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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Saguaro will serve Southwestern-inspired fare in south Minneapolis

    The Abdo family, the group behind My Burger, Nicollet Island Inn, and Minnesota State Fair contributors Gopher State Ice and Big Fat Bacon, is bringing a bit of Southwestern flair to south Minneapolis Saguaro, inspired by Southwestern and northern Mexican cuisine, will be a distinct departure from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Verdant's new menu puts a local spin on Chinese street food, adds tea-infused cocktails

    When Verdant Tea opened its doors last year, it was clear that owners Lily and David Duckler were setting the bar high for themselves, offering an exhaustive list of quality teas and rotating house-made kombucha flavors. Verdant recently set the bar even higher. When Birchwood Cafe closed for reno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Sample Room's Kyle Gage and Francis Taylor O'Brien: "Take the time to do it right"

    The Sample Room has been a fixture of the Northeast food scene since opening their doors 12 years ago (practically thirty in restaurant years). How do head chefs Kyle Gage and Francis Taylor O'Brien keep the menu interesting while staying true to their concept? We sat down with Gage, O'Brien, and ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    9 Twin Cities restaurants doing 2014 food trends the right way

    In spite of its fly-over country locale, the Twin Cities does a great job at keeping up with top food trends around the world. From Uptown to the suburbs, it's not hard to find a restaurant experimenting with different spices, culinary combinations, and cultural cuisines. With Forbes' list of what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Hell's Kitchen applauds minimum wage increase

    Though restaurants like the River Oasis Cafe in Stillwater and the Blue Plate family have made no secret about not being fans of Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade, one downtown Minneapolis restaurant has embraced it.Pat Forciea, marketing director for Hell's Kitchen, tells u ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 13, 2014

    Mattie's on Main takes a leaf from the past

    A 19th-century madam inspires a brothel-style bar and restaurant in Riverplace

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Ian Gray to open food truck, swears: "I'll quit or close the doors before I order from Sysco"

    When Ian Gray announced the closing of the Gray House in May, legions of fans were disappointed. Until then, it had seemed the Gray House avoided the restaurant curse afflicting 610 W. Lake St. (once occupied by Risotto, among other failed ventures). Business was solid, and Gray's $20 prix fixe was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Restaurant Alma alum Ben Rients opens Lyn 65 in Richfield

    A quick glance at Ben Rients's LinkedIn profile says a lot about what customers can expect of his new chef-driven restaurant, Lyn 65, located on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 65th Street in Richfield. "Since I couldn't manually enter in my skills and expertise, they are as follows: Drinking win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Blue Plate responds to minimum wage increase by dipping into servers' tips

    On August 1, Blue Plate Restaurant Company notified employees at each of its eight locations (including the Freehouse, the Lowry, and Longfellow Grill) that as per Minnesota's incremental minimum wage increase, wages would indeed be raised by $0.75 per hour. The good news didn't last. After telling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Public Kitchen and Bar does upscale American standards in Lowertown

    Sandwiched between Barrio and the now-closed Bin Wine Bar, Public Kitchen and Bar in the historic Noyes & Cutler building is a polished, expansive brunch, lunch, and dinner spot -- with a downstairs lounge to boot. The upscale American eatery opened quietly in St. Paul's Lowertown last week. See al ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 6, 2014

    Tongue in Cheek teases, twists, and ultimately delivers

    Payne-Phalen’s new eatery is seriously satisfying

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Modern Café will celebrate its 20th anniversary in pop-up style

    Who wouldn't want to celebrate breaking out of their teenage years? From August 5-9, Northeast's Modern Café will mark its 20th anniversary with pop-ups, DJs, cameos by the chefs of Modern's past, and a special celebratory menu. See also: Yellow Rattler at Modern Cafe: Embrace your inner cowboy wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Libertine brings roasted meats and great service to Uptown

    From announcement to opening, it only took a matter of weeks for noted chef and restaurateur Tim McKee to take over Uptown Cafeteria and introduce a new, more sophisticated concept. During construction they kept the rooftop patio -- one of the chicest in this neighborhood -- open for business and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Kim Bartmann on her new Loring Park endeavor, the Third Bird

    Kim Bartmann, the unstoppable restaurateur who brought us Red Stag, Pat's Tap, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Barbette, and most recently Tiny Diner, is at it again with the Third Bird, a Loring Park joint set to open the third week of August. The Third Bird was an unexpected endeavor for Bartmann, inspired by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon August '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 Cafe Zentral Soo Line Building, Marquette & 5th, Minneapolis Dong Hae Korean Grill & Sushi 251 1st Ave. N., Minneapoli ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 30, 2014

