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Archives: 2008
  • The Twin Cites' best cheap eats and drinks of 2008

    published December 31, 2008

    This year was a lousy one for the economy but—perhaps not coincidentally—a great one for cheap eats. Here are 10 of the... More >>

  • Far East Feast

    published December 24, 2008

    Is the local appetite for tastes of the tropics merely gargantuan or is it actually insatiable? Many of 2008's most enjoyable restaurant... More >>

  • Mort's Deli—it ain't chopped liver

    published December 17, 2008

    Mort's Meat Platter ($14.99) deserves to be a modern legend, a fairy tale that will send carnivorous children to bed with visions of red meat... More >>

  • Tanpopo chases the chill

    published December 10, 2008

    Hell has come to connote "hot." Countless generations of pop-culture references depict eternal damnation as one endless, torturous... More >>

  • La Vina dishes up twice the spice

    published December 3, 2008

    What Minneapolis really needed was an inviting, dependable, Mexican/Ecuadorian restaurant. This transcendental truth didn't become obvious... More >>

  • Curran's still satisfies

    published November 26, 2008

    All hail the unreconstructed, non-reimagined meatloaf, the Neanderthal meatloaf, the meatloaf untouched by 50 years of culinary progress. There... More >>

  • Lift Bridge Is Rising

    published November 19, 2008

    If you would like to drink the future—the smooth, pale golden, lightly spicy, caramel-kissed future—suck down a pint of Lift Bridge... More >>

  • At Black Sheep, the Pizza Crust Can't Be Topped

    published November 12, 2008

    The most perfect pizza crust in the metro area is available for a reasonable price at the newly opened Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza in the... More >>

  • For heaven's sake, visit Moto-i

    published November 5, 2008

    Moto-i is dangerous. There isn't a better word for it. "Seductive" and "addictive" both begin to describe the experience, "entertaining" is an... More >>

  • Grill Crazy

    published October 29, 2008

    This may be the great unspoken rule of American barbecue: The meat should be able to stand on its own merits—no sauce required. If the... More >>

  • Sen Yai Sen Lek's Thai menu is bold yet inviting

    published October 22, 2008

    Sen Yai Sen Lek (Big Noodle, Little Noodle) is a new Thai restaurant located squarely at the happy intersection of "authentic" and... More >>

  • Blue Door shuts on beans, opens for pub food

    published October 15, 2008

    If you walk into the Blue Door Pub in St. Paul, you may need a moment to get acclimated. The space is no longer Puerta Azul; although the name... More >>

  • Battle of the Burgers

    published October 8, 2008

    The cheese-stuffed Ju(i)cy Lucy hamburger is a south Minneapolis icon, a native-born food with murky 20th-century origins and a penchant for... More >>

  • Roll Playing

    published October 1, 2008

    A little elegance goes a long way. That being the case, the elegant sushi eatery Bagu should be taken seriously on looks alone: The chic and... More >>

  • Currying Favor

    published September 24, 2008

    Food is elemental. An onion, ground cinnamon, a bell pepper, a flank steak—food grounds us, reassuring us that we're somewhere familiar... More >>

  • Very Vietnam

    published September 17, 2008

    Knowingly or not, restaurants aspire to one of two ideal forms: One is a gateway to the exotic, offering the strange, the rare, the novel, and... More >>

  • Herkimer Pub: Achtung, Beer Drinkers!

    published September 10, 2008

    These are interesting times at Uptown's Herkimer brewpub. Its owner, Blake Richardson, is preparing to open a Japanese street food restaurant... More >>

  • Asian Oasis

    published September 3, 2008

    Depending on your perspective, the dining landscape in Lakeville is either a rich cornucopia or a barren wasteland. Cruise down Cedar Avenue... More >>

  • Pie-Eating Contest

    published August 27, 2008

    This is a tale of two pizzerias, set in the northwestern suburb of Plymouth. One is the newly opened branch of Solos Pizza Cafe. The other,... More >>

  • One Shrimp Gumbo, Hold the Abuse

    published August 20, 2008

    There's a whole bunch of marketing nonsense surrounding the Original SoupMan, a chain of casual soup-and-sandwich restaurants originating in... More >>

  • Too Much of a Good Thing

    published August 13, 2008

    "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Isaiah Berlin cataloged a pantheon of writers and thinkers using... More >>

  • Comfort Zone

    published August 6, 2008

    One bite of the pizza at Fat Lorenzo's and you know you've found something remarkable. The single slices ($3-$3.73) sprawl across the plate... More >>

  • East Meets Midwest

    published July 30, 2008

    After putting down your chopsticks at the end of a meal at Azuki, you may be tempted to ask: Did this restaurant get lost? Doesn't it belong in... More >>

  • Five tips for enjoying 98 Pounds' Chinese/sushi buffet

    published July 23, 2008

    The newly opened 98 Pounds buffet in Bloomington has sparked a surprising amount of positive online buzz for what is—in essence—a... More >>

  • Where every bloke knows your name

    published July 16, 2008

    If libraries are where esoteric knowledge goes to quietly retire, Merlin's Rest is just the opposite: It's where obscure trivia grabs a black... More >>

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