Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • 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 >>

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    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

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    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 >>

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    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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    January 6, 2012

    Meritage delivers $12-and-under dandies on its lunch menu

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Go big or go home. When Russell Klein does something, he does it the right way. Exhibit A: the oyster bar. In late 2010, Klein--along with his co-owner and wife, Dest ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The 'Splendid Table' duo is back with another splendid cookbook

    "We emphasize taking pleasure in the doing," Lynne Rossetto Kasper says. "This is not about 'it's got to be right and it's got to be perfect.' "​One of the very best things I ever ate was an appetizer made by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. She cracked open a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano and drizzled i ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 16, 2011

    Rosa Mexicano leaves a lot to be desired

    Mexican fare disappointing even on the good china

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    October 26, 2011

    Zen Box Izakaya hones in on Japanese pub grub

    Washington Avenue location expands Zen beyond the skyway

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    October 5, 2011

    Sonora Grill comes to Midtown Global Market

    Scratch-made Spanish-Latin fast food

  • Restaurants

    August 31, 2011

    Kinsen Noodles' ambiance outshines the food

    Style over substance in Uptown

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Ed Fong of David Fong's: Chef Chat Part 1

    Ed Fong at David Fong's​David Fong's first opened its doors in 1958 as a small takeout chow mein joint. In 1966, it moved to its present location on Lyndale Avenue in Bloomington. David Sr. and his wife Helen started the business, and when they retired, they turned it over to eldest son Ed Fong, k ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011
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    June 28, 2011

    Crave Galleria: A suburban happy hour of the week

    Enter the suburban happy hour...​Crave 3520 Galleria, Edina 952.697.6000Hours and Details:Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. and 9 to closeSunday, 8 to close$3 pita & hummus, mini burgers, mini desserts, tuna roll, negihana roll, shrimp nigiri or edamame$4 mini margherita, pepperoni, or Italian p ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011
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    April 27, 2011

    Hopkins gets three new worldly restaurants

    Check out Samba, Curry 'N' Noodles, and Aji

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Masu Sushi & Robata: A sneak peek Inside

    Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets Nordeast​Take the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Jasmine 26's long, foodful happy hour

    Many, many happy hours​Jasmine 268 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.870.3800Hours and Details:Daily, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-close$3 selected beers$5 martinis and cocktails--cucumber martini, ginger fizz, margarita, pom bomb1/2 off all wine and sake by the glass and bottle$4.95 appetizers--te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Indochin now open on Grand Avenue

    Indochin arrives on Grand Avenue.​Last month, sisters Ha Tu and Thu Nguyen, owners of the Que Nha restaurant at 849 University Avenue in St. Paul, opened a new restaurant, Indochin, at the nearby location of 1702 Grand Avenue. The Asian American Press reports that the Indochin menu will initi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    The Black Forest Inn's roasted, infused vodka drink of the week

    House-infused, Black Forest style​Roasted Walnut Infused Vodka$6The Black Forest Inn1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.872.0812After many months of doing the high brow thing, the Hot Dish wanted to take a walk on Eat Street and do the unthinkable -- have some vodka. So we slipped into The Black Forest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Dixie's vs. Forum: Gumbo Smackdown

    Lu LippoldWhen you order the gumbo at Dixie's, you get a warning ​During the Mardi Gras time of year, when people in New Orleans are dancing and drinking and generally behaving in a very un-Minnesotan manner, northerners might decide to loosen up enough to try a mysterious Louisianan food like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Korean food 101: Intro to banchan

    Kei TerauchiKorean meal is never complete without banchan​Recently, the Hot Dish received a letter from a reader suggesting an article on banchan, the little dishes that automatically appear on tables at Korean restaurants. I find that whole process alienating, since I have no idea what I am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Blue Nile vs. Fasika: Sampler platter showdown

    Danielle LenzForks = totally overrated.​There's something about eating with your hands that's incredibly satisfying. Sure, it can be messy, but that's all part of the fun, especially when it comes to Ethiopian food. We rolled up our sleeves and dug into the sampler platters at Minneapolis's B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, new Twins infielder, spotted at Origami downtown

