Winner of the 2010 JBF Best Chef: Midwest award, Alexander Roberts of Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis told us about his favorite hometown eateries.
1. Late-Night Dining
Bar La Grassa
800 North Washington Avenue
“Isaac Becker’s new Italian bar/restaurant is the perfect late-night stop. Big menu, a great variety of flavors, and set up for easy sharing. Truly in a league of its own.”
2. Quintessential Minneapolis Cooking
4300 Bryant Ave S.
“Doug Flicker’s new restaurant combines the best local ingredients and an understanding of contemporary cuisine while uniquely showcasing the cooking style he developed during stints in Minneapolis kitchens for more than 20 years.”
3. Special Occasion
La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue
“The dining room and cooking are the most elegant in town and never disappoint when you are celebrating or sharing a special moment.”
4. Quick Snack
Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Avenue NE
“A casual gem that serves Thai cuisine featuring locally produced meats. Family-owned and -operated, with great attention to detail.”
5. Date Night
1624 Harmon Place
“Small plates with interesting flavor combinations, and great drinks. Set in one of the best rooms in town, especially in the summer.”
This article originally appeared in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of JBF Notes, the James Beard Foundation member newsletter. Don't miss out on future articles; become a member today!