Lurcat on Loring Park has a great bar scene and haute cuisine comfort food. Nick + Eddies next door is where the hipsters go instead of Lurcat. Restaurant Alma is on the other side of the river but the chef produces some of the finest food in the Twin Cities, all local / organic. Finally, Lucia's in the Uptown has been serving the food of Lucia Watson, a Beard finalist, for 20 years. Also has a comfy wine bar next door.