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Il Gatto

  • 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

    April 4, 2014

    New restaurant coming from Tim McKee and Parasole

    It was back in 2011 that Tim McKee first joined Parasole as VP of Culinary Development. In that time, he has worked with them on several restaurants, bringing in chefs from his stable of talent to run the kitchen at Chino Latino and Il Gatto and helping open several other restaurants like Uptown Caf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Chef Jim Christiansen has left Union

    Some tasty restaurant news broke this afternoon. Jim Christiansen, the opening chef at Union, has packed his knives and is heading toward Uptown to open his own space. Hot Dish was able to confirm the news with the chef. Here are the details:See Also:Chef Chat: Jim Christiansen Part 1, Part 2Union's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Local Chef Challenge crowns a winner

    ​If the Food Network's two top-rated competition shows decided to set down in a nice Midwestern town, their spawn would have been the yearly Local Chef Challenge, which played out this weekend at the Mall of America. Some of the most talented toques were selected to go head to head with a box of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    La Belle Vie offers exquisite fare for $12 or less in the Lounge

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Tim McKee's fingerprints are scattered around the Twin Cities. And we all eat better because of it. The first Minnesotan to be anointed Best Chef: Midwest by the James Be ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 12, 2011

    The Lowry offers a new take on the urban diner

    Burgers, oysters, and whiskey complete the "man food" circle

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Wolf's extra virgin honey: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 8

    Extra virgin...honey?​Move over EVOO, it's time for EVH to get the attention it deserves. Raw, or extra virgin honey, like this jar from Wolf Farms in western Wisconsin, is not heated or filtered--the unprocessed stuff may contain cappings wax, bits of propolis and pollen--and along with it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Zakia Deli's Kafta Sandwich: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 6

    Spicy meatballs of love...​The simple joy of a gently spiced meat sandwich filled with hummus should not be overlooked, especially when you can survey its beautiful contents through the deli glass before they meet their enrobing pita. Add to that a cheery person who assembles your lunch with a kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Hong Kong Noodle's stir fried sole: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 5

    A plate of Kowloon Bay in Stadium Village. ​It's hard to contain one's excitement for summer foods as winter finally, reluctantly gives way to spring. We want fried catfish po'boys, State Fair corn dogs, and above all to grill, baby, grill! But while it's snowing in April, it's easy to forget what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Cake Eater's Blackberry Pie Bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 4

    Is that a whole blackberry?​Emily and Taylor Harris's Cake Eater has become a neighborhood hang, serving breakfast and pastries in their charming day-glo orange trimmed building. The cupcakes are still important, but have lost their primacy in the wake of Sheela Namakkal's departure for Chicago. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Cedar Summit Farm's Grade A Cream: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 3

    New Prague's finest dairy​There are so many things to love about Cedar Summit Farm's Grade A Cream -- the charming returnable one pint bottles, its MOSA organic designation and its local roots to name a few. But honestly, they have us at the cap of cream, which we like to call butterfat. The thick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Gangchen's Vietnamese curry coconut: 100 Favorite Dishes, no 2

    Curry, Vietnamese-style, at Gangchen.​Gangchen restaurant, at 18th and Nicollet, is an unexpected, but useful hybrid, combining pan-Asian fare with a surprisingly hoppin' bar scene--the place stays open 'till 2 a.m. every night! Gangchen is billed as a Tibetan restaurant, but there aren't many me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Tilia's corn bread waffles Benedict: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 1

    The Benedict 2.0 at Tilia.​We started this list with one of the most humble breakfast foods and we're ending it with one of the most refined: the corn bread waffles Benedict at the new Tilia in Linden Hills. Chef Steven Brown and crew bring a fresh take to this iconic dish by serving the eggs on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    River Chocolate Company's Mango Tango: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 11

    This ain't just mango and white chocolate...​It used to have a name that fit into the DSM, because there are so many flavors cohabitating in this seemingly simple candy from River Chocolate Company. However, proprietors Allen Whitney and Deirdre Davis didn't want to offend, so they rechristened th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    La Loma's puerco tamale: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 10

    The lure of the puerco​Some dishes are precious, requiring a dedicated diner to make deep forays into their wallet, the world of impossible-to-get reservations, and hoity-toity food circles. La Loma's puerco tamale is just the opposite, which is part of the reason we consider it like an old friend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Sun Street breads biscuit sandwich: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 9

    We'd rather have a biscuit in the oven than a bun!​When it comes to biscuits, the Americans have the English beat: ours have a rich, flaky, buttery crumb while theirs offer just a plain, hard crunch--dunking 'em in tea is practically a necessity. Like the bagel, the English muffin, or other sliced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Trung Nam coconut croissant: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15

    Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.​Plain croissants are an indulgence that's fairly straightforward in nature: layers of whisper-thin pastry with a buttery buffering between. Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Loring Kitchen & Bar's zucchini fries: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 14

    Veggies fryer = deliciousness​You've just completed a seriously competitive shuffleboard session, or perhaps you've been taking in the spring plumage of those imposing and numerous geese. Or did you ride your bike across the Irene Hixon Whitney bridge, or hike into the wilds of downtown to get y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    The Triple Rock's mother biker: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 12

    Debbie TallenNo animals were harmed in the making of this hangover cure​The Triple Rock Social Club may not be the most intuitive place to find one of our 100 favorite dishes of the year. More bar than restaurant, and more punk music club than anything else, it's not the kind of place you br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2011

    Zumbro Cafe's Chicken Wild Rice Hash: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 17

    A healthier hash!​Normally we like to go to Zumbro Cafe in Linden Hills for breakfast and fuel up for a walk around Lake Harriet with eggs Benedict or flapjacks. But when all those carbs and cholesterol feel like too much, we turn to the chicken wild rice hash.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    El Taco Riendo's tacos: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 21

    Mo PerryIf only all fast food were this fresh​With the burgeoning local food truck scene, the Twin Cities may finally be catching up to other parts of the country, where Chipotle is far down the list of places to go for fresh, quick, authentically Mexican tacos. But even in the dead of winter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    The Good Day Cafe's glazed doughnut pancakes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 20

    Anne Rucker Craving pancakes AND doughnuts? Now you can have both!​What could be better than two decadent, sweet and delicious breakfast staples rolled into one dish?  With the glazed doughnut pancakes at the Good Day Cafe you get the best of both breakfast treats.  Hearty-yet-l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Broders' Cucina Italiana's fresh pasta: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 22

    Mo PerryYou'll never touch Creamette again​Imagine if all your life, the only cheese you'd ever eaten was Kraft American Singles. That was your entire notion of what cheese could be: shiny, florescent squares of solidified molten plastic, which you happily ate for ignorance of other options. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Rinata's eggplant involtini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 24

    Mo PerryA delicate amuse-bouche​Rinata's eggplant involtini with goat cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and tomato sugo is perhaps the perfect appetizer. Light, delicate, and intensely flavorful, this is no heaping plate of deep-fried calamari or platter of bruschetta dense enough to render the bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Salted Caramel Shake at Burger Jones: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 23

    Anne Rucker Burger Jones brings on the salt!​Salty caramel is certainly all the rage, and why not?  It's delicious!  Unfortunately, few places are willing to take this scrumptious flavor combination to the salty extreme.  Not any more thanks to Burger Jones.  Their sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Heartland's Kansas City strip steak: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 29

    Michelle Leon​Over at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, when it comes to locally sourcing meat and produce, there is no messing around. So when you see the words "Kansas City" on the menu, this might cause a bit of  head-scratching. But according to chef Lenny Russo, the Kansas C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Hmong Village's Stuffed Chicken Wings: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 35

    ​Walking through the food vendors at St. Paul's Hmong Village is a feast for the senses. First, take in the sight of all the dishes: slabs of lacquered ribs, fish wrapped in banana leaves, vibrant tri-colored teas. Then there's the scent of lemon grass and ginger, and the sound of conversation in ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Urban Eatery's Asian pork sliders: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 37

    Take that, White Castle!​To think that we once satisfied our late-night snacking urges with the mushy blandness of the White Castle slyder, a meal that's perfectly content to be seasoned with nothing more than steamed onions. Sure, there's comfort to be found in the squishy buns and flat mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2011

    Surdyk's Flights Chicken Banh Mi: 100 Favorite Dishes No. 39

    Anne Rucker Delicious and quick at the airport! Who knew?​No one really likes the airport.  Parking, security lines, delays and long flights all add to the stress of traveling.  Luckily, Surdyk's Flights Wine Market & Bar at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Sunny Side Up Cafe's Santa Fe Railroad French Toast: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 40

    Sara RiceSunny Side Up Cafe knows the way to Santa Fe... French toast, anyway​After a night out in Uptown, it's important to have your recovery plan in place before hitting the sack for the night so you know where to stumble to when the sun rouses you. There's no shortage of breakfast joints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Bradstreet Craftshouse's Black Walnut Old-Fashioned: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 43

