Hailed as The Best New Restaurant in 2022 Owmani is shaking up the restaurant industry by only serving “decolonized” foods. This celebrated restaurant provides modern Indigenous cuisine featuring local meats, produce, and fish without any colonial ingredients—think wheat flour, cane sugar and dairy. Chef/Owner Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota), along with Co-Owner Dana Thompson (lineal descendant of the Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota tribes) are keeping to their roots and are proud of their heritage. They’ve hired primarily Native American staff and they start each day’s shift with a sage ceremony and play Indigenous music to set the tone. Sherman’s fresh take on fine dining includes local game sausages made by the Indigenous food lab, native corn tacos with cedar braised bison, and roast sweet potato with Indigenous chili crisp.
The beautiful dining room overlooks the Mississippi and Owámniyomni (known in English as St. Anthony Falls). Reservations can be hard to grab, but in the summer the patio is first come, first served.