Twin Cities Insider Eats: 2012 Critics’ Picks

The best food nobody knows about: Our dining team reveals its black book of foodie secrets.

Twin Cities Insider Eats: 2012 Critics' Picks
By Steven Brown, Beth Dooley, Philip Dorwart, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Peter Lilienthal, Stephanie March, Marianne Miller, and Andrew Zimmern

The food fanatics who make up our dining team opened their little black books to reveal all the side trips, quick stops, and favorite haunts they frequent but don’t normally get to write about. These hidden gems—the hole-in-the-wall breakfast joints, little-known lunch spots, strip mall discoveries, pop-up surprises, and ethnic eateries—often go unseen by all but the most diligent eaters. Consider this your insider’s guide to the best of the unexpected.


2012 Insider Eats Critics’ Picks: Breakfast Joints

Warm biscuits to earthy vegetarian, morning hash to pickled herring, these spots will get you out of your breakfast comfort zone.


2012 Insider Eats Critics’ Picks: Foodie Secrets

Shhhh, Sunday roast chicken at Café Levain, Happy Gnomes bloody mary bar, :D Spots off-the-chart wings, some secret eats of the cities.


2012 Insider Eats Critics’ Picks: Global Fare

Our favorite places for international flavors, from Que Nha's crusty-bottomed rice casseroles to Di Noko's serious deep-dish pizza.


2012 Insider Eats Critics’ Picks: Dives & Holes in the Wall

Standout drinks and dishes from your local bar.


2012 Insider Eats Critics’ Picks: Seasonals & Pop-ups

Don't-miss, one-of-a-kind events for Twin Cities foodies.


Photos: 2012 Twin Cities Insider Eats

Mouth-watering photos of insider eats dishes.


Video: Ten Twin Cities Insider Eats

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine food and dining editor Stephanie March goes on the road to uncover ten insider eateries, pubs, and bakeries that you might have heard of but never had a chance to try. WATCH VIDEO »»