• Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    40-year-old cheddar cheese to be sold in Wisconsin

    Edward Zahn was cleaning out the walk-in cooler in his Oconto, Wisconsin-based County Line Cheese shop when he came upon a very happy accident: several boxes of cheddar cheese that had been repeatedly pushed back by new products over the years.If it were almost any other foodstuff, Zahn's discovery ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012
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    July 30, 2012

    Bread Star Rising Boulangerie now at Midtown Farmers Market

    See also:Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin CitiesAfter gaining a croissant-based following at May Day Cafe and honing her bread-making skills at the Nicollet Island Inn, Margaret Chamberlain is bringing her unique array of baked goods to Midtown Farmers Market.She'll have items from her business, B ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 25, 2012

    New Nordic food movement

    How to eat like a Scandinavian

  • Restaurants

    July 11, 2012

    Icehouse is very cool

    The new Eat Street food-and-music venue pulls off small plates in a big way

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    St. Paul Bagelry vs. Common Roots in a battle of bagels

    See Also: The Tin Fish vs. Sea Salt Eatery fish tacos 100 Favorite Dishes: Common Roots bagel Finding a good bagel in the Twin Cities can be somewhat of a challenge, and the topic certainly incites some heated discussion. Some would say you're fighting a losing battle even looking for a tasty bage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities

    People called them a fad, but as a new truck or trailer seems to pop up every day, it's hard to argue with the popular food delivery system. Many of these new street food purveyors are serving food just as good and sometimes better than stand-alone restaurants. We'll admit it; we are smitten with th ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 6, 2012

    Harriet Brasserie is little a French, a little Brazilian, and all good

    Another top-notch neighborhood bistro opens in Linden Hills

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    May 31, 2012

    Kevin VanDeraa advances to finals of TV's 'Cupcakes Wars'

    Kevin VanDeraa, owner of Minneapolis's Cupcake Bakery, has made confectionary history, advancing to the final round of Cupcake Wars' first ever Cupcake Champion series on the Food Network TV show, which airs June 10. If his team wins, he will bring home a sweet check for $50,000, which he hopes to i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    Top 5 butcher shops in the Twin Cities

    As the three-day weekend looms, it's time to scrape off those grates and get ready for grilling. The key to a carnivorous cookout is a high-quality cut of meat. While it's not hard to pick up a chub of hamburger from any old grocery mart, buying meat from a butcher shop not only ensures quality but ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 4, 2012

    Eat Street Pizza, West Bank Diner reviewed

    Reconsider your ideas about two favorite foods

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    April 2, 2012

    Pizzeria Lola to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight

    Fans of Pizzeria Lola (City Pages' top-ranked Twin Cities pizza joint) can tune in to the Food Network tonight at 9 p.m. Central time to catch the acclaimed restaurant on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The episode, called "Triple D All-Stars," follows host Guy Fieri to Georgetown, Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Patisserie 46 debuts new line of chocolates

    Spring has never tasted so sweet. In recent weeks, pastry chef John Kraus of Patisserie 46 has rolled out an impressive choc-stravaganza ranging from chocolates and confections to bars and bouches--a sweet tsunami that's been months in the making. In July 2010, Kraus and his wife, Dawn, opened ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 18, 2012

    Rye Delicatessen & Bar overcomes early missteps

    We've got no beef with this deli

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    January 11, 2012

    Top 10 ice cream shops in the Twin Cities

    There's no wrong season for ice cream​Who knew that the Twin Cities would become the veritable capital of ice cream? We've got more than our fair share of ice cream shops--including fresh, store-made treats in unique flavors rather than chain stores rescooping tired old flavors day in and day out. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Top 10 hot dogs in the Twin Cities

    Who has the best Twin Cities tube steaks?​While the Twin Cities may not exactly be Chicago where hot dogs are concerned, we've still managed to establish a pretty diverse sausage scene. There are a few familiar faces on this list of Top 10 best places to grab a wiener, including past City Pages Be ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Top 10 pizzerias in the Twin Cities

