Billed as Saint Paul's answer to Eat Street, the Little Mekong area at the east end of University Avenue has become something of a destination lately. There are still plenty of shuttered businesses to go around, but with the Central Corridor light rail set to open in 2014 and its easy accessibility ... More >>
"A lot of people have never even heard of arepas, but people really received them well," says Birk Stefan Grudem, co-owner of Hola Arepa. "We still get people coming up and asking, 'What is that? Is it spicy?' And then they taste them and they like them. I love that!" See Also: Hola Arepa on ... More >>
For gorillas' sake, eat a burritoPlanning lunch for today? Area Chipotle restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Como Zoo. Here's what you have to do:See Also:Baby giraffe at Como Zoo is cuteBest Burrito: Bangkok Burrito at World Street Kitchen
Well, the time has come and Bon Appetit magazine's Andrew Knowlton has published his list of the 50 best new restaurants in the United States. It should come as no surprise that Minneapolis has nabbed not one, but two spots on the illustrious list; downtown's Borough and Uptown's World Street Kitche ... More >>
Gosling and Refn re-team for more arthouse violence
Not only did the music rock. Not only did Low launch an epic one-song set. Not only did we endure a torrential downpour, rock the parking ramp and revel in the Husker Du and Sugar-peppered Bob Mould setlist. We also ate very well.See Also:Low's one-song set at Rock the Garden totally ruledMetric at ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes. Last year we voted Krungthep Thai, the new Eat Street outpost of the ever-popular Bangkok Thai Deli, the best Thai restaurant of 2012 thanks to dishes like its wicked ... More >>
Following the recent rollout of a new menu featuring Indian-inspired cuisine, Parasole-owned Chino Latino is getting some backlash.To introduce its "New India Street Sheet" menu items like cauliflower pakora, vindaloo pork, and paneer omelette, the Uptown fusion restaurant released an ad containing ... More >>
After years of searching, working cramped in a truck, planning, plotting, and writing menus, the Wadi brothers opened the doors to the new World Street Kitchen. The same concept from their wildly popular food truck has found a home in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood. While chef Sameh claims they are conti ... More >>
This week, our cup has overflowed with prime food and drink news. Here's a few of the week's top stories.~Sometimes there is nothing like a stiff cocktail and a big ol' slab of meat. Join us as we pay tribute to the Cities' Top 10 steak houses.~The slideshows were happening this week, with a to ... More >>
It's just going to be for a short time, and they aren't going very far, but Bangkok Thai Deli, the top-notch restaurant tucked away in the back of an Asian supermarket, is shutting down and moving this week.Here are the details on your last chance to pick up some pad kee mow, boat noodles, or pa-nan ... More >>
As the days grow shorter and the weatherman threatens us with the white stuff, we're cuddling up to a cozy press release we just received promising that we will not have to spend another cold season without the hearty comfort of a Yum Yum Bowl.World Street Kitchen, the truck from Saed and Sameh Wadi ... More >>
A dozen different dishes for under $10
It's (almost) May, and our week in food reflects this most welcome month: Cinco de Mayo cooking classes and a new chef at Gather just to name a few. Enjoy!
Oh, man, who wants a drink? Some nights call for a darker than average drinking spot. Somewhere that serves stiff drinks without an attitude. A place where jeans are invited and dirty-sloganed T-shirts are plentiful. A joint with a great jukebox, beers on tap that don't have any ironic advertisin ... More >>
This week at the Hot Dish the stories were extra hot to warm the coldest of days. Here are a few of the week's top reports. ~We know many of you want to get your lovin' on for Valentine's Day; here's our picks for the most romantic restaurants for you and your snookums.~We also know tha ... More >>
Eat Street spot wins with authenticity
NOW OPENColossal Cafe(2315 Como Ave, St. Paul)Rosa Mexicano (City Pages Review)(609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)Little Szechuan (City Pages Review)(5377 West 16th St., St. Louis Park)West Bank Diner(324 Cedar Ave S. Minneapolis)Five Guys Burgers and Fries(8360 3rd St N., Oakdale)Eat Street Pi ... More >>
We'll miss you, sunny days of summerDay by day our favorite street finds are dropping out of the game. A few intrepid souls like Nate of Natedogs and the vivacious ladies of Fork in the Road plan to stay out all winter long. Others, like Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summers of the Chef Shack, will lea ... More >>
Flower-kissed.Chrysanthemum juice $2 Bangkok Thai 315 University Ave. W., St. Paul 651.224.4300 In an usual mosaic-covered building on University Avenue, some of the most mind-blowingly delicious and authentic Thai food is served. This place falls into that "hole-in-the-wall" category. The menu is ... More >>
Try Gai Gai Thai's green curry rice and Thai iced tea. On some of these summer days when it's been hot as Bangkok at 9 'o clock in the morning, we figure, Why try to beat it, when we can join it? Such weather is just an excuse to indulge in the Southeast Asian street eats of farmers' market ... More >>
Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis star in dude comedy
photo by Michelle BruchSameh Wadi and his big red truckToday we wrap up our three-part series with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen. (If you missed them, read parts 1 and 2 here.) We discuss when the big red truck will be back on the streets, what's keeping him up at night, ... More >>
Restaurants worth fighting LRT construction.This week's Dish review dubbed On's Thai Kitchen on University at Snelling in St. Paul as a restaurant worth enduring the hassle of LRT construction (Work is now being done between Emerald and Hamline, with the 'dozers moving on to the rest of Universit ... More >>
Two new Thai restaurants in Linden Hills and St. Paul
Michelle LeonUptown Cafeteria's new Skybar is king!We all have our favorite standbys for outdoor drinking and dining--W.A. Frost's lush garden patio, the busy sidewalk seats at French Meadow, or the Dennis Rodman-drawing roofdeck at Stella's. But have you checked out the breezy surrounds at t ... More >>
Funny or Die: Parasole billboardsWhile working on this week's Dish column on Uptown Cafeteria, the Hot Dish was admittedly a little disappointed not to see an edgy ad campaign associated with Parasole's newest eatery. Talking to CEO Phil Roberts and VP Kip Clayton recently, we learned that th ... More >>
Michelle BruchDandelion Kitchen launched at farmers' markets this summerFresh off a yearlong bike expedition from Prague to Bangkok, the owners of Dandelion Kitchen are still on wheels. The Farmers' Market vendor is parking a bright yellow trailer in front of the IDS building on Nicollet Ma ... More >>
It's looking more and more like Carradine's death is headed for the auto-erotic folder.
The star of Kung Fu and Kill Bill hung himself in a Bangkok hotel room last Thursday.
Independent films went south, but thank the Knight for the blockbuster
For once, this season's movies don't ask you to check your brains at the door
When the economy is in the toilet, there's no such thing as dirty money
A quest for the elusive soup dumpling leads to a rough-around-the-edges find
Two fantastic Thai places revealed in the suburbs—so rejoice! Or gnash your teeth, depending.
A musical about a board game? Mamma mia!
We crowd-surfed with R.T. We bar hopped on light rail. And between some of our precious last sucks on a cigarette at the club, we scribbled it all down on a cocktail napkin.
Thailand's Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul makes films too big and beautiful for plot
The Venice Film Festival gives voice to the global cacophony
A decade in the making, an Asian gem that's neither dumbed down nor sugared up
A Hmong supper club in St. Paul attracts young hipsters, caters to old-school immigrants, and pisses off the neighbors