2 MN Haunts Make “Best New Restaurants” List

The magazine named its 50 best new restaurants in the country and Uptown’s World Street Kitchen and The North Loop’s Borough both made the list.

Bon Appétit magazine recently named its “50 Best New Restaurant” nominees for 2013, and Minnesota hosts a pair of them: World Street Kitchen and Borough.
Magazine editor Andrew Knowlton traveled around the United States to narrow the country’s up-and-coming restaurants down to its top 50. The magazine will trim the list down to the top 10 on August 14.
Described as “one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis [and] also one of its least pretentious,” Uptown’s World Street Kitchen (WSK) was spawned from a food truck by the same name in November. Bon Appétit beckons readers to the Middle Eastern-style restaurant by boasting of its “knockout rice bowls, ‘Bangkok Burritos,’ the biggest biscuit sandwiches you’ve ever seen, and a cheap check.”
The menu also features caramelized lamb belly rice bowl with pickled cucumbers, Moroccan fried chicken biscuit sandwich, and a salad with “Greek goddess” dressing.
WSK is the brainchild of Sameh Wadi, the award-winning chef behind Minneapolis’ fine-dining restaurant Saffron.
Borough, along with its partner cocktail bar Parlour, can be found in the North Loop. Bon Appétit described Borough as set apart by its “antique-cheese-grater light fixtures, mismatched flatware . . . [and its] grilled octopus with coconut and yam puree.”
The magazine also highlighted the restaurant’s cauliflower with pickled chiles and its tempura-style oysters. Borough and Parlour opened in January and feature two former chefs from Robbinsdale restaurant Travail Kitchen and Amusements—which ranked fourth on Bon Appétit’s top 10 list in 2011.
Minnesota restaurants have made the magazine’s top 10 list for the last three years. Last year, The Bachelor Farmer & Marvel Bar clocked in at sixth, and in 2010, Bar La Grassa ranked eighth.
So although Borough and WSK face stiff competition from New York to Seattle to San Francisco, the odds may be in their favor, and may help Minnesota score its fourth top-ten eatery in a row come August 14.