Minneapolis' buzzing food scene, as USA Today describes it, helped Minnesota get eight contenders on the list released Tuesday, which is based off of 5 million restaurant reviews submitted to the site between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31 of this year.
The majority of the top-rated Minnesota restaurants are located in Minneapolis, with one each in St. Paul and Rochester. Here's the list:
- Brewer's Table, Minneapolis.
- Corner Table, Minneapolis.
- Joan's in the Park, St. Paul.
- La Fresca, Minneapolis.
- Piccolo, Minneapolis.
- Saffron Restaurant and Lounge, Minneapolis.
- Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis.
- Zzest Market and Cafe, Rochester.
As with many restaurants on the list above, a lot of the restaurants in the Top 100 are newcomers to the food scene, with 25 of the entries having opened this year and the majority founded in the past five years, OpenTable notes.
New York has the highest number of restaurants on the list with 12, followed by California with 11, Texas's 9, and Minnesota and Oregon tied with eight restaurants apiece.
This is the latest praise for Minnesota's restaurant scene. Recently, USA Today's 10Best named Minneapolis as the Best Local Food Scene in the nation, noting the Twin Cities "are boiling over with new restaurants and award-winning chefs" who are "looking to the local fields and waters for inspiration."
And back in April, Zagat called the Twin Cities one of the nation’s next “hot” food cities, citing its evolving dining scene.