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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes. No. 66, the Freschetta from Fork in the Road truck

    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.Food trucks bring out a predatory love of the chase for us. You can't always count on where your favorites will be parked, or what their menu will entail, but, oh the rewa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Sea Change plans Feast of Seven Fishes and rolls out Omakase menu

    On January 17, Minneapolis seafood hot spot, Sea Change, will be hosting its third annual Feast of Seven Fishes dinner. For $80 guests will be treated to a five-course family style meal that focuses on an elaborate array of ocean delicacies and comes complete with drink pairings.  The Feast of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Smack Shack giving away free cider and chowder at happy hour today

    The sun is out. Our cars are starting on the first try. Winter, while far from over, seems to have backed off a little bit. North Loop's Smack Shack is ready to throw off those icy shackles and celebrate the incredible temperature swing by opening up their patio for a special event today -- complete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Peter Botcher dishes on Butcher & the Boar's future, bagel pizza, and world domination

    Tonight's dinner service will be a busy one for Peter Botcher and his staff, one of many to come for this new executive chef. Now that opening chef and part-owner Jack Riebel has sold his stake and left the business, Botcher has taken over this fan-favorite known for rustic takes on regional Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Gather announces next chefs in residence for free first Thursdays

    The first Thursday of every month is always a good excuse to get some culture in at the Walker. Not only do they waive admission, but their elegant D'Amico-run restaurant, Gather, invites notable chefs in to make and share a couple of bites of food -- completely gratis. Gather has just announced the ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 8, 2014

    Chef Shack goes brick-and-mortar

    The folks behind the popular food truck bring their goods to Seward

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    New Hen House Eatery to move into former Peter's Grill location

    We're just over a week into the new year and already it's hard to keep up with the news of restaurant openings and closings. Now it looks like downtown Minneapolis will be getting a new breakfast and brunch spot in the location that once held one of downtown's oldest businesses, Peter's Grill.Early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    New Italian restaurant moving into famous Bacon Drug in Excelsior

    Two veteran chefs of the Minneapolis food world are converging on a new space with a historic past. Yesterday Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reported that the former Bacon Drug in Excelsior will undergo a transformation to become Victor's, a new Italian-influenced restaurant with a rooftop patio.See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    La Belle Vie to honor Charlie Trotter with special menu all this week

    It's still hard to believe that such a giant in the food world was taken so soon. Influential restaurateur and chef Charlie Trotter passed away suddenly last year, and locally, some leaders in fine dining knew they wanted to honor the man who gave the culinary world so much. Beginning today, the che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Wall Street Journal names Butcher & the Boar one of the top 20 Great Modern Meateries

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal, in an article called "Say Goodbye to the Same Old Steakhouse", named Minneapolis' Butcher & the Boar one of the top 20 great modern meateries. The article draws distinctions between steakhouses of yore and the newer, modern incarnations that are spro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Jack Riebel and Butcher & the Boar part ways

    Big changes are afoot at Butcher & the Boar. This morning, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reported that executive chef and part-owner Jack Riebel had left the critically acclaimed, foodie-favorite restaurant. We reached Riebel, who is currently on vacation in Charleston, to discuss what the news means fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    The Hot Dish's hottest posts of 2013

    From hot new restaurants opening to beloved eateries closing their doors, the Hot Dish was all over the Twin Cities food scene this year. As we enter a new year, here are a few of the most popular posts of 2013.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Top 5 chicken and waffles in the Twin Cities

    Just a few weeks back, we published a list that named "haute" chicken and waffles as one of the 13 most overcooked food trends of 2013. To clarify (and to pre-emptively combat any cries of hypocrisy that this Top 5 might provoke), that food trends list was compiled by writers from our team as well a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 76, the Mill NE's cheese curds and beet ketchup

    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. Fresh or fried, cheese curds have earned their place among staple Midwestern snacks, being equally delectable as squeaky cheese straight from the farm or as a gooey filli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    First Look: Hammer & Sickle in Uptown

    The sleek space has no sign, but the red door with the hammer and sickle handle makes it easy to spot this new Russian-influenced hot spot sandwiched between Bar Abilene and the Lagoon Cinema in Uptown. Dim lights flicker as shots are tipped back, plates of food float past, and the music pumps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Cafe Maude at Loring is closing its doors

    When Cafe Maude opened a second location in Loring Park, the spot seemed like a perfect fit. The elegant dinner menu paired beautifully with a focus on craft cocktails, and the crushed velvet-accented dining room was reminiscent of the old Loring Cafe. However, it wasn't quite as successfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 79, Bacio's crispy ahi tuna spring roll

