’s nothing subtle about Masu. The loud design, the intensely porky tonkatsu ramen, the crispy, soy-kissed robata, and over-the-top sushi rolls—it all adds up to your favorite Japanese eats in town.
Thai Restaurant – Sawatdee
No one has been serving Thai in the Twin Cities longer than Sawatdee, and the six-location stalwart has the satay, laab, and stir fry that keep you coming back.
Indian or Nepalese Restaurant – India Palace
When you crave the heat of the tandoor, the fluffiest naan, the tangiest vindaloo, or most comforting masala, there are five locations of India Palace bringing tastes of the subcontinent to the entire metro.
Mediterranean Restaurant – The Naughty Greek
Family recipes with a dash of heartfelt passion is The Naughty Greek’s secret sauce to creating authentic Athenian street food worthy of the best Mediterranean restaurant award. Affordable food done superbly well, pork gyros, mezze platters, and pillowy loukoumades all make feeling naughty oh so good.
Middle Eastern Restaurant – Holy Land
With two Minneapolis locations, a widely-distributed brand of hummus, food truck, and a booming catering business, Holy Land is succeeding in its vision of spreading the “original flavors of Old World cuisine.” One bite of a chicken kufta kebab has you saying Holy Land is where it’s at.
Italian Restaurant – Cossetta
With Italian traditions since 1911, Cossetta has expanded into a market, pastry shop, fine-dining restaurant, and cafeteria-style eatery, satisfying your carb-craving delights. And that famous family-recipe sausage? Talk about delizioso.
Latin or South American Restaurant – Hola Arepa
It wasn’t but a few years ago that most people in the Twin Cities had no idea what an arepa was. Now we’re taking our out-of-town visitors straight to Eat Street for yucca, rum drinks, and Latin specialties at Hola Arepa.
French Restaurant – Meritage
Duck a la presse, trout meunière, moules frites, cassoulet, escargot, bouillabaisse—all of your French favorites and the wines to match are at Meritage.
German Restaurant – Black Forest Inn
Sure, Germany is over 4,000 miles away from Minneapolis, but if you’re craving traditional German tastes, Black Forest Inn is it. Spätzle, Sauerbraten, potato salad, it’s all sehr gut.
Eastern European / Russian Restaurant – Kramarczuk’s
It has a James Beard Award as an “American Classic,” and there aren’t many phrases that describe Kramarczuk’s better. From cabbage rolls to varenyky and goulash, this deli houses the tastes of Eastern Europe.
Chinese Restaurant – Little Szechuan
Experience true Szechuan flavors without ever leaving the metro. The St. Paul location just became the first in the Twin Cities to practice the 1,700-year-old Szechuan hot pot tradition, making Little Szechuan an authentic Chinese experience.
Delicatessen – Kramarczuk’s
Kramarczuk’s: where your wildest sandwich dreams come true. Salami, pastrami, turkey, Polish pickles, scratch-made bread—all of it makes your mouth water.
Butcher Shop – Lowry Hill Meats
Eric Sather is not only curating an all-local selection of top-quality meat, but is turning out some of the tastiest sandwiches in Minneapolis to boot.
Cheese Shop – Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
With more than 350 varieties of cheese from across the globe, Surdyk’s provides a vast one-stop shop for party planners and cheese lovers.
Coffee Shop – Spyhouse Coffee
If high-quality, freshly brewed drinks and a laid-back atmosphere are what you’re looking for, the cool metro collective known as Spyhouse Coffee is the caffeinated answer.
Local Coffee Roaster – Peace Coffee
Peace Coffee’s mission is to make organic fair-trade coffee that sustains the livelihoods of the people who grow, roast, and sell it, to protect the environment that produces it, and to delight taste buds. For a brew above the rest, it’s Peace Coffee.
Farmers Market – Saint Paul Farmers Market
In the urban terrain of downtown St. Paul, sights and smells transport us to an agricultural bonanza, with rows of rhubarb, fresh flowers, beef, honey, and other local produce, making this farmers market the cream of the crop.
Grocer / Co-op – Mississippi Market
Since 1979, Mississippi Market has been a St. Paul source for organic produce, sustainable meats, and baked goods. When you need to get your hands on quality food, this is the co-op you trust.
Bakery – Wuollet Bakery
You rely on Wuollet for custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. Not only that, but the family-run bakery also tempts you with muffins, croissants, tea breads, and buns worthy of applause.
Donut Shop – Glam Doll Donuts
“Treat yo’self (glamorously), and life will be sweet.” Don’t mind if we do! Glam Doll’s cake-raised-filled-fritter-tastic goodness treats take home the sweet prize of best donut shop.
Food Truck / Cart – The Curious Goat
If you’re in search of a food truck, keep your eyes peeled for the orange mobile from Ian Gray. Slinging cheese curds, pork nachos, and goat burgers, these meals on wheels are stellar.
Seasonal Restaurant – Sea Salt Eatery
Summertime, and the eatin’ is easy at Sea Salt. With Minnehaha Falls rushing in the background, enjoying your catfish po’ boy or basket of oysters makes this restaurant a summery staple.
Fine Dining – Butcher & the Boar
Where would you go when someone else is picking up the tab? Why, straight to the sausage platters, mammoth ribs, and extensive bourbon list at the modern chophouse favorite, Butcher & the Boar.
New Restaurant – Young Joni
Perhaps no restaurant has been cited more often in the last year as pointing to the emergence of the Twin Cities dining scene. Ann Kim has people flocking to Northeast for Korean-inspired pizzas and woodfired meats. Adam Gorski’s back bar is the stuff of Minnesota dreams.
Restaurant – Red Cow
Winner winner, Red Cow dinner. When our readers crave gourmet burgers, piles of poutine, and killer cocktails, they head for Red Cow.