I live in Minnesota. I have some favorite places to go but what are yours? all types of cooking welcome.
One of the old partners in the company I am with, moved out to Minnesota a few years back, and opened his restaurant: Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar. It is located in Mendota Heights.
Now I haven't been, but knowing him as a Chef for a few years, I NEVER saw the man do anything that was remotely sub-par. I hear he has gotten some rave reviews, and is doing pretty well for himself.
If you do decide to give it a go, please report back on what you think.
If you want my name to drop to Robert(so you can say I sent ya, maybe he'll send a couple things out, gratis) PM me, and I will be happy to do what I can.