Revisiting Our Favorite Restaurants in City South

A dish from Grand Cafe, one of our favorite summer dining restaurants in South Minneapolis.
Revisiting some of our favorites for summer dining.
Sourcing the highest quality ingredients is a priority at Grand Café.

Here at City South Magazine, we’re always looking for ways to enjoy the best of summer. With over 100 parks and bike trails to connect the cities, there is always something to do. Less than five miles from downtown, our area offers its own unique culinary treasures right along with the foodie favorites of South Minneapolis. Inspired by locally sourced ingredients, each of these restaurants have a flavor all their own. For our Best of City South issue, we revisit some of our favorite local comestibles.

Eat Street Social
18 W. 26th St. Mpls.

This Eat Street establishment’s patio is perfect for gathering with friends over cocktails and small plates. Savor the weekend with their brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays. Try the lobster and eggs—soft scrambled eggs, butter-poached lobster and fresh herbs on a croissant.

For cocktails, what could be better on the patio than a bottomless mimosa? If you need serious waking-up, try a Corpse Reviver—made with cilantro-bell pepper gin, Cocchi Americano, orange liqueur and citrus.

Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Ave. S. Mpls.

Founded in 2011, the farm-to-table Wise Acre Eatery began with the vision of owners Scott Endres and Dean Englemann. Most ingredients are sourced directly from Tangletown Gardens, their 100-acre farm in Plato, Minn. The culinary team at Wise Acre Eatery works hand-in-hand with the farm to offer the best.

Guests can choose from a selection of brunch plates and start their morning with “Back to Bed” French toast served with granola, yogurt and maple-fruit syrup. For lunch, enjoy a Brie and bacon burger with a side of farm fries. For small plates and sides, try roasted beet hummus or a fried-poached egg. For those on the go, Wise Acre offers items for take-out like hand-rolled butter, summer sausage, hot dogs and custard. Try some Tangletown popcorn for the perfect snack.

The Kenwood Restaurant
2115 W. 21st St. Mpls.

Chef-owner Don Saunders created The Kenwood Restaurant with a vision of the kind of place where couples could enjoy an anniversary dinner and parents and kids could come for breakfast. Try the pancakes with black walnut butter or the omelets with cured tomato, spinach and chevre.

For brunch, try the duck confit salad or mussels in pistou broth. For dinner try the ricotta ravioli with charred broccolini, hazelnut and brown butters, or the braised pork cheek with creamy polenta, baby carrots and truffle jus.

The Kenwood is closed Mondays—they’re busy prepping bacon!

The Harriet Brasserie
2724 W. 43rd St. Mpls.

The Harriet Brasserie offers brunch, tea time, dinner and a kids’ menu with a sophisticated and creative menu.

Many of the items are focused on ingredients from local vendors like Wild Acres and Peterson Farms. The brunch menu features choices like crawfish and grits, soft poached eggs with andouille sausage, cheddar grits and vegetable fricassee. On the lighter side, try the seasonal selection of fruit and cheese served with fresh bread and preserves.

Start your dinner with a small plate of gnocchi or chickpea ragout. For a second course, try the Norwegian salmon with ginger beurre blanc, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, or lobster and pork belly that comes with sweet corn, Yukon potatoes, haricots verts and beurre blanc. Take time this summer to visit The Harriet Brasserie, a neighborhood favorite.

Grand Café
3804 Grand Ave. S. Mpls.

Grand Café’s chef-owner Jamie Malone’s life has always revolved around food. She grew up cooking and baking breads with her dad in St. Paul. At the age of 16, she began working in restaurants and went on to earn her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Malone then immersed herself in regional cuisine while traveling and studying in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Europe, and in 2006, she began working for chef Tim McKee at the lauded Minneapolis restaurant La Belle Vie.

In 2011, Malone became chef at Sea Change, where she gained national attention and earned a place as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef” for 2013 and “Best Chef Midwest” for 2014. In 2013, Malone was on Food & Wine magazine’s list of best new chefs.

From a brief bite and sip to a multi course family feast, the menu at Grand Café is French-inspired, technique-driven cooking. Malone uses local ingredients when it makes sense, but the most important consideration is sourcing the highest quality ingredients. Brunch options include a classic eggs Benedict with fingerling potatoes, or if you’re looking for a sweet start, a yogurt with hazelnuts, dark chocolate and sea salt granola. Also on the menu—kid-friendly or kid-at-heart-friendly items like a cheeseburger or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
For dinner, try the hors d’oeuvre of grilled oysters with shallot cream and black pepper. For the entrée and dessert, enjoy the Tasmanian trout with cabbage and apple, followed by vanilla ice cream with a hazelnut magic shell. Pair any of these dishes with a glass of rosé or sparkling wine, and drink to something special!