GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Healthy, diverse and wildly creative, the Twin Cities food scene is as much about the experience as it is about the food.
Summer in the Cities means upscale park dining. From early adapter Tin Fishto the latest entry,Sandcastle, scheduled to open at Lake Nokomis in mid-June, the Minneapolis Parks restaurants are sustainable, accessible and accommodating.
The Bread and Pickle at Lake Harriet now serves alcohol and is offering several new menu offerings including a crab cake sandwich. And they're open for breakfast and are hosts to an early morning yoga class during the summer.
Pizza is a local mainstay, but in the hands of chef Ann Kim, it's a New York style meal.
NewcomerHello Pizza serves the pie by the slice, featuring special items like the Smokey the Pig pizza and a tasty gluten-free crust. It's a great place for families and lunch on the go.
Five month-oldBorough feeds the need for a simple, but elegant restaurant that serves the warehouse district crowd. Former Trevail chef Nick O'Leary is also co-owner.
"A lot of chefs are becoming owners which gives chefs the freedom to create what they want," he told us before heading back to the kitchen to help with the dinner crowd.
Also on trend, craft cocktails in the bar on the lower level called Parlour.
When it comes to craft breweries, the latest thing is to belly up to the bar right at the source.The Pour Decisions Brewery in Roseville is open Thursdays-Saturdays for happy hour, featuring its signature beer as well as offerings from local food trucks.
Happy Hour has gone from a "few drinks before dinner" to an affordable dining option. St. Paul favorite Cossetta's has added the LouisRistorante, where Happy Hour features Italian comfort fare with a view.
It's a classic concept with a new twist, just in time for summer.