Fish…it’s always been here and it always will, right? Well, we used to think the same thing about Buffalo and the Dodo Bird. Then all of a sudden, one day they’re gone. Luckily, we’re capable of learning from our past mistakes and change our behaviors. And that brings us to seafood, or sustainable seafood. Bluefin Tuna is delicious. But is eating that any different than a wild tiger right now? Or a rhino? Over-fishing is now causing us to answer “no”. So where CAN you get the best, sustainable seafood in the Twin Cities? Dara has you covered and here’s her Top 5!
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
50 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
From the old digs inside the Hyatt Hotel, to the brand-new fancy digs on 6th street, The Oceanaire has been “the” seafood restaurant for expense accounts for many years. But now you can feel good about what you’re eating there too as Oceanaire is now offering nothing but sustainable choices. Oceanaire is not just for people with thick wallets either. Check out their fabulous Happy Hour and maybe the most economical Oyster selection in the Twin Cities!
410 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Meritage is almost a little slice of Paris in downtown St. Paul. Get ready for some butter. But what puts Meritage on the menu in Dara’s Top 5 Sustainable Seafood Restaurants are the Oysters. Specifically, sustainable, farm-raised Oysters. Mix in a world-class wine list, the atmosphere of a Michelin Starred Paris restaurant and you have a seafood feast for your senses waiting for you in Old St. Paul!
603 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
People LOVE Smack Shack. Dara REALLY loves Smack Shack. If you were a downtown Minneapolis worker and took advantage of their food truck, you know what we mean. Now they have a brick and mortar location in the Minneapolis Warehouse District where they churn out the best lobster in town. From Lobster rolls, salads, even Lobster Mac & Cheese, Smack Shack does one thing and they do it better than anyone. Conscious free seafood and done to perfection. What’s not to love?
Masu Sushi & Robata
330 Hennepin Ave. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Sushi is as much to blame for the ocean’s worst troubles, such as the disaster that is Bluefin Tuna now. So, can a sushi restaurant do good, sustainable seafood? You’re darn right they can! Masu in Northeast Minneapolis (also at the Mall of America) makes wonderful…and sustainable…sushi. It’s Dara’s pick for the best Sushi in Minnesota. Also recommended for delicious Ramen and their terrific service.
Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater
806 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Chef Jamie Malone and Sea Change have made lists before on wcco.com (along with many others) and for good reason. Fresh off of being named one of the Top Ten Best New Chefs in the Country by Food & Wine Magazine, Jamie is back because of the unbelievable job they do with sustainable seafood. It’s a fantastic restaurant located in the scenic new Guthrie Theater and the food Jamie and her staff put out is ethical, well done, and downright delicious. If you’re looking for a seafood splurge that can make you feel good about what you’re eating, Sea Change is the spot!