Hibachi refers to a Japanese-style charcoal brazier, topped with a grill on which food is prepared. This gives food cooked on a hibachi unique flavors and textures, and this method has become popular all over the world. While hibachi was typically used for outdoor cooking, like an American grill, the style has found its way into the kitchens of restaurants all across Minnesota. Here are a few of the best local places to try it for yourself.
Wasabi Fusion Restaurant
903 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Not far from the Guthrie, you can enjoy hibachi dinners along with some of the best sushi in the area. The large menu can be intimidating, but the hibachi is worth it. Try one of the combination dinners like the Wasabi Special, with filet mignon, chicken, shrimp and lobster on date night, or any of the other hibachi entrees – the selections are endless. If you’re not that hungry, or just looking for a taste, smaller portions are listed as hibachi sides. For families there is a children’s hibachi menu as well, making it one of the best options for family dinner.
15555 34th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55447
You have to travel just a short ways outside of Minneapolis to find this grand Japanese restaurant. Popular and always bustling, this restaurant is a great option for hibachi lunch, for dinner with a group of friends, date night or family get-togethers. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and the food is excellent. Try one of the house specialties, like the geisha special that comes with NY strip, shrimp and chicken, or the samurai special that comes with shrimp, salmon and scallops.
7904 Main St. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
An unassuming exterior belies the charming décor of the interior, and goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover. The hibachi seating area is spacious, and you’ll always get a good show to go along with dinner. Various combinations, like hibachi salmon and chicken or steak and lobster, are made to suit all tastes. For dinner out with a friend or loved one, try sharing the sea and land combination, a hibachi surf and turf that includes jumbo shrimp, scallops, twin lobster tails, filet mignon and chicken.
620 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The hibachi filet mignon is a delicious cut of meat, savory and smoky, but if you’re in the mood for something lighter, the hibachi vegetable entrée must be tried. There are plenty of seafood options as well, from salmon to shrimp and scallops. Both locations, Minneapolis on Washington Avenue and on Highway 5 in Saint Paul, are dedicated to bringing the flavors of Japan, and specifically those unmatched flavors of the hibachi-style cookery, straight to you.
111 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Don’t let the name fool you; just because this is called a “buffet” doesn’t mean the food here isn’t serious. Choose from anything that is also offered in the buffet, from salmon, crab, chicken and more, and they’ll cook it right up for you on the hibachi. A great option for indecisive diners, and even better for large family outings with kids who never know what they want, the Hibachi Buffet provides the best of all worlds. But for those looking for hibachi grilled deliciousness, this is an awesome spot for you too. There’s no extra charge to have your personal selection cooked up on the hibachi.
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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.