These 19 Instagram Foodies Know the Twin Cities’ Best Spots

Mouth-watering photos and witty captions attract tens of thousands of Minnesota food lovers online
Instagram Foodies feature delicious photos on their accounts

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It’s a perennial question: What’s for dinner? And if you’re a food lover, it’s often a challenging one to answer.

With Minnesota’s bustling and ever-changing restaurant scene comes the challenge of keeping up with what’s new.

Enter: the online world of Instagram food influencers. In Minnesota, there are hundreds of popular accounts posting enticing pictures from the best restaurants in the state. Be they chefs, talented photographers, or just everyday foodies, these influencers make it their mission to share the best culinary creations that Minnesota has to offer.

Though we’ve lost some favorites, there are still plenty of food and beverage spots open for takeout or outdoor socially distanced dining, and these influencers are covering it all.

Fan Favorites

These Minnesota foodie accounts have the some of the largest Instagram followings.

Eat Drink Dish Minneapolis (@eatdrinkdishmpls)
Business-owner Golnaz Yamoutpour and her team run the wildly popular foodie account @eatdrinkdishmpls. With over 69,000 followers and counting, Eat Drink Dish Minneapolis visits restaurants around the Twin Cities, reposts some of their favorite pictures from other Minnesota foodies, and in recent months, has created roundups of restaurants offering takeout during the COVID-19 crisis and of restaurants owned by Black Minnesotans. The account has even been awarded City Pages’ prize for Readers’ Choice Best Instagram five years running. Eat Drink Dish Minneapolis is not just an Instagram page though—it now offers more Minnesota food resources and photos on its very own website.

Lindsay Moser (@the_hunger_diaries)
Lindsay Moser is well-known across various corners of the internet for her fitness inspiration posts and Mukbang YouTube videos. But her foodie account, @the_hunger_diaries, is by far her most popular venture. Moser has over 224,000 followers on her account, where she posts videos of her trying homemade concoctions and interesting dishes from the Twin Cities and across the US. She’s even been featured on the Food Network and Fox9.

 

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 Kim Ly Curry (@kimlycurry)
After starting her account in 2013, Kim Ly Curry’s Instagram (@kimlycurry) has grown to reach an audience of over 46,000 food lovers. And whether she’s posting mouth-watering photos of Twin Cities restaurant favorites or of her adorable puppy Chase (who also has his own Instagram account), it’s no surprise that her popularity keeps growing. Curry has left a mark on some of her favorite establishments too—she has her own signature dishes, like Kim Ly Curry’s Fruity Ube at Sota Hot & Cold and a special Cookie Butter Crepe at St. Paul’s Café Astoria.

Foodieapolis (@foodieapolis)
Foodieapolis is taking the Twin Cities food scene by storm, and they want to make sure their Instagram followers don’t miss a single dish. With over 46,000 followers on Instagram, @foodieapolis posts their own original photos, as well as culinary inspiration from other Minnesota foodie accounts. From pizza to burgers to cakes, Foodieapolis’ account is a great place for an overview of everything Twin Cities restaurants have to offer.

 

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Jason DeRusha (@derushaj)
If you’re a Minnesota Monthly regular, you know how well versed our food critic Jason DeRusha is in the Minnesota food scene. Check out his restaurant reviews, but also keep tabs on DeRusha’s Instagram account (@derushaj). He posts homemade dishes and his favorite restaurant spots for his 21,000 followers to enjoy. And, since the coronavirus pandemic forced many restaurants to temporarily shut their doors, DeRusha has been extra vigilant, keeping Minnesotans in the loop about which patios and indoor dining spaces are reopening, plus what it all might mean for our favorite spots moving forward.

Erin Good (@erinjbgood)
Minneapolis-based influencer Erin Good has over 20,000 followers on her Instagram account @erinjbgood. A fan of fitness and donuts, she posts lifestyle inspiration and delicious food snaps with encouraging and honest captions. During the coronavirus pandemic, she’s spent her time getting crafty for good—she’s been sewing, then selling and donating facemasks across Minnesota.

Fantastic Photography

While all good foodie accounts have great images, these photographers’ posts put the spotlight on food photography and food styling.

Paul Buttenhoff (@bothrops1)
Local influencer and professor Paul Buttenhoff has over 51,000 followers on Instagram. His account, @bothrops1, features more than just information about Twin Cities restaurants (lifestyle tips and weekday inspiration are featured), but Buttenhoff’s food photography skills are nothing short of stunning. From homemade dinners to beautifully captured restaurant creations, Buttenhoff’s photos offer plenty of inspiration to up your food styling game. You can learn more about Buttenhoff in an online interview with our sister publication Midwest Home from 2019.

