House-infused, Black Forest styleRoasted 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 >>
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 >>
Kei TerauchiKorean meal is never complete without banchanRecently, 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 >>
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 >>
MLBNishioka tries out taste of home in MNFor 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 >>
Lu LippoldOne of the many shrimp options at the buffetMy 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 >>
Danielle LenzPho 79's signature pho: like a hug in a bowlYou 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 >>
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 >>
Playwright Aditi Kapil juggles dishes from many culturesLocal 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 >>
Lisa GulyaHangover helper: Pozole from Los Ocampo on Lake StreetWith 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 >>
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 >>
Gorkha Palace, Darbar India Grill, and more
Popular restaurateur boldly closes Azia to embark on new challenge
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
www.latavolafresca.comOpera outdoor gourmet eatsNick 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 >>
The spicy new kid on the LynLake blockMove 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 >>
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 >>
No napkin requiredTapes 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A.J. OlmscheidHere'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 >>
A.J. OlmscheidChef 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 >>
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 >>
Photo: PizzaLuce.comHere's what's hot at Pizza LuceWhen 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Nikki MillerFoxy Falafel's bike-powered smoothies at the Uptown MarketIf 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 >>
Fuji Ya Uptown (lounge only). 600 West Lake St., Minneapolis 612.871.4055 website Hours and details: Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 p.m. Sunday 8 p.m.-10 p.m. sushi $3.50-$8.00; appetizers $3.00-$6.50; select domestic and imported beer $3.50; sake small $3.50, large $4.50; ... More >>
One is Japanese and the other favors a "total meal concept"
Since we are going to have sushi in Lowertown, why can't we also have sushi in a tube? Guess what, you can have it all.
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 Twin Cities' most popular eateries, plus recommenda ... More >>
If you can't make La Fiesta mas Caliente de Minnesota--Minnesota's spiciest celebration--this weekend in West St. Paul's District del Sol (Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., includes a parade, low-rider car show, music, dancing, and more) you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with a Mexican m ... More >>
Fusion2919 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls612.824.6200websiteHours: Daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m., late Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-close, Thursday-Saturday, midnight-close.Details: 1/2-price drinks and beer, $4 signature martinis, $10 bottomless house wine, $20 bottomless premium wine, 2-for-1 select appetizers,&nbs ... More >>
Wanna score some corned beef and soda bread along with your Guinness and Jameson? Step right up.
What better way to preface a flavorful curry than with the mild, citrus-y tang of a bowl of tom yum.
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All falafels are not created equal. See how two restaurants style up some fried legumes.
Our favorite thing to order at our favorite budget-friendly Japanese restaurant.
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Many regard Pizza Nea as one of the best pizza joints in town, but can Nea apply its pizza skills to create killer sandwich?
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Vik Uppal has a new spot in the nightclub district
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The chef's favorite dishes, such as the chicken shawarma, come straight from his childhood in Palestine.
See who comes out tops in a showdown between a reliable gelato and a new kid on the block.