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    May 29, 2014

    First Look: Bogart's Doughnut Co. hosts grand opening tomorrow in south Minneapolis

    Take one part buttery brioche dough and one part disenchanted attorney looking for a career change and you have the recipe for Bogart's Doughnut Co., a new fried sweets spot at Bryant and 36th. What started as a Kingfield Farmers Market stand three years ago has blossomed into a charming (and tiny) ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Meet Me in St. Louis Park: A trip to Taste of India's lunch buffet

    Many fine Indian restaurants in Minnesota serve up a lunch buffet, but not all of these smorgasbords are created equal. At some locations, the spread is no more than glorified leftovers from last night's dinner. At Taste of India in St. Louis Park, it's the perfect introduction to a cuisine that's b ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 53, Filfillah's shawarma

    When in search of some scrumptious Middle Eastern grub, it really seems to be word of mouth we rely on. Filfillah Market and Restaurant in Columbia Heights is no different. Their shawarma is some of the best you'll find in town -- if you're one of the lucky ones in the know. See also: Foxy Falafel ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 72, Honey & Rye's baguette

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.There is a lot to love at Anne Andrus and Emily Ackerman's Honey & Rye Bakehouse in St. Louis Park: Coffee from Tiny Footprint, chicken soup with thick homemade egg no ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Flour power at Honey & Rye Bakehouse

    The St. Louis Park bakery boasts more than just baguettes and croissants

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    August 21, 2013

    The Buttered Tin remakes breakfast classics

    The new Lowertown eatery makes the most important meal of the day the tastiest one

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    July 3, 2013

    Pastry paradise at Cosetta's and Black Walnut Bakery

    Two Twin Cities bakeries craft pastries so good they deserve to last forever

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    June 26, 2013

    Pig Ate My Pizza: Wallowing in pork's splendor

    At the old Travail location, pork isn't the other white meat -- it's the only meat

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    February 27, 2013

    Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    French Hen and Chez Arnaud offer Parisian charms

    Mouthwatering French cuisine makes it big in St. Paul

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    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities

    The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) t ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Bread Star Rising Boulangerie now at Midtown Farmers Market

    See also:Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin CitiesAfter gaining a croissant-based following at May Day Cafe and honing her bread-making skills at the Nicollet Island Inn, Margaret Chamberlain is bringing her unique array of baked goods to Midtown Farmers Market.She'll have items from her business, B ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testicles

    If you're an annual State Fair habitue, it's easy to get bored with the more than 450 foods from 300 concessionaires. So every year the State Fair tries to shake things up by introducing a few new things-on-a-stick and other edibles. Last year's offerings included the universally beloved sweet corn ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Rustica makes list of best baguettes in America

    Bon Appetit recently published a list of the 10 Best Baguettes in America to coincide with its "Insider's Guide to Paris" issue. Two Midwest bakeries made the cut: One was Floriole Cafe and Bakery in Chicago, the other was the Minneapolis's Rustica, City Pages' 2010 winner in the Best Bakery categor ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    March 27, 2012

    The Chef Driven Co. invites you to Get Sauced

    ​The graffiti-covered truck invites passersby to "Get Sauced," and it's a hard offer to turn down. The wafting scents of sweet roasted meats and a bevy of complimentary condiment options doesn't hurt either. This truck originally appeared on the streets last summer, and we were happy to see their ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Rye Delicatessen & Bar overcomes early missteps

    We've got no beef with this deli

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    December 13, 2011

    Zoe Francois's Sufganiyot: A classic Chanukah treat [RECIPE]

    Zoe FrancoisMake them for the first night of Chanukah With the first night of Chanukah coming up fast (it starts next Tuesday, December 20, at sunset), the Hot Dish started asking around for some great recipes by local chefs. We got a chance to get up close and personal in a two-part interview with ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Chef's Abode cooking class teaches simple flatbreads and squash soup Monday

    ​Interested in creating a delicious autumn dinner? Join Laurie McCann Crowell and Elizabeth Ries (from Channel 5 Twin Cities Live) at Chef's Abode cooking school on Monday evening for some fun fall entertaining.

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    October 3, 2011

    Oysters, pumpkin, and coffee kick off October's week in food

    Normally our week of food events has a running theme, like heaps of beer tastings or charity dinners. But this first week in October is full of random, which is just how we like it. You can get over your fear of bread, learn to make cheese, brew the perfect cup of coffee, and shuck an oyster all bet ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Mill City Bread Festival this weekend

    Mill City Farmers Market and the Mill City Museum are joining forces to celebrate the Bread Festival, sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. This will be the first of an annual event celebrating the traditions of American bread-baking. The festival will include demonstrations and a bread-baking contest. He ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Oktoberfest has arrived this week in food

    Everyone is German at the Black Forest Inn​Fans of all things German and sausagey will be pleased with this week's offerings, which skew heavily toward a meat-and-beer theme thanks to Oktoberfest activities. 9/25 If you made it through the weekend without attending the Black Forest Inn's Okt ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    New Cowles Center to debut Cravings lobby bar

    Cowles CenterEating opportunities at downtown's new dance and performance center. ​Years in the making, the long anticipated Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts will have its grand opening this Saturday. The Hot Dish might not know anything about pirouettes or Baby Freezes, but we ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Up your culinary education this week in food

    Slow Food happy hour! Pick up a pint. ​No need to feel inadequate now that summer's bounty has arrived; this week in food is filled with classes and lectures sure to make all your dishes winners thanks to plenty of educational events.

