Even on a cold wintry day, the staff at FreeStyle Yogurt will always choose frozen yogurt for dessert or a snack. That's because their yogurt is made with live and active cultures and may help boost the immune system, unlike some other frozen yogurts made from a powdered mix. To add to the health benefits, FreeStyle's 14 flavors include no-sugar-added varieties and non-dairy sorbets. A self-service set-up lets customers pick and choose from 50 toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, and boba.
From autumnal cupcakes topped with Halloween embellishments to colorful stacks of french macarons awarded Best of the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly, the meticulously designed treats at Cupcake Caramel by Sweets Bakeshop come from all-natural ingredients. Bakers carefully top pumpkin spice cake with sweet cream buttercream frosting to create this month's seasonal cupcakes, or drizzle caramel atop year-round favorites. Caramel cream and chocolate ganache pour into cupcakes and macarons alike, the latter of which spring from the oven in six different flavors daily. The confectionary team tailors orders of specific events, tinting colors to fit a particular party theme or presidential concession speech.
On an unassuming street just southwest of Minneapolis, someone discovered the secret to time travel. The formula: red stools, a checkered black-and-white floor, and a giant ice cream cone sculpture surrounded in neon lights that spell the name Edina Creamery. The shop transports its visitors back to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor circa the 1950's, long before you could download hot fudge sundaes from the internet. Inside, an ice cream case displays choices from more than 50 homemade flavors. Cups and waffle cones carry classic chocolate cookie dough, adventurous choices such as pumpkin pie, or signature creations like butter chocolate almond crunch. Alternatively, these flavors can turn into malts and milkshakes, which make sweet accompaniments to the shop's more modern menu of Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches. These homemade creations have garnered many fans, including glowing press from outlets such as the local CBS News.
moto-i gives diners an authentic Japanese culinary experience without requiring that they leave uptown Minneapolis. Unpasteurized draft sake is brewed inside the izakaya-influenced bar and restaurant; onsite production keeps this staple libation fresh and free of jet lag. Executive chef Omar forges Asian-fusion dishes that meld flavors such as whole fish served with handmade pickles and abura ramen peppered with smoked pork shoulder. Instead of airing football games and soccer matches, the restaurant’s TVs run live and pre-recorded sumo wrestling bouts simulcast from Japan, proving to diners that sports aren’t required by international law to include a ball.
The brewers at Herkimer Pub & Brewery truly embrace the brewing craft as they make their signature Kolsch and Alt microbrews. To complement these staples, the brew masters experiment with small-batch beers that change with the seasons, much like a goose's mailing address. In the kitchen, chef Omar Gillego concocts a slew of pub favorites, including Angus sliders, spicy buffalo wings, and shrimp po’ boys with celery-root rémoulade.
Posters of sultry pinups decorate the walls, and an expansive glass wall gives guests a glimpse of the onsite brewery.
Restaurant Connection is a delivery service that ferries food from more than 40 restaurants—including Pizza Nea and Loring Kitchen—to customers’ homes and workplaces. Diners can sate all manners of cravings, from Italian and Mediterranean cuisine to vegan meals. Online, restaurants are listed by name, as well as sorted by zip code, neighborhood, and how often their bread reveals Elvis's silhouette when toasted.