The Best New Restaurant In The United States Is Right Here In Minnesota And You'll Want To Visit Immediately
By Trent Jonas|Published February 09, 2023
Trent Jonas came to Minnesota to attend college - and never left. He's a Twin Cities-based writer with a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the proud father of two adult children. With more than a decade of freelance writing experience under his belt, Trent is often out exploring his favorite topics: Minnesota's woods, lakes, and trails. Rhubarb pie is his weakness, so discovering new diners is also a passion.
Owamni by The Sioux Chef opened in Minneapolis in 2021, and the following year, it was awarded the 2022 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Chef Sean Sherman’s “decolonized” cuisine, inspired by his Oglala Lakota roots, is, itself, inspired, and you need to try it – like, right now.
For such a unique and renowned restaurant, you may be surprised that its prices are quite reasonable relative to the experience, and the food is both outstanding and filling. To see its menu and hours, or to make a reservation, visit Owamni by The Sioux Chef’s website. Reservations can be hard to come by, but keep trying – or put your name on the wait list – you’ll get one.
Before or after your meal, take some time to explore fascinating Mill Ruins Park, which is just down West River Parkway from Owamni. You’ll be able to stretch your legs after your meal, learn a bit about the history of Minneapolis, and when you look out across the Mississippi, perhaps you can picture what the river looked before it was settled and developed.
Have you had a chance to visit Owamni and sample its unique food? What other restaurants in Minnesota should be considered for an award like the James Beard?
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