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    June 15, 2011

    Heartland begins serving brunch this weekend!

    Heartland opens its doors for weekend brunch!​Exciting news from chef Lenny Russo: starting this Saturday, June 18, Heartland will be serving weekend brunch. Former Heartland chef de cuisine Robb Moore, who left to open the now-shuttered Cru in Blaine, collaborated on the menu with Russo and w ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Sun Street Breads making Minneapolis a baking Mecca

    Nicollet Avenue bakery uses ingredients like house-made granola and locally brewed beer

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    April 13, 2011

    Bread, Coffee, Cake bakery in St. Paul crushed by boulder

    The sourdough starter will live on.​A St. Paul bakery located near the Wabasha caves met its untimely demise last week after a rock slide caused severe damage to the kitchen. Owners of Bread, Coffee, Cake -- a.k.a. "BC2" -- say a giant boulder rolled down a nearby bluff and crashed into the b ... More >>

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    March 12, 2011

    Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 61

    Kei TerauchiAlways leave room for dessert​Desserts are often overlooked in restaurants, even some of the most serious ones. But endowed with the power to sway a diner' final impression on the entire experience, they are a crucial part of the meal. Sea Change offers an array of dazzlers to en ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    The best local baguettes

    Anne RuckerFive noteworthy baguettes baked right here in the Twin Cities.​Ah, the perfect baguette. What may seem to some a simple loaf, the baguette is deceptively complex, with its flaky, crispy outer crust and tender, slightly sweet interior. The Twin Cities are ripe with artisan bakeries scrat ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Rustica's Steve Horton: Chef Chat, part 2

    Lisa GulyaRustica Bakery owner Steve Horton​Timing is essential when baking--and buying--bread. Stop by the bakery too late and the shelves could be bare; too early and your favorite loaf hasn't come out of the oven yet. If you want the broadest and freshest selection, baker-owner Steve Horton ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Rustica's Steve Horton: Chef Chat, part 1

    Lisa GulyaPinching and punching: for Rustica baker Steve Horton, it's all in a day's work.​This week's chef chat is better labeled baker banter, as owner Steve Horton of Minneapolis's Rustica Bakery explains that professional baking is all about consistency. Producing the same high-quality loa ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Zoë Francois bakes holiday deliciousness (and doughnuts)

    Mark LuinenburgZoe Francois is pro-carbs​Local baker and author Zoë Francois is most well-known for convincing us all to keep a bucket of bread dough in our refrigerators at the ready. Her book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (co-authored with Jeff Hertzberg) and the follow-up Healthy Bre ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Chez Arnaud brings French pastry to Maple Grove

    Chez Arnaud via FacebookBonjour, Maple Grove!​For years, finding French pastry in the Twin Cities meant your choices were pretty much limited to Patrick's French Bakery and the cafe in the Sofitel. But recent openings have been spreading macarons all over the metro, most notably with the arriv ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Now Open: Good Day Cafe serves dinner

    How long has Golden Valley been waiting to go to the Good Day for a cocktail and a Original Tchoupitoula? We lost track...

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    August 12, 2009

    Acqua Restaurant, Margaux's Table give foodies reason to visit White Bear Lake

    Rustic elegance meets hearty slow cooking in the St. Paul suburb

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    May 8, 2009

    Sourdough starter, anyone?

    Readers write: Where does one get a sourdough starter? Or should you make it yourself?

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    April 1, 2009

    Epic Sandwich: loving Café Levain's eggs over brioche

    The talented staff at Café Levain has decided to add brunch service, and I couldn't be happier.

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    January 22, 2009

    Chef Eats: Butter Bakery Cafe's Derek Hughes

    Butter Bakery's head cook likes brussels sprouts, and you ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    April 25, 2007

    The Evils of Ethanol

    It is a universal axiom of modern politics that no politician with presidential ambitions can talk honestly about the very real problems of the government's slavish promotion of corn-based ethanol. In the corn belt states, of course, it is impossible to talk honestly about corn-based ethanol if you ... More >>

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    April 13, 2005

    Hot Pockets

    Behold the savory breakfast pastry, the antidote to too many sugary muffins and danishes

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    February 23, 2005

    Indian Exceptionalism

    Two new restaurants reinvigorate what was a seriously depressing local Indian food scene

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    February 5, 2003

    Lord of The Sourdoughs

    Saint Agnes, a St. Paul bakery with a charismatic head baker, rises

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    January 1, 2003

    Giving and Takeout

    For people who cook too much: A holiday survivor's guide

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