Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Kramarczuk's Kielbasa Festival: Sausages, pierogies, beer, and more this weekend

    Kielbasa is Kramarczuk's Sausage Company's most popular selling meat -- so popular in fact, that they've built an annual fall festival around the smoked Polish sausage. The long-tenured Kramarczuk's is throwing their annual Kielbasa Festival this weekend, September 5-6, in their parking lot at 215 ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Enjoy the view and the rice balls at Louis Ristorante's happy hour

    If you ever worry that you're missing out on the charms of downtown St. Paul, we're here to help. Let us remind you of things like the roof deck at Louis Ristorante, an amazing spot where you can admire both the Cathedral of St. Paul and the rice balls and still get a deal on your drink. During the ... 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 18, 2014

    Enjoy free tacos made by chef Jamie Malone at Sea Cuisine's Taco Bar Tour

    Let's just call this the summer of free tacos. Boston-native seafood brand Sea Cuisine and celebrity chef Jamie Malone of Minneapolis's very own Sea Change are partnering up to bring the Twin Cities a fish taco to be reckoned with on the 2014 Taco Bar Tour. Until the end of September, Sea Cuisine ... 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Taste of Thailand vs. On's Thai Kitchen: Pad Thai pandemonium

    When it comes to food from other cultures, "authentic" is a tricky designation. Not only is authenticity complicated by ingredient sourcing and the quality of the chefs themselves, when another country's cuisine is transposed onto our local dining scene, often only the most basic recipes survive. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    First Look: Lago Tacos in Lyn-Lake

    When you consider the high concentration of bars in Uptown and tendency for people to be out late and on foot, there's an alarming lack of tacos in that neighborhood. Or there was until very recently, when World Street Kitchen debuted their lamb belly and jerk beef fusion ones and Nico's Tacos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Lago Tacos to open in former Heidi's space on Thursday

    If you ask us, Minneapolis could always use more tacos. Fortunately, this year has been fruitful on the corn tortilla front. Boca Chica celebrated 50 years of service with $1 tacos in March, Taco Cat started delivering tacos by bicycle in April, and now Lago Tacos, Excelsior's lakeside taco joint, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Kyatchi's Hide Tozawa on Minnesota sushi bars: "Most aren't doing it right"

    Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

    We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Meet Me in St. Louis Park: A trip to Taste of India's lunch buffet

    Many fine Indian restaurants in Minnesota serve up a lunch buffet, but not all of these smorgasbords are created equal. At some locations, the spread is no more than glorified leftovers from last night's dinner. At Taste of India in St. Louis Park, it's the perfect introduction to a cuisine that's b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 19, 2014

    Kyatchi strikes out and hits some home runs

    From baseball to sushi, this new Japanese eatery blends East and West with mixed results

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Where to eat for St. Patrick's Day 2014

    With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Monday this year, we have the rare opportunity to rock our Irish pride all weekend long. In order to make sure you've got enough food in your belly to withstand the copious amounts of green beer you'll likely be consuming, we did some hunting to find out what some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    First look: Kyatchi

    The corner of 38th and Nicollet Avenue is fast becoming a magnet for food lovers. There's the established Blackbird Cafe on one corner, a meat shop on another, and Five Watt Coffee (with a unicorn stable available for rent by the hour according to their sign) opening soon. And across the street from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Drunken Sake to open in former True Thai space

    It looks as though the lights at 26th Street and Franklin Avenue might not be dark for much longer. Drunken Sake, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will open soon at that address, the former location of True Thai. We spoke with the co-owner to get the scoop on this new spot.See also:True Thai closed

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Zen Box Izakaya brings worldly inspiration to their ramen

    The Ramen Attacks lines were epic. By some accounts, people waited, with varying degrees of patience, for over four hours to get a bowl of those coveted noodles. At Zen Box Izakaya the winter wait time has been reduced drastically. Chef and owner John Ng just returned from a culinary tour of Japan a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Foxy Falafel vs. World Street Kitchen: A falafel fracas

    Which do you prefer: boutiques, tiny cafes, and record stores that specialize in Northern Soul 45s or malls, Macy's, and other convenient all-in-one emporiums with groceries and tires and tube socks? Your answer is not only the key to predicting our future economic landscape, it also relates to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Quang vs. Jasmine Deli: Pho Fight

    Sadly, traditional dishes with working-class origins often mutate into pretty, convenient, much less soulful mass-market versions. Beef stroganoff becomes Hamburger Helper, calzones become P'zones, and Greek yogurt becomes fat-free Yoplait, "packed with protein" in its little pouch like face cream- ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 23, 2013

    Nico's Taco goes for authentic Mexican fare

    With a few tweaks, this new Hennepin Avenue hotspot could be a hit

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Long lines hamper Ramen Attack! block party

    As Chef John Ng and Lina Goh were plotting their first Ramen Attack! event, we warned them: If the weather is nice, you'll likely be inundated. There haven't been many ramen events in the Twin Cities, but we've learned from the past two that people will show up in droves for the chance to slurp some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Zen Box Izakaya to throw big-time ramen bash

    The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Dinkytown location of One, Two, Three Sushi opens today

    Though recent plans for a new multi-use six-story building proposed for Dinkytown have been met with pushback from longtime residents, the soon-to-return student population is still very much in need of some new, more diverse dining options. Thankfully, a locally-based company with a custo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 3, 2013

    Pastry paradise at Cosetta's and Black Walnut Bakery

    Two Twin Cities bakeries craft pastries so good they deserve to last forever

  • Restaurants

    June 5, 2013

    New Twin Cities tacos and bar food to fall for

    A taste of Minneapolis burger joint Zeke's Unchained Animal and St. Paul taqueria Tacos, Nachos, and Beer

