One of the Twin Cities' loveliest Thai experiences can be had at Kindee. Chef/co-owner Nuntanit Charoensit prepares the kinds of dishes she grew up eating, including robust, beautifully composed curries, all served in a stylishly contemporary setting.

719 S. 2nd St., Mpls. • 612-465-8303 •

Sea Change, the Guthrie's dramatic street-level restaurant, remains open during the theater's hiatus, and while chef Jamie Malone's exceptional cooking is always a reason to visit, another is her Feast of the Seven Fishes, a family-style dinner on Jan. 17. Cost is $80 per person.

806 S. 2nd St., Mpls. • 612-225-6499 •

At Sanctuary, chef Patrick Atanalian, above, is constantly ramping up the surprise and delight factors. One of the city's best bargains is his five-course, $35 tasting menu, available Monday through Thursday. On Jan. 23, Atanalian is guiding winter-weary diners to Polynesia, with a six-course Tiki tasting menu ($40) with Tiki cocktail pairings ($18).

903 Washington Av. S., Mpls. • 612-339-5058 • R.N.