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The Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities

When Ben and I moved to Minnesota, we were already familiar with several places in the Twin Cities; because the Twin Cities are just about an hour away from where we lived in Wisconsin, we had visited many times over the years. But since Ben and I became official Minnesotans in 2021, we’ve discovered so many new places we love and recommend! Today, I’m excited to share my personal “best restaurants in the Twin Cities!”

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Since its opening a few years ago, Khâluna has been my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. It’s a Laotion restaurant by Chef Ann — a beautifully decorated space located in a walkable neighborhood in Minneapolis. The restaurant’s location makes everything feel serene and relaxing — and its decor is every decorator’s dream. The menu is creative, colorful, flavorful, and delicious — with amazing vegan options. My favorite appetizers are Sakoo (Ben and I attended a cooking class with Chef Ann to learn how to make these!) and Rainbow Rice, and my favorite entree is Yellow Curry. Every dish is photograph-worthy and presented so beautifully. Best of all, The Shop at Khâluna is next door — so after dinner, you can explore curated products from Laos and Southeast Asia. Make a reservation at Khâluna here.


My favorite pizza place is called Rosalia. It’s a beautiful restaurant located in Linden Hills, Minneapolis — a neighborhood Ben and I have loved since before moving to Minnesota. Not only is the restaurant itself beautiful and modern, but the patio area is the place to be; it’s surrounded by the most beautiful landscaping and covered by big umbrellas, so being there feels like you’re on vacation! The food is absolutely delicious. Summed up, for pizza, Rosalia! Make a reservation at Rosalia here.

Hai Hai

Hai Hai is a Southeast Asian restaurant located in Northeast Minneapolis. When I’ve gone to Hai Hai for dinner, the atmosphere was fun, colorful, and somewhat loud — in a good way. The menu is designed to be shareable, so you’ll order a variety of small plates to share among your party — which makes the dining experience really fun. My favorites are the vegan Spring Rolls and vegan Hanoi Sticky Rice! Make a reservation at Hai Hai here.

Kim’s: Korean American Restaurant

Chef Ann Kim was featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table: Pizza. Not only is her expertise as a chef and restaurant owner so inspirational, but hearing her story on Netflix made Ben and I get teary-eyed. Chef Ann Kim owns several restaurants throughout the Twin Cities — all of which are amazing. Right before welcoming Ollie, Ben and I went to Young Joni. (I was so pregnant I could hardly finish eating!) Since then, we’ve gone to Kim’s — for a Mother’s Day lunch — and it was an experience I really loved. The decor is so beautiful, the feeling is fresh and airy, and the menu is so delicious! My favorites were the Cashew Tofu Dip and Jjajangbap. 10/10 recommend! Make a reservation at Kim’s here.


I had long been a fan of the Sioux Chef — so when his restaurant, Owamni, opened in one of my favorite Minneapolis neighborhoods, I was so excited! Ben and I were lucky enough to get a reservation during its opening week — and to be helped by the Sioux Chef himself. This restaurant was awarded ‘Best Restaurant of 2022’ and Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef, has won numerous awards, too! Make a reservation at Owamni here.

Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher isn’t a dine-in restaurant, and is actually a deli and shop. However, this all-vegan deli and shop is one of my favorite places to go. There are grab-and-go sandwiches, and my absolute favorite is the turkey dill havarti sandwich. (Ben usually gets whatever their panini special is!) You can grab a sandwich, sit in the nearby park, or walk along the river. Order from The Herbivorous Butcher here.

There you have it! These are my personal favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities — places I’d go again and again, because I love them so much! Before moving to the Twin Cities, I hadn’t realized how many diverse restaurants there are, how many award-winning chefs there are, and what a special and unique place the Twin Cities are for dining! I hope you have a chance to stop by any of these amazing places!

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A Minnesota-based motherhood, lifestyle, and home décor blog by Kelly Zugay — Founder of Made by Motherhood, Co-Founder of With Grace and Gold and Host of Brand It, Build It Podcast.

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