Apr 21, 2024 - News

Start building your food map

A bowl of birria ramen on the left, and Laotian dishes with rice and eggs on the right

Dishes from El Sazon (left) and Gai Noi. Photos: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

There are too many award-winning chefs and life-changing restaurants in the Twin Cities for a single newsletter.

Yes, but: Here's a starter pack of food-and-drink spots to spark your explorations, picked with the help of Axios readers.

Food spots

Special splurges: "A newcomer looking for the best steak has to go to Murray's," writes Gregg P. "Nothing else compares."

Unique vibe: El Sazon still slings tacos and Latin American comfort foods from a window inside an Eagan gas station despite recently opening their own standalone space.

Take it to go: "Hai Hai is my absolute favorite food spot in town," says Betsy B. — though we must stress the dine-in experience and cocktail menu is just as good as their takeout.

Vegetarian-friendly: Francis offers a vegan version of the Jucy Lucy, available with either an Impossible patty or as a bean burger.

Breakfast: "Hope Breakfast Bar and Colossal Cafe are big hits" with Austin O. and his wife.

A photo of a latte on a table and a plant-covered wall inside a coffee shop.
Backstory Coffee Roasters in Minneapolis. Photos: Torey Van Oot/Audrey Kennedy/Axios

Beverage spots

Coffee shops: Milkweed's ginger-twisted mocha, The Mississippi Queen, is one of my favorite specialty drinks.

Booze: Zane H. recommends the cocktails — and the hot dogs — at Meteor, a bar that was a James Beard Award semifinalist this year.

Brewery spaces: The rooftop patio at LynLake Brewery is Saskia V.'s favorite spot in town.

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