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The Nook 

492 Hamline Ave S St Paul, MN (651) 698-4347

Reopened after a fire burned down the restaurant, the Nook serves up some amazing stuffed burgers

  • GOLD for The Nook


Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge 

2519 Marshall St NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 788-9069

Bamboo tiki bar

  • GOLD for Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge


The Blue Door Pub 

1811 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN (651) 493-1865

Andrew makes a stop here, where they’ve taken the classic, local Juicy Lucy hamburger in a new direction.

  • GOLD for The Blue Door Pub



215 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-3018

Eastern European Polish & Czech 
Eastern European comfort food.

  • GOLD for Kramarczuk's


Smack Shack 

1st Ave N and 4th St N Minneapolis, MN

a food truck cranks out fresh lobster rolls that do double duty in a dive bar

  • GOLD for Smack Shack



5557 XERXES AVE S Minneapolis, MN (612) 424-8338

Unusual Pizza

  • GOLD for Lola


Nye's Polonaise Room  

112 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-2021

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Dive / Polka Bar combo

  • GOLD for Nye's Polonaise Room


Al's Breakfast 

413 14th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN (612) 331-9991

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Al's Breakfast


Victor's 1959 Cafe 

3756 Grand Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 827-8948

Cuban Caribbean 

  • SILVER for Victor's 1959 Cafe


Bryant Lake Bowl 

810 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN (612) 825-3737

Traditional American 

  • SILVER for Bryant Lake Bowl


Colossal Cafe 

1839 E 42nd St Minneapolis, MN (612) 729-2377

Sandwiches European 
a tiny breakfast and lunch spot serving up a scratch made meatloaf sandwich topped with cranberry compote

  • SILVER for Colossal Cafe


Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque  

423 Main St S # A Stillwater, MN (651) 439-5375

Caribbean Cafe 
Jerk Chicken

  • SILVER for Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque


The Weinery 

414 CEDAR Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 333-5798

Traditional American 

  • SILVER for The Weinery


Duluth Gril 

118 S 27th Ave W Duluth, MN (218) 726-1150

a local favorite, where they're scratch baking banana cream pie and serving grass-fed, bison pot roast

  • SILVER for Duluth Gril


Q Fanatic BBQ  

180 Miller Rd Champlin, MN (763) 323-6550


  • SILVER for Q Fanatic BBQ



2692 County Rd E E White Bear Lake, MN (651) 777-9199

Italian Pizza 

  • SILVER for Donatelli's


Northern Waters Smokehaus 

394 S Lake Ave Ste 106 Duluth, MN (218) 724-7307

  • SILVER for Northern Waters Smokehaus



5000 Penn Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 925-9202

there's a family-run Italian deli crankin' out what the locals love - pizza and totally fresh pasta

  • SILVER for Broders


Dari-ette Drive In 

1440 E Minnehaha Ave St. Paul, MN (651) 776-3470

  • BRONZE for Dari-ette Drive In


Gordy's Hi-Hat 

415 Sunnyside Dr Cloquet, MN (218) 879-6125

Traditional American 

  • BRONZE for Gordy's Hi-Hat


Town Talk Diner 

2707 1/2 E Lake St Minneapolis, MN (612) 722-1312

Traditional American Hamburgers 

  • BRONZE for Town Talk Diner


Emily's Lebanese 

641 University Ave NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-4069


  • BRONZE for Emily's Lebanese


Marla's Carribean Cuisine 

3761 Bloomington Ave Minneapolis, MN (612) 724-3088

In Minneapolis, the Caribbean joint cranking out spicy chickpea and blazing oxtail stews

  • BRONZE for Marla's Carribean Cuisine


Chester Creek Cafe 

1902 E 8th St Duluth, MN (218) 724-6811

wild rice French toast with a beer and cinnamon syrup

  • BRONZE for Chester Creek Cafe


Andale Taqueria Y Mercado 

7700 Nicollet Ave Richfield, MN (612) 259-8868

the Mexican restaurant-market combo creating amazing tacos al pastor and carnitas tamales

  • BRONZE for Andale Taqueria Y Mercado


Buster's on 28th 

4204 28th Ave. Minneapolis, MN (612) 729-0911

the neighborhood gastropub serving up serious sandwiches piled with steak and braised beef

  • BRONZE for Buster's on 28th


Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub 

2716 East 38th Street Minneapolis, MN (612) 208-1450

a smokehouse making killer wings and a hearty porchetta sandwich

  • BRONZE for Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub


The Modern Cafe CLOSED 

337 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 378-9882

Californian Traditional American 

  • BRONZE for The Modern Cafe CLOSED


George and the Dragon 

813 W 50th St Minneapolis, MN (612) 208-1047

an English-Filipino mashup serving the bomb bahn mi and bacon onion dip.

  • BRONZE for George and the Dragon


Surly Brewing Company 

520 Malcolm Ave SE Minneapolis, MN (763) 999-4040

a big-time brewery cooking up dishes like righteous pulled pork and a killer brisket sandwich



2015 E 24th St Minneapolis, MN (612) 721-6677

an Asian place tucked away in a grocery store dishing out barbecued pork and pork belly ramen


Gannucci's Italian Market 

301 N Central Ave Duluth, MN (218) 624-2286

Homemade lasagna and an amazing muffaletta.


Bayport BBQ 

328 Fifth Ave N Bayport, MN (651) 955-6337

New American 
Family run bbq restaurant serving great brisket and pulled pork


Holy Land 

2513 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 781-2627

Fast Food Middle Eastern 
a Middle Eastern market, restaurant and hummus factory serving up serious shawarma and lights-out falafel.


Gandhi Mahal Restaurant 

3009 27th Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 729-5222

Amazing traditional indian restaurant serving up amazing tikka masala and naan


Red Wagon Pizza 

5416 Penn Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 259-7147

a neighborhood Italian spot carrying on a fun, family pizza-making tradition


Prairie Dogs 

610 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN (612) 223-8984

n over-the-top hot dog spot loading up with beef, sausage, and even lamb poutine.


The Herbivorous Butcher 

507 1st Ave NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 208-0992

A unique deli serving only vegan meats and cheeses


Pak's Green Corner 

4131 Grand Ave Duluth, MN (218) 624-9999

the flavorful border dweller dishing out a taste of Thailand with dishes like the Bangkok burrito and a killer lamb curry

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