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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    5 Best Bets For Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

    It's that time of the year again when restaurants across the Twin Cities put together a variety of budget-friendly prix fixe menus. This time around, MSP Magazine 's Restaurant Weekhas added a few newbies to the roster of RW regulars, giving you the opportunity to get out and try something new witho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Cheap Wine, Great Dessert, and an Offhand Comment: Date Night at the Red Stag

    Week 4 of our official Date Night Research brings us to Facebook, loading and refreshing the Red Stag Supperclub's page throughout the day to see if Date Night details (and pictures) have been posted. Like Bryant Lake Bowl, options are limited, so we cross our fingers and hold our breath for a delig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Hola Arepa Brunch Has Arrived: Rum-Spiked Horchata, Chilaquiles, and More

    From street eats to Eat Street, Hola Arepa has built up a loyal clientele that fiends for those signature hearty corn cakes stuffed with Latin-influenced pork, beef, chicken, cheeses, and salsas. For the first several months after opening their brick-and-mortar location, owners Birk Stefan Grudem an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Happy Hour at Kyatchi: Japanese Small Plates and $5 Sake in Kingfield

    Kyatchi is a fun little joint with particularly good food for happy hour. Happy, welcoming and a little Japanese kitsch, with tasty organic and sustainable small plates and drinks, this happy hour encourages you to linger, eat and drink Sake.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Paul Greenberg: How American Seafood Can Change the World and What You Can Do

    What Michael Pollan is to land-food, Paul Greenberg is to seafood. His books, which examine the way average consumers have feasted through what was once the ocean's bounty, have landed him on the New York Times bestsellers list. Greenberg's newest book, American Catch, paints a clear portrait of Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    What Happens to Twin Cities Food Trucks Over the Winter?

    As both leaves and temperatures start to fall, there's another noticeable change that comes about with the turning of the seasons: fewer food trucks on the road. This year, some will brave the cold, some will hibernate for winter, and others will choose to limit their appearances to certain events. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    The Sioux Chef Dishes on Minnesota's First "Pre-Contact" Restaurant

    If you were asked to name three pre-contact Native American dishes, could you do it? Or does your knowledge stop with fry bread? If so, you're not alone. Indigenous recipes and cooking methods have largely disappeared since Europeans first made contact with the Americas. Sean Sherman, otherwise kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Be the Prettiest Cheap Date in Town at Ngon Bistro's Date Night

    And on the third week, we packed up our belongings, made sure our water bottles were filled and our emergency blanket packed, and forded the river to St. Paul. Now, before you click the X in the upper left of the window, just stay a bit longer. Even though St. Paul is just right across Ol' Man River ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Now Open: The Turf Club's Full Kitchen Serving Brunch, Dinner, and Late Night Snacks

    There was a time when eating at the Turf Club meant waiting, hoping, and wishing for the Tamale Lady to stroll in with her four for $5 special. Now the newly renovated and reopened live music venue in St. Paul has a full kitchen of its very own, and is serving weekend brunch and a daily lunch, dinne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Looking for a Happy Hour in Powderhorn? Everything's $4 at Tiny Diner's Happy Hours

    Tiny Diner is all about doing and feeling good, what with its glistening blue solar array, locavore ethos, and tasty food and drink offerings. The place has woken up a stretch of 38th Street in the Powderhorn neighborhood whose previous claim to food fame was a Dairy Queen. So when they announced th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Trotter's Cafe Celebrates 25 Years With Free Cake, Music, and Week-Long Discounts

    St. Paul's Trotter's Cafe & Bakery was dishing up regional foods long before the local food movement gained its foothold. Through the years, the restaurant's owners have maintained their dedication to local and organic foods, even in the midst of expansion. What started in 1989 as a whole grain bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Third Bird Nests in Loring Park With an Ambitious and Impressive Menu

    It feels like deja vu all over again at the Third Bird in Loring Park. For starters, it was almost exactly two years ago that we came to this same address to check out the then newly opened second outpost of Cafe Maude. But like Nick and Eddie before it, the restaurant, cocktail lounge, and sometim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Bachelor Farmer to Expand, Open New Cafe Concept in the North Loop

    The folks over at the Bachelor Farmer have more big plans for Minneapolis's bustling North Loop neighborhood. Over six years into their successful restaurant venture, the Dayton brothers have decided it's time for an expansion. Andrew and Eric Dayton will move their clothing store, Askov Finlayson, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Bryant Lake Bowl's Cheap Date Night Lets You Break Out Your Game Without Going Broke

    We're with Garfield on this one: Mondays. We hate 'em. But some restaurants are trying to change our attitudes about this bummer of a day, so as the moths continue to fly out of our wallets for the second week in a row, we explore what Lake Street has to offer in the inexpensive evening-out genre: M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Mosaic Cafe Shutters in South Minneapolis

