I love sharing my lists of great restaurants, must-see breweries and culinary adventures with others!

Twin Cities

  • Phil’s Tara Hideaway – my No. 1 recommendation for Stillwater
  • Muffuletta Café
  • Café Levain
  • Heartland
  • Pizzeria Lola
  • The Nook – Juicy Lucy hamburgers
  • Matt’s Bar – Jucy Lucy hamburgers (note the intentional spelling)
  • Crema Café – post-dinner date night
  • Lake Elmo Inn – Sunday brunch or family gathering
  • Bar La Grassa
  • Louis – *new to the list* Above Cosetta’s in downtown St. Paul

Western Wisconsin

  • San Pedro Café
  • The Laurel Supper Club
  • Mama Maria’s – deep fried cappelletti


  • Ernie’s Pizza – (Verbatim from menu) Must-get: zeppole ($8) lightly fried pizza dough tossed with cinnamon and sugar. served with roasted banana and nutella mousse, strawberry mascarpone and chocolate chip cannoli cream
  • Root Down
  • Great Divide  Tap Room
  • Rackhouse Pub – Stranahans Whiskey distillery
  • Masterpiece Deli
  • Falling Rock Tap House
  • Lola
  • Little Man Ice Cream
  • Bistro Vendôme – Mussels and beer, best at the bar
  • Forrest Room 5
  • Fruition
  • Lou’s Food Bar
  • Highland Tap and Burger – Duck-fat fries
  • Sweet Action – organic ice cream
  • Golden City Brewery


  • The Nook – For breakfast
  • Bar Americain
  • Shake Shack
  • Momofuku Milk Bar – Crack pie




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