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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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Gather

Imagine the confidence builder when you’re hired to replace a celebrity chef. The D'Amicos, already empire builders in their own right, humbly took over the former Wolfgang Puck 20.21 space in the Walker Art Center and created Gather, a museum restaurant open mainly for lunch.

Without trying to one-up the Puck, Gather dials it back and quietly executes great plates of modern food that lean to the local palate while keeping a global edge. Then, in a we’re-all-winners move, Gather opens the kitchen the first Thursday night of the month to other notable local chefs who contribute a dish or two to the menu. Would Bobby Flay or Gordon Ramsay do that? Walker Art Center, Mpls., 612-253-3410, walkerart.org

Read our full review from the September issue.

Eater’s Guide

Roof Deck.

When open, the rooftop patio has a captivating view of the Basilica, Loring Park, and downtown. An artful vantage point, to be sure.

Garden Dining.

D'Amico has also put its spin on the quick nosh Garden Café and Garden Grill.

Free For All.

If you gather at Gather for dinner on First Thursdays, the Walker and all its modern wonders are open for free wandering.


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