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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    First look: Birchwood Cafe pop-up at Verdant Tea

    The smiling faces of tea growers look on from pictures on a nearby wall at Verdant Tea as owner David Duckler explains that he has long wished to share the flavors of the Shandong province of China where his teas are grown.  "When visiting a home, part of the hospitality is to fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    First look: Kyatchi

    The corner of 38th and Nicollet Avenue is fast becoming a magnet for food lovers. There's the established Blackbird Cafe on one corner, a meat shop on another, and Five Watt Coffee (with a unicorn stable available for rent by the hour according to their sign) opening soon. And across the street from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

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

    NOW OPENBars Bakery's second location (City Pages coverage)Alliance Bank Building, St. PaulCoup d'Etat (City Pages review)Uptown Walkway Apartment Complex, MinneapolisChef Shack Ranch (City Pages review)3025 E. Franklin Ave., MinneapolisA Cupcake Social (City Pages coverage)38th St. E. &am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    100 Favorites Dishes: No. 31, Fasika's zilzil tibs

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. In a metro area with a thriving pan-African food scene, Fasika is the restaurant to beat for Ethiopian cuisine, and if you need proof, look no further than the zilzil ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 32, Hello Pizza's smoky greens salad

    If you're surprised to see a salad rank so high on this list then you clearly haven't had this salad. Vegetarians say it brings them back to their meat-eating days and current carnivores can't believe it's bacon-free. The smoky greens salad at Hello Pizza is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, on a bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 33, Kramarczuk's cabbage rolls

    There are only a small handful of restaurants that have helped to define Twin Cities culture in the way that Kramarczuk's has. Serving up eastern European delicacies to hungry Nordeasters for over 60 years, Kramarczuk's offers diners more than specialty cuisine; it offers them an overall sense of pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Salut Edina's new head chef brings fresh flavors to the table

    It appears as though there's been a bit of a shakeup over at Edina's premiere French restaurant, Salut. Parasole, the company behind Salut (and several other Twin Cities eateries), has announced that their longtime head chef, Christopher Van Proosdy, has opted for a career change and moved on to wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 34, Cafe Levain's onion soup

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. It doesn't always take a complex dish to win over our hearts. When seamlessly executed, the simple and common dishes are sometimes the best. Stroll into just about any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Where to eat for Winter 2014 Restaurant Week

    It's back! This quarterly event dedicated to dining is back and badder than ever. This week marks the first Restaurant Week of 2014 and there are some great new restaurants to choose from and a lot of classics that might be worth a revisit (or two).We've gone through and selected a few choice option ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 35, Las Teresitas's chorizo taco

    Las Teresitas has been covered extensively, but the attention is warranted and the awards earned. The south Minneapolis restaurant makes a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes, and today, it's the simple chorizo taco that gets the attention. See also: Best Mexican Restaurant Minneapolis 2013 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Drunken Sake to open in former True Thai space

    It looks as though the lights at 26th Street and Franklin Avenue might not be dark for much longer. Drunken Sake, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will open soon at that address, the former location of True Thai. We spoke with the co-owner to get the scoop on this new spot.See also:True Thai closed

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 36, Groundswell's vegetarian burger

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.When is a veggie burger more than a vegetarian meal option? When it's the glory that is the veggie burger at St. Paul's Groundswell Cafe. Whether you eat meat or not, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 38, Matt's Bar's Jucy Lucy

    It's all well and good that cheeseburgers are marketed as gourmet food in new wave gastropubs, but Matt's original Jucy Lucy still sets the gold standard for bar burgers, with a trademark sandwich they've been serving up from that busy corner griddle for 49 years. See also: The Jucy Lucy named one ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 19, 2014

    Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at first bite

    The duo behind Borough & Parlour opens a casually grand Italian eatery unique in Uptown

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Birchwood Cafe to host a goodbye party and a pop-up

    This Saturday, February 22, marks the last day of Birchwood Cafe as we've known it. However, fans of this Seward favorite won't be without its local-loving cuisine for too long. As they begin construction on a new, improved, and expanded Birchwood, owner Tracy Singleton and chef Marshall Paulsen wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No 39, Broders' Pasta Bar's quadrucci con pollo

    So that pesky checking account balance put the kibosh (yet again) on your dream Italian vacation. While we can't help you there, Broders' Pasta Bar has a dish or two that might allow you to escape on an imaginary trip across the Atlantic -- or at least curb those carbohydrate cravings. Broders' ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    James Beard Award semifinalists announced; Twin Cities chefs and restaurants make the list

    They call them the Oscars of the food world, a chance to recognize the finest in the culinary industry. The 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this morning, and several local chefs and restaurants were recognized.See also:Best new restaurants in the Twin Cities 2013Best Service 2013 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 40, Crema Cafe's affogato