    MLBNishioka tries out taste of home in MN​For the Minnesota Twins, spring training starts in less than two weeks in Fort Meyers, Florida. With the harsh winter we've been having, you'd think they might make an early migration. But one brand-new Twin was embracing the cold and trying out a local re ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    University Buffet, a Chinese food glutton's paradise, opens near Capitol

    Lu LippoldOne of the many shrimp options at the buffet​My fortune cookie at the University Buffet said, "Think about your own mistakes rather than blame on other's faults" (sic). Had I not received this advice, I might have tried to blame someone for the soggy wontons in the soup or that weird ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Pho Tau Bay vs. Pho 79: An Eat Street pho face-off

    Danielle LenzPho 79's signature pho: like a hug in a bowl​You may have heard by now that when it comes to Vietnamese food, Minnesota serves up some of the best in the country, at least according to Anthony Bourdain. We couldn't agree more. And with the recent arctic temperatures, this is fortu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    First look: Andiamo Italian Ristorante in Eagan

    Owner and General Manager Ramon Ruiz is testing the adage "third time's a charm" with his new Eagan eatery, Andiamo. After two other Italian restaurants have tried and failed in the same location, the odds would seem to be stacked against this most recent tenant in the corner space of this ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Local playwright Aditi Kapil serves a multicultural menu

    Playwright Aditi Kapil juggles dishes from many cultures​Local playwright Aditi Kapil is in a unique position: Her new play Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale will be staged simultaneously next month at Mixed Blood Theater and Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play, an international fab ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Los Ocampo vs. Tortilleria La Perla: Pitting pozole against pozole

    Lisa GulyaHangover helper: Pozole from Los Ocampo on Lake Street​With the weekend almost here, and the resolve to drink less in 2011 already waning, the Hot Dish is here to help. We tested two versions of the hangover helper pozole, a Mexican soup usually made with hominy and pork, to see which re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Gorkha Palace: A meal in photos

    Kate N.G. Sommers​ I was excited to hear that the delicious momo I seem to crave on chilly Saturday mornings from the Mill City farmers market would be served at the new restaurant, Gorkha Palace. Gorkha features Indian, Nepali and Tibetan cuisine in the old Mairin's Table location, a cozy lo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 3, 2010

    Twin Cities south Asian hot spots

    Gorkha Palace, Darbar India Grill, and more

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    November 3, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen: Will it lift the curse?

    Popular restaurateur boldly closes Azia to embark on new challenge

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Frog legs--delicacy or eco-issue? Local restaurants weigh in

    STF sticks up for frogs.Frog legs enjoyed a certain level of kitschy popularity about 30 years ago, appearing regularly in Twin Cities buffets. But today, only a few of our restaurants serve the amphibs on their daily menus, and scant others offer them as seasonal specials. Perhaps it's because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Lunch at Obento-ya: a photo tour

    Sharyn Morrow​ Having friends who are chefs means you have to sneak time to hang out with them during random days off, or before they go to work. On this particular day, we headed to Obento-ya for lunch with Chris Olson.

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    October 1, 2010

    Bar La Grassa: a photo tour

    Kate N.G. Sommers​ Bar La Grassa has been one of the most heralded restaurants in town recently. We stopped by this week to indulge, trying 10 items off the dinner menu alone, not to mention dessert and drinks. First up was the plate of prosciutto. Not enough was it to serve outrageously ten ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    The best thing I ate this week

    Treating yourself to chicken tikka.​What would I have to do to get a little tandoor in my kitchen, to supplement the workhorse Caloric? I could cook up skewered meats and puffy disks of hand-patted naan, while warming up the whole house with the oven's 900-degree heat. Or, I suppose, I could j ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Top 5 spots to celebrate Oktoberfest

