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  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

    If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The Forager Chef on mushroom hunting and almost poisoning himself [VIDEO]

    We're in a mushroom kind of mood here at Hot Dish. Yesterday we profiled a Kickstarter for wild maitake jerky. Next week, we'll be interviewing mushroom hunters Fred and Kathy Yerich. And today we're chatting with Alan Bergo, a foraging fanatic and the culinary force behind the Salt Cellar in St. Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

    You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar. See also: Red Stag to host Friends of James ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef; Diane Yang heads to Merchant

    We've got some sweet news coming from Tim McKee's La Belle Vie camp this week. Late Friday we learned that longtime La Belle Vie pastry alum, Diane Yang, would be taking the lead pastry position at Gavin Kaysen's new Minneapolis restaurant, Merchant, and we've now learned that Niki Francioli will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Bonny Doon founder and renegade winemaker Randall Grahm in town to talk terroir

    Calling all highbrow wine folk! Randall Grahm, the original Rhone Ranger who named his wine after a French law prohibiting flying saucers from traveling over certain vineyards and put Ralph Steadman's art on his bottles, is coming to town. He's one of the most compelling winemakers in the country a ... 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

    March 24, 2014

    Andrew Zimmern will curate Vikings stadium food offerings

    Not only will the new Vikings stadium be a dazzling sight to behold, it will also offer superior stadium fare. Food vendor behemoth Aramark has partnered with Andrew Zimmern to create an inspired menu for fans interested in more than heat-lamped hot dogs and ersatz nacho cheese.See Also:Andrew Zimme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Romancing the Twin Cities: Our picks for a perfect date night

    Earlier this year, in a poll done by USA Today, St. Paul was named the most romantic city in America. Now, USA Today has extended that accolade a bit by including St. Paul's sister on the other side of the river, Minneapolis, in a recent round-up of weekend trips for romance. The arti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Jack Riebel and Butcher & the Boar part ways

    Big changes are afoot at Butcher & the Boar. This morning, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reported that executive chef and part-owner Jack Riebel had left the critically acclaimed, foodie-favorite restaurant. We reached Riebel, who is currently on vacation in Charleston, to discuss what the news means fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    10 years of Cosmos at the Graves Hotel: An interview with past and present chefs

    Next Thursday, November 14, Cosmos at the Graves 601 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a very special celebratory dinner. Four all-star chefs, each of whom has worked at Cosmos and made major contributions to the kitchen there, have been invited back for this dinner where they will creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Breaking news: Heidi's to close and return with version 3.0

    Since opening his first Minneapolis restaurant, Stewart Woodman has been served his share of challenges, only to rise from the (sometimes literal) ashes.  Five, his 2005 restaurant, was hotly anticipated, but short-lived, and their next venture, the first incarnation of Heidi's, was destroyed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Al's vs. Fat Nat's: Dueling Diner Pancakes

    One of the most interesting things about diner pancakes -- which, at their worst, are as flat as Kansas and taste like blanket -- is that humans have been making them forever, potentially as far back as the Stone Age. Yet this ubiquitous breakfast dish elicits strong personal associations -- being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Twin Cities chefs dish on the foie gras controversy

    Foie gras... It's the ultimate symbol of silken, rich, culinary decadence, but beyond that, it has moved into the forefront of Twin Cities culinary conversation. A heated debate has sprouted around what many claim to the be the apex of luxury ingredients. When it comes to fancy, high-end, expensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Foie gras fight comes to Minnesota with protest at 112 Eatery

    Foie gras, made from the fattened liver of ducks or geese, is a world-renowned delicacy from French cuisine. Similar dishes have their roots as far back as ancient Egypt. Foie gras is known for its rich yet delicate flavor and buttery texture -- aficionados say there's nothing else quite like it. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Bike to dinner: St. Paul edition

    Dare we say it -- summer has finally arrived -- and as it does, increased numbers of weather-weary Twin Citians are taking to their bicycles and hitting the town. They pedal the Lakes, the Grand Rounds, the Greenway, or any of the many urban bike lanes. It is for good reason that we are regularly vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Bread & Pickle's battle for beer

    Lake Harriet's lakeside dining destination Bread & Pickle is in a debate with the city over details of the restaurant's proposal to offer beer and wine. Though the city supports the idea for B&P to acquire a beer and wine permit, the conflict arises from the area in which the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Joe's Garage closing. Who's moving in?

    They had a rooftop patio with a killer summer view long before everyone was slapping a deck up on a building. Joe's Garage was always a popular spot for people (and even their pooches) to bask in the sun and grab a burger. Today, via its Facebook page and Twitter account, Joe's Garage announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Zimmern and Bourdain together at State Theater; tickets on sale tomorrow

    This spring, two bigwigs of the food world will come to Minneapolis to meet, greet, and talk about eats. Renowned chef, author, TV host, and one of the most recognizable figures in food, Anthony Bourdain, will take the stage at the State Theater with local hero Andrew Zimmern, writer, media personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Top 15 places to eat with kids in the Twin Cities

    For parents who love good food, finding a restaurant that they and their kids will enjoy is like finding gold. The criteria can be formidable: The atmosphere should be fairly casual and noise-tolerant, so kids and adults can relax; the menu should offer simple and familiar food for kids but sophis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

    There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    10 questions for Meritage chef Russell Klein

    Expect to see the streets of St. Paul paved deep with oyster shells on Sunday, September 30, the date of the second-annual OysterFest, Meritage's bivalve bacchanal. Amid the planning for celebrity shuck-offs and dancing in the street, Russell Klein, chef and co-proprietor of Meritage, took time rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Country Chef Challenge at the Minneapolis Farmers Market: Wadi vs. Riebel

