9 Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants In Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Divya
Divya
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Farm-to-table restaurants have become increasingly popular in the last few years and its not just a trend for millennials. Sourcing fresh ingredients and supporting local farmers while using seasonal ingredients and keeping menu’s fresh and updated daily has proven to be a system that has worked profitably for several establishments in the hospitality industry. Minnesota is home to thousands of America’s farmers producing corn for grain, hogs, soybeans and dairy products amongst many others. Check out our list of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Minneapolis to find out how to support the state’s farmers, find meals made with local produce and guarantee yourself an enjoyable meal and experience in this midwestern city.

1. The Tiny Diner

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Keeping true to Midwestern culture and cuisine, the Tiny Diner embraces sustainable farming methods, uses solar energy and aims to create a natural habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife in their own backyard. In addition to a delicious sounding menu that uses local produce and seasonal items, visit the restaurant for its workshops, events and classes on topics related to community and environmental sustainability as well as its ever-popular farmer’s markets.

The Tiny Diner

Address: 1024 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

Website: The Tiny Diner

Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)

2. Birchwood Cafe

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The Birchwood Cafe has strong and personal connections to the local farmers whom they support and buy their produce from. Requiring partners to use sustainable farming methods, the cafe even works with farmers in the winter to plan their needs for produce and menu requirements a year in advance. The cuisine is always fresh, changes seasonally and takes its creative cues from the farmers and community with which it is so closely linked.

Birchwood Cafe

Address: 3311 East 25th Street, Minneapolis

Website: Birchwood Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 9pm

3. Brasa

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Brasa uses family-style eating to embrace their sense of community from the farm to their tables. Highlighting the quality of their produce, Brasa’s menu has something for everyone, even including vegetarians who get a dedicated menu and those looking to go gluten-free in their diets as well. Keeping their food fresh and simple with cuisines varying from the Americas, Mexico, and the Caribbean, we recommend paying Brasa a visit the next time you need a destination for your meal.

Brasa

Address: 600 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Website: Brasa

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

4. New Scenic Cafe

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With a constantly evolving menu, the New Scenic Cafe brings the best of Minnesota’s seasons into its restaurant and onto its menu. Part of the North Shore experience, the cafe aims to present local ingredients to its diners in a creative and unique manner. The serene atmosphere helps you relax and makes you feel right at home in a building nestled behind a beautiful flower, herb and vegetable garden.

New Scenic Cafe

Address: 5461 North Shore Drive, Duluth, Minnesota

Website: New Scenic Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

5. Nosh

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Visit Nosh for the serene and peaceful views, an intimate dinner setting with views of Minnesota’s waters, a testament to the Lake City’s name. Using Mediterranean cultures and flavours as his inspiration for his contemporary American cuisine, Chef Greg Jaworski, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, serves a variety of produce and meats provided by the local farmers from southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Have a drink at the full-service bar before your meal and chose from a range of affordable wines, an extensive martini list or locally produced soda’s coffees and teas.

Nosh

Address: 310 ½ S. Washington St., Lake City, Minnesota

Website: Nosh

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 4pm - 9pm; Sun: 3pm - 8pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

6. Wise Acre Eatery

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Wise Acres believes in minimising the distance from the food in the earth, to the plates on their table. And this restaurant really means farm-to-table as they have unique control over every part of the supply chain via their 100-acre (40.4 hectares) farm, the Tangletown Gardens’ in Plato, Minnesota. From the seeds and soil that are planted and nurtured to the animals that are tended to each morning, the team takes special care of their ingredients and the produce that ends up on your plate. From brunch to their all-day dining menu, Wise Acres is a great choice for those looking to experience Minnesota’s most local produce.

Wise Acre Eatery

Address: 5401 Nicollet Avenue South, MPLS, Minneapolis

Website: Wise Acre Eatery

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 9pm

7. French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

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The first ever certified organic bread bakery in the US, French Meadow is an establishment that has long been propagating and serving locally sourced, organic, natural foods in their cafe. They cover all bases with vegetarian, those requiring gluten-free, and vegan options are all serviced. In an air of complete transparency, French Meadow also publishes on their menus, the names of the farms they support and buy from, keeping you in the know with all parts of their production and sourcing. Their adjoining space, Bluestem Bar even offers a selection of sustainable wines and local taps for those looking to sample and support the local wine and beer producers.

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Address: 2610 Lyndale Avenue S.Minneapolis

Website: French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 7am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 7am - 10pm

8. The Bachelor Farmer

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Experience classic Northern food at this all-day cafe and restaurant, a pioneer in Minnesota’s commitment to farmers and sustainable agricultural practices. With the menu changing to reflect the seasons and produce, The Bachelor Farmer believes in highlighting the animal meat and vegetables when they are at their prime, thus giving way to hearty and substantive meals. The lively atmosphere at the restaurant makes the space inviting and cheerful, a dining destination that is a must for locals and visitors alike.

The Bachelor Farmer

Address: 50 North 2nd Avenue, Minneapolis

Website: The Bachelor Farmer

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6am - 5pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 6am - 5pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 8am - 9.30pm

9. Eatery

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With dim lights, dark wood and air of superiority about it, 112 Eatery is an ideal date-night spot to enjoy some of Minneapolis’ finest dishes. Head Chef Isaac Becker was awarded ‘Best Chef, Midwest’ in 2011 and was a semi-finalist for 'Outstanding Chef, 2014’ by the James Beard Foundation, and it shows with each dish that is brought to your table. Choose from a variety of small plates for bursting flavours and unique combinations, paired with an exclusive wine selection, for a meal that will be hard to forget.

112 Eatery

Address: 112 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis

Website: 112 Eatery

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 12am; Sun: 5pm - 10pm

Eat local, support thy farmer

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From simple home-cooked meals with bursts of flavour, to more sophisticated meals involving unique combinations of aroma and essence, farm-to-table concepts have taken over Minnesota’s restaurant and dining style. Highlighting local farms and seasonal produce, our recommended restaurants will keep you satiated in hunger while doing your part to support local industries and farms.

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Divya comes from an academic background having studied economics and public policy and worked in research and writing roles for the past 8 years. Divya's off-duty passion for travel has led her to...Read more

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