We wouldn't normally advocate ordering a grilled cheese sandwich at a restaurant. They're often overpriced and always seem to taste better when they're made at home and eaten immediately, preferably from the comfort of one's couch. But the Mona grilled cheese is in a different league altogether. In ... More >>
It's possible that Chef Erick Harcey of Victory 44 is incapable of making an ugly plate of food. No matter the dish, Harcey routinely turns out visual feasts -- to say nothing of the flavors. His pate, a humble dish not often known as the belle of the food-pic-worthy ball, is a stunner, garnish ... More >>
Run by chef Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market takes the idea of eating locally to heart. The Lowertown establishment changes its menu often, but is constant in its dedication to local farms and culinary artisans. While the restaurant takes its name from the Midwestern fare it ... More >>
Tilia's famous butternut squash soup changes annually -- and so does the belief that the new variety could never outshine the old. Once again, this year's version hits the jackpot. See also: Reverse Bloody Mary at Tilia: A build-your-own drink of the week
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. In a metro area with a thriving pan-African food scene, Fasika is the restaurant to beat for Ethiopian cuisine, and if you need proof, look no further than the zilzil ti ... More >>
If you're surprised to see a salad rank so high on this list then you clearly haven't had this salad. Vegetarians say it brings them back to their meat-eating days and current carnivores can't believe it's bacon-free. The smoky greens salad at Hello Pizza is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, on a bed ... More >>
There are only a small handful of restaurants that have helped to define Twin Cities culture in the way that Kramarczuk's has. Serving up eastern European delicacies to hungry Nordeasters for over 60 years, Kramarczuk's offers diners more than specialty cuisine; it offers them an overall sense of pl ... More >>
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. It doesn't always take a complex dish to win over our hearts. When seamlessly executed, the simple and common dishes are sometimes the best. Stroll into just about any ... More >>
Las Teresitas has been covered extensively, but the attention is warranted and the awards earned. The south Minneapolis restaurant makes a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes, and today, it's the simple chorizo taco that gets the attention. See also: Best Mexican Restaurant Minneapolis 2013 ... More >>
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.When is a veggie burger more than a vegetarian meal option? When it's the glory that is the veggie burger at St. Paul's Groundswell Cafe. Whether you eat meat or not, this ... More >>
When we spoke to Chef Shack Ranch's co-owner Lisa Carlson, she would only tell us that what goes on their super crispy whole-joint Kadejan Farms chicken wings is a magical mix they call "secret wing dust." We took them to the lab (a.k.a went back for seconds) to try to find out more, but really ... More >>
It's all well and good that cheeseburgers are marketed as gourmet food in new wave gastropubs, but Matt's original Jucy Lucy still sets the gold standard for bar burgers, with a trademark sandwich they've been serving up from that busy corner griddle for 49 years. See also: The Jucy Lucy named one ... More >>
If you've ever been to Ingebretsen's, you've probably encountered tube food. The Scandinavian specialty shop offers around ten varieties of food in tubes, from caviar, to cheese spread, to plain ol' mayonnaise. By American standards, Ingebretsen's selection is massive, but compared to Sweden's, it j ... More >>
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. When you join ice cream with a shot of espresso, it's a decidedly pleasant experience. So it follows that when you douse a scoop of Sonny's coffee-infused Crema ice ... More >>
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. Sure, Grand Café is the obvious go-to for a fab brunch, but their upscale version of fondue should get you in the door at dinner time, too. This ain't no tacky '70s ... More >>
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.Eaters in the know find themselves flocking to St. Paul's Highland Grill on Monday nights. That is the one and only day diners can get their hands on the delicious creatio ... More >>
A little white building with red trim decorates a triangular street corner in Elliot Park. There's nothing fancy about it, but the Band Box Diner has been a staple of Minneapolis for nearly 75 years. One menu item stands out among the specialty breakfasts and burgers served all day here: the Lunch ... More >>
There's a reason that La Loma, when they cater public events, often runs out of their tamales. It's because there's not another place in the Twin Cities offering anything close to these handmade snacks, steamed in either a corn husk or banana leaf and filled with a finely ground corn flour and delec ... More >>
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.The folks behind the Moral Omnivore food truck are about more than just making you a tray of good food (although they do that, too.) Their goal is to make the world a bett ... More >>
Berry Sweet Kitchen is still getting started, easing its way into business after a soft opening. Located in the former home of the smoky Nokomis Cafe, this new and improved breakfast spot has found its calling in fresh fruits, decadent desserts, and a breakfast/lunch menu that fuses Mexican-American ... More >>
The Tangiers in the North Loop is one of Minneapolis' newest hotspots, but most who frequent the bar are going for the drinks and the company, and arriving after 9 p.m. Little do they know that this swanky Prohibition-style lounge also has a handful of tasty small plates and a top-notch happy hour ... More >>
The lowdown on a dozen brand-new trucks hitting the streets this summer
Last week we have a run-down of some of the best wings around town, but if you're looking for something other than sauce-slathered chicken (okay, there's some more of that on this list too) to serve at your game-day party, plenty of restaurants are offering their catering services over the busy week ... More >>
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Who has the best Twin Cities tube steaks?While the Twin Cities may not exactly be Chicago where hot dogs are concerned, we've still managed to establish a pretty diverse sausage scene. There are a few familiar faces on this list of Top 10 best places to grab a wiener, including past City Pages Be ... More >>
Middle Eastern mainstays remain on the menu
Somali steak sandwich and AfroSteak dinner with basmati riceOver the last 20 years, Minnesota has welcomed the largest community of Somali-Americans in the country. Many of these immigrant families have located near the West Bank of the U of M campus. As a result, the area has seen its share of Afr ... More >>
Look deep into my olives and tell me what you see When Dan Esrig graduated with a degree in geography from Macalester College last year, he realized what he wanted was in his own back yard. He wanted to open a sandwich spot that would serve the student's need for late night, affordable food ... More >>
Good food shows up in Minneapolis in surprising places
David Fhima returns with new Lowertown restaurant
wikimedia commonsFresh strawberries for a summer salad.Now that June is finally starting to seem a bit more like summer, you might be feeling like a meal that feels like summer too. Jeff Burstein from the Brothers Deli in downtown Minneapolis shares a recipe for a different kind of salad. The ... More >>
Clancey's and Cheeky Monkey make us forget the ghosts of hams past. One just a bit more than the other. Find out which.
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The moment I walked into Jasmine Deli I knew it was unpolished enough to be my kind of place.
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