    Where to dine, drink, and snack along the Green Line

    Our zone-by-zone best restaurant bets from Minneapolis to St. Paul

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Top 10 reasons why your server hates you

    Elevate Research, a new start-up out of St. Paul, is launching an app that allows patrons to rank their dining experiences using customized customer satisfaction surveys while receiving real-time responses from management. Unfortunately, the app only benefits customers and owners, leaving servers wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Verdant Tea expands to a full menu with cocktails

    Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage. As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific regi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Jamie Malone is out at Sea Change with a new venture on the way

    Yesterday afternoon was abuzz with news that Jamie Malone will be leaving Sea Change by the end of the week. Taking her place is longtime sous chef Ryan Cook, who has been working under Malone's leadership for the past four years. See also: Signature Dish: Jamie Malone of Sea Change

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Get quick breakfast, lunch, and an exemplary blueberry muffin at Cafe Zentral

    Cafe Zentral, located on the skyway level of 5th St. and Marquette in the Historic Soo Line Building, is the newest addition to the Zentral empire that's rapidly overtaking the block. After Labor Day, Foreign Legion, the company's upcoming wine bar, will join Cafe Zentral and Brasserie Zentral to fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Seven offers all-you-can-eat sushi Mondays in downtown Minneapolis

    The Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar isn't just four different restaurant names smashed together. It is the full name of the nightlife epicenter most diners call Seven, a place where the classy folks of the Twin Cities come to drink cosmos. It's also host to a weekly all-you-can-eat sushi b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    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 will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to a local restaurant. This week's guess where is a me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Happy hour at Hola Arepa: Killer food, cheap beer, and a charming patio

    You made it to the end of the week. And now, to paraphrase the wisdom and conviction of the lady from the Watson's commercials: It's hot and you need a drink. So we at the Hot Dish have taken it upon ourselves to recommend a good happy hour. To kick things off, we're outlining the best deals at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Still some tickets left for Stewart Woodman's pop-up at the Workshop

    The third incarnation of Union is on its way, this time under the leadership of James Beard Award nominee Stewart Woodman, and soon they'll be giving a sneak peek of what's afoot. The new restaurant, now known as the Workshop, will host a special, three day only preview event today, tomorrow, and Sa ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 23, 2014

    The Copper Hen brings country charm to Eat Street

    The homey, if inconsistent, cafe and bakery has potential

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Tongue in Cheek winks with playful, chef-driven eats in Payne-Phalen

    There's officially a restaurant revival going on in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. First Ward 6 came in swinging with charcuterie, beef fat-fried fish and chips, and boozy milkshakes last year; then Cook St. Paul put their own scratch-made mark on a long-loved east side institution earlier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Are server-free restaurants the future of the food industry?

    Diggity Drive Up, the new fast-casual concept by the folks who brought you Tavern and Atlas Grill, is out to revolutionize the way we order food. Their method? They're eliminating waitstaff altogether. Instead of impatiently waiting for your server to return, only to change your mind over what kind ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 16, 2014

    Soberfish brings Thai-Japanese fusion to Seward

    The new restaurant treads familiar waters in the old True Thai location

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    The 5 best fish and chicken houses in the Twin Cities

    The pro always orders it to-go, but when at most fish and chicken spots in the Twin Cities, your meal is coming in a styrofoam-container-plastic-bag-combo no matter where you plan on eating it. The pro also orders the meal with a fruit punch, pushes for as much hot sauce, ketchup, and tartar sauce a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    The 5 best places to eat after the All-Star Game

    After months of anticipation, the day of the MLB's All Star Game has finally arrived. Whether you're lucky enough to have tickets, or you're just hanging out in Downtown Minneapolis to enjoy the spectacle, odds are that at some point you're going to need some food. While some 30-odd bars have been g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Build your own hot pot feast at Little Szechuan in St. Paul

    Hot pot is a common feature of local Chinese restaurant menus. The classic east Asian stew is a year-round delicacy thanks to a spicy broth that keeps the winter cold at bay and coaxes out the spices of summer. Until now there were no local restaurants that dedicated their entire menus to it, so Lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Agra Culture brings fast-casual healthy to Uptown

    The fast-casual restaurant model has exploded over the last decade, with new chains and concepts popping up faster than you can say "top-gaining market share." But many of these quick-service newcomers have featured not-so-healthy stuff on their menus. Agra Culture Kitchen & Press in Uptown has take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    6Smith replaces Sunsets as Wayzata's premier lakeside dining experience

