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Tasting Table: Minneapolis
Gather by D'Amico | The Bachelor Farmer | Icehouse

Minnesota winters sure aren't for everyone. For those who fear the deep freeze, peak produce season is an excellent time to visit. And the chefs at these new Minneapolis restaurants are well versed in merging homegrown ingredients with international flavors.

Icehouse: This triple-threat bar-restaurant-music venue is located, as its name intimates, in a one-time pond-ice warehouse. You’ll find music as cool as the spot’s name, along with food from chef Matt Bickford, who also owns the gourmet deli Be’Wiched. Icehouse’s cured and smoked meats are first-rate, but Bickford’s ultrajuicy foie gras–topped burger will rock you like a power cord.

Harriet Brasserie: This brasserie is housed in a former fire station with charm to spare—the old fire pole is still intact. Try the mix-and-match Brazilian coxinha (fried dumplings) with tofu-yucca hash or a Hawaiian-style take on Niçoise salad and a slice of ethereal tres leches cake.

The Bachelor Farmer: The team at the Bachelor Farmer revives neo-Scandinavian fare in a region that’s long lamented its absence. A cloud of creamy scrambled eggs comes topped with smoked steelhead trout, and Sunday smørrebrød features an unbeatable open-face BLT. Downstairs at Marvel Bar, the subterranean speakeasy, the bartenders’ bestseller is the Oliveto, a gin drink frothy with egg white and olive oil.

Gather by D’Amico: First, the Twin Cities’ Italian restaurant powerhouse D'Amico ousted Jean-Georges Vongerichten from the Chambers Hotel. Then it did the same to Wolfgang Puck, replacing his restaurant at the Walker Art Center with a concept called Gather. The new eatery is mostly a lunch spot, serving dinner only on Thursdays, and showcases a local guest chef or “artist in residence” each month. Favorites of the collection include the short-rib banh mi and the goat-cheese panna cotta with amarena cherries.

  • Icehouse

    Minneapolis’s latest nightlife destination is Icehouse, a new project from Matt Bickford of Be’Wiched. (Photo: Adrian Suarez)

  • Icehouse Foie Gras Burger

    For those with an appetite, the over-the-top foie gras burger is a delicious option at Icehouse. (Photo: Adrian Suarez)

  • Icehouse

    Icehouse doubles as a music venue, with live shows throughout the week. (Photo: Adrian Suarez)

  • Harriet Brasserie

    The bright, charming Harriet Brasserie is housed in a former fire station. The eclectic menu features flavors of France, Brazil and the American South. 

  • Harriet Brasserie Tres Leches Cake

    Finish your meal at Harriet Brasserie with a slice of rich tres leches cake.

  • Bachelor Farmer

    The menu at the new Bachelor Farmer restaurant pays homage to the Scandinavian flavors familiar to Minneapolis's settlers and their descendents.

  • Smørrebrød at Bachelor Farmer

    Sample from the Smørrebrød section of Bachelor Farmer’s menu during brunch. Iterations of the open-faced sandwiches include house-cured salmon with chopped egg and a riff on a BLT.

  • Bachelor Farmer Oliveto

    Before (or after) your meal at Bachelor Farmer, head downstairs to Marvel Bar for a cocktail. We like the Oliveto, made with gin and olive oil.

  • Gather by D?Amico

    Minneapolis’s latest power-lunch spot is Gather by D’Amico, located in the Walker Art Center.

  • Gather Banh Mi

    Make a meal out of the short-rib banh mi at Gather by D’Amico. For scenery, you can choose between the views out the window or the views of the crowd in the dining room.

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Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis MN 55404 612-276-6523 Harriet Brasserie 2724 W. 43rd St. Minneapolis MN 55410 612-354-2197 The Bachelor Farmer 50 N. 2nd Ave. Minneapolis MN 55401 612-206-3920 Gather by D'Amico 1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis MN 55403 612-253-3410 Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis MN 55404 612-276-6523 Harriet Brasserie 2724 W. 43rd St. Minneapolis MN 55410 612-354-2197 The Bachelor Farmer 50 N. 2nd Ave. Minneapolis MN 55401 612-206-3920 Gather by D'Amico 1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis MN 55403 612-253-3410
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