A local celebrity among foodies, Spoonriver’s chef, owner, and native Minnesotan Brenda Langton sources only the best locally produced meat, grains, produce, and dairy, resulting in the freshest, most vibrant cuisine in the Twin Cities. The ever-changing menu highlights colorful fruits and vegetables like leeks and orange blossom apricots, making each plate as pleasing to the eye as to the mouth. The restaurant’s unadorned but decidedly modern space is brightened by orange walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch along the length of the street. Cocktails, like the must-try Ginger Cosmo, are concocted with house-made flavored liqueurs.
Tip: Reservations are always recommended, but they’re essential on summer Saturday mornings, when the Mill City Farmers Market is in full swing.