Restaurants in Minnesota

$30 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Japanese Fare, Sushi, and Drinks at Haiku Japanese Bistro

Haiku Japanese Bistro - Mendota Heights

Carolines Lake View

$30 $15

Sushi rolls prepared with tuna, spicy snow crab, and yellowtail and served with eye-pleasing presentation

$12 for $24 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at NOLA Bistro & Bar

NOLA Bistro & Bar

Osseo / Maple Grove

$24 $12

Meals kick off with alligator bites before moving on to entrees of crawfish étouffée, andouille jambalaya, blackened catfish, and poboys

Sushi at Sakana Sushi & Hibachi (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sakana Sushi & Hibachi

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

$30 $15

Spicy tuna and avocado, yellowtail, and mango tuna rolls highlight extensive sushi lineup

$30 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Loose-Meat Sandwiches and Diner Food at Maid-Rite ($60 Total Value)

Maid-Rite

St. Cloud

$20 $10

(8)

Quick-serve diner treats including the signature loose-meat beef sandwich, salads, and shakes

Mexican Food and Drinks at La Fonda De Los Lobos (47% Off). Two Options Available.

La Fonda De Los Lobos

Eagan

$30 $16

(131)

Family-owned cantina specializes in New Mexican cuisine and margaritas

Food and Drinks at Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants (Up to 44% Off)

Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants

Woodbury

$16 $9

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches or rolled into wraps crisp and melt when toasted in an oven

$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food and Drinks at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Maple Grove

$30 $15

(51)

Stationed at tabletop hibachi grills, chefs grill lobster, steak & vegetables to order while diners watch

$22 for $42 Worth of Sushi and Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi - Maplewood and Coon Rapids Riverdale

Multiple Locations

$42 $22

Teppanyaki chefs entertain diners while cooking filet mignon and lobster; sushi chefs stuff rolls with shrimp tempura, eel, and mango

Upscale American Cuisine and Drinks at Jake’s City Grille (40% Off). Five Locations Available.

Jake's City Grille

Multiple Locations

$40 $24

Eatery with five locations serves up hearty Walleye dishes, Angus burgers, and chicken kabobs and boasts a full bar and extensive wine list

Jamaican Meal with Drinks for Two or Four at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen (Up to 46% Off)

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Burnsville

$25 $14

Winner on Food Network's Food Court Wars serves up Jamaican entrees such as jerk chicken, pork, and curried veggies

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Zantigo ($24 Total Value)

Zantigo

Multiple Locations

$12 $6

Mexican restaurant home to the chilito, a blend of cheese and chili in a stretched-by-hand tortilla

$21 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Hibachi, and Drinks at Sawa Japan

Sawa Japan

Timbercrest At Lakeville

$30 $21

(60)

Hibachi chefs dazzle diners with showy preparation of vegetables, lobster tail, and filet mignon in airy eatery festooned with Asian decor

Modern American Cuisine for Two or Four at Gulden's Restaurant & Bar (50% Off)

Gulden's Restaurant & Bar

Maplewood

$30 $15

Tender sirloin steaks, slow-cooked hickory pork ribs, and a full menu of fresh seafood

$11 for $22 Worth of Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks at Jersey's Bar & Grill

Jersey's Bar & Grill

Inver Grove Heights

$22 $11

(52)

Cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burgers, build-your-own sandwiches, drinks, & live country & rock music satisfy the hunger for pub food & fun

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sarku Japan – St. Paul (Up to 45% Off)

Sarku Japan

Roseville

$20 $11

Made-to-order sushi, teriyaki, and tempura brimming with fresh seafood and vegetables

$28.98 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Family-Size, Three-Topping Pizza at Majestic Pizza (Up to $60.96 Value)

Majestic Pizza

Andover

$20.32 $9.66

(14)

Three 16-inch pizzas crafted from dough and sauce made fresh daily with traditional and gourmet ingredients, such as shrimp and white sauce

Buffalo Wings and Beer or Fondue and Wine for Two at Eichten's Market & Cafe (46% Off)

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

$20.39 $11

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park (Up to 53% Off)

G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park

Fridley

$44.48 $26

Draft beers, drinks, and wine match with black Angus burgers, racks of ribs, wings, and other familiar pub grub

$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Dishes and Seafood at El 7 Mares

El 7 Mares

Savage

$20 $11

Empanadas, tostadas, and rellenos are filled with fresh shrimp, crab, and oysters