  • Restaurants

    April 9, 2013

    Rincon 38 shows that less is more

    The new tapas restaurant packs a lot of flavor into small plates

  • Restaurants

    February 19, 2013

    Best Twin Cities restaurants you haven't tried

    These excellent metro eateries have been around for a while, but if you haven't paid them a visit, you should

  • Restaurants

    January 23, 2013

    Raku Sushi finds success with tradition

    New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well

  • Restaurants

    January 2, 2013

    Louis Ristorante aims to revive St. Paul

    Cossetta's overhaul hopes to wake up the city's sleepy downtown with classic Italian cuisine

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Top 10 Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities

    American love Mexican food, and that affair has only deepened as more and more authentic restaurants opened to showcase the real flavors of our southern neighbor. The Twin Cities are no different, especially as the food often comes at a price that fits our frugal nature. Of course, not all restauran ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 3, 2012

    Copper Pot's adventurous eats

    Masterfully serving traditional and unconventional Indian food in Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities

    One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 26, 2012

    Foxy Falafel forks over fantastic food

    Erica Strait's journey from farmers' market to food truck to Middle Eastern restaurant

  • Restaurants

    September 19, 2012

    Rusty Taco taste test

    Which of the newest tacos in northeast Minneapolis make the grade?

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 Middle Eastern restaurants in the Twin Cities

    Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middle Eastern restaurants here in the Twin Cities worth seeking out when those kabob cravings strike. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Cajun 2 Geaux food truck brings Bayou spicy to St. Paul

    The converted camper is a neon alligator green, and the spicy smells that waft from inside are a distinctively Southern, Cajun spice blend, and a little fryer grease. Inside the truck are a father-son team. The father is chef Tim Glover; the son is Tim II. Easy enough to remember. Glover is ori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Top 10 Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities

    School's in session, the sun is setting earlier in the evening, and there's a distinct chill in the early morning air. There's no denying it--autumn is upon us. Gone are the days when all you feel like eating are crisp salads and cups of frozen yogurt. Whether you're looking to fuel up for fall s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Andale Taqueria Y Mercado brings traditional Mexican food to Richfield

    It's been a slow build for the Andale Taqueria Y Mercado. Co-owner Fernando Mellado notes that there was about $30,000 in business in the first month of the restaurant side of the business. It didn't take long, however, for that to triple. Along the way, the restaurant has picked up fans and accolad ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 1, 2012

    Karta offers Thai with a smile

    New Northeast spot has a lot to make diners happy, including the prices

  • Restaurants

    June 20, 2012

    Tadka and Ipotli: Go Indian for dinner, lunch, and … breakfast?

    A Lake Street bistro and skyway grab-and-go will spice up your whole day

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Foxy Falafel's new truck: a first taste

    Owner Erica Straight is rocking her newly minted food truck, and she's hitting the streets of St. Paul. After a few false starts, the new truck is out and serving up her famous vegetarian sandwiches.We stopped by recently to get reacquainted with the Twin Cities' Best Falafel.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    At Social House's happy hour, the price is right

    Social House2919 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.824.6300; Social House websiteHours & Details:Daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.Monday-Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight$4 house sake$4 house wine1/2-priced drinks1/2-priced small plates1/2-priced select maki rollsRecently, while meandering through Uptown, we decided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Aussie's Kebabs' Chris Millner, bringing Australia's favorite snack to the Twin Cities

    If you were in St. Paul Sunday and on the lookout for something satisfying, unique, and a little bit spicy to fuel your Grand Old Day activities, you may have spotted Chris Millner in front of Dixie's on Grand manning his food truck Aussie's Kebabs. Millner is one of the dozen or so new  food t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Sushi Fix: Yes, you can get great sushi from a food truck

    We heard a few people remarking, "Sushi from a truck?" suspiciously behind us, but we were too busy eagerly delivering another bite into our mouths to answer. Instead we waved enthusiastically with chopsticks before turning back for another dish to devour.The Sushi Fix truck is the realization of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Masu Sushi & Robata goes the extra mile for happy hour

    Masu Sushi & Robata330 E. Hennepin Ave.,Minneapolis612.332.6278; Masu Sushi website Hours & Details:Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10-12 p.m. Sunday, 9-11 p.m.Late-night menu: Monday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnightSunday, 9-11p.m.Discounted menu items and various drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Masu Sushi and Robata makes list of best new American sushi restaurants

    Just a month after being awarded Best Sushi in City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities issue, Tim McKee and Katsuyuki Yamamoto's Masu Sushi and Robata in northeast Minneapolis got a much grander shout-out when it made the list of Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Sushi Restaurants in America. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Poutine round-up: from classic to "obscene"

    Admittedly, we're not exactly on par with Canada when it comes to the availability of poutine. In fact in Quebec, where the dish is said to have originated, you can order a side of the cheese-curd and gravy-covered fries at any McDonald's. We'll probably never get to that point (do we really want to ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 25, 2012

    The Social House takes over Zeno in Uptown

    Stylish setting with intermittently tasty food

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Top 10 sushi restaurants in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities may not be renowned for its fresh seafood, but we do have some respectable options when it comes to sushi. With the Japanese culinary staple becoming more and more ubiquitous, it helps to have an idea of which places consistently offer the freshest, tastiest sushi. A hot dog is oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Social House in Uptown: A first look

    Yael GrauerSocial House's Albunai roll: More style than substance.​Social House is exquisite. The decor, that is. The restaurant, however, may still be a bit of a work in progress. We arrived to the buzzing Uptown eatery at around 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and were promptly asked if we were o ... More >>

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