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. When you join ice cream with a shot of espresso, it's a decidedly pleasant experience. So it follows that when you douse a scoop of Sonny's coffee-infused Crema ice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Kickstarter to bring Ghanaian food to the Twin Cities

    We in the Twin Cities pride ourselves on the diversity of our food scene. Chefs like Jack Riebel, Jamie Malone, Isaac Becker, and Tim McKee have all helped to put us on the map, fine-dining wise. But we can also tout things like camel burgers and yak momo, plus the fact that there are few places out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 41, the Chatterbox's pork and waffles

    Sometimes the best dishes are where we least expect them. At the Chatterbox, a new menu featuring an array of stick-to-your-ribs style pub food is definitely proving itself to be something worth exploring. No dish makes this more apparent than the new pork and waffle plate. Let your chicken and waff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Breaking: Hola Arepa food truck to go brick-and-mortar

    Love is in the air and so is the toasty scent of Hola Arepa's delicious corn cakes. In honor of Hola Arepa's birthday and Valentine's Day, Birk Stefan Grudem and Christina Nguyen are sharing the news that they have signed a restaurant lease -- which means very soon, dear eaters, we will be able to e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Prairie Dogs launches Kickstarter and announces next pop-up

    Prairie Dogs, the pop-up hot dog joint aptly named for the wee pop-up animal, is now looking for a permanent home. The craft-made sausages and gourmet hot dogs from chefs Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz will soon be regularly available, as the pair have taken to Kickstarter to drum up some capital fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Makers Cafe, a new concept from Dunn Bros, is now open

    The new Makers Cafe, a fast casual concept from Dunn Bros. Coffee and Cafe Inc., invites you to "eat at your desk with dignity." Our crumb-filled keyboards suggest that we might not have been doing so with much dignity up until now. Makers Cafe will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at its new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 43, Grand Café's fondue

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Sure, Grand Café is the obvious go-to for a fab brunch, but their upscale version of fondue should get you in the door at dinner time, too. This ain't no tacky '70s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    First Course vs. 112 Eatery: Gnocchi knockout

    In Rome, Thursday is gnocchi day. And if you're serious about this delicious but labor-intensive dish -- which involves peeling, boiling, and ricing potatoes and mixing them at exactly the right moment with exactly the right amounts of flour and egg -- then trying it once a week is enough. Unfortuna ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 12, 2014

    Best Twin Cities Valentine's Day desserts

    Sweet treats for your sweetheart

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Do the Twin Cities really need a new Hard Rock Cafe?

    For a good while now, the Hard Rock Cafe has been a dinosaur that isn't aware that it's already extinct. This summer, the international eatery chain will open a new location at the Mall of America, but the news was rightfully overshadowed by the 400 Bar moving there with the promise of actual rock o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Modern Cafe releases plans for expansion, including 'Sochi-style bathrooms'

    It looks like Northeast Minneapolis's pot roast emporium, Modern Cafe, has set its sights on bigger pastures. On the restaurant's Twitter feed yesterday, they posted an image of a floor plan detailing what looks to be the addition of 620 square feet of space.See also:Stanley's expansion to include n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 44, Curry Diva's shrimp at Highland Grill

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.Eaters in the know find themselves flocking to St. Paul's Highland Grill on Monday nights. That is the one and only day diners can get their hands on the delicious creatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Butcher & the Boar hosts first ever brunch bash

    If you've ever dreamt of waking up on a Sunday morning and heading down to your local meat palace for brunch, hold on to your seats, because that dream is about to come true. This Sunday, in lieu of their regular weekend beer bashes, Butcher & the Boar will be hosting their first ever brunch bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub offers beer frozen at -11 degrees

    Last night Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub introduced a very limited supply beer: Polar Vortex Eisbock. The beer comes from freezing their Doppelbock, which concentrates the alcohol and changes the beer's complexion. This batch packs a 10.4% ABV (as compared to the Doppelbock's 8.3%). See also: Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 45, Pig Ate My Pizza's hog tots

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. There seems to be no end to the culinary cleverness pouring out of the team behind Travail. In the last year or so the restaurant's chefs and owners have developed a hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 46, Band Box Diner's Lunch Box burger

    A little white building with red trim decorates a triangular street corner in Elliot Park. There's nothing fancy about it, but the Band Box Diner has been a staple of Minneapolis for nearly 75 years. One menu item stands out among the specialty breakfasts and burgers served all day here: the Lunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Drink rare beers for charity at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

    On March 29, the Minnesota History Center will host Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, a charitable beer festival that doubles as an awareness/fundraising event for Pints for Prostates. Thirty breweries will be on hand, including ten locals, each of whom will highlight rare, one-off, and vintage beers. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Your guide to last minute Valentine's Day dining

