I’ve often said that one of Minneapolis’ greatest assets in the food scene is chef Steven Brown, and his newest addition, St. Genevieve, is a testament to that. A Parisian-style buvette, it’s one of a slew of new restaurants in Minneapolis celebrating familiar, yet reinvented French fare—proof that the classics never go out of style. Brown nailed the sophisticated, but comfortable atmosphere, complete with marble-topped bistro tables and a zinc bar lined with ice-filled troughs for champagne. Like Brown’s first restaurant, Tilia, this French tavern is designed to be simultaneously family-friendly and worthy of a special occasion.
The open-faced tartine of choice presents a leveled-up bistro classic—the croque madame—stacked with jambon royal from local salumist Red Table Meats, gooey raclette cheese and a sunny side up egg. Another must-order small plate is the foie gras mousse, served with buttery brioche, rhubarb and tart pickled cherry. Larger plates include traditional favorites like the peppercorn-laden steak au poivre, as well as dishes with an interesting twist, like scallops with soy beurre blanc and sesame-lime vinaigrette. Don’t skip dessert—éclairs have never tasted so good.
5003 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Photograph from St. Genevieve on Facebook.