    You'll have to get your rosemary garlic fries fix elsewhere: Mosaic Cafe in south Minneapolis closed its doors on Monday after two years of serving grass-fed burgers, healthy lunch options, and frozen custard. See also: Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    A Memphis Native Reviews the Memphis Menu at Tiny Diner

    Look, Memphis isn't an "it" city. Its population is declining, it's been ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States, and outside of the South, people routinely pass over it for its rival to the east, Nashville, or Nashvegas, or whatever nickname hipsters trot out as they unpack their stup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Stewart Woodman Looks to Win Back Fans at the Workshop at Union

    A lot has changed in the main-level dining room of Union since the triple-decker restaurant first opened in downtown Minneapolis at the tail end of 2012. Originally, the space was intended to provide a more intimate experience than the rooftop, with a more formal, burger-free menu to match. After ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Don Saunders on Climbing the Ranks, Opening the Kenwood, and Training for Iron Fork

    Each week, we'll interview one of the chefs participating in our 2014 Iron Fork competition. On November 6, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient. Tickets are on sale now. If you're a lifelong resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Cheap Date Night to Try: Broders' Pasta Bar on a Budget

    Everybody still broke? Cool. Us too. That's why, for the next several weeks, we'll be seeking out the best inexpensive date nights the city has to offer. We all deserve to be wined and dined every once in a while, and bringing home a greasy bag of Popeye's and Piranha 3D for a special night in is on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Agra Culture to Open Location in the MIA, as Stock and Badge Pulls Out

    It's not much of a surprise that Grain Stack, the second project behind the Stock and Badge team that put together south Minneapolis's now defunct Parka, is out at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But what's taking its place is somewhat unexpected: Agra Culture, the socially health-conscious resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

    If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Giordano's, One of Chicago's Foremost Deep Dish Pizza Chains, Is Headed to Minneapolis

    Minneapolis, we hate to say it, but we're sick of your pizza. Luce and Mesa are fine, but we reached our threshold for baked potato and macaroni 'za long ago. We want the standards. We want quality. We want Chicago and New York-style pizzerias to teleport to the Twin Cities and show us how it's done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Figlio's Closing Marks a Trend for the Capricious Kaskaid Hospitality

    The newest reincarnation of Figlio, this time at the West End, will be closing its doors at the end of October. Kaskaid Hospitality, the parent company behind not only Figlio, but also Union, Crave, Urban Eatery, and Boneyard, made the announcement late last week that Figlio would be remodeled and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Le Town Talk Diner Opens Today in Longfellow

    When it closed in 2011, Town Talk Diner, largely considered to be the cradle of the Twin Cities craft cocktail movement, left fans and Longfellow residents grieving. Now the beloved diner gets a shot at winning back its fan base -- this time with a cozy brasserie atmosphere and affordable French sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat: "These Kids Come Out of Culinary School Worthless"

    Every good chef has to start somewhere, usually at the lower end of the food service totem pole. For Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat, Borough, and Parlour, that meant working as a 15-year-old busboy at a truck stop near his family's Denmark, Wisconsin farm. See also: Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Minneapolis City Council Votes to Loosen Restrictive Alcohol Sales Rule [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: The Minneapolis City Council voted today to remove the "60/40 rule," which demands that restaurants in commercial areas outside of downtown make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, with alcohol being restricted to less than 40 percent. It was a unanimous decision, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Small Plates and Half-Price Bottles of the Good Stuff During Kings Wine Bar's Happy Hour

    Everyone in Kingfield already knows how fab Kings Wine Bar is. If you sit at a table outside or inside, or belly up to the bar, you'll see three distinct seatings happen each evening -- and a whole lot of smiling eaters and drinkers, whether it's 5:30 p.m. or midnight. But what about happy hour? Is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Robb Jones Tapped to Head Up Bar Program at Merchant

    As the most anticipated restaurant of 2014 readies to open sometime in November, executive chef Gavin Kaysen is putting together a dream team of managers (Bill Summerville), kitchen whizzes (Diane Yang), and servers. Next on the list? The crew behind the bar -- anchored by none other than Robb Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Public Kitchen & Bar Offers Power-Lunching and People-Watching in St. Paul's Lowertown

    "It's kind of like being in a fishbowl," real estate broker-turned-restaurant-owner Carol Marks muses while squinting up at the ray of light flooding into the dining room of Public Kitchen & Bar in Lowertown. "People can see right into the restaurant while they're crossing over the skyway so we thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Merchant's Gavin Kaysen on Watching People Eat, Soggy Cereal, and Sloppy Joes

    Gavin Kaysen may keep a cool head, but this Minnesota native is busy working on one of the most anticipated restaurants of the fall of 2014, right here in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Kaysen, former executive chef at the acclaimed Café Boulud in NYC, took some time to talk with us ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen: "We Shouldn't Compete Against Chicago, That's Not Our Competition"

    Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Restaurants in the Twin Cities

    People love lauding the latest thing, but what of the tried-and-true classics that stand the test of time?  These 10 restaurants are the old guard of the Twin Cities. They're not the trendiest or most modern places to grab a bite, but they deliver solid -- if not spectacular -- meals time and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

