Lake and Irving Restaurant. Asian and Hawaiian farm to table influenced food with a great beer selection. Rick Nelson gave it a solid review.
The Kenwood Restaurant. A great neighborhood restaurant. One of the best brunches in the Twin Cities. Runner up for best restaurant of the year.
Lynn-Lake neigbhorhood restaurant with especially strong pastas. Chef used to work at Tosca.
From 5 to 10 p.m., Barbette prepares 4 to 5 course dinners, including dessert and/or a cheese course for $32. Menus often include sustainable harvested fish or locally farmed meats, but we’re happy to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and others with dietary constraints.
Rustica Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie
Off-menu order. 2013 Best of the Twin Cities
Dogwood Coffee Bar barista Keith Mrotek has been handcrafting drinks for a decade, so he’s got more up his sleeve than the already-excellent options available at the popular Calhoun Square caffeination spot. We adore his off-menu Gibraltar with chocolate, a four-ounce amalgam of espresso, artfully poured steamed milk, dark-chocolate powder, powdered sugar, and Madagascar vanilla. The drink, which leans more heavily on the espresso than a mocha, is sweet, but subtly so. (The chocolate-free version has a notable lineage: it was developed by James Freeman, owner of the Bay Area’s groundbreaking Blue Bottle Coffee Co.) Though purists may scoff at the presentation—in the tiny glass tumbler that serves as the Gibraltar’s namesake—we like the way it showcases the beverage’s earthy hue and frothy texture. • 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.,