    It's that time of year when love is in the air and we're blinded by the glare of red and pink hearts wherever we look. Yup, Cupid is back and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're celebrating single-style this year, no big deal and no pressure. But if you're attached, you'd best be p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 48, Moral Omnivore's BLT

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.The folks behind the Moral Omnivore food truck are about more than just making you a tray of good food (although they do that, too.) Their goal is to make the world a bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Growler and pint punch cards being offered for local breweries

    With so many new breweries opening, the biggest question consumers face is "How can I try them all?" The Minnesota Brewer's Association is looking to make that easier -- and cheaper too -- with a new series of growler and pint punch cards. See also: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Who brews the best beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    A painful tour of the hottest peppers at Pepper Palace

    Sometimes people do stupid things just for the sake of saying they did them. YouTube is rife with idiotic decision-making, with videos of people doing everything from jumping off of rooftops to lighting firecrackers off in their butt cracks. In 2007, the ghost pepper was named the world's hottest pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 49, Al's Breakfast's bacon waffle

    Put simply, Al's Breakfast is one of the coolest diners to grab one of the best breakfasts in town. Why else would people cram into the 10-foot wide space, with little to no breathing room, to wait for one of the 14 bar stools to open up? This Dinkytown restaurant transforms the "most important meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Birchwood announces closing date for remodel

    The time has come, Birchwood fans. Seward's Birchwood Cafe has announced its temporary closing date as part of a Kickstarter-funded remodel. In an announcement made on the restaurant's blog, the Birchwood told its loyal patrons, "The countdown is ON and we've set our closing date for final construct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    First look: Travail and the Rookery

    Beck is thumping through the speakers as chefs move swiftly about the giant open space. Sodas are being bottled and carbonated by hand. A grown man in a teddy bear hat furiously digs in a low cabinet, practically climbing inside to retrieve more linens. A wild-goateed fellow sharpens knives, furious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 50, Berry Sweet Kitchen's egg sandwich

    Berry Sweet Kitchen is still getting started, easing its way into business after a soft opening. Located in the former home of the smoky Nokomis Cafe, this new and improved breakfast spot has found its calling in fresh fruits, decadent desserts, and a breakfast/lunch menu that fuses Mexican-American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

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

    NOW OPENCoup d'Etat (City Pages coverage)Uptown Walkway Apartment Complex, MinneapolisChef Shack Ranch (City Pages preview)3025 E. Franklin Ave., MinneapolisA Cupcake Social (City Pages coverage)38th St. E. & 28th Ave. S., MinneapolisDay Block Brewing1105 Washington Ave. S. Di Noko's B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    A sneak peek at Sanctuary's newest menu

    There aren't too many restaurants or chefs out there that can execute a take on a classic dish while still embracing the will to be weird. Downtown Minneapolis's Sanctuary manages to hit the nail on the head every time. On their ever-changing menus, you can often find familiar French or Mediterranea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Where to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday

    Come Super Bowl Sunday, lots of folks will be sitting down on their couches, elbow-deep in wings, nachos, and football-shaped party food. While it's fun to scream at the tv and guzzle some brewskis in the comfort of your own home, there's something to be said about watching the big game in a bar wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    This year's Uptown Talks was all about the food

    This year's Uptown Talks event, hosted Tuesday night by the Uptown Association, paid special attention to the area's bustling restaurant community. In addition the wide array of businesses present, there were also 19 area restaurants, bakeries and other food related businesses serving up tasty sampl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    How to make the perfect Aviation [RECIPE]

    Sometimes a girl just wants a Cosmopolitan. The sweet boozy elixir, balanced with just a little lime goes down like punch and kicks the party into gear. The only problem is sometimes you also find yourself at a craft cocktail establishment where drinks like the Cosmopolitan are unnecessarily derided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 53, Filfillah's shawarma

    When in search of some scrumptious Middle Eastern grub, it really seems to be word of mouth we rely on. Filfillah Market and Restaurant in Columbia Heights is no different. Their shawarma is some of the best you'll find in town -- if you're one of the lucky ones in the know. See also: Foxy Falafel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Tracy's Saloon & Eatery to reopen next month

    Earlier this winter, the Seward neighborhood's Tracy's Saloon & Eatery closed up shop for remodeling, and after some delays, they are finally getting ready to reopen their doors to the thirsty public. Look for the Seward saloon to reopen sometime within the next few weeks.Tracy's encountered a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Corner Table owners find new space and plan a new restaurant

    Corner Table, the little neighborhood bistro that could is moving into roomier digs just down the street. However they aren't abandoning their original space at 43rd and Nicollet Avenue. Instead, they have big plans to bring a taste of the South to Minneapolis. Yesterday we spoke with Nick Rancone a ... More >>

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