Steakhouse Cuisine and Drinks at Lindey's Prime Steak House (Up to 45% Off)

Lindey's Prime Steak House

Arden Hills - Shoreview

$50 $29

(48)

Casual steakhouse with 50+ years of history

American Cuisine at Ingredients Cafe (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Ingredients Cafe

White Bear Lake

$40 $25

(32)

Local, sustainable ingredients make refined, internationally tinged dishes such as empanadas, Asian pork salad & lemon caper chicken penne

Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli and Diner Food at Olde Main Eatery ($30 Total Value)

Olde Main Eatery

Elk River

$15 $7.50

(14)

Classic American diner and deli serves up hearty omelets, light wraps, and hot sandwiches

Chinese Dine-In Dinner for Two or Four, or Chinese Takeout Cuisine at Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Tian Jin Chinese Restaurant

Chanhassen

$20 $11

(363)

Traditional, authentic cuisine inspired by the owner's frequent trips to China

Coffee, Food, Wine and Beer at Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe, Beer and Wine

New Hope (across from YMCA)

$20 $10

(6)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Chicken, Seafood, and Barbecue at Tinucci's ($40 Value)

Tinucci's

Newport

$20 $10

Restaurant with more than 55 years of history serves up chicken, seafood, barbecue, deli, and buffets

American Food at Danny's Bar & Grill (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Danny's Bar & Grill

Stillwater

$30 $15

Eat gourmet twists on American cuisine by a fireplace inside or out on a patio next to the golf course

Japanese Cuisine at Aji Japanese Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$20 $11

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, which balance flavors of grilled chicken, house wine, and dessert

Griller's Barbecue Meat Package or Beef-Stick-and-Brat Package at Center Cut Meats (Up to 49% Off)

Center Cut Meats

Multiple Locations

$67.89 $40

Four kinds of brats comes with ground chuck, or sampler that features four kinds of beef stick

$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of American Fare at Buffalo Bar and Grill ($40 Value)

Buffalo Bar and Grill

Buffalo

$20 $11

(15)

Pork sandwich paired with coleslaw, southwest chicken wrap crowned with spicy ranch dressing & quarter-pound burger topped with bacon

Italian Meal for Two or Four with Entrees and Wine at Little Venetian (Up to 51% Off)

Little Venetian

Roseville

$37.90 $19

(11)

Made from family recipes, the eatery's Italian classics range from meat-filled lasagna to pizza crowned with chicken and alfredo sauce

Barbecue and Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Smokey's Pub n' Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Smokey's Pub N' Grill

Wyoming

$30 $15

House-made barbecue, burgers, and local and craft beers

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Suishin Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Suishin Restaurant

Arden Hills - Shoreview

$25 $13

(20)

Sushi rolls and nabemono hot-pot dishes with crab, beef, and rich broth with dipping sauces in a restaurant with an outdoor patio

$54 for Bocce-Court Rental, Craft Beer, and Brewpub Pizzas for Up to Eight at Nomad World Pub ($110 Value)

Nomad World Pub

West Bank- Minneapolis

$110 $54

Enjoy beer and pizza when you rent a bocce court

Modern American cuisine for Dinner or Takeout at Faces Mears Park (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Faces Mears Park

Lowertown

$90 $49

(122)

Local, sustainably farmed ingredients flavor Mediterranean-influenced restaurant cuisine that pairs with a wide wine selection

Broasted Chicken or Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at The Lookout Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off)

The Lookout Bar and Grill

Lookout Bar & Grill

$35.98 $19

(20)

Bar open since 1958 serves its signature broasted chicken or enormous burgers alongside draft beer

$25 for $50 Worth of Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids

$50 $25

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

$16 for Two Panino and Two Beverages at Panino Brothers ($31.90 Value)

Panino Brothers

Eden Prairie

$31.90 $16

(11)

Panino—flatbread-rolled sandwiches filled with lean meats, fresh veggies, and cheese—are baked to satisfaction

Pizza Meal or $11 for $20 Worth of Takeout or Delivery from JR'S Stonebaked Pizza

JR'S Stonebaked Pizza

Burnsville

$20 $11

Build-your-own pizza menu with a thin or classic crust, tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauces, and 18 toppings

Pizzas, Salads and Drinks with a Comedy Show for Two or Four at Welsch's Big 10 Tavern (58% Off)

Welsch's Big 10 Tavern

Arden Hills - Shoreview

$75.40 $32

(13)

