Devan Grimsrud (@pickyfoodie) is a Minneapolis-based food writer and photographer.
Minneapolis is one of those cities that has always flown under the radar. Across the country Minneapolis means frostbitten fingertips, funny accents, snowy streets, and old-school Mid-Western values. But there’s so much more to the city than cold winters and Lutheran churches. From amazingly diverse restaurants and world-class art museums, to incredible music venues and beautiful lakes a few miles from downtown.
If you like to sip on delicious craft cocktails – who doesn’t? – or have beer on the brain 24/7, you’ll love Minneapolis even more. Over the past few years, the number of craft breweries and distilleries has exploded. My favorite is Tattersall Distillery, but there are so many other great spots to check out, like Norseman Distillery, Dangerous Man Brewing, Du Nord Distillery, Indeed Brewing, Fair State Brewing Co-Op, and Able Seedhouse + Brewery. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination, and these places are hands-down better than any bar.
So last night you got your fill, and it’s 11AM and you’re in need of some food to knock that headache away. Let’s start with a diner, because let’s be honest, diner food is always good to you when your heart is pounding in your temples and your mouth is desert dry.
I like The Bad Waitress on Eat Street for a few reasons. One, you have very little interaction with the staff – as you fill out what you want on a piece of paper, pay, sit, eat, and leave. When you had a late night, aren’t feeling so hot, and want to gorge on pancakes in peace – this is the ultimate. Plus, they have bloody marys made with sake for just $5. Win, win, win.
Not a diner person? No worries, my next go-to spot for a speedy hangover recovery is Truce – a fresh pressed juice shop in both Uptown and the North Loop. Get some protein, fruit, and greens with their ‘Green’ acai bowl and maybe pick up a charcoal lemonade or ‘AMP’ juice to go, because, why not?
My last recommendation is for when you’re only very slightly hungover and armed with a craving for something more sophisticated. Café Alma is on the outskirts of the University of Minnesota’s campus (known as Dinkytown) and has impeccable food for both morning and lunch, to stay or to go. Cappuccinos? Check. Poultry bone broth? Check. Fried egg sandwiches, toasted oat oatmeal, macaroni and cheese? Check, check, check. House-made croissants and galettes, fresh juices, winter salads with squash? You get the picture.
So, next time you think of taking a trip to Minneapolis, I hope you you picture yourself lounging at an award-winning distillery instead of shivering in a parka in the arctic tundra.
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The Brothers Buoy (@thebrothersbuoy) are a Brooklyn duo that consists of Graham (photographer) and Jackson (wordsmith -- also pictured above and below). They are not your average, run-of-the-mill, "food account" on Instagram but they are so much more.
In a very crowded space where food photography is plentiful and monotonous, The Brothers Buoy have broken away from the pack with a steady funk. As the great Don Draper once said, "success is related to standing out, not fitting in."
They’re bringing craftsmanship and most importantly, a sense of humor, to properly showcase the grub they eat, the joints they eat at in NYC, and the events they throw. They also give some complimentary tips to those aspiring food photographers out there.
So if you're into food as much as we are, keep up with these two via their Instagram, @thebrothersbuoy.
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One city that cannot be overlooked for its fabulous fare is Chicago. I chatted with food blogger Kristin, aka the @nom_stop, and she showed us that not only are the eats in the Windy City f'n delicious but they can also be nutritious.
Named in the 1980’s for its affluent inhabitants, the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago is filled with foodie finds fit for a king or queen. If, of course, your royal highness is up for a kickass cup of Joe, a grass-fed burger, or a full tray of tacos.
For the Brunch Queen: 3 Arts Club Café, located inside Restoration Hardware. Here, the overworked and under caffeinated (who isn’t these days?) gather for almond milk lattes and brunch fare. The posh dining room alone is a reason to visit; filled with RH’s beautiful furnishings, it is beyond Instagram-worthy.
Since they don’t take reservations, you are bound to encounter a bit of a wait, which comes as no problem when there are four floors of home décor waiting to be explored.
By the second floor, I was mentally packing a suitcase and plotting my move into the place - amazing.
For the Taco King: Velvet Taco. This casual, counter-service taco joint is a must if you’re in the neighborhood. Everything is made from scratch, including the tortillas, which is a major deal breaker for a taco lover like myself.
Among my favorites was #8, a shredded pork taco with pineapple, avocado crema, and pickled onion on a purple corn tortilla, as well as #11, the grilled flank steak taco with mushroom and white queso. Game. Over.
For Your Healthy Highness: LYFE Kitchen. With a menu featuring baked fries, “unfried” chicken, and plenty of vegan options, LYFE has the whole “healthy but tastes good” vibe down pat. I opted for the grass-fed farmhouse burger on a gluten-free bun that did not disappoint.
And while everything on the menu is delicious, the garlic parmesan sweet potato fries absolutely stole my heart. I now live by the motto contained in the name: Love Your Food Everyday. Let’s just say that the Gold Coast left my heart and my stomach full of nothing but love.
Follow along with me as I continue to eat my way through the city in search of the best noms! Too see more restaurant recs right now, head to: http://www.thenomstop.com/lincoln-park-food-cng-part-1/
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