La Belle Vie is the gastronomic gem of Loring Park, a perfect mix of elegant and experimental cuisine. Just beyond the grassy slopes of the park sits this quiet, James Beard Award-winning restaurant that will take your taste buds on a trip to Mediterranean France and beyond. Start off with a drink: The martinis and cocktails are a godsend, and from the usual classics to La Belle Vie's unique concoctions, all the drinks are strong and expertly crafted. Follow up with one of several tasting menus and sample as much as you can from chef Tim McKee. La Belle Vie's wine list reads like a sommelier's dream, and the staff there will always point you in the right direction with a vintage that will bring out the full flavors of your meal. Don't forget to save room for dessert — this is one of those places where indulging in something sweet after the meal is a must, especially from pastry chef Diane Yang. La Belle Vie will put a dent in your wallet, but for a night of culinary excellence like this, it's worth the extra dough.