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Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market

Map & Directions 289 E. Fifth St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
  • American, Health, Wine Bar
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted, Recommended
  • Street


City Pages' Description

In the grand tradition of emigrés who appreciate their adopted land more than the natives do, Jersey-native, French-kitchen-trained Lenny Russo is the Minnesota chef most dedicated to exploring the possibilities of a native Midwestern cuisine. The excellent wine list and respectful, peaceful service make the fine-dining room at Heartland the best fancy meal in St. Paul. Heartland is intellectually stimulating, heart-soothing, welcoming to newcomers, and feeding off the rich native soil.
The restaurant's new digs, in the 1902 Market House in Lowertown, offer a gorgeous view of the St. Paul Farmers' Market, plus private banquet and meeting rooms, a cutaway floor that offers glimpses into the lower-level commissary kitchen, an airy lounge (the restaurant now has a full liquor license), several kitchen-side tables, and the Farm Direct Market, where diners can take home the same raw ingredients (meats, produce, etc.) used at the restaurant, as well as house-made, value-added products such as stocks, soups, preserves, charcuterie, baked goods, and grab-and-go prepared fare.

Member Reviews

  • on 08/16/10


  • on 08/02/10

    I'm excited for the new location!

  • on 05/06/09

    Lenny Russo, chef-owner of Heartland in St. Paul, was doing the whole local, seasonal, sustainable thing way before it was hip. Russo's love for his Midwestern pantry shows through in his poetic menu descriptions: "Pan-seared Singerhouse Farm rabbit loin with black trumpet mushrooms, organic leeks, and roasted carrot coulis.... North Star Farm elk roast with baby root vegetables,... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/11/11

    Try the Liquor Infusions. The cocktails are as serious as the food—largely due to the artisanal infusions the bar staff comes up with.—Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, February 2011

  • Jason S. on 02/01/12

    Order the hamburger and ask for cheese. Try at least one bite before adding any condiments; it's perfect as is. Best hamburger & fries in the Twin Cities.

  • Amanda on 05/07/13

    City Pages Best Neighborhood Cafe (St. Paul) - 2013

  • David W. on 11/26/12

    The prix fixe Flora and Fauna menus are a great value and allow visitors to taste the range of seasonal and inventive locally sourced dishes.

  • City Pages on 11/13/12

    Voted City Pages top ten takeout restaurants! His ability to transform humble, local farm ingredients into plates of confounding elegance is always inspired.


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