Minneapolis named on list of "most underrated" food towns

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Food snobs often wave their whisks in the direction of the big cities on the coasts when pointing to the best areas to indulge in the latest, greatest gourmet fare.

But now Thrillist, a website that tags itself "Digital Lifestyle for Men," has named Minneapolis (and by extension, presumably, St. Paul) as one of the seven cities on a list of the country's most underrated food towns, along with the non-coastal Cleveland, Houston and Louisville, Kentucky.

Thrillist enlisted Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, the James Beard award-winning food writer for Mpls.StPaul magazine to "give us the deets" on what makes the Twin cities underrated. She opined that the biggest reason the local scene is under the radar is "...because everywhere in the Midwest is underrated! Oklahoma City, Omaha, Madison... We're underrated because the coasts have all the people and all the media outlets, but we have all the farms. Duh."

She goes on to rhapsodize about bakeries, including Patisserie 46 in Minneapolis, and notes that the locally sourced ingredients in charcuterie and craft beer create freshness that is unparallelled. "We have the good stuff, we enjoy and support it so much we don't let our artisans export it, so you don't even know about it... and we have the time to kick back and relish it," she said.

On her "don't miss" list: Heartland Restaurant and the Hmongtown Marketplace in Minneapolis, moto-i Ramen and Sake House in Minneapolis, and Auroch's Horn ale from Olvalde Brewing in Rollingstone, Minnesota.

Previously, celebrity chef and best-selling food writer Anthony Bourdain named Minneapolis as a underrated food city in a Q and A the food website Delish.com. He specifically named Piccolo as a spot worth searching out, calling the South Minneapolis restaurant "hyper-skilled and highly refined but humbled by local, seasonal ideals."

Meanwhile, regular patrons got into the act as well. Last year, the MinneapolisEater website asked locals which spots around the metro they considered to be underrated. Some of the restaurants nominated included the Sample Room and It's Greek To Me in Minneapolis, and the Happy Gnome and Luci Ancora in St. Paul.

Next Up

st. paul winter carnival ice sculpture

3 winter festivals in the Twin Cities this weekend

The Great Northern, The City of Lakes Loppet and St. Paul Winter Carnival are all underway.

police lights

Suspect led deputies on 23-mile chase, hid in the woods

The suspect was arrested after a few hours hiding in a wooded area in Meeker County.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Will the Vikings be the only ones left with QB stability in the NFC?

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

La Velle E. Neal III

Twins reporter La Velle E. Neal III to become Star Tribune sports columnist

The long-serving Twins reporter has received a promotion.

ambulance

State Patrol investigating fatal crash near Duluth

The crash was reported around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

eden prairie police squad car

Carjacking reported outside shopping center in Eden Prairie

One of the suspects reportedly displayed a weapon.

court gavel

8 people charged in Medicaid fraud scheme totaling $860K

Collectively, they're charged with 46 counts of felony theft.

vaping

Minnesota gets mixed grades on its tobacco report card

In Minnesota, the economic cost due to smoking is $2.519 million with 5,910 deaths per year attributed to smoking.

Hardy Wills-Traxler

Charges: Man stabbed his father, set his home on fire

The 25-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Related