    In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar. Parka's last night of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Foreign Legion Adds Sultry Sophistication to the Soo Line Building

    The doors to Russell and Desta Klein's latest Soo Line venue opened last weekend just as the weather gave us all the first hint of a chill. They waited for the end of summer to introduce their wine bar, Foreign Legion, a warm space full of dark, sumptuous colors and decor that features cocktails and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Open at last, Lyn 65 makes Richfield richer

    We've been awaiting the opening of Lyn 65, chef Ben Rients's eclectic American eatery and craft cocktail bar, since our spring restaurant preview came out in March. But it ended up taking Rients and his team another two seasons' worth of menu-tweaking and kitchen construction to really get things up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill opens on Nicollet Mall

    Ling & Louie's, an Asian fusion restaurant owned by Kona Grill founder Michael McDermott, opened its first Minnesota location along Nicollet Mall on September 2. The mammoth four-story restaurant features seating for upward of 500 guests and one of two rooftop patios in the area. We struggled to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Red Wagon Pizza finds new home in the former In Season location in south Minneapolis

    It's practically a truism that you can never have too much pizza, (seriously, you can never have too much pizza) and with that, comes the announcement that Minneapolis's favorite mobile pizzeria has finally found a brick and mortar location to call home. Last week, Red Wagon patriarch, "Pizza" Pete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Marché happy hour: Just drink deals but still swanky

    Marché debuted this summer in Uptown and has maintained a fairly low profile. It's a bright, classy space with a marble counter that offers up breakfast and lunch, plus beverages that span all tastes -- espresso, craft sodas, wine, beer, drinks, and even bottled cocktails. The patio and the pastr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

    You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar. See also: Red Stag to host Friends of James ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    A taste tour of the Karmel Square Somali Mall

    Exploring unfamiliar territory can be an intimidating feat. Throw new foods into the mix, and many of us will roll into protective balls like human-sized pill bugs. The standard approach to international markets is to stick to familiar items -- produce, rice, noodles -- while glancing at, but not da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Brut pop-up offers a look at one of the most anticipated Twin Cities restaurants

    Last week, Epicurious named Gavin Kaysen's Merchant one of the most anticipated fall restaurant openings in the country. Small wonder, as the return of this Minnesota native and former executive chef at the Michelin-starred Cafe Boulud in New York represents a pretty big win for the Minneapolis food ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2014

    The best dining secrets around the Twin Cities

    Our favorite hidden culinary gems in the metro

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    30 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities

    Editor's Note: We have painstakingly researched breakfast across the Twin Cities one bite at a time for the past few months and have compiled our findings here for you. Breakfast. Most days it's just cereal, a piece of fruit, or one of those sad grab-and-go muffins at the gas station. But when you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Former Slave Raider guitarist opens Studio 2, a new Minneapolis coffee and wine bar

    A lot has changed for David Hussman since 1985. For starters, he got a haircut. From 1985 until 1990, Hussman was known as Nicci Wikkid, the guitarist of Minneapolis-based hair metal band Slave Raider. Now, he's the owner of a brand new coffee and wine bar in south Minneapolis. See also: Sex, Dru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon September '14

    NOW OPEN Agra Culture Kitchen & Press (City Pages First Look) 2939 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis Aki's Bread Haus Bakery (City Pages First Look) 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis Buster's on 28th (re-open after re-model) 4204 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis Cafe Zentral Soo Line Building, Marquette & 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The Third Bird gives comfort food the highbrow treatment

    The Third Bird, the latest addition to Kim Bartmann's veritable restaurant empire, feels like a secret club house. Its entrance is situated in an alleyway off Harmon Place, no signage indicating a restaurant. Understated furnishings elicit a too-cool-for-school vibe, and the staff treats customers w ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 27, 2014

    Libertine brings spark to former Cafeteria space in Uptown

    Tim McKee's freethinking new restaurant has rakish charm

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    From the chef behind Haute Dish comes Nighthawks/Birdie, a modern diner

    Coming soon to a south Minneapolis neighborhood near you (assuming you live somewhere near 38th and Nicollet) is Nighthawks, the newest venture by veteran Twin Cities chef Landon Schoenefeld. Nighthawks will be taking over the old Shorty & Wags location and will include a smaller restaurant-within-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    St. Clair Broiler vs. Mac's Industrial: Tuna melt down

    Ah, the humble tuna melt. One can find tumblrs, blogs, and a surfeit of articles about the grilled cheese or the Reuben, but where is the love for the tuna melt? We pitted two of the finest Twin Cities tuna melts against each other to give this classic sandwich the attention it deserves -- and to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips

    Citing feedback from guests and the community, Blue Plate Restaurant Company has announced it will no longer dip into servers' tips, a practice it began when Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade went into effect August 1.A press release announcing the move also announces that a ... More >>

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