Restaurants in Minnesota

We love traveling through the countryside to eat at Minnesota’s small town cafes, taverns, smoke houses, and pie palaces, if only to find out which of them serves the best sour cream raisin pie — a specialty of upper Midwest dairy country that is a balancing act of flaky crust, silky filling with the tang of sour cream and the compressed sweetness of raisins. In fact, pies of every kind are an expected treasure in the state’s cafes, even in taverns and truck stops. It’s also worth considering that Minnesota is rich with fish from Lake Superior — smoked, filleted and broiled, or fried; and wild rice dishes are a signature. Needless to say, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are a culinary siren song, highlights including colorful diners, cutting-edge donut shops, farm-to-table bistros, and artisan bakeries.

Minnesota’s Most Famous Dishes

Flaky square pastry with a sugar glaze an dark red guava filling

Pastries

A whole apple kringle with sugar icing, on a counter ready to cut

Kringle

Peeking out from under the chocolate shell of a candy turtle are almonds, caramel, and dried cherries and apricot

Candy

Great Minnesota Recipes

Wild rice becomes a pudding with hazelnuts, craisins, heavy cream, and maple syrup

Mahnomin Porridge

Minnesota’s Best Restaurants

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