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Best New Restaurants 2011

A bevy of chef changes, openings, closings, and flashy new ideas made this another wild year in our local food scene.

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Stewart Woodman may or may not be an easy man to like; he makes no bones about speaking his mind regarding critics, other chefs, and politics. He may be brash and bloggerific in an itchy sort of way, but when it comes to the plate, he gives you nothing short of everything he’s got.

His newly imagined restaurant is a real departure from the one that died in the fire, and that makes him braver still. Heidi’s 2.0 has a modern, funky edge that dares you to look in the Wonkavator open kitchen and peer at the cooks, if you can take your eyes off the plate. Imaginative dishes are refined and show a strength in technique, but they never forget to deliver on flavor.

From the food to the service to the art, it’s a true full-sense experience. 2903 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3512,

Read our full review from the April issue.

Eater’s Guide

Bar Culture.

This new Heidi’s comes decked with a cozy bar area. Don’t skip the pre-meal seat; the bartenders are as talented with hand-pressed juices, syrups, and bitters as you’d expect them to be.

Mrs. Woodman.

Another must is dessert. Pastry czar Heidi Woodman is the heart and loud laughter of the place, and her way with baked things is homey and refined at the same time.

Brunch Beat.

Last summer brought out a more casual side to the place; on Sundays, Heidi’s patio was open for afternoon repast with special sandwiches, fries, and bloody marys for a steal. In September, the restaurant debuted brunch.

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