The Grand Cafe's star continues to rise, with Food & Wine now naming it one of the country's best restaurants.
The French-inspired restaurant on Grand Avenue and 38th Street in south Minneapolis has been a runaway success since chef Jamie Malone took over the spot last year.
It already clinched a semifinal nomination for Best New Restaurant in this year's James Beard Awards, and now it's getting some love from Food & Wine magazine.
It's been named among the Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year 2018, with the magazine describing Malone's establishment as a "Francophile fever dream."
But that's not all, Malone's work is front and center of the latest Food & Wine, because her Paris-Brest choux pastry and chicken-liver mousse dish is the cover star after being named the magazine's "Dish of the Year."
Malone's creation "easily took the award," Food & Wine says, with Malone saying she was surprised that she sells 15-20 of them a day even though it has an intense flavor.
"This magnificent dish from chef Jamie Malone of Minneapolis’ Grand Cafe easily took the award for our Dish of the Year. Her brilliant interpretation of the classic Paris-Brest (a filled ring of choux pastry) uses a savory chicken-liver mousse instead of the traditional whipped cream. A burnt honey glaze and shower of flaky Maldon salt balances the richness and makes the dish outrageously delicious."
Malone is no stranger to plaudits from Food & Wine. While working at Seachange at the Guthrie in 2013, she was named among the Best New Chefs by the magazine.