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1999 Stories by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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  • My Three Fathers

    published June 30, 1999

    You won't believe this, but it's a true story. And not only that, it's a true story that includes lemon cake. Big Daddy's Bar B Que, St. Paul More >>

  • Barbarians at the Plate

    published June 23, 1999

    I still get people who get an olive and don't know what to do with it. You wouldn't believe the countless people I see trying to cut an olive with... More >>

  • Back to the Root

    published June 16, 1999

    Never heard of a microbatch soda pub before? Well, pony up to the bar, boys, this is pop in its most desirable form. Soda Works,... More >>

  • Got Milk!

    published June 9, 1999

    So what exactly is the difference between conventional milk and Gemini Guernseys? Think of it like the difference between box wine and the product... More >>

  • The Same Restaurant Twice

    published June 2, 1999

    I take my leave of the first restaurant I've ever reviewed where two parties at adjacent tables could simultaneously have the most marvelous and... More >>

  • Manhattan Transfer

    published May 26, 1999

    Can you believe it? An Indian restaurant in Minneapolis that serves till midnight seven nights a week? Gee willikers, just call us the city that... More >>

  • Pub and Grub

    published May 19, 1999

    Town Hall Brewery chef Mark Meyer has authored a menu that's nearly Dr. Seussian in its madness. More >>

  • Maplewood's Malaysian Mystery

    published May 12, 1999

    My first visit to Singapore Chinese Cuisine was on a rainy weeknight, and the whole enterprise just reeked of despair. More >>

  • Down the Garden Path

    published April 28, 1999

    This is not rocket science, people! Be gracious, give the people some food, and they will adore you. More >>

  • Pancake World

    published April 21, 1999

    "I know from talking to pancake people that you have to do them right from the get-go. It's a make-or-break thing--a lousy pancake will ruin a... More >>

  • Swedish Roulette

    published April 14, 1999

    When it was good, it was very, very good, but when it was bad...well, you know the tune. More >>

  • Tea and Chromosomes

    published April 7, 1999

    In between scones, one may gaze at the cutie-pie kitty-cat stickers, little-bittle teaspoons, eensy-weensy gift bags, ootsie-bootsie ickle-wickle... More >>

  • Sauce and the City

    published March 31, 1999

    I've said before that Minneapolis barbecue is like no other, and I'm adding Scott Ja-Mama's to the list of decidedly idiosyncratic regional 'cue. More >>

  • Sea What I Mean

    published March 24, 1999

    The opulent oyster bar may qualify as the best culinary development to hit Minneapolis since the Bush administration. More >>

  • Ravioli Rock

    published March 17, 1999

    "The restaurant business is a good place for musicians to keep festering in the petri dish of life." More >>

  • River Reverie

    published March 10, 1999

    I usually don't think of drinking and Dayton's together, but here the cocktails flow like free-gifts-with-purchase at the Clinique counter. More >>

  • The Street Within

    published March 3, 1999

    Did coffee shops arise as spontaneously as friendships or love affairs--unplanned, suddenly formidable? More >>

  • A Walleye's Eyes

    published February 24, 1999

    Next time I have to entertain some out-of-towner looking for proof of Lake Wobegon, I'll bring them here. More >>

  • Gentle Eater

    published February 17, 1999

    I pay using a credit card with a name that is not my own--very cloak-and-dagger, hush-hush, top-secret, but nobody cares. More >>

  • Double or Nothing

    published February 10, 1999

    A sadness flickers over Harry Singh’s face: Am I another fair-weather friend who sings his praises as a chef but rarely puts her money where he... More >>

  • Great Noodles, Hold the Poetry

    published February 3, 1999

    Does a dish subtitled "Second Noble Truth: Suffering has a cause and effect" arrive on a crispy bed of flash-fried suffering? More >>

  • Same Steak, Different House

    published January 27, 1999

    If mischievous aliens swapped members of Party A, dining at Morton's, with Party B, eating at Ruth's Chris, how long would it take for anyone to... More >>

  • Family Planning

    published January 20, 1999

    Al and Lucille Smith started out with a couple of kids and a cooking hobby. Now they head an Epicurean dynasty. More >>

  • Food with Its Head On

    published January 13, 1999

    “I’ve had these 4-foot women push me right out of the way. It’s like: Don’t even think about touching that crab,... More >>

  • Cold Enough for You?

    published January 6, 1999

    Didja know the average American eats 46 pints of ice cream annually, and Alaskans eat slightly more? More >>

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