    It's not yet October, but it's time to fest!​What do desperate hausfraus, meter-long bratwurst, and dachshund races have in common? They're all part of upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in the Twin Cities. So squeeze into your lederhosen and polish your steins: Here are several German-beer-d ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Tavola Fresca launches new outdoor dinner opera series

    www.latavolafresca.comOpera outdoor gourmet eats​Nick Schneider, the chef behind this summer's Tavola Fresca garden dining series and Picnic Operetta (playing through September 26), has partnered with Picnic Operetta singer Meredith Cain-Nielson to host a fall dining series, Tavola Lirica, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Szechuan Spice takes over the Zen space in LynLake

    The spicy new kid on the LynLake block​​Move over, Zen, Szechuan Spice has taken over your old digs in LynLake. Open since August 9, it focuses on Szechuan flavors with the greatest hits of Chinese-American cuisine thrown in for good measure. Owner-chef ChangFu Xue has worked in China and New Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen now open

    www.wonderousmpls.comStep right up and get your dim sum!​The bright, Vegas-style sign at 6th and Hennepin is all aglow: Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen is open. The deep red color scheme and antique artifacts suggest a throwback to mid-century Chinese-American restaurants like Minneapolis's ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Josh Grier of Tapes n' Tapes loves Letterman's cookies, Surly's beer

    No napkin required​Tapes n' Tapes singer Josh Grier is a guy after our own heart: He knows the exact number of steps between his home and his favorite bar, and when it came time to submit a photo, he offered to dig through his extensive stash of food-on-face pictures. Throw in addictions to su ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Bukhara Indian Bistro coming soon to Minnetonka

    Out: Turkey. In: India.​Joginder Cheema, former owner of the Taste of India and India Palace restaurant empires and current owner of three India House restaurants in St. Paul, Fridley, and downtown Minneapolis (India Express), is bringing Bukhara Indian Bistro to the former home of Istanbul Bi ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    National Bratwurst Day--we visit the very best place for wurst

    Tj's Country Corner, a place of bratwurst dreams.​For National Bratwurst Day, which is unofficially Monday, August 16 (there is another school of NBD that celebrates August 3), we wanted to praise the brat by visiting the place that calls itself "The Best of the Wurst": TJ's Country Market in Maht ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Broders' Michael Rostance: Chef Chat, Part 2

    A.J. Olmscheid​Here's part two of our chat with Michael Rostance, executive chef at Broders' Cucina Italiana and Pasta Bar in south Minneapolis. (Read part one here.) Today we talk with the veteran chef about the challenges of grilling in front of customers and why American dried pasta will never ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Broders' Michael Rostance: Chef Chat, Part 1

    A.J. Olmscheid​Chef Michael Rostance has always faced the pressure to produce, but it wasn't always in the kitchen. His first career was in radio, when he worked as one of the DJs who started the Twin Cities community station KFAI. Rostance started cooking at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Origami vs. Tanpopo in a battle of noodle soups

    Lisa Gulya​ If you've seen the Japanese film Tampopo, you know the power of a perfectly prepared bowl of Japanese noodles. Heck, even if you've never heard of Tampopo, you probably know someone who subsisted on ramen noodles when times were tough. This Food Fight is for them. We want to make ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Pizza Luce, Nick & Eddie, and more: The most popular dishes at your favorite restaurants

    Photo: PizzaLuce.comHere's what's hot at Pizza Luce​When you go out to eat, do you ever stare at the menu for minutes on end, waffling over what to order? Do you ever wonder if the restaurant's regulars know something you don't? Here's a handy guide to what customers order most at some of the ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Sebastian Joe's ice cream goes kosher

    Michelle Bruch Sebastian Joe's thinks "kosher" could be the new "organic."​Starting this month, about 90 percent of Sebastian Joe's ice cream flavors will sport a "K" for kosher. There are separate kosher scoopers, bona fide kosher ingredients, and special kosher production days open to rab ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Foxy Falafel's Erica Strait: Five Questions

    Photo by Nikki MillerFoxy Falafel's bike-powered smoothies at the Uptown Market​If you've been to the Kingfield, Uptown, and Northeast farmers markets this summer, you've probably seen Foxy Falafel owner Erica Strait peddling (and pedaling) her bike-powered smoothies and amazing falafel, along wit ... More >>

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