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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Happy hour at Hola Arepa: Killer food, cheap beer, and a charming patio

    You made it to the end of the week. And now, to paraphrase the wisdom and conviction of the lady from the Watson's commercials: It's hot and you need a drink. So we at the Hot Dish have taken it upon ourselves to recommend a good happy hour. To kick things off, we're outlining the best deals at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Still some tickets left for Stewart Woodman's pop-up at the Workshop

    The third incarnation of Union is on its way, this time under the leadership of James Beard Award nominee Stewart Woodman, and soon they'll be giving a sneak peek of what's afoot. The new restaurant, now known as the Workshop, will host a special, three day only preview event today, tomorrow, and Sa ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 23, 2014

    The Copper Hen brings country charm to Eat Street

    The homey, if inconsistent, cafe and bakery has potential

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Tongue in Cheek winks with playful, chef-driven eats in Payne-Phalen

    There's officially a restaurant revival going on in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. First Ward 6 came in swinging with charcuterie, beef fat-fried fish and chips, and boozy milkshakes last year; then Cook St. Paul put their own scratch-made mark on a long-loved east side institution earlier ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Put down the Kraft: 8 easy steps to arranging the perfect cheese plate

    Here's the scenario: You're invited to a dinner party. Because you know a thing or two about being a good dinner party guest, you ask your host if you can possibly bring anything in order to lighten their load. You're hoping to be assigned dinner rolls or, even better, to be told to "just bring your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Are server-free restaurants the future of the food industry?

    Diggity Drive Up, the new fast-casual concept by the folks who brought you Tavern and Atlas Grill, is out to revolutionize the way we order food. Their method? They're eliminating waitstaff altogether. Instead of impatiently waiting for your server to return, only to change your mind over what kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

    Brews and Canoes, a beer-themed celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act, is approaching, and to celebrate the milestone, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) put out a call to Minnesota's commercial brewers to submit special brews that reflect t ... 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 16, 2014

    Taproom Cinema event series combines local beers and cult classics

    Americans are always on the lookout for new ways to enliven their film-watching experiences. Movies at the park are great on nice days, but mother nature is always capable of turning family fun into great escapes from torrential downpours or mosquito hell. VIP seating at the theater is always an opt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    The 5 best fish and chicken houses in the Twin Cities

    The pro always orders it to-go, but when at most fish and chicken spots in the Twin Cities, your meal is coming in a styrofoam-container-plastic-bag-combo no matter where you plan on eating it. The pro also orders the meal with a fruit punch, pushes for as much hot sauce, ketchup, and tartar sauce a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    The 5 best places to eat after the All-Star Game

    After months of anticipation, the day of the MLB's All Star Game has finally arrived. Whether you're lucky enough to have tickets, or you're just hanging out in Downtown Minneapolis to enjoy the spectacle, odds are that at some point you're going to need some food. While some 30-odd bars have been g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Are cocktail rooms the next taprooms?

    Let's paint a scene: You enter a bar and grab a seat. You're handed a copy of the latest menu, hot off the press. As you peruse the menu, you notice a variety of choice cocktails crafted from house-made liquors. You make your choice, order, sit back and revel in a refined experience designed with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Build your own hot pot feast at Little Szechuan in St. Paul

    Hot pot is a common feature of local Chinese restaurant menus. The classic east Asian stew is a year-round delicacy thanks to a spicy broth that keeps the winter cold at bay and coaxes out the spices of summer. Until now there were no local restaurants that dedicated their entire menus to it, so Lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Agra Culture brings fast-casual healthy to Uptown

    The fast-casual restaurant model has exploded over the last decade, with new chains and concepts popping up faster than you can say "top-gaining market share." But many of these quick-service newcomers have featured not-so-healthy stuff on their menus. Agra Culture Kitchen & Press in Uptown has take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    6Smith replaces Sunsets as Wayzata's premier lakeside dining experience

    Taking a drive outside the city for a lakeside dining experience often comes as a much-needed reprieve from bustling city life. Sunsets, Wayzata's former premier eatery, left a void on the city's main strip when it closed a few months back. Fortunately for residents, it wasn't long before 6Smith ope ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 9, 2014

    Tiny Diner has big dreams in Minneapolis

    Kim Bartmann’s place in Powderhorn is a diner on a mission

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Town Talk Diner is reopening with a Gallic accent

    It's ALIVE! The much loved and revered Town Talk Diner will be reincarnated in the coming months. In a major announcement yesterday, a new owner finally stepped up to the plate -- only this time, it's a French plate. The Town Talk Diner will be revitalized as a Frenchier incarnation called Le Town T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    The 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs

    A few weeks ago, we highlighted the hashiest hash browns and bonniest Benedicts in St. Paul. Then we explored every syrup-soaked nook and cranny of the best pancakes and waffles in Minneapolis. But all you real-life Ron Swansons and Leslie Knopes weren't satisfied. You wanted the lowdown on even mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Parka 2.0 hopes to win back fans with a revamped menu and a simpler focus

