With his extensive experience and open-minded
approach to different cuisines and cultures, Clarke is
in a position to create dishes he knows will be well
received by local, national and international visitors alike.
Clarke is well known throughout the industry, and he
may be best known for his passion for braising. “I love
to braise tougher meat or meats that take a long time to
cook. Then, I’ll take those items and make a lighter dish,”
With so many options on Cedar + Stone’s menu,
visitors will find dishes they can resonate with. The
culinary team adds its own twists to Minnesota favorites
like walleye and Juicy Lucy’s as well as universal staples
like burgers and salads. “I approach it as local then
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seasonal,” says Clarke, expressing how he refines the
dishes with high quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Besides the cuisine, visitors especially like the
restaurant’s welcoming environment, with a bright,
spacious dining room, outdoor patio and open kitchen.
For other metro favorites head over to the charming
and historical W.A. Frost and Co. or the retro Tongue in
Cheek in Saint Paul. Savor local flavors at the Bachelor
Farmer and Spoon and Stable in North Loop—the latter is
a 2018 James Beard Award winner. If you haven’t tried the
Minnesota famous cheese-stuffed burger, stop by Matt’s
Bar and Grill for the original Juicy Lucy. No matter where
you decide to dine in the Twin Cities, Bloomington or
Mall of America, you’ll find passionate people like Clarke
creating dish after delicious dish. Bon appétit.
Hazelwood Food & Drink
Cedar + Stone