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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Mosaic Cafe Shutters in South Minneapolis

    You'll have to get your rosemary garlic fries fix elsewhere: Mosaic Cafe in south Minneapolis closed its doors on Monday after two years of serving grass-fed burgers, healthy lunch options, and frozen custard. See also: Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    A Memphis Native Reviews the Memphis Menu at Tiny Diner

    Look, Memphis isn't an "it" city. Its population is declining, it's been ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States, and outside of the South, people routinely pass over it for its rival to the east, Nashville, or Nashvegas, or whatever nickname hipsters trot out as they unpack their stup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Stewart Woodman Looks to Win Back Fans at the Workshop at Union

    A lot has changed in the main-level dining room of Union since the triple-decker restaurant first opened in downtown Minneapolis at the tail end of 2012. Originally, the space was intended to provide a more intimate experience than the rooftop, with a more formal, burger-free menu to match. After ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Don Saunders on Climbing the Ranks, Opening the Kenwood, and Training for Iron Fork

    Each week, we'll interview one of the chefs participating in our 2014 Iron Fork competition. On November 6, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient. Tickets are on sale now. If you're a lifelong resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    One Two Three Sushi to Open Fifth Location, Third in Minneapolis Skyway

    On the count of three -- October, November, December -- One Two Three Sushi will open a fifth location, its third in the Minneapolis skyway. Part of the expanding Sushi Avenue empire, One Two Three Sushi rolls out quick-service sushi, ramen, and buns in a Chipotle-style, made-to-order fashion. Its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Cheap Date Night to Try: Broders' Pasta Bar on a Budget

    Everybody still broke? Cool. Us too. That's why, for the next several weeks, we'll be seeking out the best inexpensive date nights the city has to offer. We all deserve to be wined and dined every once in a while, and bringing home a greasy bag of Popeye's and Piranha 3D for a special night in is on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Agra Culture to Open Location in the MIA, as Stock and Badge Pulls Out

    It's not much of a surprise that Grain Stack, the second project behind the Stock and Badge team that put together south Minneapolis's now defunct Parka, is out at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But what's taking its place is somewhat unexpected: Agra Culture, the socially health-conscious resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The Herbivorous Butcher Plans Fake Meat Emporium in South Minneapolis

    The team behind Herbivorous Butcher, a local company specializing in vegan meats, was once approached by a food scientist while selling their wares at a Minneapolis farmers market. "Okay, I'm going to try this," the scientist said, reaching for a sample of vegan Italian sausage. He took a bite, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

    If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Giordano's, One of Chicago's Foremost Deep Dish Pizza Chains, Is Headed to Minneapolis

    Minneapolis, we hate to say it, but we're sick of your pizza. Luce and Mesa are fine, but we reached our threshold for baked potato and macaroni 'za long ago. We want the standards. We want quality. We want Chicago and New York-style pizzerias to teleport to the Twin Cities and show us how it's done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Figlio's Closing Marks a Trend for the Capricious Kaskaid Hospitality

    The newest reincarnation of Figlio, this time at the West End, will be closing its doors at the end of October. Kaskaid Hospitality, the parent company behind not only Figlio, but also Union, Crave, Urban Eatery, and Boneyard, made the announcement late last week that Figlio would be remodeled and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Zen Box's Ramen Massive Attack Brings Ramen Burgers to the Twin Cities This Sunday

    All of you ramen fans out there better get ready to hold onto your hats, because one of the biggest names in Twin Cities ramen is throwing down with a party of epic proportions. John Ng and Lina Goh of Downtown Minneapolis's Zen Box Izakaya are hosting their second annual Ramen Massive Attack! and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Le Town Talk Diner Opens Today in Longfellow

    When it closed in 2011, Town Talk Diner, largely considered to be the cradle of the Twin Cities craft cocktail movement, left fans and Longfellow residents grieving. Now the beloved diner gets a shot at winning back its fan base -- this time with a cozy brasserie atmosphere and affordable French sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat: "These Kids Come Out of Culinary School Worthless"

