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2001 Stories by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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  • Growing Up Fast

    published August 29, 2001

    Will Oddfellows become a big destination restaurant? I wouldn't be at all surprised. Oddfellows, Minneapolis »Also in... More >>

  • Custard's Best Stand

    published August 22, 2001

    The differences between frozen custard and soft-serve ice cream are subtle in number, but good heavens, vive la différence! ... More >>

  • Everyone's a Critic

    published August 15, 2001

    Do you have any idea how much easier it is to sit back and criticize than it is to get out and do? More >>

  • Island Paradise

    published August 8, 2001

    Get on in there and get your two cents' worth in, while the two cents are flying. Harry Singh's Original Caribbean Restaurant, Minneapolis... More >>

  • Details, Details

    published August 1, 2001

    What the Tuscan kitchen at Arezzo really specializes in is botching the details. Arezzo Ristorante, Minneapolis More >>

  • Memphis via Vietnam

    published July 4, 2001

    Sure, if you don't speak Vietnamese you'll be getting some incomplete answers, but unless you consider mystery to be an acceptable dining... More >>

  • The King's New Clothes

    published June 27, 2001

    I'm not sure whether the tuna or the chicken was worse: It was sort of a fight to the death. D'Amico Cucina, Minneapolis More >>

  • Soul Training

    published June 20, 2001

    Minneapolitans are absolutely parched for soul food but, for some reason, cannot figure out how to get any. Sallie's Southern Soul and... More >>

  • A Moscow Kind of Melancholy

    published June 13, 2001

    There is something so palpably sad, sad, sad--and resonant and touching and affirming somehow--about the Russian Tea House in St. Paul's Midway... More >>

  • For Your Eyes Only

    published June 6, 2001

    Dear reader, if there's a prettier place in North America to get a $7 bowl of ramen, I'll eat my hat. Which I'll be happy to do instead of facing... More >>

  • The Joy of Complacency

    published May 30, 2001

    I don't know what to make of Izzy's Ice Cream Café, a place so idyllic in some kind of old-timey, small-towny way it makes you feel like... More >>

  • A Delightful Downscaling

    published May 23, 2001

    How long does it take before you get the face you deserve, find the identity you mean to keep, the friends you won't let go? The Local,... More >>

  • Plus Ça Change...

    published May 16, 2001

    She has pulled off what I would have thought impossible: a quiet restaurant opening in a town that's often starving for high-quality food.... More >>

  • A Stylish Statement

    published May 9, 2001

    Talking about taste and style isn't much in vogue these days, probably because taste and style were in Vogue for too long. The Spyhouse... More >>

  • A Cooking Class

    published April 25, 2001

    Minnesota cuisine-o-philes, attend! Grip firmly your hats, seize tightly your lids, and don't say I didn't warn you: Now is the time to spot food... More >>

  • Stopping Northern Time

    published April 18, 2001

    First thing you do when you get into the Midtown Chicken Shack is, you don't sit down. Midtown Chicken Shack, Minneapolis More >>

  • Trimming the Appetizer Tree

    published April 11, 2001

    Question: Are there fougasses at La Fougasse? You bet your sweet olives there are! La Fougasse, Bloomington »Also in Tablehopping:... More >>

  • The Coy and the Tarts

    published April 4, 2001

    You think you've seen it all, and then people start trying to bribe you not to write positive reviews of their bakeries. A Baker's Wife's... More >>

  • Magic Dragon

    published March 28, 2001

    Every time I've passed beneath the dragon-adorned sign that popped up on Oak Street last November, everything starts coming up roses. Dragon... More >>

  • The Chile Factor

    published March 21, 2001

    If you hope to capture the attention of eddying throngs, it's best to bait your hook with the most potent perfume you can find. El Burrito... More >>

  • Mountain Minimalism

    published March 14, 2001

    There's a good reason Nepali food isn't as profoundly spiced as Indian food. Everest on Grand, St. Paul »Also in Tablehopping:... More >>

  • Remembrance of Arby's Past

    published March 7, 2001

    Today's youth are a mobile army, unfamiliar with fork or place mat, ever ready to march and catch their nutrition with one hand as they go.... More >>

  • Safe From the Madding Crowd

    published February 28, 2001

    It's traffic, I suspect, that has no idea how special it is to be able to get a Murphy-Goode or Gundlach Bundschu tasting flight of wines. Napa... More >>

  • Shmeer Job

    published February 21, 2001

    Is the Twin Cities bagel scene really that bad? Einstein Brothers Bagels, Bruegger's Bagels, Bagelman's New York Bakery and Deli, True Brew... More >>

  • Ode to a Stinking Rose

    published February 14, 2001

    I vowed that this would be the year that only an unromantic flavor would get my attention: Only garlic. Bullwinkle's Saloon, Minneapolis,... More >>

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