Kerby & Cristina’s Favorite Valentine Traditions – Restaurants

Boatworks Building on Lake Minnetonka
294 Grove Lane East, Wayzata, MN

Meat. Fish. Drink.

An artisan-inspired meat and seafood restaurant for the urban suburban, nestled along the stunning shores of Lake Minnetonka. We are bold, fresh, and modern.

14435 State Highway 13,
Savage, MN

From the team that opened Lake & Irving in Uptown Minneapolis in 2013 comes Pau Hana, a restaurant that aims to transport you to the islands of Hawaii. Chris Ikeda and his culinary team bring their extensive chef experience, including Chris’ decade of cooking in Hawaii alongside Alan Wong and other prominent Hawaiian chefs, to a menu and atmosphere that aims to introduce Minnesotans to Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.

400 Selby Ave,
St Paul, MN

In 1999 Myoung Kim, affectionately known as Yumi, opened Yumi’s Sushi Bar in Excelsior, just a short walk from Lake Minnetonka’s scenic shoreline. Her goal was to serve high quality sushi coupled with exceptional hospitality, and as owner/operator of the restaurant for over 20 years, she delivered. In 2018, as Yumi neared retirement, Innerbloom Hospitality became owners and operators, ensuring the legacy of Yumi not only continues but grew. 

Yumi the name, as written in Japanese characters, translates to dedication, freedom, excellence and beauty, and upon those ideals and the long-established traditions of hospitality, Innerbloom Hospitality has refreshed the original Excelsior location, and have since opened Yumi’s Japanese Restaurant + Bar in Saint Paul’s historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood and Edina (Southdale).

4134 Hubbard Ave N,
Robbinsdale, MN

We are a group of culinary innovators and event curators passionate about hospitality. Travail Kitchen and Amusements is led by chef-owners and James Beard semi-finalists Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg in downtown Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Our newly constructed three-story restaurant hosts a variety of innovative dining concepts, public parties, private events, and local chef collaborations.

The Travail Collective also includes Nouvelle Kitchen & Brewery featuring small-batch brews and craft pizzas by Pig Ate My Pizza located across the street in downtown Robbinsdale. The latest concept under the Collective umbrella is Dream Creamery in Northeast Minneapolis offering premium ice cream and one of the best smash burgers in Minneapolis.

  • 7887 Elm Creek Blvd, Maple Grove, MN
  •  215 Main St S, Stillwater, MN
  • 12900 Technology Dr Suite 100, Eden Prairie, MN


We are an elevated eatery and craft libation venue that believes in using the freshest domestic and imported ingredients. Our focus is to ensure that every dish is delivered to impeccable specifications, and presented with best in class service. Each element of each meal is designed with our vision in mind; to blend rustic, natural elements, and present them with the highest possible standard. We are foodies, and we strongly believe that you should know what you are eating and that you deserve exceptional hospitality during your time with us..

8815 7th Ave N
Golden Valley, MN

Chef Ann Ahmed’s love for cooking started at a very young age, working in the kitchen alongside her mother whenever she could. She and her family left her birth country of Laos when Ann was two years old. They lived in a Thai refugee camp until she was four, at which point they were sponsored by her great uncle to come live with him in Minnesota, which has been home ever since. Upon their arrival, her mother took multiple jobs to support their family. Because of her mom’s busy schedule, Ann rarely had time to spend with her, so whenever she was home, Ann was glued to her mother’s side, especially in the kitchen! This is where Ann’s love of cooking began, with the little time they spent together in the kitchen. After years of hard work, her mother had saved enough money to invest in a grocery store and deli with her siblings and they purchased the Lao Market on Nicollet Ave. When Ann was in fifth grade, she started working at the Lao Deli in Minneapolis. She loved it so much that in the sixth grade, she wrote her very first ten-page menu for her future restaurant..

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