    If there were any restaurant in the Twin Cities we most expected to flourish, Parka was it. Yet since opening last year, the south Minneapolis coffee shop/bakery/nouvelle-bistro has had more than its fair share of ups and downs. Once a collaboration between Victory 44's chef Eric Harcey, Dogwood Cof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    3 Tiers, beloved bakery and eclectic bistro in Nokomis, is closed

    While many of us were out enjoying the long holiday weekend, residents of south Minneapolis were saddened by the news that 3 Tiers Bakery & Bistro has officially closed its doors. The eclectic Nokomis restaurant earned a loyal following for its bargain prices on carafes of wine and creative, flavorf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Coup d'Etat vs. Porchetteria: Walk-up window warfare

    Sometimes you just gotta eat. When racked with an impatient, irrational hunger, the rigmarole of parking the car, getting a table, pondering menus as thick and impenetrable as a quarterly prospectus, waiting for your food when you run out of things to say, and remembering to use your knife and fork ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    July 2, 2014

    Adventures of an urban scavenger: How to survive without paying for food in the Twin Cities

    30 days of hunting down everything from dandelions to dumpsters

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Why we hate the tableside pour-over coffee service

    When pour-over coffee first became "a thing," it seemed like a breath of pure oxygen amid the slowly fading '90s coffee culture of no-foam, half-caf, and whipped cream-topped. Its process is transparent, allows for control over a number of variables, and can easily be adapted for a single drinker. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The 8 best granolas in the Twin Cities

    After your third brunch date in as many Sundays, your body will be asking for a holiday from the Hollandaise. Now is the time to point yourself in the direction of a granola-friendly eatery. Not only will this give your pocketbook a bit of a rest, as granola is often on the more affordable side, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

    The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon July '14

    Got a tip on a restaurant opening, closing, or coming soon? Email us! NOW OPENAgra Culture Kitchen & Press2939 Girard Ave. S., MinneapolisAki's Bread Haus Bakery2506 Central Ave. NE, MinneapolisBlack Coffee & Waffle Bar (City Pages First Look)1500 Como Ave. SE, MinneapolisBogart's Doug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Marché does a quick breakfast and simple, elegant lunch in Lyn-Lake

    Talk about a soft opening: On Monday morning, Hot Dish was one of two customers seated at Marché, a new cafe concept by the owners of Coup d'Etat and Borough. Marché silently opened in Uptown's Lime Apartment building last week, but based on the quality of their food, we predict the quiet will soo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Solo Vino's Chuck Kanski has the list of best bubbly wine for your Fourth of July

    Independence Day is upon us, which means hot weather, grilling, fireworks, and adding fizz to all that sizzle with the addition of a sparkling wine or two (or three). Bubblies are food-friendly chillers that can give your red, white, and blue festivities an extra pop of excitement. Don't just take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Heyday, Lucia's, and Nico's Tacos make top 100 neighborhood gems list

    We love our neighborhood restaurants here in the Twin Cities, and apparently the rest of the country does too. OpenTable just released its 2014 list of the 100 best neighborhood gems in the United States, and three Twin Cities restaurants make the cut: Heyday, Lucia's Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Nico ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    New Belgium and Odell collaborate on a summery pale ale

    This week we're sipping FOCOllaboration, an American pale ale with a copper color and a thin but consistent head. The joint project of New Belgium and Odell Brewing, FOCOllaboration Ale is one of the best beers we've had recently from this pair of the biggest and brightest names in Fort Collins, CO. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The 5 best brunches with activities in the Twin Cities

    Brunch, once the bastard child of breakfast and lunch, is officially a meal in its own right. In fact, it's more than a meal; it's an event. So what does this minx-y blend of eggs Benedict and waffle fries have to offer us besides booze and an opportunity to rehash last night's mistakes? What else c ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Sonora Grill spices up brunch with killer chilaquiles and chorizo molletes

    Sonora Grill rolled out a new brunch menu at the beginning of the month, offering a variety of Latin-inspired dishes and bringing some much needed diversity to the Longfellow brunch roster.See also:First look: Sonora Grill's second location

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Heyday's Lorin Zinter on what makes a good server and why he covets criticism

    Open for only a few months, Heyday is easily an early contender for best new restaurant of the year. In addition to the exceptionally well conceived and executed menu, the Lyn-Lake restaurant also offers exemplary service. Co-owner, front-of-house manager, and La Belle Vie alum Lorin Zinter gives th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Sushi Fix expanding to add sake bar and private dining

    Since opening last spring, Wayzata's Sushi Fix has vaulted to the top of our list for fresh, raw fish. Now the restaurant is ready to expand its location, opening up more seating and introducing additional menu items, a sake bar, and a private dining room where guests can be served cuts of their fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Juicy Lucys have made it to London, but are they any good?

    As you walk into this cozy pub, you notice its eclectic vibe, like a cross between Psycho Suzi's and the Turf Club's Clown Lounge. You step over a rug unmistakably designed by Minneapolis artist Adam Turman. In front of you are two Juicy Lucies: one traditional and the other with blue cheese. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 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 (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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