Rick Nelson’s best dishes of 2013

  • On April 28, 2015

Originally Published: December 12th, 2013

Rick Nelson of Star Tribune


Pizza, the healthy snack.
Thinking about nutrition-forward Marin Restaurant & Bar as a pizzeria feels so wrong, on so many levels. For starters, few pizza joints handle scallops, or pork tenderloin or even hummus with a scintilla of the prowess displayed by chef Mike Rakun and his crew. And yet this tilted viewpoint also feels so right, because this great-looking downtown sibling to St. Louis Park’s Mill Valley Kitchen tackles flatbreads with panache. The golden, whole-grain crusts, baked in a showy oven and topped with a flurry of cleverly calibrated ingredients, just might constitute downtown’s best pizza.