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Food Lover’s Guide

Our easy-to-digest guide to the essential people and places that will make your mouth water

BY MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE EAT + DRINK EDITOR STEPHANIE MARCH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE HENKE AND KATHERINE HARRIS



Bountiful is a great way to describe our local food scene, especially its rich tapestry of markets, food shops, grocery stores, co-ops, and food artisans. It’s an embarrassment of riches for the modern shopper who stops in many places before the basket is full. Sometimes it’s a quick grab from a one-stop-shop grocery store, and other times it’s a dedicated journey across town for just the right ingredient. In Kowalski’s, Lunds, and Byerly’s the TC has some of the highest-quality grocers in the country, while in our specialty markets you see the hard work and dedication of the businesses pushing to evolve the Twin Cities food scene. Whether you’re cooking for a feast or picking up food for the family, we’ve found the right spots with the best stuff. When you see the * symbols, it’s a heads-up for prepared foods that are perfect for when you need to pick up and run.



Grocery


Our locally-owned stores clearly set the bar high, while national imports have made a strong showing and become part of our eating landscape.


Specialty


Finding just the right ingredient may be a challenge in other cities, but our retailers know the joy in discovering the unique.


Bread


Over the last few years, the Twin Cities has undergone such a bread renaissance–from old-world classic loaves to innovative new boules.


Co-ops


Minnesota, with its bounty of local and organic food selections, boasts the highest concentration of co-ops per capita in the nation.


Ethnic


Adventurous eaters have long-known the thrill of stumbling upon the wonders hidden inside our local ethnic markets.


Hard-To-Find Ingredients


From pomegranate molasses to taro root and dragon fruit, we show you where those hard-to-find ingredients are hiding.


Meat


There is no better guide to the world of meat than a butcher behind a counter. After all, these guys make the cuts that land in your pot.


Cheese


Crafting the best cheese plate is as easy as chatting up your favorite cheesemonger.

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