Minneapolis Knows Comfort Food

by Maggie Kirkwood

Ahhhh. Autumn in Minnesota. Colorful, falling leaves. Cool, crisp air. Beautiful sunsets over the lake. And, of course (OUR favorite) - comfort food!

Lucky for us, the Minneapolis knows how to get comfy and the dining scene is spot-on for comfort food!
Check out our favorites below. And please be sure to let us know your faves in the comment section.
ps: we've also included a tah-die-for crock pot Mac n cheese recipe.
Because, even if you're staying in, you deserve it!


Brasserie Zentral, 505 Marquette Avenue S.Continental European Cuisine. Located in the historic Soo Line Building in Downtown Minneapolis.

Photo Credit: Brasserie Zentral

Haute Dish, 119 Washington Ave N.
A unique culinary concept that embraces and reinvents classic Midwestern cuisine.

Photo Credit: Haute Dish

Hazel’s Northeast, 2859 Johnson St. NE
Their scratch kitchen creates dishes that are impeccably presented and consistently delicious; serving classically inspired, creatively prepared American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Photo Credit: Hazel’s Northeast

And, for those of you that would rather stay in, we’ve included a slow-cooker/crock-pot recipe!


  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
  • One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Two 10-ounce bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)
  • Dash of paprika


In a large 4-quart slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray, mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.

Cook's Note: If you don't have a slow cooker, grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan with butter, add the mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.



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