Despite the persistent lutefisk and hotdish stereotypes, Minnesota remains quite the culinary Mecca. Next time you feel like satisfying your inner foodie, be sure to check out one of these amazing est.
Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar There is no bit of chicken in town that will beat the snot out of you quite like the wings at Smalley's. The burn doesn't have to be quite so punishing. Take it down to a mere surface-of-the-sun hot with their lesser pepper ratings and you will find a crispy, meaty hunk of chicken doused in layer upon glorious layer of flavor. They hit all the notes with a sweet, tangy, deliciously smoky burn. (Brick Alley, 423 Main St., Stillwater; 651.439.5375)