With three locations in the Twin Cities, you're never too far from enjoying their coal-fired Meatball, Ricotta, & Garlic pizza. Their salads are fresh, their cocktail and craft beer lists are great, and their customer service is consistently lovely.
A great spot to grab a beer before heading to a Wild game or show at the Xcel Energy Center. They have a gorgeous outdoor patio and their burgers are wonderful. Their menu is a pretty big and has something for everyone.
When I was a kid, my family used to visit the Twin Cities every year and we'd ALWAYS make a stop for dinner at Cossetta's. This Italian marketplace has a cafeteria style eatery with pizza slices and classic favorites, a restaurant on the third floor for celebrations, an Italian grocery market, and a pasticceria serving homemade Italian pastries and gelato.
Whether you're searching for a late-night spot or brunch the next morning, you'll surely find something to enjoy on their menu. They are fantastic with dietary restrictions and I love their seasonal cocktails.
Until recently, I struggled a recommend a ton of breakfast spots in St. Paul. Enter Hope Breakfast Bar. While you should be prepared for a wait on the weekends, they have a great space on the second level for you to enjoy coffee or a cocktail. I highly recommend their Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles.
This is such a unique concept and a place I'll definitely be taking more people to when they ask for suggestions. Holman's Table is located at the St. Paul Airport and you can watch planes take off from their patio. Their menu has something for all appetites and their bar program features a fresh take on some classic cocktails and a great wine list.
Revival offers traditional Southern staples that I could rave about forever - I love their fried chicken and their mac & cheese. They also have a stall at the new Keg & Case Market - featuring delicious Carolina BBQ.
Surly is a destination in itself. Their beer hall/restaurant on the lower level has an extensive menu to pair with their 25+ rotating taps. It's good, but my favorite thing at Surly is up the stairs from the beer hall, where they serve fresh, hot, New Haven-style pizza. Here in the summer? Order it "to-go" and enjoy it our on their beer garden/patio with a cold pitcher of your favorite brew.
After traveling to Greece, I dreamed about finding a fresh Greek salad and eating my weight in souvlaki back home. Enter: The Naughty Greek. Their fresh spin on my Greek favorites has made it a place we frequent more often than I care to admit. Try the tzatziki, greek salad, and the chicken souvlaki gyro style, plated, or a la carte (skewer) style. Then for dessert you must get the loukumades, Athenian-style mini doughnuts with honey, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.