Big laughs drawn by comedian pair with housemade cheese pizzas, caesar salads, and drinks from the bar

Diner Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Cobblestone Cafe (50% Off)

Cobblestone Cafe

White Bear Lake

$20 $10

(16)

Classic diner food such as eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and malts for breakfast or lunch served in café with outdoor seating

Casual American Food and Movie-Themed Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Outtakes Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Outtakes Bar & Grill

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

$20 $10

Burgers and flatbread pizzas pair with specialty cocktails inspired by your favorite movies

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Burgers and Drinks for Two or Four at Wild Boar Restaurant ($32.96 Off)

Wild Boar Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$34.48 $18

Sandwiches and juicy hamburgers fuel romps on a mechanical bull and dancing on weekends; choose from house wine, beer, and well drinks

Gourmet Pub Fare for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner at Chatterbox Pub (Up to 47% Off). Three Locations.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

(308)

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

Gourmet Pub Fare for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner at Chatterbox Pub (Up to 47% Off). Three Locations.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

(308)

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

Upscale Comfort Food and Drinks at The Prairie Tap House (Up to 50% Off)

The Praire Tap House

Eden Prairie

$40 $20

(155)

Pit beef rubbed with spices and slowly grilled, handmade pastas, gourmet salads, and burgers topped with truffle cheese and chutneys

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Willernie

$20 $12

(346)

Chefs hand-toss dough for stromboli and fire gourmet thin-crust pizzas in wood-burning ovens

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More at Kobe Restaurant

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

$30 $16

(46)

Chefs entertain guests at the hibachi grills or sushi bar as bartenders mix specialty cocktails or pour Japanese beers, wines, and sake

Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Dinner with Beer or Wine for Two at Twisted Fork Grille (Up to 47% Off)

Twisted Fork Grille

Macalester - Groveland

$33.88 $18

Locally sourced fresh ingredients make their way into American food such as bison entrees and walleye cake benedicts

$22 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

$40 $22

(98)

At tableside grills, chefs sizzle north atlantic salmon and filet mignon; sushi artists make more than 40 inventive rolls and sushi items

Thai Food for Dinner or Lunch at Sawatdee St. Paul (47% Off)

Sawatdee St. Paul

Northwestern Precinct

$30 $16

(243)

Feasts of pad thai, spring rolls, tropical cocktails, and fresh seafood curries

Urban Feast for Two or Four at Urban Eatery (Up to 46% Off)

Urban Eatery

Cedar-Isles-Dean

$102.50 $55

(260)

Chefs turn local ingredients into playful takes on classic dishes, such as smoked-duck nachos and thai lettuce wraps

$8 for $16 Worth of Contemporary Diner Cuisine at The Grandview Grill 

The Grandview Grill

Macalester - Groveland

$16 $8

Unique diner dishes such as pineapple upside-down cake pancakes and blackened-catfish sandwiches paired with fair-trade coffee

$8 for $16 Worth of Diner Food for Breakfast and Lunch at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

$16 $8

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

Pub Food and Drinks at Hoggsbreath Bar (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoggsbreath Bar

St Paul

$30 $16

Pub with a lobster vending machine also dishes out cuisine such as pizza and appetizers that are paired with domestic beer and cocktails

$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Cuisine at SIX15

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

$40 $20

(18)

Globally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Mexican pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce

$15 for Three Groupons, Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Taqueria Los Paisanos ($36 Total Value)

Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

$12 $5

More than 9-year-old taqueria uses generations-old family recipes to craft fajitas, tortas, tamales, and its specialty: tacos

Latin Fusion Cuisine at Cafe Ena (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

$60 $39

(278)

Chef trained at three-star restaurant in Paris blends Latin American flavors with continental French flair

Thai Cuisine and Drinks at Bangkok Cuisine (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

$20 $10

Juicy sliced steak, scallops, and chicken serve as counterpoints to veggies and tofu in stir-fried noodle and curry dishes

$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy and Organic Food for Dinner at Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Uptown Minneapolis

$20 $12

The chefs here reach for seasonal, nutritious ingredients as they plate up casual vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $11 Worth of Deli Sandwiches at Acme Deli ($22 Value)

Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

$11 $5.50

Deli crafts sandwiches to go with a range of customizable or classic options such as roast beef and grilled cheese

Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (50% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

$50 $25

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

$12 for $20 Worth of Drive-In Cuisine at Dari-ette Drive In

Dari-ette Drive In

St. Paul

$20 $12

A 1950s-style drive-in with menu-boards at each parking spot specializes in malts, meatballs, deep-fried chicken, and burgers

