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 >>
The new St. Paul eatery jumps between highs and lows
The Chatterbox Pub unveiled a new happy hour menu two months ago. It included new food and drink specials, as well as $2 off everything on their regular beer and wine list. Much of the new menu is familiar happy hour fare: chili cheese fries, pork sliders, pub pretzels. But at the Highland Park a ... More >>
You really couldn't pick a better mascot for this oasis of the freaky in the Lone Star State than Black Joe Lewis, whose guitar-driven rhythm and blues sound crackles with down-home warmth and a few traces of heady psychedelia. Formerly known as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the group has tri ... More >>
One of St. Paul's most anticipated fall restaurant openings happened without much pomp or circumstance yesterday afternoon. Seventh Street Social, a new contemporary comfort classics eatery that is in no way associated with Eat Street or Northeast Social, is now officially up and running in Hig ... More >>
Renovation is underway 7th Street Social, a new bar and restaurant moving into the old Casa Vieja space in St. Paul's Highland Park. MSP Magazine says Tobie Nidetz, a restaurant consultant who has worked with his fair share of local spots like Ike's Food & Cocktails, the Sample Room, and Ry ... More >>
The charming and authentic Lynden's Soda Fountain in St. Paul's Highland Park area announced via Twitter that it will no longer be stocking their retro sweets shelves with candy cigars or cigarettes. Apparently there is a hard and fast legal reason that you rarely see them sold at gas stations, swee ... More >>
Punch will be expanding its mini empire of seriously good Neapolitan-style pizzas when it opens its eighth store in Woodbury, the company announced on its Facebook page. Punch says it has signed the lease and expects to open in June. Here's where you can find it.
It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>
From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul
Last year Summit Brewing Company celebrated 25 years of beer with a blowout in the brewery's backyard. This year they turn 26. Seems like a good excuse to throw another party. And party is just what the folks at Summit plan to do. This year's Summit Backyard Bash happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p ... More >>
Saturday is a big day for beer fests. In the Twin Cities the Beer Dabbler returns for the fourth annual Highland Fest event in St. Paul. For those up north or headed up north there's the first ever All Pints North festival in Duluth, sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are still ... More >>
Paul Summers, 50, disappeared from his mother's Highland Park home Sunday. He was found dead this morning, according to City Pages contributor and sister-in-law Joy Summers.Summers was the son of the late Judge Joseph Summers, original co-host of Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac" program.
Restaurant fills old Bryn Mawr Coffee shop space
It no longer feels like yesterday (it was 1999, people) that guitar impresario Carlos Santana kicked his career into a new gear with the collaborative album Supernatural. Sure, Rob Thomas had plenty to do with it, but the Santana legacy is alive in a way that has grown past a crusty classic rock sla ... More >>
A taste test of three new fast-casual restaurants
Weeks after the last Ford vehicle build in Minnesota rolled off the Highland Park assembly line, the World Socialist Website writes that the plant's closure is symptomatic of the decline of American manufacturing. The fact that one of the world's leading sources for left-wing news and analysis pi ... More >>
The cozy space that St. Paul's Highland Park residents have long known as Grandpa Tony's pizzeria has been transformed into a neighborhood bistro. The walls received a warm coat of soft mustard-colored paint, and white linens cover the tabletops. Despite having only the one large front wind ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidKopplin moves its coffee--and hot chocolate--across town. Andrew Kopplin, proprietor of Kopplin's, announced news that's been long in the making: He's moving his Highland Park coffee shop across town to Merriam Park. The new spot, on the intersection of Cleveland and Marshall, ... More >>
FBISeen this guy?The FBI said this afternoon that a man walked into the the TCF Bank branch on Ford Parkway in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood, implied that he had a gun in a paper bag, and walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He either didn't know or didn't care that he was bei ... More >>
Tom Hackbarth exercises his Second Amendment rights.Rep. Tom Hackbarth likes his guns, especially when they're strapped to his hip outside a Planned Parenthood office while he hunts for a girlfriend he met online. So it only makes sense, really, that he'd want to ensure that his right to keep an ... More >>
Look deep into my olives and tell me what you see When Dan Esrig graduated with a degree in geography from Macalester College last year, he realized what he wanted was in his own back yard. He wanted to open a sandwich spot that would serve the student's need for late night, affordable food ... More >>
Tom Hackbarth parks at Planned Parenthood, and his career takes a turn for the worse.St. Paul police suspected Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of stalking and harassment the day he strapped a loaded gun to his hip, parked his pickup truck next to Planned Parenthood in Highland Park, and w ... More >>
Hackbarth packs heat when he visits the ladies.Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth went looking for a date the other day in a Highland Park alley, with his Smith and Wesson .38 strapped to his waist. He chose an odd place to park his pickup truck, too: The Planned Parenthood clinic lot, wher ... More >>
Kathy EasthagenDo your part: drink up. Monday 11/5 Gather at Brit's with members of the Guthrie to honor the theater's smash-hit production of The 39 Steps, based off of Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed 1935 film. Trivia host John Cosgrove will kick off the evening at 7:15 p.m. with a Movies and Hi ... More >>
Whether you want vegetarian Ethiopian or a solid strawberry shake, Sean McPherson has your rec.Sean McPherson is a busy guy: When he's not working in McNally Smith College of Music's hip-hop department, he's hosting trivia around the Twin Cities with Trivia Mafia or playing with his band Heir ... More >>
Number 97: DWITT (a.k.a. David Ruddy Witt) City: Saint Paul (Highland Park) Years spent living in MN: 31He may not be an actual rock star, but prolific artist DWITT (David Witt) is as close as you can get without picking up a guitar. In fact, his mere association with an event usuall ... More >>
Ford's Twin Cities Assembly Plant once built 300,000 Ranger pickup trucks a yearDespite a last-ditch, bi-partisan plea from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Ford Motor Company's St. Paul truck plant is now all but certain to be shuttered in 2011. The two politicos made wha ... More >>
Planned Parenthood's Highland Park clinic in St. Paul, the frequent scene of anti-abortion protests -- and, more recently, counter-protests favoring reproductive rights -- is closing up shop. But the services it offers aren't going away. Instead, the women's reproductive health organization ... More >>
He's got his doubters, but Mark Rosen is sticking with his story.
A violent week in the news
At the end of the St. Paul youth circus's final performance, half of the audience fell as the bleachers underneath them collapsed.
We're giving you this information with the understanding that you will not start any Popeyey's/KFC-style riots, okay?
The metro area's three greatest takeout chickens are revealed
The Twin Cities' original neapolitan pizza purveyor is almost as hard to top as one of its top-flight pies
Health-food heavyweight Whole Foods takes aim at the Uptown crowd
Why some trees stood their ground while others toppled
Why are businesses spying on their own employees more and more? Because they can.