 

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Lara Miklasevics (@lalunafood)
Food stylist and chef Lara Miklasevics has over 2000 posts on her Instagram account @lalunafood. Her food photography is intricate and highly detailed, and usually includes beautiful dinner table spreads from her kitchen or from local Twin Cities restaurants. Throw in occasional snaps of her dog Franny, and it’s easy to see why Miklasevics has over 1500 followers on Instagram. Outside of social media, Miklasevics works as a professional food stylist (and was the talent behind our mouthwatering “Best Burgers in the Twin Cities” feature last year).

Kat Peterson (@kmlpeterson)
Photographer Kat Peterson started using Instagram in 2015, and her following and love of Twin Cities food has only grown. Now with over 24,000 followers on her Instagram @kmlpeterson, Peterson’s audience is wowed by her unique perspective and attention to detail in her foodie posts.

J. Annie Wang (@j.anniewang)
As you can see from the gorgeous shot leading this story, Annie Wang’s photos make an immediate impact. She regularly updates her blog, Frites & Fries, with recipes and observations on food, culture, and more.

Up-and-Coming Influencers

Even though these accounts have smaller followings (less than 20,000), their foodie content is just as craveable.

Jason Horowitz (@eatswithjason)
A self-proclaimed foodie with a sweet tooth, Jason Horowitz’s Instagram account @eatswithjason features some of the most interesting treats available in the Twin Cities area. With a feed that is uniquely colorful and fun, Horowitz’s account is gaining popularity—he now has nearly 16,000 followers on the platform.

 

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Shawn Rodgers (@shawnsrodgers)
With a growing audience of 11,000 Instagram followers, Shawn Rodgers’ foodie account @shawnrodgers follows his love of all things Twin Cities food. With clear and inviting captions, Rodgers’ account is a great place to start for anyone looking for new and unique restaurant recommendations.

Gaby Schwob (@foodiedelishmn)
With a following of 16,000 foodies on Instagram, Gaby Schwob (@foodiedelishmn) is posting delicious pictures of her favorite dishes across the Twin Cities. With personal anecdotes and lots of emojis, Schwob’s posts feel like you’re getting a restaurant recommendation from a neighbor or a friend.

Drinks

These foodies are more concerned with great brews—coffee and craft beer, to be exact.

 

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Joy Horakova (@mspcoffeeandthings)
Joy Horakova is an author and a blogger who loves coffee. And now, she’s turned her obsession into an aesthetically pleasing guide to all things Twin Cities coffee. On her account @mspcoffeeandthings, Horakova has hundreds of posts featuring daily inspiration, delicious-looking drinks, and cute cafés for her 5000 followers to see.

Kim Thiel (@mnbeerwoman)
“Skipping through a vineyard with a drink in hand is how you do summer in Minnesota my friends!” Kim Thiel writes on Instagram. Her account, @mnbeerwoman, has over 8,400 followers and features snaps of Thiel’s dog, beer text posts, and, of course, Minnesota breweries. But Thiel’s love for all things local beer can’t be contained on one account—she also runs @mnbeercommunity, which helps organize meetings for beer enthusiasts, and @pintsforparkinsonsmn, a fundraising account in association with Michael J. Fox’s Team Fox Parkinson’s research foundation.

 

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DeewayneBersee (@mn_beer_chaser)
With a following of over 1,800 loyal beer lovers, @mn_beer_chaser regularly posts about local craft brews from around the Midwest. Check out his account for beautiful shots of unique beers (fermented raspberry, notes of tangerine and pineapple, and more) and his personal recommendations

Chefs

Some foodies don’t just try dishes from around the Twin Cities—they share delicious recipes of their own creation.

Taycier Elhindi (@quartercupkitchen)
Tay Elhindi is a talented blogger and chef who creates and shares fun recipes for her 1,200 followers. All of her recipes are fairly simple—perfect for those looking to expand their cooking know-how—and are photographed beautifully on her Instagram page (@quartercupkitchen) and on her personal blog website.

 

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Yia Vang (@chefyiavang)
Yia Vang is the owner and chef at Union Hmong Kitchen in Northeast Minneapolis, and focuses on incorporating his heritage into the dishes he creates. Though you can see his talent on his Instagram page (@chefyiavang), you can also taste it for yourself at Union Hmong Kitchen—Minnesota Monthly food critic Jason DeRusha was a big fan of Vang’s takeout menu.

Brian Yazzie (@yazzie_thechef)
Indigenous activist, talented chef, and podcast host Brian Yazzie is becoming increasingly well-known for his delicious dishes that feature ingredients used in traditional Native American cuisine. When he’s not starting fundraisers or working on his catering company, Intertribal Foodways, Yazzie updates his Instagram page (@yazzie_thechef) with some of his best recipes. To learn more about Yazzie and his quest to reclaim Indigenous cooking, you can check him out on Padma Lakshmi’s new Hulu show, or read more about him in a recent feature from Minnesota Monthly.

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