Best Hotdish in Minnesota (2019)


Love it or hate it, hotdish has become the unofficial state dish of Minnesota – a comfort food staple of church potlucks and family gatherings across the state. The first “hot dish” recipe on record came from a 1930 cookbook as a one-dish meal featuring hamburger, tomato soup, and canned peas. While hotdish ingredients and sophistication have grown in recent years, especially at the hands of creative Minnesota chefs looking to reinvent a classic, you’ll still often find it topped with crispy tater tots.

  • Crooked Pint Ale House

    Crooked Pint Ale House
    Multiple Locations

    While best known for their menu of traditional pub food and award-winning Juicy Lucys, Crooked Pint Ale House offers two types of hotdish. The classic tater tot hotdish comes with ground beef, onions, serrano peppers, habañero jack cheese and jumbo tater tots, while the turkey wild rice hotdish features oven-roasted turkey, parmesan and haystack onions.
    Photo courtesy of Crooked Pint Ale House

  • The Good Life Cafe

    The Good Life Cafe
    Park Rapids

    Up North hospitality is on the menu at The Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids, as well as a wild rice hotdish filled with vegetables and mushrooms in a parmesan cream sauce. It comes topped with toasted almonds.
    Photo courtesy of Jenn Hanisch Photography / The Good Life Cafe

  • Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream

    Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream
    New Ulm

    You’ll have to go to the Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream in New Ulm to find hotdish on the menu. The Chicken Hot Dish is covered with cheese and tator tots and comes in a single serving or family size to share.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Porter Lansing

  • Stray Dog

    Stray Dog

    The Tater Tot Hot Dish from Stray Dog in Minneapolis puts a delicious twist on a classic by using braised brisket, caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted mushroom béchamel, parmesan and Gran Cru gruyere-stuffed truffle tots.
    Photo courtesy of Stray Dog

  • Iron Range Eatery

    Iron Range Eatery

    At the Iron Range Eatery in Prairie Bay, diners looking for some homestyle comfort food should try the Tuna Noodle “Hot Dish.” This Asian-inspired variation is made with veggies stir fried with rice noodles, rare seared Ahi tuna, edamame, fresh cilantro and a ginger broth.
    Photo courtesy of cattlecall1 via Instagram

  • Sweet Pea's Public House

    Sweet Pea's Public House
    Saint Paul

    This classic neighborhood pub in St. Paul offers a classic tater tot hot dish with a spicy kick. This one is made with jumbo tater tots, ground beef, onions, serrano peppers and habanero jack cheese.
    Photo courtesy of sodapper via Instagram

  • Mason Jar Kitchen

    Mason Jar Kitchen

    The tater tot hotdish from Mason Jar Kitchen in Eagan has all the essential ingredients: ground beef, cream of mushroom soup and tater tots. But unlike the typical hotdish, this version uses house-made soup with fresh ingredients like button mushrooms, butter, heavy cream and homemade chicken stock. The hotdish comes out of the stone oven and is served piping hot.
    Photo courtesy of Mason Jar Kitchen

  • 5-8 Club

    5-8 Club

    The 5-8 Club in Minneapolis has combined two Minnesota classics into one dish, the Tot Dish Lucy. Part tater tot hotdish, part Juicy Lucy, this cheese-filled burger comes topped with tater tots, more cheese and cream of mushroom soup.
    Photo courtesy of 5-8 Club

  • Douglas Lodge Restaurant

    Douglas Lodge Restaurant
    Park Rapids

    You don’t have to be a guest at the Douglas Lodge to enjoy one of two hotdishes served at their restaurant. The Wild Rice Hotdish is made with Red Lake Nation wild rice, ground beef, water chestnuts, celery and wild mushrooms. Traditionalists can opt for the classic Tater Tot Hotdish.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Porter Lansing

  • Grumpy's Bar & Grill

    Grumpy's Bar & Grill
    Minneapolis & Roseville

    Big appetites will find a tater tot hotdish on the Big Dinners menu at Grumpy's Bar & Grill. This version comes straight from the Iron Range Church recipe book, made with hamburger and plenty of veggies.
    Photo courtesy of Morena Schellhas @labellapicms

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotdish in Minnesota are as follows:

  1. Crooked Pint Ale House - Multiple Locations
  2. The Good Life Cafe - Park Rapids
  3. Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream - New Ulm
  4. Stray Dog - Minneapolis
  5. Iron Range Eatery - Crosby
  6. Sweet Pea's Public House - Saint Paul
  7. Mason Jar Kitchen - Eagan
  8. 5-8 Club - Minneapolis
  9. Douglas Lodge Restaurant - Park Rapids
  10. Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis & Roseville

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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