From poutine and bacon ice cream to sweety balls on a stick
The events on hand this week--wine, chocolate, chocolate--should make it pretty obvious which love-laden holiday is on the horizon. Hate it, embrace it, gobble it up. 2/7 It's been a long wait since November, but Salut's final French Regional Wine Dinner has arrived, and this time the evening hono ... More >>
Yael GrauerIt's hard to go wrong with chocolate truffles.It's true what they say about the way to a man's heart (or woman's heart, as the case may be) being through the stomach. Even better is delighting a food lover with something they absolutely love, but would probably not splurge on thems ... More >>
A healthier hash!Normally we like to go to Zumbro Cafe in Linden Hills for breakfast and fuel up for a walk around Lake Harriet with eggs Benedict or flapjacks. But when all those carbs and cholesterol feel like too much, we turn to the chicken wild rice hash.
Anne Rucker Craving pancakes AND doughnuts? Now you can have both!What could be better than two decadent, sweet and delicious breakfast staples rolled into one dish? With the glazed doughnut pancakes at the Good Day Cafe you get the best of both breakfast treats. Hearty-yet-l ... More >>
Mo PerryA delicate amuse-boucheRinata's eggplant involtini with goat cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and tomato sugo is perhaps the perfect appetizer. Light, delicate, and intensely flavorful, this is no heaping plate of deep-fried calamari or platter of bruschetta dense enough to render the bre ... More >>
Emily UtneIt's finally food truck season!Early this week, we're told, Smack Shack should be rolling its big white truck into its downtown Minneapolis parking spot at First Avenue and Fourth Street North to kick off its outdoor season. (Don't worry, Northeasters, it'll still be at the 1029 Bar ... More >>
Mo PerryEating locally sourced food never tasted so indulgentEating locally sourced food has been all the rage for quite some time now, but maybe you've eschewed the whole idea, thinking it meant stuffy, sparse plates of morally superior greens sprinkled with a few smug flax seeds. Allow me ... More >>
A perfect 10 in taste and looks...The Zuppa Englese torte at Patisserie Margo has a gorgeous multilayered construction that amazes the eyes and seems more precise and perfect than the original Italian treat. When translated, it means English soup, which one theory says came about when Italian che ... More >>
Kei TerauchiDolsot bibimbop: the food pyramid in a stone potIt may be true that fast food provides you the most calories per dollar. But you are paying for processed fat and starch flavored to taste acceptable to the tolerant palate. If you are looking to fill up on healthy and full-flavored ... More >>
Joy SummersHold the ketchup, pass the Bearnaise Everything tastes better in French. Admit it. Would you rather eat mayo or aioli? A loaf of bread or a baguette? Velveeta or a little fromage? French fries or pommes frites? I rest my case. For French cuisine in the Twin Cities, it's hard to ... More >>
The elegance of eggsDoug Flicker has a reputation as one of the best, if not the best, chefs in town. Those who know food, like other chefs and serious food followers, watch his every move. He's earned that respect by cooking his food his way, even if it might not appear to be what's popular with ... More >>
Even those who have lived in New Orleans for decades, where fried chicken is an art form, might find themselves losing years of their lives trying to prepare the dish at home, always feeling some sort of disappointment at the results. It's not always easy to pinpoint what is wrong. Was the batter ... More >>
Take that, White Castle!To think that we once satisfied our late-night snacking urges with the mushy blandness of the White Castle slyder, a meal that's perfectly content to be seasoned with nothing more than steamed onions. Sure, there's comfort to be found in the squishy buns and flat mea ... More >>
Kei TerauchiFollow the finger for yummy tailsThe morning commute is a struggle. With my hair still damp and stomach empty, I head out to catch the bus at Uptown Transit Station. As I sleepily walk down on Hennepin, a sweet and inviting aroma takes hold of all my senses. I look up and see a ... More >>
Mo PerryFiery goodness to make your tongue tingleThere is something other-worldly about Szechuan Spice's chicken with double chili pepper--a haunting quality that hovers on the periphery of your memory and manifests in periodic, sudden, urgent cravings. Maybe it's the chicken, lightly crisp ... More >>
Sara RiceSunny Side Up Cafe knows the way to Santa Fe... French toast, anywayAfter a night out in Uptown, it's important to have your recovery plan in place before hitting the sack for the night so you know where to stumble to when the sun rouses you. There's no shortage of breakfast joints ... More >>
Colorful and tasty tooGood smells waft down Harmon Place when you open the doors to Dancing Ganesha and grab a seat at the bar, it only gets better. Pass by the elephant and settle in to watch the dual TV's -- one showing a Bollywood musical and the other reprising a cricket match with the West I ... More >>
In the plain white dishDespite it's vibrant magenta coat, the radish usually plays the role of supporting garnish or salad accoutrement. Not so at Il Gatto, where the ravanelli makes the taproot of the Raphanus sativus a star, putting it front and center in this simple, yet addicting dish. Served ... More >>
Kei TerauchiA hot mess = bubbling pot of seafoodDo you ever find yourself in a Chinese rut? You keep ordering the same old egg roll, sweet and sour, lo mein, sesame chicken, and egg foo young. What? You are ordering pad thai at a "Chinese" restaurant for "change"? Now, that's just desperate ... More >>
Anne RuckerIf nothing else, this dive bar sure has good Coney Dogs.If you've never set foot in the Gopher Bar, prepare to be sent back in time. It's a true, old-time dive bar, complete with politically incorrect, if not blatantly offensive, signage, dingy lighting, and generally grumpy service. D ... More >>
Danielle LenzHummus has been gaining rapid popularity across the country as a healthy and delicious spread, perfect for parties, snacking, and even dieting. Around these parts, however, it's been popular for decades, thanks in no small part to a northeast Minneapolis institution, the Holy Lan ... More >>
Sara RiceUnlike Skittles, this rainbow has more than one flavorThe Midway area of St. Paul is a veritable melting pot, bringing together cultures from around the world. One point where two of them -- Somali and Ethiopian -- meet, is Flamingo Restaurant.