    Kei TerauchiBehind every great cocktail is a great bartender​What makes a bar a good bar? It may be the atmosphere--the lighting, the music, the decor. It may be the conversations that flow between you and the knowledgeable bartenders. And it must be the cocktails. Step into Bradstreet Cra ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Wakame Bistro's Crazy Lobster Roll: 100 Favorite Dishes No. 44

    Anne Rucker Unexpected sushi roll heaven.​Throw away your current notions of run-of-the-mill sushi menu delights because the Crazy Lobster Roll at Wakame Bistro bucks all tradition.  Somehow this roll manages to be deliciously rich, creamy, spicy and filling all at the same time. &nb ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Brit's Pub Scotch Eggs: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 45

    Is it patio season yet?​The humble Scotch egg combines two bang-up breakfast foods and turns them into an edible, portable, rollable snack--that somehow manages to make sausage and eggs pair perfectly with pints of beer. We try 'em nearly every chance we get, and though we appreciate the, ahem, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    Peninsula's chili tofu: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 46

    Danielle LenzHousemade tofu at Peninsula​Encountering tofu on a menu may leave some shuddering with the thought of beige, tasteless hunks of rubbery soybean curd, choked down primarily by smug vegetarians and overzealous health nuts. Meat and potatoes may seem the more satisfying way to go. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 47

    Mo PerryAnnona Gourmet has a whole wall lined with delicious flavored vinegars​Tucked away in a sleepy corner of Northeast Minneapolis, in the Saint Anthony Village strip mall, lies a hidden gem. Annona Gourmet, a small shop whose motto is "educate your appetite," invites guests to do just t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Cocina del Barrio's jalapeno poppers: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 48

    Alma GuzmanPoppers in the making, filled with Oaxaca cheese. ​Jalapeno poppers have all the makings of a great junk food fix. They're salty, fatty, crunchy, and cheesy, and leave behind a spicy kick--Hot Cheetos, you ain't got nothing on this! But the typical deep-fried jalapeno popper prove ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Thomasina's Cashew Brittle: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 51

    Thomasina's Cashew BrittleThis brittle is anything but.​ Brittle is brittle is brittle, right? We thought so, too until Thomasina's Cashew Brittle came into our lives. If you love sticky, rock hard, overly sugary brittle, these handmade, small-batch confections aren't for you. After ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Patisserie 46's Rory Cake: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 52

    Patisserie 46 bakes this beautiful Rory cake. ​A boy named Rory is one lucky fellow. He's joined the likes of local adman Tom "Wheels" Whalen and author Neal Karlen in having a foodstuff named in his honor. But his tribute is no ordinary cheese plate or blended coffee drink: It's the stunning Ror ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 9, 2011

    Mozza Mia Pizzeria gets fresh

    Gourmet pizza for mozzarella lovers

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    November 12, 2010

    Best restaurant gift card deals

    Save big on holiday shopping with these restaurant gift cards.​The day after Halloween ended, holiday gift buying season began: Take down the cobwebs and pumpkins, put up the reindeer and wreaths. We here at the Hot Dish like to give restaurant gift cards, so we reviewed a bunch of the current ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Forum hosts Sam Adams, Burger Jones gets geeky this Week in Food

    Mezzotint by Graham, based on a lost portrait by Major John JohnstonCome meet the Gov'nah: Sam Adams comes to Forum. ​ This week is all about celebrating--beer, Brits, birds, and Boston. Better get on it. Here's your Week in Food: Tuesday 10/19 It's cool to get geeky--especially when there's be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Tim McKee consulting for new Masu Sushi & Robata

    www.labellevie.usMcKee does Japanese.​Our James Beard Award-winning Best Chef Midwest, Tim McKee, has been busy not just operating his own eateries (La Belle Vie, Solera, Sea Change, etc.) but consulting with other local restaurateurs to improve their businesses. In addition to his current g ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Farm to Table at Muffuletta: a photo essay

    ​ My friend Erin and I had been trying to arrange a dinner for months and finally got to it on Monday. Being the better half of the blog We Got Served, Erin usually has a list of places she'd like to go from which her dining companions are allowed to chose. Since the We Got Served post about M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Shakey's pizza returning to Minnesota

    www.shakeys.comShakeys stages a comeback and will reopen in Minnesota next summer.​After nearly a decade-long absence, a pizza chain that once operated 16 locations in the state will return to Minnesota, with five new restaurants slated to open in the metro area. The franchise was launched b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Restaurant Roll Call, 2009

    A rundown of restaurants that opened, closed, and are coming soon

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    December 1, 2009

    Chino Latino's Global Meat Party = cheap, meaty eats

    And you thought Chino was already a meat market...

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon

    Openings were few, but there's a lot of cool stuff on the drawing board...

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