Head to Minneapolis for the best lobster and kielbasa; St. Paul for Afghan food and ice cream soda; and Bloomington for Scandinavian pancakes.
Those are among the recommendations made by eminent restaurant critic and culinary expert Mimi Sheraton, whose new book lists the best places in the United States to find the "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die."
Minnesota makes several appearances in the book, as Sheraton, who writes for the New York Times, New Yorker and Vanity Fair, highlights some of the world's best ingredients, cuisine and specialities and where to find them, the Guardian reports.
Her recommendations in Minnesota are:
- The Smack Shack, North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, for Maine lobster.
- Vincent A Restaurant, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, for Belgian mussels.
- Khyber Pass Cafe, Grand Avenue, St. Paul, for Afghan cooking.
- Kramarczuk's, East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, for kielbasa.
- Ingebretsen's, East Lake Street, Minneapolis, for lingonberries and rullepolse.
- Taste of Scandinavia, in North Oaks, Little Canada, and Bloomington, for Swedish "platter" pancakes.
- Lynden's Soda Fountain, Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul.
- The American Swedish Institute, Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, for its Swedish Sunday smorgasbord.
The Star Tribune notes that it is not just restaurants that are referenced, with Minnesota-based food luminaries and writers Raghavan Iyer, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and Duluth's Beatrice Ojakangas making the book.
Also mentioned is the University of Minnesota, which was lauded for its 1980s research that showed tree ear mushrooms slows blood clotting, the newspaper says.
Many of these restaurants are no strangers to critical acclaim.
Last year, the Smack Shack was ranked fourth in the United States by The Daily Meal for the best lobster rolls, the Business Journal reports. Khyber Pass Cafe made a City Pages list of the Twin Cities' best Middle Eastern eateries, and in 2013 Kramarczuk's was one of only five winners of the prestigious James Beard Foundation award that honors restaurants that have "timeless appeal."