When you think of Minnesota, what restaurants come to mind? Which classic eateries say something about us as a people?  

Our food critic Rick Nelson came up with a top 5 guide to restaurants that you'll only find in our great state. Think: shoebox-sized vintage diners, a classic steakhouse, a borscht palace and an Obama-approved burger spot.

In this video, columnist James Lileks expands on why each one makes for a uniquely Minne-dining experience.