Lu LippoldGood, and good FOR you.I do not want to hear one more word about you and your cholesterol. Furthermore, I do not want you giving me that look when I say I'm having a giant slab of red meat for dinner with a side of fat-ridden fried potatoes smothered in mayonnaise. You know why? Bec ... More >>
Sasha LandskovWe wish these were always In Season!Though scientists have disproved the notion that oysters may only be safely eaten in months with the letter "r" in their names (May, June, July, and August), it is true that the mollusks tend to posses their best qualities when water temperatures ... More >>
Anne RuckerLike the can says, "It's never too early to GET SURLY!"Never before has a beverage so delicious been so darnn confusing. Is it coffee or is it beer? Is it acceptable to drink at breakfast, or should it be reserved for later in the day? Why not both?
The best thing to happen to breakfastThe salty. The sweet. The long john. It just all makes sense. YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka has made breakfast an ass-kicking event with the introduction of the maple-bacon long john--and they aren't skimping.
There are way too many situations that restrict us from getting our rib on: One doesn't dare order a rack of bones on a job interview, a first date, or any meal-based meet-up that involves signing paperwork or handshakes. Ribs are for eating in the presence of loved ones who have already pl ... More >>
Shauna YoungeA fiesta in your mouthLet's face it, in Minnesota we like fried food of nearly any type whether it's meat, veggie, or fruit. Even if the idea unusual fried goodness only appeals to you during State Fair season, Salsa a la Salsa's fried chocolate truffle is one fried food not to miss. Th ... More >>
Blue chips are a bonus.Some dishes thrive on flashy presentation, trendy techniques and lofty aspirations. Not so the artichoke melt at Anodyne, which relies on a great cast of ingredients that come together to calm, entertain and feed a busy gal. The bread is grilled to perfection and its conten ... More >>
Chocolate as deep, dark, and loving as a Barry White lullaby, studded with hunks of Hope Creamery butter toffee and dusted with a fine layer of rough-hewn sea salt nubs: These are the simple components that create the complex flavor experience of B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar. The Minneapol ... More >>
Considering your girlfriend's 80-year-old grandma spent all day peeling potatoes and baking pumpkin pies, you'd better not show up to supper empty handed. While flowers are always a classy hostess gift, here are five great, locally made, edible options. Your hosts can serve them, send them ho ... More >>
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Lisa GulyaIf only chocolate truffles really grew on treesAs if the Minnesota History Center's "Chocolate" exhibit doesn't provide enough excuses to indulge this fall, the Hot Dish is here to tempt you with locally made seasonal chocolates. We tested our sweet tooth against pumpkin truffles fr ... More >>
Monica WrightGorging encouragedSure, you can visit Chocolate: The Exhibition and leave the Minnesota History Center's gift shop with a cocoa-colored magnet or pencil. Or you could get into the freakin' spirit of things and indulge in one of these top five delectable (and totally local) chocol ... More >>
www.tcho.comEarly on, San Francisco established itself as a hotbed of American-made gourmet chocolate, raising up the likes of Ghirardelli, Guittard, and Scharffen Berger. The city's latest entrant into the market, TCHO--pronounced "choh," as it's the phonetic spelling of the first syllable o ... More >>
Kings Wine Bar in South Minneapolis has a new executive chef and an updated menu in the works.
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