i don't go to the far end of this issue like local boosters like dara grumdahl* but this constant harping on what twin cities fine dining was like >20 years ago is a good example of the kind of coastal dismissal people like her care too much about.
*see, for example, this piece in which she manages to turn grand cafe being named one of food & wine's restaurants of the year into
Top restaurant in the whole country. What an honor, so richly deserved, we really couldn't be prouder.
or the recent claim that the twin cities are apparently "one of the world's sustainable seafood leaders".