5 to Try: Sustainable Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Looking to eat local and organic? These local restaurants serve up unique and tasty menus filled with ingredients from local farms. The majority of ingredients are from sources within 200 miles, ensuring that every meal focuses on the health and sustainability of farms, the environment and local communities. (Photo courtesy of Corner Table)

Updated: October 12, 2009

5 to Try

Heartland Contemporary Midwestern Restaurant

289 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Chef Lenny Russo has won numerous awards for his contemporary menu and commitment to sustainable agriculture practices. He takes fresh, local and in-season ingredients and makes mouth-watering and artful dishes like pan-seared Minnesota duck and asparagus cream soup.

Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Owner and chef Scott Pampuch is such a proponent of sustainable agriculture that he's organized a summer farm tour, where local chefs will use the farm bounty to make meals right on site. He's also been nominated for James Beard awards for his delectable dishes, all of which focus on sustainability and the joy of farm-to-table food.

Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Diners can try out the best in local and seasonal foods with Restaurant Alma's tasting menu. At $45 per person, the meal features a choice of local grains, grass-fed meats, fish, greens and more.

Common Roots Cafe

2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Even in the darkness of the winter months, this little Uptown cafe gets nearly 60 percent of its ingredients from local sources. In the spring, nearly everything they serve--from the turkey burger to the fish tacos--is organic, local and fair-trade.


1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This famous wine bar's menu is always changing, finding inspiration in seasonal ingredients and farm provisions. Every week Lucia's menu will change to reflect the growing season and unique local flavors it brings.