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Jason: Brooklyn Park is one of Minnesota’s most diverse cities, and not just in ethnic makeup. The diverse population has led to an explosion in quality, family-owned restaurants.
Fat Chance Sandwich Shop: Come for the giant, affordable sandwiches, and come back for the incredible story. Renay and Ben Dossman smoke their own meats for a ’wich called the Tractor (pork, andouille sausage, and coleslaw), and they’re pouring profits into their nonprofit, which helps the homeless. 8419 W. Broadway Ave.
Lemon Grass Thai and Sushi: Chef Ann Ahmed grew up in local restaurants but brought some of her college experience in California to her first place. This isn’t traditional Thai. It leans heavily on fresh herbs and vegetables. Don’t miss the roast duck curry or the crispy basil duck. 8600 Edinburgh Centre Dr.
Joy: This northwestern suburb is the sixth-largest city in Minnesota, with plenty of room for a wide range of dining experiences. From brilliant, hidden-away Vietnamese bites to drive-thrus and classic diners, B.P. has its own flavor.
MT Noodles: Led by chef Anh Bui, this Vietnamese restaurant and strip-mall gem is a family affair that serves an unreal bánh xèo. That’s the egg crepe stuffed with bean sprouts, mung beans, and shrimp, with an ethereal, crispy texture. 8459 W. Broadway Ave.
Fat Nat’s Eggs: Grab breakfast here as insurance against hunger for the rest of the day. Fat pants aren’t a bad idea, either, before ordering up eggs doused in green chile, or one of many variations on eggs Benedict. 8587 Edinburgh Centre Dr.