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Casual Fine Dining in Minneapolis: Five Tasty Spots

From food trucks to fine dining (and lots in between), Minneapolis has what it takes to satisfy your inner foodie. Here are five casual fine dining spots that you absolutely must try the next time you are in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Restaurant Alma (528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) – (612) 379-4909

Hand-crafted, locally-sourced, fresh, innovative… all of these adjectives fit the food at Restaurant Alma. With a clean, minimalist décor, excellent wine list and James Beard Award nominated head chef, it’s hard to go wrong. Reservations recommended.

The Bachelor Farmer (50 North 2nd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401) – (612) 206-3920

A newcomer to the Minneapolis dining scene, The Bachelor Farmer opened in the summer of 2011 and has been making headlines ever since. Their “nouveau-Scandinavian” cuisine is as inspired as it is satisfying. Make sure to head to the Marvel Bar downstairs for a craft cocktail before dinner. Reservations recommended.

Tilia (2726 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410) – (612) 354-2806

This cozy spot in the Linden Hills neighborhood is known for its flavorful dishes and excellent wine pairings. Tilia does not accept reservations, which means a 1-hour (or longer) wait is expected on a weekend evening. For that reason, I recommend eating here mid-week.

Saffron (123 N. 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401) – (612) 746-5533

This vibrant bar and restaurant serves contemporary Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine, featuring deliciously spiced meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. Grab a bottle of wine and start your meal with a round of mezzes (Mediterranean appetizers). Reservations recommended.

Sapor Café and Bar (428 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401) – (612) 375-1971

Housed in a luminous, spacious building in the North Loop, Sapor serves fresh, innovative dishes (make sure you try the “beetza,” a beet and goat cheese pizza appetizer). Open for lunch and dinner, Sapor is a wonderful place to grab a meal at a relaxed pace. Dinner reservations recommended.

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