    Eat your heart out, Dominos​The Twin Cities is bursting with killer pizza. Some of the pizzerias on our Top 10 list are cultural institutions that staked out their place in the pizza hall of fame years ago. Others are newcomers, bursting onto the Twin Cities dining scene with all the fury of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Zoe Francois's Sufganiyot: A classic Chanukah treat [RECIPE]

    Zoe FrancoisMake them for the first night of Chanukah With the first night of Chanukah coming up fast (it starts next Tuesday, December 20, at sunset), the Hot Dish started asking around for some great recipes by local chefs. We got a chance to get up close and personal in a two-part interview with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    My Burger in Uptown: A first look

    Yael GrauerThese burgers are delicious.​Any new burger joint in Uptown would pique my interest, and My Burger was no exception. Located just next to the Yogurt Lab on 3100 Excelsior Blvd. in Uptown, My Burger boasts a brightly colored interior with a lot of green and orange and a smattering of mod ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 30, 2011

    Maeve's is perfect drop-in spot for any meal

    Cafe has small but thoughtful menu

  • Restaurants

    November 23, 2011

    Pittsburgh Blue knows how to rock a steak

    Edina's restaurant scene beefs up

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Do wine and chocolate mix? A few tips on pairing

    The combination of chocolate and red wine often sets similar qualities against one-another​Pairing wine and food is often a puzzle, and the question of what wine goes best with chocolate seems to come up fairly often. For some, chocolate and red wine are both so delightful that any combination ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 5, 2011

    Sonora Grill comes to Midtown Global Market

    Scratch-made Spanish-Latin fast food

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    September 21, 2011

    Saffron reboots for the Target Field crowd

    Middle Eastern mainstays remain on the menu

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Metrodome's new food offerings look lame compared to Target Field's

    The collapsed Metrodome makes a comeback.​Centerplate, a concessions provider for entertainment venues, convention centers, and sports stadiums, announced its new menu items for the 2011 NFL season at the Metrodome. If you're looking for Vikings-watching fuel, here's what you can expect:

  • Restaurants

    July 27, 2011

    Gastro Truck, Barrio, Hola Arepa, and more

    Food trucks bring new eats to the street

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    More on the deli plan for former Auriga space

    ​We were excited to hear the news that restaurant consultant Tobie Nidetz is partnering with a real estate attorney and first-time restaurateur David Weinstein to take over the former Auriga building to build a "Montreal-style" deli. We wanted to know more about the project .  Nidetz, the sel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Minnesota State Fair's list of new foods a major letdown

    MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!​Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 18, 2011

    Sopranos Italian hits some high notes

    J.P. Samuelson joins the Crave team

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    February 11, 2011

    Patisserie 46 is your one-stop chocolate shop for Valentine's Day

    Craig LassigSweets for your sweetie at Patisserie 46. ​Sure, a lot of places in town do great chocolate desserts, but if you were looking to crown a local king of the sweet substance, you might consider Patisserie 46's chef-owner John Kraus, who happens to be a past winner of the freaking Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Rogue Chocolatier Colin Gasko plans to move out of Minnesota

    Rogue ChocolatierMaster chocolatier and his creations move out east in spring​This might come as a shocking news to local chocolate lovers: Rogue Chocolatier and its sole proprietor, Colin Gasko, plans to move the whole operation to central Massachusetts in April, according to the Heavy Table. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Is Alpaca meat the next big thing? A Hot Dish taste test

    Photo by Kelly DwyerBroiled Alpaca leg steaks from La Pacos in MinnesotaOn Wednesday, the Hot Dish introduced you to the Welcks, a Princeton couple who recently launched a business selling alpaca meat. We promised to deliver a review of the products available from La Pacos, and answer the question: ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Raw milk: Sens. Nienow, Dahms, and Robling want easier access

    kthread on FlickrRaw Milk: some lawmakers want more of it​State senators Sean Nienow, Gary Dahms, and Claire Robling are pushing legislation to make raw milk more widely available in Minnesota, even though the state health department says drinking it poses a serious health risk. The bill would al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    It's Chocolate Cake Day! Here's where to get some of the best in town