Lunch for Two or Four at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

Uptown

$85.85 $44

(911)

Fresh oysters, sushi, and fish pair with red wine, beer, or specialty cocktails on one of two rooftop decks

Authentic Mexican Fare for Two or Four at Los Arcos (50% Off)

Los Arcos

West St. Paul

$25 $12.50

More than 90 traditional Mexican platters line up on expansive menu, including mole enchiladas & molcajetes served in hot rock bowls

Weekend Brunch for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Lunch or Dinner at Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

$42 $20

(119)

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at La Cabana

La Cabana

Dayton's Bluff

$30 $15

(6)

Tuck into hearty potions of ceviche, carne asada, and pescadas empanadas, followed by a cold Mexican beer

Authentic Mexican Lunch or Dinner at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante (50% Off)

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

$24 $12

(72)

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

$9 for Two Fried-Fish Value Baskets at Mac’s Fish & Chips (Up to $17.98 Value)

Mac's Fish & Chips

Como Park

$18 $9

(181)

Baskets of hand-battered fried walleye, cod, halibut, or chicken paired with crispy hand-cut chips and housemade coleslaw

Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

$12 $6

(8)

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

Chinese Dinner for Two or Four, or Chinese Food for Takeout at Cafe 99 (Up to 53% Off)

Cafe 99

Como Park

$20 $10

Authentic Chinese dishes such as chrysanthemum sole fillet in tomato sauce, Mandarin beef with golden garlic, and chong king spicy chicken

Pizza or Pasta & Drinks for 2 or $12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Lunch at Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Minneapolis

$12 $6

(35)

Cheesy pizzas topped with tomatoes, peppers, or pineapple or Italian-style pastas pair with glasses refreshing beer or robust wines

Diner Meal for Two or Four at Egg and I (Up to 54% Off)

Egg and I

Multiple Locations

$30.50 $14

(83)

Dig into steak and eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and large stacks of buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes topped with seasonal berries

Latin Meal with an Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Conga Latin Bistro (Up to 59% Off)

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

$67.85 $28

(57)

Eclectic Latin American food cha-chas its way to tables amid evocative wall murals and nightly salsa dancing

$5 for Asian and American Cuisine at Maiv's Egg Roll Basket ($10 Value)

Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

$10 $5

Banh mi sandwiches, sweet and savory egg rolls, and many varieties of bubble tea

$26.50 for Neapolitan Pizza for Two with Wine or Beer, Valid Monday–Thurs, at Pizza Nea (Up to $43 Value)

Pizza Nea

Nicollet Island

$43 $26.50

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

$20 for Pasta and Wine for Two at Yarusso's Italian Restaurant (Up to $37.18 Value)

Yarusso's Italian Restaurant

Payne - Phalen

$37.18 $20

(63)

Sauce and meatballs made from secret family recipes top pasta dishes at this fourth-generation-owned family restaurant opened in 1933

Pizza for Two or Four at Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant (50% Off)

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

$30 $15

Pizzeria with full bar serves pies such as the 5 Cheese Bianco with garlic and Italian herb butter sauce, or the bacon cheeseburger pizza

Mexican Food at Manana (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Dayton's Bluff

$22 $11

(27)

Traditional Mexican and Salvadorian dishes including pupusas, tamales, tacos, tortas, and sopes

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Some of the spices and condiments in a Malaysian kitchen—ginger, shallots, chilies—are familiar to American diners. Others aren't as widely known, and it's these that give the seafood, meats, veggies, and curries at Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine their palate-expanding complexity. Belacan, for example, is a dried shrimp paste that provides a salty tang; pandan leaf is an aromatic plant used in desserts as a dumpling wrapper; and galangal is a type of Southeast Asian rhizome that goes well with lemongrass.

At Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine, Chef Tong mixes these ingredients with practiced precision to make nearly 200 dishes, from pineapple seafood fried rice to the Buddhist yam pot—a bowl formed from crispy fried taro and filled with shrimp, chicken, cashews, and vegetables. The restaurant's open kitchen lets guests watch him and the other cooks as they flip the crispy pancakes known as roti canai and toss fresh egg noodles with duck and barbecued pork. The food impressed Jeremy Iggers of the StarTribune along with his Malaysia-born dining companions, who "gave the Peninsula a strong endorsement: they said the food was as good as at the restaurants back home."

