More National Accolades for Minneapolis Food Scene

Tilia is one of the many restaurants contributing to Minneapolis's status as a Great American Food City

Tilia is one of the many restaurants contributing to Minneapolis's status as a Great American Food City

We've been praised by the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Anthony Bourdain, the James Beard Foundation, and so many big-time food entities it's becoming difficult to keep track.

Well, bust out the abacus, because we've been gathering a few more feathers for sticking in our caps.

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The phrase "Great American Food City" has such a regal air to it. We think of the grande dames of New Orleans with their jacket-and-tie-only Commander's Palace and Antoine's. Or else New York City, with towering glass empires housing chefs in tall toques and French accents. Or at the very least, we think of the West Coast, where the kitchen only need roll out back to snip precious herbs from the kitchen garden for tonight's salad special.

We tend not to think of little old us, where the snowbanks obscure every living thing for fully half the year, and the working stock shield themselves behind good, self-effacing Midwestern morality. But that's all about to change.

Saveur Magazine has voted Minneapolis just that: "The Next Great American Food City." Read all about it in their upcoming issue, on stands now (but not online). The Minneapolis/ St. Paul Journal reports that the article profiles Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, Steven Brown of Tilia, Jim Christensen of Heyday, Red Table Meat Co., Wild Acres Farms in Pequot Lakes, and food personality Andrew Zimmern.

And if this wasn't enough to have us busting buttons, yesterday brought the news that our own La Belle Vie was voted by Business Insider as one of the top 14 French restaurants in the United States, along with names such as the French Laundry, NoMad, and Per Se (otherwise known as THE restaurants). Read the entire article here.

So, what will be next? Christina Nguyen on the Food Network? We'd love to see her replace Guy Fieri's mug any day of the week.

Congrats, Minneapolis! The hits just keep on coming.

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