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 >>
An elderly man is sitting with his granddaughters at Scoops Ice Cream & More in Bloomington, Minnesota. "When I was your age, we only had two ice cream flavors -- chocolate and vanilla," he begins. His granddaughters remain focused on their complex ice cream concoctions, clearly unfazed by another ... More >>
There's officially a restaurant revival going on in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. First Ward 6 came in swinging with charcuterie, beef fat-fried fish and chips, and boozy milkshakes last year; then Cook St. Paul put their own scratch-made mark on a long-loved east side institution earlier ... More >>
Over the last decade, Chowgirls Killer Catering has become a culinary force to be reckoned with in the local catering world. Based in Minneapolis, the award-winning duo behind the company have steadily gained a following with their often locally and sustainably sourced dishes that are both elegant a ... More >>
This weekend, in an overnight heist, thieves broke into the relatively new gelato shop Cow Bella on Grand Avenue, near the Macalester school campus. They made off with some cash, a computer and an iPad, but what they took was more than just that.
We've finally found it -- the quintessentially Wisconsin story.SEE ALSO: 350-pound Wisconsin man picketing restaurant after he's cut off during all-you-can-eat fish fry In a nutshell, the Italian sausage that races other sausages during Milwaukee Brewers' games has gone missing after a night of barh ... More >>
These excellent metro eateries have been around for a while, but if you haven't paid them a visit, you should
After a successful and very hush-hush soft opening on Monday evening, Nightingale, a new late-night spot in Whittier focused on drinks and small plates, officially opened its doors to the public at 4 p.m. Tuesday.Here's a sneak peek at what's on the menu:See also:Nightingale: A new late night spot c ... More >>
From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul
See also:Best Italian Restaurant, Cheap - Cossetta'sBroders vs. Cossetta in pizza pie fightAfter multiple setbacks in their planning stages and recent battles with City Hall over an exemption from city storm water management regulations, downtown St. Paul institution Cossetta Italian Market will mov ... More >>
Read all about it: Nicollet Mall mainstay the Newsroom has acquired new cooking talent and designed a new menu. Joe Campbell has joined executive chef Andrew Baebenroth's team as sous chef. Their new menu debuted last week. The restaurant offers an American-eclectic menu and is centrally located in ... More >>
Burgers, pasta, and cocktails are delightful
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. It's a chilly January evening, but the soft yellow walls, honey-colored wood, and blond exposed brick at Restaurant Alma make it feel warm and cozy. We're sitting at the ... More >>
We're celebrating the 112 Eatery's seventh birthday by featuring its chef de cuisine, Dennis Leaf-Smith. Yesterday, we learned how he cut his teeth as a young chef, first in local kitchens and then out west (click here to read part 1 of our conversation). Today, he tells us how he ended up at the ... More >>
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. Steven Joel Brown thought maybe it was time to move on. "I was kind of thinking I was done working in restaurants," he confesses," and that part of my life was over." I ... More >>
The tiny cafe with the ironic name has opened another location. Elizabeth Tinucci selected a spot in St. Paul, the town where she grew up, for her extension. After the restaurant was featured on the Food Network's Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives ,Tinucci took over the original opera ... More >>
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. Isaac Becker has much to be thankful for, and he knows it. The restaurant game can be brutal, and when you're fortunate enough to survive, you count your lucky stars. ... More >>
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. Go big or go home. When Russell Klein does something, he does it the right way. Exhibit A: the oyster bar. In late 2010, Klein--along with his co-owner and wife, Dest ... More >>
Featured local chefs rotate through the kitchen
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 >>
We're headed to Minneapolis for the 4th of July weekend to celebrate a 40th birthday and to see the Eddie Vedder Ukulele tour (kinda random, but we are!). Any good restaurant recommendations? Would be great if there was something really special for the birthday, but also just any great, local ... More >>
Chef Don Saunders makes his comeback
Danielle LenzPunch Pizza: serving up huge flavors in 90 seconds flatMaybe it's the top-notch ingredients, from the San Marzano tomatoes to the imported mozzarella di bufala. Or maybe it's the crust--thin yet chewy and speckled with char from its 90-second stint in an 800-degree wood-fired oven. W ... More >>
carldunniii via Flickr.comSuch magical wordsWe've all been there: nights when the idea of cooking dinner or venturing into the dark, teeth-chattering cold to grab a meal sounds about as enticing as hitting the gym at 5 a.m. At times like these, there's no phrase quite as magnificent as "We de ... More >>
Where will you ring in the New Year? Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in G ... More >>
My parents are coming into town this week, and possibly my cousin who lives out in Hudson. I'm trying to figure out a good place for us to go out to eat, but it needs to be something, price-wise and dish-wise, that would appeal to my small town Midwestern parents. Any suggestions? I'd prefer ... More >>
It's a restaurant intervention
courtesy of Food NetworkA game day extravaganza.When you go to the ball game and sit in the stands, do you gaze longingly into the suites and imagine what it's like to have an endless food supply? Since most of us never get to sit there, we wanted to share these recipes that the Food Network rece ... More >>
Mapping out the best places to eat in ExcelsiorWe love to cycle to quaint, lakeside Excelsior to take a dip in Minnetonka or to catch a flick at the movie theater. But we'd never made it back home without something to eat. Here are our top 5 spots to refuel.
zingyyellow via Flickr.comHappy National Cheesecake Day! Sure, you can rush out to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate in, um, style, or you could wait until next week to take a Cheesecake 101 class at Byerly's St. Louis Park with Joan Donatelle, Culinary Shop Manager. We talked with Donatelle ... More >>
I've been trying to eat out less and this week proved to be a success. This task is especially difficult when driving around in my car all day for my day job. Occasionally I'm able to make it home for lunch and I decided to make it special. Back in the day when I was an exchange student ... More >>
Doug Flicker's new restaurant is pint-size, but not on taste
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Café 44, the new restaurant attached to the France 44 Liquor Store, has the biggest, cheapest wine selection in the history of the Upper Midwest
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A Stillwater wine bar reveals the real reason wine is good for you
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