Minneapolis Food for Thought

While many Americans are keeping an extra eye on their finances during these uncertain times, they can at least find the time and money to treat themselves once in a while. And, of the many options open to most US citizens, dining out ranks highly among our treasured pastimes. Be it grabbing a leisurely burger with friends at a favorite diner, savoring a sumptuous 5-course meal in a fine restaurant with family, or enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner for two, there are few things that we love to do more than go out for a bite to eat.

In cities throughout the country, despite the nation's economic woes, eateries of all kinds are reporting a bustling trade. In fact, in some areas business is positively booming, and new ventures are opening their doors to a seemingly endless stream of enthusiastic customers, hungry for great food and new dining experiences.

In downtown Minneapolis, where residents take their food very seriously, the popular regional restaurant chain Crave is about to unveil its latest outlet, following a massive $5 million investment. This new location, in the heart of the city, will include all the established Crave favorites such as the Grand Sushi Bar, VIP chef tables and Wine Tower. Adding a distinct urban-chic twist, this latest venue will also incorporate a stunning rooftop patio and grill, encompassing some 6,500 square feet. With another new restaurant due to open in Coral Gables, Florida this summer, the Crave brand is spreading far and wide, making it one of Minnesota's youngest and most exciting success stories.

But it's not only downtown diners who are getting the chance to try out exciting new gastronomic opportunities. Business travelers and visitors alike will soon be met with an astonishing array of dining facilities, thanks to Delta's commitment to customer services at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport. As part of the the airline's staggering $2 billion investment at its hub in the airport, Delta is introducing several new chef-driven restaurants. With an emphasis on local, fresh and sustainable produce, these eateries will provide a unique dining experience for air travelers. Along with full-service restaurants, the concourse will also house an area modeled on local farmers' markets where fresh produce, gourmet teas and coffees, snacks and baked goods will be on offer.

The Twin Cities have long been regarded as something of a foodie paradise, with an amazing range of eateries to be found throughout the area, representing every conceivable dining experience. If you are a lover of Italian, French, Mexican, vegetarian, classic American, Asian, Middle Eastern or African cuisine, you are never far from a great restaurant in Minneapolis.

So, whether you're a long-time resident or flying visitor to the Minneapolis area, you're sure to find a wealth of creative culinary outlets to tempt your taste buds. Let the munching begin!

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