Eat like a Minnesotan: Where to find the state’s iconic foods

FEBRUARY 1, 2018, Pioneer Press

Other places have brownies or blondies. We have bars. Church-basement potlucks are where you find the best versions of this dessert, which can range from cookie batter baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan to elaborate layers of everything from Oreos to pudding to whipped cream, or all three. They’re usually cut into small pieces and served on platters, where, as is the way of Minnesota Nice, they’re cut into even smaller pieces, with the last bit left on the plate. No self-respecting Minnesotan ever takes the last bite.
If you want your own, adult-size portion of some seriously delicious bars, head to The Buttered Tin (237 E. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-224-2300;, where you can try flavors that range from Oreo cheesecake to pumpkin to carrot cake.

The Best Pie in All 50 States

JANUARY 23, 2018, Mental Floss

This cafe and bakery in Lowertown serves coffee and pie that hit the spot when you need an extra boost to get through the day. You'll find different crusts made of butter, graham cracker, or sugar dough, and flavors range from a tart green apple to pumpkin chiffon.

JBF's 'Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership' Program Names Recipients of Fellowship

JULY 2017,

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced Thursday the 21 recipients of the inaugural class of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program, taking place September 10 to 15. Developed with and hosted at Babson College, the new initiative aims to help female chefs and owners grow their businesses by cultivating women’s leadership in the culinary industry.

Congratulations to our founder, Alicia Hinze, for being named as an inaugural recipient!   

Best of Saint Paul 2017Best Breakfast

JULY 2017, Saint Paul Magazine

As The Buttered Tin prepares to celebrate five years in 2018, owner Alicia Hinze says her biggest joy is working with so many talented people. “They have taught me personally so many things and have shared so much talent and caring that it has truly been a blessing,” she says. Not only does the comfortable atmosphere attract customers, but favorites such as the cinnamon rolls, breakfast tacos and the banana foster French toast bring them back time and time again.

Lowertown's Buttered Tin is (finally) getting bigger

MAY 13, 2016; Pioneer Press

The Buttered Tin in St. Paul’s Lowertown is about to get a little bigger.
Owner Alicia Hinze has leased the space next to the restaurant and is knocking out a wall to add 20 or 30 extra seats, a prep kitchen, some walk-in coolers and a private dining area that will seat 12 to 16 people and will be reservable for larger parties.

Alicia Hinze Picks Batman

MARCH 2016, Visit St. Paul

Alicia Hinze is owner and pastry chef at The Buttered Tin, which opened in 2013. Before entering she the pastry industry, Alicia worked at a large retailer in human resources. She says it was a job she loved but that she didn’t belong in corporate America. That’s why she went to patisserie school, where she found her “thang” and got to work with other talented people. It was those experiences and the support of her family that led to her opening The Buttered Tin.


JUNE 3, 2015; Star Tribune

Located a few blocks from the St. Paul Farmers Market (Saturday and Sunday,, the Buttered Tin lavishes extra-special touches on familiar breakfast fare (huevos rancheros with a roasted-corn/black-bean salsa and lime- and cilantro-infused sour cream, bananas Foster-style French toast) and goes all-out on the a.m. baked goods.

The Buttered Tin Offers Breakfast and More in Lowertown

JUNE 2015, St. Paul Magazine

If you ever find yourself debating with friends or family where to meet for brunch, search no more. The Buttered Tin, TBT for short, offers American breakfast classics made in a fresh, homemade and updated way.


APRIL 17, 2014; City Pages

Happiness is a seat inside the Buttered Tin.

The Tops: French Toast Wonderland

APRIL 9, 2014, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

#2 Bananas Foster French Toast. It's French toast gone glam.

The 18 Essential Minneapolis Restaurants, April 2014

APRIL 2014, Eater Minneapolis

This breakfast/lunch eatery/bakery has taken St. Paul by storm, with hour (or more) long waits on the weekend for breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros benedict or sandwiches like the Easter dinner sandwich (scalloped potatoes, smoked ham, and Dijon mustard on ciabatta).

5 Best Breakfast Spot in St. Paul

MARCH 26, 2014; City Pages

#1 The Buttered Tin: Inside these four butter-colored walls is a magical breakfast wonderland where the hash browns are always crispy and the eggs are exactly as you like them. Savory bread pudding is packed with all manner of treasures like zesty peppers, smoky bacon, and gooey cheese...

Our five faves of the moment: Buttered Tin's Twinkie, 'The Wind Rises,' more

FEBRUARY 27, 2014; Star Tribune

Lowertown TwinKeys are made with care and really good cake (that actually tastes like cake) at the Buttered Tin in St. Paul.

The Buttered Tin, Sunday at 10 a.m.

FEBRUARY 25, 2014; Eater Minneapolis

Since opening last summer, St. Paul's The Buttered Tin has established itself as one of the hottest brunch spots in town.

Pastry Chef Alicia Hinze talks Cupcake Wars, ice cream, and the Buttered Tin's first year

JUNE 10, 2014; City Pages

In just under a year, The Buttered Tin's pastry chef and co-owner Alicia Hinze has seen her restaurant become a beloved part of St. Paul life. On a recent Saturday morning, with the place packed with customers inside and out, Hinze took time out to chat about her inspirations...

Cook Like: Alicia Hinze of The Buttered Tin

JANUARY 2014; Minnesota Monthly

Hinze slathers bright, fragrant passionfruit purée between chewy-crisp meringue cookies to create a perfect treat for sweethearts!

Best New Restaurants of 2013

DECEMBER 20, 2013; Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

#8 The Buttered Tin: There’s nothing better than a hearty old fashioned scratch Midwestern breakfast—except, a hearty old fashioned scratch Midwestern breakfast preceded by a slice of buttery, yummy, old fashioned layer cake.

The Buttered Tin remakes breakfast classics

AUGUST 21, 2013; City Pages

The neighborhood's latest addition, the Buttered Tin, on Seventh Street East and Wacouta, is a sunny cafe and bakery that appeals equally to long-established residents and first-time visitors with a made-from-scratch philosophy that extends from its food to its very formation.

Buttered Tin bakery/cafe is Lowertown's newest bright spot

July 30, 2013; Pioneer Press

At the Buttered Tin, the new neighborhood cafe and bakery in Lowertown, a lot of little things add up to a pleasant, cheerful, delicious place to have breakfast or lunch, a cup of coffee or a decadent pastry.

Worth a visit: Groundswell Coffee and Buttered Tin

JULY 24, 2013; Star Tribune

A former sub shop, reborn as theButtered Tin, has quickly become both the breakfast-and-lunch spot that the neighborhood has always curiously lacked, and the morning-and-afternoon destination that every neighborhood wants.

Breakfast at The Buttered Tin in Lowertown, St. Paul

JULY 24, 2013; Heavy Table

 The Buttered Tin has become Lowertown St. Paul’s sun-soaked, Kickstarter-funded source for breakfast, lunch, and baked goods.