• Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Hiroshima Hot Dogs: A Pop-Up of Godzilla-Sized Proportions And Japanese-Inspired Dogs

    The folks over at Libertine are hosting their first pop-up, and it could potentially be the king of all Twin Cities pop-ups. On October 24 and 25, the cheekily dubbed "Hiroshima Hot Dogs" will bring guests a selection of hot dogs dressed to the hilt in the tastiest Japanese adornments and named afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Critically Acclaimed Pizzeria Lola Heading to Northeast Minneapolis

    Could it be that another beloved pizza place is on the move? Indeed, just a week after finding out that Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza would expand to Eat Street, we're getting word that Pizzeria Lola, the wood-fired pizza shop from queen of the slices Ann Kim, has purchased a property in northeast Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Slurp That Spaghetti! Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in the Twin Cities

    Sure, it's easy to boil some water, toss in some spaghetti, and open up a bottle of sauce at home... but there's something divine about the perfect plate of pasta while you're out on the town. The snap of al dente tendrils of bucatini, the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of ravioli, meaty and rich Bé ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Paul Greenberg: How American Seafood Can Change the World and What You Can Do

    What Michael Pollan is to land-food, Paul Greenberg is to seafood. His books, which examine the way average consumers have feasted through what was once the ocean's bounty, have landed him on the New York Times bestsellers list. Greenberg's newest book, American Catch, paints a clear portrait of Ame ... 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 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 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 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    August 27, 2014

    Libertine brings spark to former Cafeteria space in Uptown

    Tim McKee's freethinking new restaurant has rakish charm

  • 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 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 >>

  • 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 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

    May 19, 2014

    Minnesota Cheese Fest: Perfect weather, local foods, and a whole lot of cheese

    After a rocky start in 2012, marked by long lines and unhappy ticket holders, the Minnesota Cheese Festival hit its stride in year three. The fromage-filled fest took over the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sunday and delighted cheese-lovers with cooking demonstrations an ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014
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    April 9, 2014

    Southern discomfort at Boneyard Kitchen & Bar

    Diners might have a bone to pick with the new Uptown restaurant from the owners of Crave

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Top 10 meatballs in the Twin Cities

    On Monday Slate published an interactive graphic called the "United Steaks of America", a sort of meat heatmap, a meatmap if you will, of all the 50 states and their respective official meats. It's not a very scientific group of findings. They basically picked the meat or dish or novelty protei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    BoneYard Kitchen & Bar opens today in Uptown

    It was way back in June when we first announced that Kaskaid Hospitality Group, the company behind Crave, Figlio 2.0, and Union, had bought up the former Old Chicago on Hennepin and planned to turn it into their next big project. After a name-the-restaurant contest, an overhaul of the interior, ... 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 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 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 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

    January 2, 2014

    Wall Street Journal names Butcher & the Boar one of the top 20 Great Modern Meateries

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal, in an article called "Say Goodbye to the Same Old Steakhouse", named Minneapolis' Butcher & the Boar one of the top 20 great modern meateries. The article draws distinctions between steakhouses of yore and the newer, modern incarnations that are spro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Mac's vs. Cecil's: The Reuben rumble

    How far can a little greatness take you? Does one great scene make a great film? Does one song make a great album? Does one great ingredient make a great dish? This is the conundrum we face this week. Behold the Reuben, the most delightful hot sandwich around. Each bite is alternately sour and ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 4, 2013

    Flour power at Honey & Rye Bakehouse

    The St. Louis Park bakery boasts more than just baguettes and croissants

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    November 14, 2013

    Di Noko's Pizza opening a dine-in restaurant in downtown Minneapolis

    Feeling a deep lack of deep dish pizza lately? It might be because south Minneapolis pizzeria Di Noko's closed seemingly abruptly on November 10th. But owner Rich Moore and business partner Travis Phillips have announced plans to re-open in a new location, and thankfully it's happening soon.On Novem ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 13, 2013

    7th Street Social is hit or miss

    The new St. Paul eatery jumps between highs and lows

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    November 6, 2013

    Enlightened eating at Eat Street Buddha Kitchen

    The new Asian eatery boosts Nicollet's culinary clout

  • Restaurants

    October 30, 2013

    Union Fish Market is a change for the better

    The restaurant's main-floor revamp brings sustainably sourced seafood downtown

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    GrainUp event showcases local restaurants and whole grains