    This weekend, the knives come out at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Local chefs Sameh Wadi and Jack Riebel will go head to head in a market cook-off using whatever is in season and available at the market. With both chefs well versed in competition, it should make for a food throw-down not to be mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern to launch AZ Canteen at State Fair

    See Also:Andrew Zimmern wins James Beard AwardAndrew Zimmern, Chef Chat Part 1Andrew Zimmern, Chef Chat Part 2The world may know him as the guy who goes for the business end of the animal, but we once knew him as the celebrated chef of the late, lamented Cafe Un Deux Trois. Bizarre Foods mastermind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Isaac Becker and partners to open new steak house

    Celebrated chef Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa fame and two partners--his wife, Nancy St. Pierre, and real estate developer/restaurateur Ryan Burnet (Barrio and Bar La Grassa)--have announced they are opening a new restaurant in south Minneapolis. The new venture will be a steak house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Erik Anderson, from Minneapolis to Food & Wine Best New Chef

    He once was ours. Erik Anderson, who until this time last year was the head chef at Sea Change, has gone on to be named one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs. Anderson had run the kitchen at Sea Change under Tim McKee. Before that he had worked at Doug Flicker's Auriga.Anderson had come to the Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Cake Walk benefits Share Our Strength

    ​The Taste of the Nation Minneapolis is holding a cake walk with James Beard Award-nominated chef Michelle Gayer. Gayer's Salty Tart bakery in the heart of Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis churns out delicious confections, beautiful breads, and stacks of buttery cookies every day. The chef beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Gabrielle Hamilton tells the stories behind the stories of Blood, Bones & Butter (part 1)

    Photo by Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton​Author and chef Gabrielle Hamilton is full of surprises. At last night's Talk of the Stacks at Minneapolis Central Library, the audience was anticipating the bravado and swagger of an author who had just written a provocative tell-all memoir, commit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Restaurant Alma's starters and sweets are a steal for less than $12

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Top 10 sushi restaurants in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities may not be renowned for its fresh seafood, but we do have some respectable options when it comes to sushi. With the Japanese culinary staple becoming more and more ubiquitous, it helps to have an idea of which places consistently offer the freshest, tastiest sushi. A hot dog is oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Heartland serves local, sustainable, organic for $12 or less

    What's in Heartland's basket for less than $12?​We should all be so lucky to live in Lenny Russo's neighborhood. As the executive chef of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, which he co-owns with his wife, Mega Hoehn, Russo focuses his efforts locally--on the people who live and work cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Meritage delivers $12-and-under dandies on its lunch menu

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Piccolo is brimming with bites for under $12

    Piccolo Chef and Co-Owner Doug Flicker​To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 the Twin Cities has to offer. When Doug Flicker garnishes a plate, he does not mess around. A tray to his left is piled with yellow flowers and tiny greens, and one by one he's meticul ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Saffron's $12-and-under options pack a mighty punch

    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. Sameh Wadi is our culinary Boy Wonder. Still in his 20s, he's already gone knife to knife with Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America and been recognized by the James Bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Top 5 reality TV cooking show contestants with Minnesota ties

    ​When former Stillwater resident Molly "Cruise Ship" Brandt, the only contestant on the current season of Top Chef who has Minnesota connections, got eliminated in the qualifying round with her mousseline of shrimp, the Hot Dish had to find a new underdog to root for. While smart money is on domin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Il Gatto: happy hour of the week!/ilgattominneapolisIl Gatto: an upscale urban happy hour ​Has enough time finally passed that we can mention Il Gatto without referring to it as the restaurant that replaced Figlio? It certainly has its own identity by now, under the firm direction of local rainmaker and ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 3, 2011

    Gather by D'Amico opens in the Walker

    Featured local chefs rotate through the kitchen

  • Blogs

    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 5, 2011

    OM closed, owner Vikram Uppal mum on "Shanghaied" NYE party debacle

    In the aftermath of a truly terrible New Year's party, OM is closed.​In the wake of a disastrous New Year's Eve party hosted by Thrifty Hipster's Matthew Dowgwillo, it has become clear that OM -- the party's original venue -- has closed. Owner Vikram Uppal had been silent as to the status of his ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 29, 2010
  • Restaurants

    October 27, 2010

    Tim McKee revamps Il Gatto's menu

    It's a restaurant intervention

  • Restaurants

    September 29, 2010

    Heartland launches ambitous complex in Lowertown

    St. Paul's most lauded restaurant thinks big

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gasthof's unveils a 39.4-inch wiener this Week in Food

    Enzian44The mighty meterwurst.​We have to admit--St. Paul is gaining an edge. On Tuesday chef Lenny Russo opens up Heartland's Farm Direct Market, where patrons can buy the restaurant's house-made charcuterie, jams, and jellies. It also will offer locally raised meats and poultry. But you'll have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Josh Thoma accused of financial mismanagement; out at Barrio, La Grassa

    ​Rick Nelson reports a big scoop on a local restaurateur accused of "cooking the books." Josh Thoma--James Beard Award winner Tim McKee's partner in La Belle Vie, Solera, and Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque, who more recently entered partnerships with the white-hot Barrio (with McKee) and La Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    James Beard Awards semi-finalists announced

    Lots of local contenders named for the prestigious national restaurant awards! Drummroll please...

  • Restaurants

    July 23, 2008

    Smalley's Jamaican Barbeque: Jerked around

    A trip is sometimes like finding buried treasure, and sometimes like walking the plank

  • Restaurants

    January 11, 2006

    The Oily Grail

    Hash Browns: Hard to make, hard to find, impossible to forget about

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