The past decade has seen a wave of top chefs nesting in quaint neighborhoods (Piccolo) or riding the Warehouse District's transition into the chic North Loop (Bachelor Farmer, Borough) or even trekking out to the 'burbs (Travail). This year we're celebrating the return of trendy downtown dining. Of course, plenty of dining institutions — La Belle Vie, Murray's — have anchored downtown Minneapolis for a long time, and relative newcomers like Butcher & the Boar have kept the scene au courant. But the additions of Russell and Desta Klein's Brasserie Zentral, the Stewart Woodman-helmed kitchen at Workshop at Union, and even the revamped Dan Kelly's Pub have shined a new light on our downtown core. For an after-work nip or an old-school night on the town, you can always go downtown. It almost makes us want to break out in song. Almost.