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

Pastries

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

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Mickey’s Dining Car

SAINT PAUL, MN

Maverick’s

ROSEVILLE, MN

Hell’s Kitchen

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Northern Waters Smokehaus

DULUTH, MN

Bloedow Bakery

WINONA, MN

Be’wiched

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe

DULUTH, MN

Lange’s Café

PIPESTONE, MN

M&H Restaurant

MOORHEAD, MN

Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans
Cafe Latte

SAINT PAUL, MN

Pumphouse Creamery

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Hans’ Bakery

ANOKA, MN

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

TWO HARBORS, MN

Cecil’s Deli

SAINT PAUL, MN

Stewart’s

SAINT PAUL, MN

Bread & Chocolate

SAINT PAUL, MN

A
French Meadow

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Hot Plate

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Casper and Runyon’s Nook

SAINT PAUL, MN

Groveland Tap

SAINT PAUL, MN

Schmidt’s Bakery

SAINT JAMES, MN

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

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

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Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans

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

Mahnomin Porridge

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