    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. Spring rolls are a dime a dozen nowadays. The once rare appetizer now adorns happy hour menus everywhere. But all spring rolls are not created equal, and Bacio's crispy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Joan Schmitt and Susan Dunlop of Joan's in the Park talk Open Table awards and steak

    It's been nearly two years since we first visited Joan's in the Park, a charming neighborhood bistro in Highland Park run by two industry veterans, Joan Schmitt and Susan Dunlop, who have years of steakhouse experience between them. Together they took on the rather daunting task of creating a menu t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    MN Health Department investigates foodborne illness outbreak at Girvan Grille

    In 2010, this paper bestowed the title of Best Wings on Girvan Grille, praising the "woodsy, then slightly fruity" and ultimately "blazing" flavor of its ghost pepper sauce. The restaurant has earned another sweat-inducing distinction -- this time as the likely source of a foodborne illness outbreak ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 18, 2013

    Siblings join forces at Lake & Irving

    The new chef-driven eatery fuses high and low brow to great effect

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    St. Paul's 128 Cafe is now chef-owned and the food shows it

    First of all, die hard fans of 128 Cafe's classic ribs can relax -- that particular menu item is still available, as is the roasted garlic and the classic Caesar salad. That said, new owner and chef Max Thompson has enlivened the rest of the menu with dishes that will change frequently. He's flexing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 84, Bar La Grassa's gnocchi with cauliflower and orange

    By now, most of us know Bar La Grassa serves up a mean Italian menu, paired with a top-notch wine list and served in a cozy, elegant atmosphere. This spot has been a favorite since it opened in 2009 and while most -- if not all -- dishes come highly recommended, the gnocchi with cauliflower and ora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Bars Bakery to open a second location

    Working in downtown St. Paul just got a little bit sweeter.Bars Bakery co-owners Kara Younkin Viswanathan and her mother Sandi Younkin, who was the original founder and previous owner of Swede Hollow Cafe, have announced that they are expanding their operation. The pair have their sights set on a sk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 85, Daily Diner Frogtown's chicken and waffles

    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. You may not have heard much about Daily Diner when it opened in Frogtown earlier this year. It's not owned by a big name chef, there's no smoked ice in their drinks, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    First Look: Chef Shack Ranch

    They've conquered the mobile restaurant scene, garnering multiple awards as one of America's most creative food trucks, best farmers market lunches, and most memorable market meals. Then they went on to open a successful brick-and-mortar eatery in Bay City, Wisconsin, centered on their kit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 88, Butcher and the Boar's suicide tacos

    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.A couple of months ago we were given the opportunity to spend an early Sunday morning in the subterranean kitchen at Butcher and the Boar with Chef Peter Botcher, the main ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    The Left Handed Cook to move into the Rabbit Hole

    Kim and Melgaard had hinted that their new restaurant, the Rabbit Hole, would soon serve lunch, though we didn't realize the Left Handed Cook would be coming over to serve it. Indeed, Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard have decided to close their first venture, the Left Handed Cook, by the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (be sure to leave your email address -- it won't be visible), will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole talks design, brunch, and being "non-traditional"

    It's been a very busy few years for Thomas Kim. He's moved cities, become a new dad, and opened not one but two successful restaurants with partner Kat Melgaard -- the Left Handed Cook and just recently the Rabbit Hole, both in the Midtown Global Market. With two eateries so close to each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    McDonald's to leave the skyways in both downtowns

    Somebody should buy Ronald McDonald a drink. The Golden Arches, having just left downtown Minneapolis in October, will officially vacate the skyways of St. Paul on Wednesday. See also: Downtown Minneapolis McDonald's will close

  • Restaurants

    November 27, 2013

    It's palates in wonderland at the Rabbit Hole

    The new Midtown Global Market neighbor wins over hearts and stomachs

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Comfort Food Friday: Chicken pot pie

    This week we found a chicken pot pie that hit the spot, filling our comfort food need and then some. Making the thirty minute trek to Jake O'Connor's Public Housein Excelsior for this masterful pot pie was entirely worth it. In the area, the pub is known for its staple Irish dishes, beer selection, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    The Strip Club owners to open "upscale flannel" restaurant in Lowertown

    The news got out a little earlier than Strip Club Meat and Fish owners would have liked, but it's true: They are looking to open a new restaurant. Initial reports suggested that this would be a second outpost of their beloved Maria Avenue spot, but it turns out this is an entirely new concept, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Minneapolis bakeries named among the nation's 50 best

