Inside the cozy and contemporary confines of the Lynn on Bryant, chef/owner Peter Ireland turns out uncomplicated, beautifully crafted classics from dawn to dusk. (For starters, is there a better omelet in the Twin Cities? Doubtful.) Dinner — roasted rabbit with spaetzle, an extraordinary gnocchi — is exceptional, and the bakery counter resides squarely within don’t-miss territory.
5003 Bryant Av. S., Mpls. 612-767-7797, www.thelynnonbryant.com
Date nighters, spend your next evening out parked at the bar at tiny Rincón 38, grazing through one shareable tapas after the next (lobster-stuffed cannoli, polenta-crusted calamari, saffron-poached cauliflower) and enjoying an affordable selection of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
3801 Grand Av. S., Mpls., 612-824-4052, www.rincon38.com
With Terzo, the Broder family has struck wine bar/restaurant gold, stacking the cellar with highly drinkable Italian labels and turning out all manner of appealing, on-trend Italian plates, both small and large. The setting is charm personified and the service staff knows exactly what it’s doing, and then some.
2221 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-925-0330, www.broders.com
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