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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Minnesota's craft beer boom is the focus of new documentary film

    Remember a time before weekly brew updates and brewery crawls? A time before Minnesota passed the Surly Bill and opened up a world of taprooms and destination breweries? It feels like a distant memory, but it was really just a few years ago, in 2011, the same year local filmmaker Dave Okar set out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The Hendrick's at Five Watt: Our new favorite drink blends cold press and cocktail bitters

    Hendrick'sFive Watt Coffee$5Recently cocktail bitters have been popping up in donuts (Glam Doll) and ice cream (Sweet Science), and adding all kinds of new, intoxicating flavors in beverages (hello, toasted coconut bitters at Hola Arepa), but Five Watt Coffee in Kingfield might just be the first in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in the Stillwater area

    Stillwater, Minnesota, and Hudson, Wisconsin, both located within about a half-hour drive from most launchpads in the Twin Cities, are practically busting at the seams with antiquey, boutiquey, bed-and-breakfast charm. Their prime location in the St. Croix River Valley means there are lots of hiking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Governor Dayton will not change minimum wage law for tipped employees -- yet

    Gov. Mark Dayton does not support changes to Minnesota's minimum wage law, a spokesperson for the politician said on Monday. The Rochester-Post Bulletin published a story on Monday morning quoting Dayton as saying, "It may be that we have to fine-tune [the minimum wage law]," in regard to restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Vincent A Restaurant crafts specialty burgers for different stages of the Tour de France

    One of the Twin Cities' favorite Frenchmen is about to prove his Gallic mettle with his own take on the Tour de France. Vincent Francoual, chef and owner of downtown Minneapolis's Vincent A Restaurant, has plans to launch a line of burgers in honor of the world's biggest cycling event.The burgers ar ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 18, 2014

    Hola Arepa blooms in south Minneapolis

    First a food truck, the new brick-and-mortar is thriving

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    First Look: Tiny Diner has big potential

    The latest addition to Kim Bartmann's ever-evolving eatery empire (Red Stag, Pat's Tap, Kyatchi Sushi, Barbette, etc.) is a mini restaurant on a major mission.Tiny Diner is not only bringing all-day, all-organic meals to Powderhorn, they're working to be as self-reliant and sustainable as possible, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Corner Table chef Thomas Boemer talks fried chicken, Alain Ducasse, and Revival

    When Chef Thomas Boemer assumed the helm at Corner Table in south Minneapolis, he transformed this neighborhood eatery to a destination restaurant. Three years later, the chef with a pedigree that includes a stint at Alain Ducasse's Mix in Las Vegas, has shepherded the restaurant to its new location ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

    Last week we took a tour of the best breakfasts in St. Paul, and after all the comments claiming that we "missed" restaurants that are actually in Minneapolis (ahem), we decided that yes, we needed to make things right with the world. So this week we're hopping across the river to give St. Paul's si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Prairie Dogs will host its first 10-day-long hot dog pop-up next week

    Prairie Dogs is best known for one-night-only stints at places like First Course Bistro, where they transform a restaurant into their very own sausage sanctuary for a day. This time, they're extending their stay. Starting June 16, pop-up pros Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz from Prairie Dogs will ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Are you up for a 100-course dinner at Northern Spark?

    If you're a fan of fine dining and are heading out to the Northern Spark festival this weekend, you might want to start punching a few extra holes in your belt now. The massive Minneapolis riverfront art festival will host a 100-course dinner that spans eight hours and features 100 servings of 100 d ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 11, 2014

    Brasserie Zentral's new spin on Old World cuisine

    Russell and Desta Klein's European-style dining empire expands

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The 10 best breakfasts in St. Paul

    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 get up early enough or make plans to meet friends, breakfast becomes an event. Instead of chancing your poached eggs on an amateur, wasting calories on anything less than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Pastry Chef Alicia Hinze talks Cupcake Wars, ice cream, and the Buttered Tin's first year

    In just under a year, The Buttered Tin's pastry chef and co-owner Alicia Hinze has seen her restaurant become a beloved part of St. Paul life. On a recent Saturday morning, with the place packed with customers inside and out, Hinze took time out to chat about her inspirations, her baby (the restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Chef Jorge Guzman of Solera announced as new head chef for Surly's destination brewery

    Late yesterday evening, MSP Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl broke the news that Surly Brewing has selected a chef to head up the kitchens at their much anticipated, mega-destination brewery. That chef is none other than Jorge Guzman, who has spent the past several years helming the ship at Downto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Taste of Thailand vs. On's Thai Kitchen: Pad Thai pandemonium

    When it comes to food from other cultures, "authentic" is a tricky designation. Not only is authenticity complicated by ingredient sourcing and the quality of the chefs themselves, when another country's cuisine is transposed onto our local dining scene, often only the most basic recipes survive. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    First Look: The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen brings farmhouse chic to Eat Street

    On a stretch of Nicollet dominated by pho joints and swanky cocktail bars, the Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen stands out with its farmhouse chic food and ambiance. It's not a place you'd expect to find on Eat Street, and would seem more at home nestled on a bluff near Lake Pepin, but thanks to Kickstar ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 4, 2014

    The best outdoor dining in the Twin Cities

    Your guide to the premier patios in the metro

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    First Look: Lago Tacos in Lyn-Lake

    When you consider the high concentration of bars in Uptown and tendency for people to be out late and on foot, there's an alarming lack of tacos in that neighborhood. Or there was until very recently, when World Street Kitchen debuted their lamb belly and jerk beef fusion ones and Nico's Tacos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Haute Dish will soon get a BBQ joint makeover

    Pop-up restaurants are more and more common these days in the Twin Cities, but it's not too often (or ever, really) that we get to see a restaurant completely transform itself for a limited-time-only event. In a recent announcement on their Facebook page, the masterminds behind downtown Minneapolis' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Chef Tim McKee dishes on his new Uptown restaurant, Libertine

    If the last few years have seen a boom in the North Loop's dining options, this year might be Uptown's time to shine. And with restaurants like Coup d'Etat and Hammer & Sickle, plus nearby World Street Kitchen and the newly opened Heyday, it's no surprise that the big dog himself, James Beard Aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    The Gray House in Uptown will close on July 31

    Residents of the Lyn-Lake/Uptown area received a bit of sad news yesterday, when the Gray House announced on their Facebook page that they'd be closing at the end of July. The restaurant opened toward the end of summer in 2012 and has since been pleasing diners with a unique take on the farm-to-tabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Lago Tacos to open in former Heidi's space on Thursday

    If you ask us, Minneapolis could always use more tacos. Fortunately, this year has been fruitful on the corn tortilla front. Boca Chica celebrated 50 years of service with $1 tacos in March, Taco Cat started delivering tacos by bicycle in April, and now Lago Tacos, Excelsior's lakeside taco joint, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Kyatchi's Hide Tozawa on Minnesota sushi bars: "Most aren't doing it right"

    Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The best wines for your Memorial Day weekend

    It's finally balmy here in the Twin Cities, so this Memorial Day will mean picnics, grills, and all manner of outdoor eats. Of course, someone will show up with the obvious beverage choice -- beer -- but what about wine? What quaffs will go well with your holiday grub?  To find the answer, we w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    First Look: Grain Stack settles into MIA

    As kids, we remember taking field trips to the art museum. History, culture, capturing the human experience, sure. But what really stuck with us was the feeling of unpacking a sad sack lunch while the museum cafe sat tantalizingly out of reach. We requited that childhood injustice this week with a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Roseville

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to ... More >>

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