    Taking a drive outside the city for a lakeside dining experience often comes as a much-needed reprieve from bustling city life. Sunsets, Wayzata's former premier eatery, left a void on the city's main strip when it closed a few months back. Fortunately for residents, it wasn't long before 6Smith ope ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 9, 2014

    Tiny Diner has big dreams in Minneapolis

    Kim Bartmann’s place in Powderhorn is a diner on a mission

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Town Talk Diner is reopening with a Gallic accent

    It's ALIVE! The much loved and revered Town Talk Diner will be reincarnated in the coming months. In a major announcement yesterday, a new owner finally stepped up to the plate -- only this time, it's a French plate. The Town Talk Diner will be revitalized as a Frenchier incarnation called Le Town T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    The 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs

    A few weeks ago, we highlighted the hashiest hash browns and bonniest Benedicts in St. Paul. Then we explored every syrup-soaked nook and cranny of the best pancakes and waffles in Minneapolis. But all you real-life Ron Swansons and Leslie Knopes weren't satisfied. You wanted the lowdown on even mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Parka 2.0 hopes to win back fans with a revamped menu and a simpler focus

    If there were any restaurant in the Twin Cities we most expected to flourish, Parka was it. Yet since opening last year, the south Minneapolis coffee shop/bakery/nouvelle-bistro has had more than its fair share of ups and downs. Once a collaboration between Victory 44's chef Eric Harcey, Dogwood Cof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    3 Tiers, beloved bakery and eclectic bistro in Nokomis, is closed

    While many of us were out enjoying the long holiday weekend, residents of south Minneapolis were saddened by the news that 3 Tiers Bakery & Bistro has officially closed its doors. The eclectic Nokomis restaurant earned a loyal following for its bargain prices on carafes of wine and creative, flavorf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Richfield

    It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic c ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 2, 2014

    Adventures of an urban scavenger: How to survive without paying for food in the Twin Cities

    30 days of hunting down everything from dandelions to dumpsters

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The 8 best granolas in the Twin Cities

    After your third brunch date in as many Sundays, your body will be asking for a holiday from the Hollandaise. Now is the time to point yourself in the direction of a granola-friendly eatery. Not only will this give your pocketbook a bit of a rest, as granola is often on the more affordable side, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

    The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

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

    Got a tip on a restaurant opening, closing, or coming soon? Email us! NOW OPENAgra Culture Kitchen & Press2939 Girard Ave. S., MinneapolisAki's Bread Haus Bakery2506 Central Ave. NE, MinneapolisBlack Coffee & Waffle Bar (City Pages First Look)1500 Como Ave. SE, MinneapolisBogart's Doug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Marché does a quick breakfast and simple, elegant lunch in Lyn-Lake

    Talk about a soft opening: On Monday morning, Hot Dish was one of two customers seated at Marché, a new cafe concept by the owners of Coup d'Etat and Borough. Marché silently opened in Uptown's Lime Apartment building last week, but based on the quality of their food, we predict the quiet will soo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Heyday, Lucia's, and Nico's Tacos make top 100 neighborhood gems list

    We love our neighborhood restaurants here in the Twin Cities, and apparently the rest of the country does too. OpenTable just released its 2014 list of the 100 best neighborhood gems in the United States, and three Twin Cities restaurants make the cut: Heyday, Lucia's Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Nico ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The 5 best brunches with activities in the Twin Cities

    Brunch, once the bastard child of breakfast and lunch, is officially a meal in its own right. In fact, it's more than a meal; it's an event. So what does this minx-y blend of eggs Benedict and waffle fries have to offer us besides booze and an opportunity to rehash last night's mistakes? What else c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Sonora Grill spices up brunch with killer chilaquiles and chorizo molletes

    Sonora Grill rolled out a new brunch menu at the beginning of the month, offering a variety of Latin-inspired dishes and bringing some much needed diversity to the Longfellow brunch roster.See also:First look: Sonora Grill's second location

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Heyday's Lorin Zinter on what makes a good server and why he covets criticism

    Open for only a few months, Heyday is easily an early contender for best new restaurant of the year. In addition to the exceptionally well conceived and executed menu, the Lyn-Lake restaurant also offers exemplary service. Co-owner, front-of-house manager, and La Belle Vie alum Lorin Zinter gives th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Sushi Fix expanding to add sake bar and private dining

    Since opening last spring, Wayzata's Sushi Fix has vaulted to the top of our list for fresh, raw fish. Now the restaurant is ready to expand its location, opening up more seating and introducing additional menu items, a sake bar, and a private dining room where guests can be served cuts of their fav ... More >>

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