3 Squares + Edina, Longfellow, and Highland Grills are all new this year! Their menus have a number of tasty (if not similar among them) options, but I'd start with the pierogies and follow with chilaquiles or huevos rancheros. I know that seems like a wicked global spin, but why not?
Your lunch at Barbette could start with a petite charcuterie (whadda cute little head cheese) and round out with some beef bourguignon, which could feel like a little Paris in the afternoon.
I'm sorry but the Minnetonka Christos has a ridiculous amount of options, and although there are too many X's for my linguistic comfort, there are a lot of tasty choices. I'm choosing cheese (shocker) with the feta n' phyllo tyropita, then trying the Salmos Exohikos, which is salmon in phyllo with sumac aioli.
Dakota for lunch is a no-brainer with the Buster Crab BLT: cornmeal crusted crab with maple bacon and Creole tomato aioli. Win.
Truth: The key lime pie at El Meson is reason enough to go.
FireLake has a few things on the menu that make me think mmmmm: Summit Red Ale braised pork and beef, red velvet whoopie pies, and a sammie with La Quercia prosciutto and Bent River camembert.
You know what a deal Fogo is, and it's almost booked up, so giddyup gaucho.
If you're a vegist, or find yourself dining with one, give Kafe 421 a looksee: curried eggplant soup, zucchini fritters, stuffed grape leaves, and pastichio—a Greek veggie "lasagna."
La Chaya is an undersung little place and new to the roster this year. I'd try the crab empanadas for lunch and maybe the cochinita pibil (citrus marinated pork in a banana leaf) for dinner. Don't forget the chocolate chipotle creme brulee.
I wonder if Masa would let me have the Queso Fundido for a starter followed by the Queso Fundido for entree?
If you're heading up north, try to make it to Nokomis in Duluth by lunch for local trout cakes. If you're a herring-head, you might road trip for the prosciutto wrapped darlings for dinner.
The Red Stag menu has me waffling between the Wild Acres duck cassoulet and the house-cured Reuben sandwich. The peppermint chocolate cake is a shoe in.
Maybe the most intriguing dish on the whole site for me: trout Kiev with Burgundian snails and maitre' d butter from Sea Change.
Vincent has me with the pappardelle with braised rabbit at lunch and the poached sole with mussels, quince, tangerine oil, and lemongrass at dinner. Doesn't that just sound bright and fog-lifting?
On Sunday only, Wondrous has all-you-can-eat dim sum for $20.
Woolley's, another newcomer out Bloomington way, is offering some nice steaks and walleye, plus 1/2 price bottles from the wine list.