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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Loosening Restrictive Alcohol Sales Rule

    On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on removing the city's restrictive "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. The rule was initial ... 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

  • 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 6, 2014

    Food truck for dogs rolls through Minnesota this weekend

    Mini hamburgers and chicken meatballs anyone? Oh no, not for you Hot Dish reader. This food truck is rolling into town to serve the four-legged set, an oft-overlooked segment of the street food market. Catch Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck on its national tour at one of four stops in the Twin Cities area ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Harriet to host Summer Sampler, a food truck rally on August 9

    After a successful run in May, Harriet Brewing is bringing back another food truck rally, dubbed the Summer Sampler and set for August 9. See also: Harriet Brewing to host food truck rally and release barrel-aged Divine Oculust

  • 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 >>

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