Chef Shane Oporto, last seen at the former La Belle Vie, is now impressing the heck out of diners at this casual all-day cafe. Under his sharp tutelage, tartines become a thing of beauty, a pistou soup is the essence of summer and a daily variation on the humble chicken salad sandwich is approached with tireless creativity. The lovely, inventive baked goods are by pastry chef Katie Elsing. There’s beer, wine and an intriguing list of cocktails and spritzers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
2640 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-870-2640, thelynhall.com
New ownership at a familiar address demonstrates, once again, the prodigious gifts of chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson. Along with foie gras, turbot, lamb, prawns and the ham to end all hams (it’s thinly shaved and so justifiably precious that it’s priced by the ounce), their partnership also turns out one of the city’s loveliest vegetarian dishes: duck egg-fortified dumplings finished with delicate peas and an onion sauce. Affordable wines, hurrah. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
3804 Grand Av. S., Mpls., 612-822-8260, grandcafemn.com
Rise Bagel Co.
The availability of great bagels has improved, big time. After test-driving their business at the Fulton Farmers Market, siblings Jen and Kate Lloyd are now operating a brick-and-mortar outlet in the North Loop. The added space allows for an expanded bagel-centric menu: a few organic egg sandwiches (plus gravlax with all the right trimmings) on the all-day breakfast menu, and a handful of well-stuffed (turkey, beef, veggie) sandwiches post-11 a.m. Breakfast and lunch daily.
530 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-354-3349, risebagel.com