In the suburbs, Italian-New American Vivo Kitchen will replace the former Enjoy! in Apple Valley. In downtown Excelsior, look for the Suburban, which is promising hot dogs, burgers and pizza. In Minnetonka, Macy’s is reconfiguring its restaurant offerings in its expanded and renovated Ridgedale store. Restaurant Alma vet Ben Rients is stepping out on his own with Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar in Richfield.
Hot: Maple. Brown butter. Goat. Weekday brunch. Bitters. Late-night hours.
Not: Deafening restaurants. No reservations policies. The blatant misuse of “handcrafted,” “artisanal” and “sustainable.” Enough already: The proliferation of frozen yogurt franchises. Eggs on everything. Horizontal barn wood. Overpriced wine dinners.
While my Star Tribune expense account covers my work-related dining-out charges, I manage to divert a not-insignificant chunk of my take-home salary into restaurants. I’m grateful for the many memorable off-the-clock meals I enjoyed in 2013, particularly those at Al’s Breakfast, Be’wiched Deli, Foxy Falafel, Gray House, Lucia’s Restaurant, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, Restaurant Alma, Sapor Cafe and Bar and Sun Street Breads.
Our top-reviewed restaurants of 2013 included:
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Burch Steak and Pizza Bar
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Borough, Corner Table, the Lynn on Bryant, Union Fish Market, Vincent
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Smack Shack, Terzo, Union, World Street Kitchen
Best in show