    Every good chef has to start somewhere, usually at the lower end of the food service totem pole. For Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat, Borough, and Parlour, that meant working as a 15-year-old busboy at a truck stop near his family's Denmark, Wisconsin farm. See also: Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Minneapolis City Council Votes to Loosen Restrictive Alcohol Sales Rule [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: The Minneapolis City Council voted today to remove the "60/40 rule," which demands that restaurants in commercial areas outside of downtown make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, with alcohol being restricted to less than 40 percent. It was a unanimous decision, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Small Plates and Half-Price Bottles of the Good Stuff During Kings Wine Bar's Happy Hour

    Everyone in Kingfield already knows how fab Kings Wine Bar is. If you sit at a table outside or inside, or belly up to the bar, you'll see three distinct seatings happen each evening -- and a whole lot of smiling eaters and drinkers, whether it's 5:30 p.m. or midnight. But what about happy hour? Is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Robb Jones Tapped to Head Up Bar Program at Merchant

    As the most anticipated restaurant of 2014 readies to open sometime in November, executive chef Gavin Kaysen is putting together a dream team of managers (Bill Summerville), kitchen whizzes (Diane Yang), and servers. Next on the list? The crew behind the bar -- anchored by none other than Robb Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Public Kitchen & Bar Offers Power-Lunching and People-Watching in St. Paul's Lowertown

    "It's kind of like being in a fishbowl," real estate broker-turned-restaurant-owner Carol Marks muses while squinting up at the ray of light flooding into the dining room of Public Kitchen & Bar in Lowertown. "People can see right into the restaurant while they're crossing over the skyway so we thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Merchant's Gavin Kaysen on Watching People Eat, Soggy Cereal, and Sloppy Joes

    Gavin Kaysen may keep a cool head, but this Minnesota native is busy working on one of the most anticipated restaurants of the fall of 2014, right here in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Kaysen, former executive chef at the acclaimed Café Boulud in NYC, took some time to talk with us ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen: "We Shouldn't Compete Against Chicago, That's Not Our Competition"

    Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Restaurants in the Twin Cities

    People love lauding the latest thing, but what of the tried-and-true classics that stand the test of time?  These 10 restaurants are the old guard of the Twin Cities. They're not the trendiest or most modern places to grab a bite, but they deliver solid -- if not spectacular -- meals time and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

    In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar. Parka's last night of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Foreign Legion Adds Sultry Sophistication to the Soo Line Building

    The doors to Russell and Desta Klein's latest Soo Line venue opened last weekend just as the weather gave us all the first hint of a chill. They waited for the end of summer to introduce their wine bar, Foreign Legion, a warm space full of dark, sumptuous colors and decor that features cocktails and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    6 Wisconsin Cheeses to Try and Where You Can Find Them in the Twin Cities

    Cheese makers from America's Dairyland brought back a haul of awards from the recent American Cheese Society awards, held in Sacramento, California earlier this summer. In dozens of categories -- such as "Rindless blue-veined, made from goat's milk" and "aged cheddar, aged over 48 months, all milks" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Open at last, Lyn 65 makes Richfield richer

    We've been awaiting the opening of Lyn 65, chef Ben Rients's eclectic American eatery and craft cocktail bar, since our spring restaurant preview came out in March. But it ended up taking Rients and his team another two seasons' worth of menu-tweaking and kitchen construction to really get things up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill opens on Nicollet Mall

    Ling & Louie's, an Asian fusion restaurant owned by Kona Grill founder Michael McDermott, opened its first Minnesota location along Nicollet Mall on September 2. The mammoth four-story restaurant features seating for upward of 500 guests and one of two rooftop patios in the area. We struggled to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Red Wagon Pizza finds new home in the former In Season location in south Minneapolis