    Cafe LatteCelebrate with a big slice​If you haven't heard, today is officially Chocolate Cake Day--and that's all the excuse you need to celebrate with a little sweet, cakey cocoa consumption. We don't recommend tackling an entire cake on your own, but there's no harm in jumping on the bandwag ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Rogue Chocolatier offers free shipping through January

    Rogue Chocolatier70% cacao, 100% delicious​If you enjoy high-quality chocolate that's made locally, here's your opportunity to stock up on the best of the best. To celebrate winning the Good Food Award, Rogue Chocolatier is offering free shipping on all web orders over $20 for the remainder of ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Dessert trend: Design your own chocolate bar

    chocomize.comSidle up to the bar​Like to mix and match? Well, we hope you have a lot of free time on your hands, because custom chocolate bar companies offer billions of flavor combinations for you to sift through. Yes, we said billion. Categories like fruits, spices, nuts, confections, and even ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    The best local baguettes

    Anne RuckerFive noteworthy baguettes baked right here in the Twin Cities.​Ah, the perfect baguette. What may seem to some a simple loaf, the baguette is deceptively complex, with its flaky, crispy outer crust and tender, slightly sweet interior. The Twin Cities are ripe with artisan bakeries scrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Top 5 pre-Valentine's classes for the perfect DIY meal

    A natural aphrodisiac?​There's less than three weeks until Valentine's Day and if you've taken even a cursory stroll through, you'll find pickings are getting slim if your go-to plan is a dinner date. Luckily that 21-day buffer leaves plenty of time for you to plan a DIY dinner - ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 19, 2011

    Prairie Ale House introduces better class of pub grub

    Eden Prairie restaurant merges sports and great eats

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    January 5, 2011

    The Inn: A tour of the bar and menu, part 2

    Andy LienChef Tyge Nelson & Tim Niver​ The food menu for the Inn is intentionally simplistic, listing entrees and few ingredients.  "There are five usual dishes on any menu," Tim Niver explains. "Chicken, beef, pork, fish, and veg. We have each of those."  Eschewing the resume-like m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Worst food products of the year

    The KFC Double Down: And they get worse. Much worse.​It's hard to imagine that food hasn't been invented or combined in every possible combination by now, but humans are still managing to create unique new variations on things to eat or new ways to employ food. But for every delicious new idea ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Cooking with chocolate: chefs' tips (RECIPE)

    Lisa GulyaRuby Moon chocolate truffles​Frazzled by the holiday hubbub? A little chocolate cookery could help soothe those frayed nerves. Three chefs share their tips for cooking with chocolate, plus a recipe for mole sauce.

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    December 16, 2010

    Kopplin's vs. Espresso Royale: Whose hot chocolate is the hottest?

    A.J. OlmscheidNot for the snowbound: hot chocolates worth the trip​The snow emergencies may have ended, but it is still the season for hot chocolate. So after all the snowbound days this week, where are the hot chocolates worth leaving the house for? We checked St. Paul coffee shops Kopplin's ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 8, 2010

    Whisky Park, Ugly Mug, and Be'wiched Deli: Downtown delights

    Good food shows up in Minneapolis in surprising places

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    December 7, 2010

    Free Muddy Paws Cheesecake tasting on Wednesday

    Muddy Paws CheesecakeReese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Muddy Paws will be one of the 20 flavors available at Wednesday's cheesecake tasting.​Muddy Paws Cheesecake owner Tami Cabrera has done a lot of funky things to cheesecake, but it was the Nerds candy request that gave her a moment's pause. ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010
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    November 24, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    Pregaming Thanksgiving with Wisconsin's best cheeses

    We're thankful for cheese​Want to impress your Thanksgiving guests with some of the best--and, at times, hardest to get--cheeses in the country? The two cheeses produced by Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, fit the bill: the extra-aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve was recently named Best in S ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    B.T. McElrath vs. Chocolat Céleste: A holiday chocolate showdown

    Lisa GulyaIf only chocolate truffles really grew on trees​As if the Minnesota History Center's "Chocolate" exhibit doesn't provide enough excuses to indulge this fall, the Hot Dish is here to tempt you with locally made seasonal chocolates. We tested our sweet tooth against pumpkin truffles fr ... More >>

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