112 Eatery is renowned for its tasty late-night dining—the restaurant is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Chef Isaac Becker won James Beard Best Chef: Midwest in 2011 and was a semifinalist for James Beard: Outstanding Chef in 2014.
The building that houses the restaurant was built in 1881 as a brick-and-timber warehouse, the restaurant grows its own produce in a garden on the roof, and the Nordic-influenced menu is updated weekly.
Chef Jim Christiansen’s exploratory menu—a maze of colors, flavors, and imaginative small plates—includes proteins such as duck breast and spiced lamb. This is the newcomer that may be less well known, but other chefs say to check out.
The upscale Borough features an open kitchen with a bright, airy dining experience while the complementary Parlour, where guests often start and end their evening, is a low-lit, cozy setting that’s all about the cocktail, albeit with upscale bar snacks.
Executive Chef Mike Rakun converted Marin Restaurant & Bar into the new locally inspired Mercy. The menu reflects the spirit of true Mid-Western cuisine—hearty comfort food and traditional American.
Executive Chef Christian Oxley puts a twist on classics like burgers and fries in the showy dining room of this new-ish restaurant in East Town Minneapolis.