    Flour and fat and favorable reviews. That's what it's all about for the two Minneapolis bakeries recently featured on the Daily Meal's list of the 50 Best Bakeries in America.  Like most food and cooking blogs, the Daily Meal site is currently flooded with tips on carving turkey and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0

    Meatloaf just may be the ultimate comfort food. A longtime American dinner staple, this nostalgic dish has undergone many modern twists. But if you look for it, you can still find meatloaf served up the same way Grandma used to make it 50 years ago. The best meatloaf in the Twin Cities is hard to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Di Noko's Pizza opening a dine-in restaurant in downtown Minneapolis

    Feeling a deep lack of deep dish pizza lately? It might be because south Minneapolis pizzeria Di Noko's closed seemingly abruptly on November 10th. But owner Rich Moore and business partner Travis Phillips have announced plans to re-open in a new location, and thankfully it's happening soon.On Novem ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 13, 2013

    7th Street Social is hit or miss

    The new St. Paul eatery jumps between highs and lows

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    First Look: The Rabbit Hole

    Stepping from the bright lights of Midtown Global Market into the Rabbit Hole, the new restaurant at the market's edge, is a bit like stepping into another world. The lights are dim. A stack of books twists over the top of the host stand. A line of seats frames the open kitchen where chefs throw dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    New restaurants coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    When you consider that all of their collective dishes have been referred to as culinary works of art -- that beautiful crust on a Rustica baguette, the soulful brew topped with delicate foam art from Dogwood Coffee, those stunning composed plates from Chef Erick Harcey of Victory 44 -- it's no surpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    10 years of Cosmos at the Graves Hotel: An interview with past and present chefs

    Next Thursday, November 14, Cosmos at the Graves 601 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a very special celebratory dinner. Four all-star chefs, each of whom has worked at Cosmos and made major contributions to the kitchen there, have been invited back for this dinner where they will creat ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 6, 2013

    Enlightened eating at Eat Street Buddha Kitchen

    The new Asian eatery boosts Nicollet's culinary clout

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    The Mill Northeast has an opening date

    When Mill City Cafe closed, fans mourned the loss of this Northeast Minneapolis spot, beloved for its fantastic patio, cozy ambiance, and support of local art. But now owner Mandy Zechmeister has announced that her restaurant is just about ready to reopen its doors, as the Mill Northeast, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Jason DeRusha on the highs and lows of the Twin Cities dining scene

    Smoked butt. The term conjures images too graphic to display on this blog -- as if food photography weren't pornographic enough -- but there was a time and a place when WCCO's Jason DeRusha couldn't get enough of it. Actually, it's a cheap, dry piece of pork shoulder that DeRusha's well-meaning mot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Back Birchwood: Kickstarter campaign is underway

    More than just a passionately driven farm-to-table cafe, Birchwood is a touchstone for the community, a serious supporter of local farms, as well as home to the best savory waffles ever conceived. With all they have going on, it was inevitable that they would outgrow their modest space.Just as they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    The Rabbit Hole opens today and here's a peek at the menu

    It's official: This afternoon Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard will welcome guests to The Rabbit Hole, the pair's second venture after their acclaimed Korean soul food spot, The Left-Handed Cook.See Also:The Rabbit Hole kicks off Kickstarter campaignSignature Dish: Thomas Kim of The Left Handed Cook

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Charlie Awards finalists announced

    The Twin Cities' annual award ceremony for the best and brightest in the local restaurant scene is quickly approaching. This week a number of the finalists for the Charlie Awards -- so named for Charlie's Exceptionale, a legendary downtown Minneapolis restaurant --  were announced. We have the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Chai's Thai says goodbye

    What he had hoped to be an interim closing has sadly proven permanent for Chai's Thai owner George Zheng. He spoke with the Hot Dish about his decision to shutter his beloved West Bank restaurant.See Also:Former Heidi's employees take to crowd-funding to replace lost wagesConfirmed: True Thai has cl ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 30, 2013

    Union Fish Market is a change for the better

    The restaurant's main-floor revamp brings sustainably sourced seafood downtown

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Former Heidi's employees crowd funding to replace lost wages

    The fallout from Heidi's closure continues. Over the weekend, a crowd funding site at Go Fund Me sprang up asking for the public's help to recoup lost wages and credit card tips for the former staff at Heidi's. We reached out to the Woodmans and the former server who started the fund to get the full ... More >>

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