    "I believe restaurants have a real responsibility in society to expose people to healthy, whole foods," says Brenda Langton, chef/owner of Spoonriver. "It's very gratifying for me and my staff to know that we are doing that every day."As a longtime advocate of integrating more whole grains into our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Top 10 Places to Eat in the North Loop

    As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart o ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 4, 2013

    Town Hall Lanes embraces bar food

    The new bar and restaurant in Nokomis East bowls a spare

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Wild Side Cafe: Serving game on the city streets

    Galloping into the curbside dining scene, the new Wild Side Cafe is serving burgers beyond the beef. Utilizing different types of proteins they craft burgers and meat snacks for the hungry masses. With meat options ranging from venison to buffalo and beyond, we were intrigued by this new concept.See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Punch in St. Paul makes Food & Wine's best pizza places in the U.S.

    Food & Wine recently came out with their list of the best places to get a slice of 'za in the U.S., and one of our own local favorites made the grade. See also: Top 10 pizzerias in the Twin Cities

  • Restaurants

    July 24, 2013

    Local eateries that will pack your picnic

    Dine al fresco with the help of these Twin Cities restaurants, just remember to bring your own basketBy Emily Weiss

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    June 19, 2013

    The Twin Cities' new fleet of food trucks

    The lowdown on a dozen brand-new trucks hitting the streets this summer

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Free tomato plant day in Minneapolis

    The weird onslaught of weather has largely put spring on hold for many of us and as a result we have yet to fully get around to getting our gardens growing. So today, if you've still got some space left in your gardens, you can swing through downtown Minneapolis to pickup a free tomato plant. 

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    National Macaroon Day: Where to celebrate locally

    It is a little silly that practically every confection, cocktail, ingredient, and dish you can think of now has its own dedicated day and they just keep getting more and more specific and obscure. National hot pastrami sandwich day is January 14, crab meat Newburg day is September 25, and in an effo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 15, 2013

    Scrumptious twists on sandwiches in the Twin Cities

    Startling and sublime, these are some of our favorite concept sandwiches around town

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Kangaroo hops onto the Hell's Kitchen menu

    Alternative meats are starting to come back into vogue these days and Downtown Minneapolis hotspot Hell's Kitchen is hitching a ride on the alt-meat bandwagon in a big way. As of late last week the restaurant started serving kangaroo steaks as one of their regular dinner time meal options. According ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 9, 2013

    Rincon 38 shows that less is more

    The new tapas restaurant packs a lot of flavor into small plates

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Twin Cities ranked 6th best pizza in the country by Market Watch

    On Sunday, Market Watch (published by the Wall Street Journal) ranked the Twin Cities as the sixth best city in the country for pizza. This is the second time this year that a national publication has cited Minneapolis-St.Paul as among the best pizza in the nation.The article calls out by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Super Bowl Snacks: Local takeout options for game day

    Last week we have a run-down of some of the best wings around town, but if you're looking for something other than sauce-slathered chicken (okay, there's some more of that on this list too) to serve at your game-day party, plenty of restaurants are offering their catering services over the busy week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Top 5 hot chocolates to get you through a frigid week

    Long gone are the days when hot cocoa was simply a way to pacify a sugar-deprived child on a frigid winter day. The hot refreshment has graduated to adulthood, and it's now easy to find hot chocolate in so many varieties that practically any taste can be satisfied. With another cold front on the wa ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 23, 2013

    Raku Sushi finds success with tradition

    New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Pizzeria Lola makes Food & Wine's list of 50 Best Pizza Places in the U.S.

    Food & Wine magazine has called out Pizzeria Lola as one of the 50 best pizza joints in the U.S. Pizzeria Lola has become a quick Twin Cities classic for thin-crust, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza.Here's where the restaurant ranked on the national list, and what local food personality Andrew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Top 10 steak houses in the Twin Cities

    For all of the great advances and trends in local dining in recent years--fusion, small plates, exquisitely crafted platings, molecular gastronomy--for many meat-loving foodies there is still no experience quite like the primal thrill of biting into a big, juicy, perfectly cooked steak. And while th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Fish Bites: MN Zoo and top chefs raise awareness for sustainable fish

    Last night the Minnesota Zoo hosted its second annual Fish Bites; an event focused on raising awareness around the issue of sustainable seafood. Over 150 people showed up to the event, which featured nine of the Twin Cities' top chefs. Each chef prepared a dish using sustainable seafood, allowing gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities

    The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) t ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012
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