    It's practically a truism that you can never have too much pizza, (seriously, you can never have too much pizza) and with that, comes the announcement that Minneapolis's favorite mobile pizzeria has finally found a brick and mortar location to call home. Last week, Red Wagon patriarch, "Pizza" Pete ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Local mushroom hunter launches Kickstarter for wild maitake mushroom jerky

    There are two types of vegans: those whose diets revolve around soy and wheat-gluten based meat alternatives, and those who forgo trying to turn soybeans into chicken patties. For the former category, chowing down on gluten-based vegan jerky like Primal Strips is no biggie. But if you're gluten-free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Marché happy hour: Just drink deals but still swanky

    Marché debuted this summer in Uptown and has maintained a fairly low profile. It's a bright, classy space with a marble counter that offers up breakfast and lunch, plus beverages that span all tastes -- espresso, craft sodas, wine, beer, drinks, and even bottled cocktails. The patio and the pastr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

    You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar. See also: Red Stag to host Friends of James ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    A taste tour of the Karmel Square Somali Mall

    Exploring unfamiliar territory can be an intimidating feat. Throw new foods into the mix, and many of us will roll into protective balls like human-sized pill bugs. The standard approach to international markets is to stick to familiar items -- produce, rice, noodles -- while glancing at, but not da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Brut pop-up offers a look at one of the most anticipated Twin Cities restaurants

    Last week, Epicurious named Gavin Kaysen's Merchant one of the most anticipated fall restaurant openings in the country. Small wonder, as the return of this Minnesota native and former executive chef at the Michelin-starred Cafe Boulud in New York represents a pretty big win for the Minneapolis food ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2014

    The best dining secrets around the Twin Cities

    Our favorite hidden culinary gems in the metro

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    30 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities

    Editor's Note: We have painstakingly researched breakfast across the Twin Cities one bite at a time for the past few months and have compiled our findings here for you. Breakfast. Most days it's just cereal, a piece of fruit, or one of those sad grab-and-go muffins at the gas station. But when you ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Former Slave Raider guitarist opens Studio 2, a new Minneapolis coffee and wine bar

    A lot has changed for David Hussman since 1985. For starters, he got a haircut. From 1985 until 1990, Hussman was known as Nicci Wikkid, the guitarist of Minneapolis-based hair metal band Slave Raider. Now, he's the owner of a brand new coffee and wine bar in south Minneapolis. See also: Sex, Dru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    How to order coffee without sounding like a tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon September '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 Buster's on 28th (re-open after re-model) 4204 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis Cafe Zentral Soo Line Building, Marquette & 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The Third Bird gives comfort food the highbrow treatment

    The Third Bird, the latest addition to Kim Bartmann's veritable restaurant empire, feels like a secret club house. Its entrance is situated in an alleyway off Harmon Place, no signage indicating a restaurant. Understated furnishings elicit a too-cool-for-school vibe, and the staff treats customers w ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 27, 2014

    Libertine brings spark to former Cafeteria space in Uptown

    Tim McKee's freethinking new restaurant has rakish charm

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    From the chef behind Haute Dish comes Nighthawks/Birdie, a modern diner

    Coming soon to a south Minneapolis neighborhood near you (assuming you live somewhere near 38th and Nicollet) is Nighthawks, the newest venture by veteran Twin Cities chef Landon Schoenefeld. Nighthawks will be taking over the old Shorty & Wags location and will include a smaller restaurant-within-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    August 21, 2014

    St. Clair Broiler vs. Mac's Industrial: Tuna melt down

    Ah, the humble tuna melt. One can find tumblrs, blogs, and a surfeit of articles about the grilled cheese or the Reuben, but where is the love for the tuna melt? We pitted two of the finest Twin Cities tuna melts against each other to give this classic sandwich the attention it deserves -- and to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips

    Citing feedback from guests and the community, Blue Plate Restaurant Company has announced it will no longer dip into servers' tips, a practice it began when Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade went into effect August 1.A press release announcing the move also announces that a ... More >>

  • 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

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