• Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Corner Table's Pork Belly, 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 1

    The flutter and blush of possibility that grips your heart and throat is so familiar. From the first playground crush, we've learned that we can't always trust when the whole world seems to stop for one anticipatory moment. It's a physical reaction. You suck in your breath, your pupils dilate, and y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Sweet Science's rhubarb cinnamon almond ice cream: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 2

    After a short hiatus, 50 Favorite Dishes is back counting down the best things we've tasted this year.More than any other dessert, ice cream seems to be the great unifier. Young or old, hungry or full, even if you're not "a sweets person" ice cream always sounds like a pretty good idea. Between Gran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    La Belle Vie's sweet pea tortelli: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 3

    No matter if you're rolling in a hooptie. Step inside La Belle Vie and be transported to an opulent world where every aspect of the restaurant functions at the pinnacle of fine dining.See Also:2013 Best Desserts: La Belle VieLa Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday feteThomas Keller and Bouch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Harriet Brasserie's tres leches cake: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 4

    I once heard someone, who was obviously not a fan of this traditional Latin American dessert, describe tres leches as "cake soaked in a bunch of canned milk." That definition, though unjust, is not technically incorrect. Tres leches, or three milk cake, is one of those dishes that makes you wonder a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Burch's steak: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 5

    Oh, glorious hunk of charred beef. No matter what the health-food wonks say, there is a time and place for a primal hunk of red meat. No matter the reason or heft of your red-meat desire, Burch Steak has a cut to satisfy.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Rincon 38's Pulpo: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 6

    When Hector Ruiz's Rincon 38 opened just a few months back on the corner of 38th & Grand in Kingfield - an increasingly popular intersection for gourmands and they restaurants they frequent - we expected to enjoy some small bites and some Spanish wines. What we didn't expect was to become such f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The Strip Club's Tenderloin Schiacciatta: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 7

    When dining at the Strip Club Meat and Fish, a diner needs a strategy. It's best to bring a couple of friends, people who are good at pacing themselves, and attack the menu. Order a pile of small plates and prepare to share. A great time can easily be derailed by one fussbudget who refuses to share ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Lucia's chicken pot pie: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 8

    "As American as apple pie" is the simile we're all familiar with, but when I think of quintessential American comfort food, I think of chicken pot pie. Roasted bird, humble vegetables, and creamy gravy encased in buttery pastry crust - it's all so very homey and soul-soothing. As simple as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Borough's champagne potato soup: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 9

    Like an unexpected storm of restaurant industry talent, Borough and its downstairs bar Parlour came on the scene quickly and with a head-spinning ferocity. Where was once a raw, empty building suddenly became a new and necessary-to-visit restaurant (not to mention our favorite neighborhood speakeasy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Union's duck with whole grains: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 10

    A see-and-be-seen rooftop patio complete with retractable glass ceiling and complex cocktails designed by Johnny Michaels (like the highly recommended garam masala-spiced blood orange Old Fashioned, pictured above) were the first things to grab the public's attention when Union opened this winter. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Mike Phillips's Three Sons Meats charcuterie: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 11

    It seems every restaurant is now required to have a chef with a pig part tattooed on them and a charcuterie platter on the menu. There was a time in the not too distant past when salumi was in short supply. A little neighborhood joint in Longfellow called the Craftsman (again, back when that neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    The Left-Handed Cook's 21 Spice Fried Chicken: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 12

    Fried chicken may not be synonymous with the Twin Cities, but one newcomer to the Midtown Global Market is doing its best to boost our local reputation. When the Left-Handed Cook, Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard's Korean soul food restaurant opened last summer, one item on the menu seemed to immediately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Dandelion Kitchen's braised beef sandwich, 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 13

    Today we speak in defiance of this ridiculously lame excuse for a spring. We speak of that sunshine colored truck that usually would be parked outside the IDS building on the sidewalk along Nicollet Mall. We speak of freshly-made sodas with bright ingredients and nose-tickling carbonation. We speak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Birchwood Cafe's Key Lime Pie: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 14

    It may be the official state pie of Florida, but here in Minnesota there is one iconic restaurant that has managed to produce a perfect Key lime pie. It's simultaneously so splendidly sour and subtly sweet that it inspired Izzy's to make a new ice cream flavor based on it, which is pretty incredible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Grand Szechuan's Chengdu dumplings: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 15

    The problem with strip malls is that they all look the same - which might also be what makes them so appealing. It's impossible to judge the book by the familiar cover, so you've got to go inside where there might be a food find or a dinner disaster.  Inside one particular strip in Bloomington, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat with the Bizarre Foods czar, Part 2

    ‚ÄčLocal chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods.  (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    8/1 Morning Communiqué

    University of Texas psychologists calculate the number of reasons people have sex, a panda breeding base sells souvenirs made of poo, the 25 worst rapper name ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 11, 2007

    Spice as Nice

    Tea House, a(nother) new Sichuan restaurant in St. Paul, has juicy buns and spice to burn

  • Restaurants

    February 7, 2007

    Hurts So Good

    Frogtown's new Little Szechuan excels with the numbing, tingling, burning joys of authentic chili-pepper-laden cooking from Chengdu

  • News

    April 26, 2006
  • Restaurants

    July 28, 2004

    Texture and Snap

    Terrific authentic Sichuan in--where else?-- a suburban strip mall

  • Books

    August 25, 1999