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

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

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


Bakery-fresh loaf of Italian bread, resting on the bag it was sold in

Bread & Rolls

Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Minnesota’s Best Restaurants



Hell’s Kitchen


Northern Waters Smokehaus


Bloedow Bakery




At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe


Lange’s Café


M&H Restaurant


Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans
Cafe Latte


Pumphouse Creamery


Hans’ Bakery


Slice of coconut custard pie on a plate
Betty’s Pies


Cecil’s Deli




Bread & Chocolate


French Meadow


Hot Plate


Casper and Runyon’s Nook


Groveland Tap


Schmidt’s Bakery


Safari Xpress


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On the western edge of Lake Superior, superlative natural ingredients reign supreme. Prolific orchards contribute ripe fruit for mouthwatering pies, and the pristine waters of the lake yield firm-fleshed...

Sticky bun, crowded with nuts, wallows in a pool of caramel syrup.

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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

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Sour cream custard flecked with raisins is capped by a tall meringue in this diner's piece of pie

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

An awe-inspiring specialty of Midwest dairy country, sour cream raisin pie is a powerhouse that balances sweet custard and sour cream, flaky crust and silky filling, the concentrated intensity...

Breakfast in Minneapolis

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Paper-thin crepes, dusted with powdered sugar, envelop bananas, walnuts, maple syrup and brown sugar


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Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans

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Southern Kitchen - Pie

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Best Benedicts

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Blue Colony Diner - Club Deluxe

Hot Turkey Sandwich

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Urban Burgers

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Huevos Rancheros

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Great Minnesota Recipes

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

Mahnomin Porridge


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