The kitchen also displays Peninsula's love for coconut. Jumbo shrimp and beef take on sweetness as they simmer in coconut milk, and a coconut-butter breading turns bites of chicken into crispy treats. To increase the chances that their dreams will take them to a tropical island, diners can finish with another celebration of the fruit of the palm: coconut pudding served inside a real coconut shell.

2608 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

The aroma of simmering lamb and curried vegetables wafts from Flamingo Restaurant’s kitchen, where owners Shegitu Kebede and Frewoini Haile ladle hearty meat stews onto spongy disks of injera. The duo’s traditional East African cuisine has been lauded by the Star Tribune as “flavorful and lovingly prepared.”

But Ms. Kebede’s and Ms. Haile’s passion for African cuisine is not the only bond they share: both women embarked on a dangerous escape from their respective war-ravaged countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea. As reported by MPR News, the refugees fled Africa on foot, alone, dodging rebels and government armies en route to freedom.

Once in the United States, Ms. Kebede and Ms. Haile joined forces to rebuild their lives and preserve their cultural identities. The result is Flamingo Restaurant. There, traditional African art adorns the walls, and imported African spices flavor the owners’ family recipes. Both women are always on hand to greet guests with a smile or conduct a tableside primer on their favorite dishes. Says Kebede, "We want people to see that, even though your countries fight [for] over 35 years, you can still be friends."

490 Syndicate St N
Saint Paul,
MN
US

• For $10, you get $20 worth of French-American cuisine at brunch or lunch. • For $20, you get $40 worth of French-American cuisine and drinks after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Restaurant's blend of fine French recipes with hardy American ingredients increases gustatory alliances at tables sprinkled throughout its homey dining rooms. In a contemporary take on the timeless roasted duck a l’orange, Grand Marnier and seasonal fruit accompaniments simmer next to a crispy quarter of tender duck ($16). After being pan seared and flambéed with cognac, the steak au poivre's black-peppercorn-encrusted fillet bathes in delicious blend of crème fraîche and bordelaise sauce next to a potato, pasta, or vegetables ($20). The salmon mosaic weaves strips of wild Alaskan salmon and fresh Canadian walleye into a replica of Starry Night before a light poaching and drizzle of lemon beurre blanc and dill ($18). Capturing the essences of classic French cuisine, the chicken coq au vin slow cooks locally raised chicken with bacon, pearl onions, and mushrooms in a red-wine sauce ($19 for dinner, $13 for lunch).

723 2nd St SW
Rochester,
MN
US

In the 1950s, Sam Perrella owned a small cafe in Minnesota's Iron Range, offering up the usual cafe fare of coffee and baked goods. But after hearing WWII soldiers' stories of Italian pizza and traveling to Chicago to taste the Windy City's version of the Italian pie, he and his wife created their own version. They morphed the cafe with Sammy's Pizza, moved it to a larger location, and watched the loyal customers roll in.

The iconic restaurant now boasts 16 locations in three states and the Five Four Lounge in Coon Rapids. But though it's a household name, it remains a family-run eatery with menu items culled from family recipes. Among them are chicken tetrazzini, three-cheese bacon caballero, and specialty pizzas. Favorites include Sammy's Special with Italian sausage, green pepper, and onions, or the Iron Ranger with kosher beef salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

103 W 1st St
Duluth,
MN
US

Chez Daniel executive chef Wilver Sanchez interprets the cuisine of France with an eye for artful presentation, simple and fresh ingredients, and a creative sensibility. Attentive servers welcome diners with appetizing small plates, covering nude tables with plump escargot baked in garlic butter and house-smoked salmon toast. Lobster ravioli is tossed with saut?ed mushrooms before making a dazzling midmeal entrance in a mantle of roasted artichokes and lobster-tarragon sauce, while filet mignon is served with potatoes and a classic b?arnaise sauce. Chez Daniel also features a list of weekly specials. The dining room's exposed-brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables entice customers with an atmosphere as elegant as a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne?s beard.

2800 American Blvd. W
Minneapolis,
MN
US

At Sweet Taste of Italy, the secret’s not just in the sauce—although they have a specialty housemade red sauce—because everything is made from scratch each day. The chefs whip butter, grind cheese, bake fresh sweet Italian bread, and hand-slice meats to create Italian favorites with an American twist. Customers can dine in or take out heaping helpings of pasta and Toyota-sized pizzas, and catering services are also available.

9576 Noble Pkwy N
Minneapolis,
MN
US