Best Bar Food
Spoon and Stable
Everyone wants the same things to eat when drinking, no matter how elegant, or inelegant, the drink: pork, pork, and more pork; deep-fried things; sliders; hot dogs, tacos, and French fries. Spoon and Stable, arguably Minneapolis' most elegant restaurant, may not seem like ground zero for such things. But it is. This citadel for fine classical French technique serves the best bar food we've ever tasted. The duck meatloaf sliders take inspiration from the chef's grandmother's down-home Minnesota recipe. The black truffle arancini are a fancy word for deep-fried risotto balls gushing with melted Fontina cheese. The fries are always hand-cut. Best of all, the prices rival the icky, sticky, prefab bar food you pay for almost anywhere ($7-$12) — which means the French technique is free, and you can afford another round.