If your idea of a perfect bowl of ramen features rich porky broth with fatty slabs of pork belly bobbing around, you're not alone. Tonkotsu ramen, or pork bone ramen, is a chef's -- and diner's -- darling. But in their ongoing, epic quest for the perfect bowl, Zen Box owners John Ng and Lina Goh h ... More >>
On the count of three -- October, November, December -- One Two Three Sushi will open a fifth location, its third in the Minneapolis skyway. Part of the expanding Sushi Avenue empire, One Two Three Sushi rolls out quick-service sushi, ramen, and buns in a Chipotle-style, made-to-order fashion. Its ... More >>
All of you ramen fans out there better get ready to hold onto your hats, because one of the biggest names in Twin Cities ramen is throwing down with a party of epic proportions. John Ng and Lina Goh of Downtown Minneapolis's Zen Box Izakaya are hosting their second annual Ramen Massive Attack! and c ... More >>
The Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar isn't just four different restaurant names smashed together. It is the full name of the nightlife epicenter most diners call Seven, a place where the classy folks of the Twin Cities come to drink cosmos. It's also host to a weekly all-you-can-eat sushi b ... More >>
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Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>
From baseball to sushi, this new Japanese eatery blends East and West with mixed results
The corner of 38th and Nicollet Avenue is fast becoming a magnet for food lovers. There's the established Blackbird Cafe on one corner, a meat shop on another, and Five Watt Coffee (with a unicorn stable available for rent by the hour according to their sign) opening soon. And across the street from ... More >>
It looks as though the lights at 26th Street and Franklin Avenue might not be dark for much longer. Drunken Sake, a new sushi and Thai restaurant, will open soon at that address, the former location of True Thai. We spoke with the co-owner to get the scoop on this new spot.See also:True Thai closed
The Ramen Attacks lines were epic. By some accounts, people waited, with varying degrees of patience, for over four hours to get a bowl of those coveted noodles. At Zen Box Izakaya the winter wait time has been reduced drastically. Chef and owner John Ng just returned from a culinary tour of Japan a ... More >>
As Chef John Ng and Lina Goh were plotting their first Ramen Attack! event, we warned them: If the weather is nice, you'll likely be inundated. There haven't been many ramen events in the Twin Cities, but we've learned from the past two that people will show up in droves for the chance to slurp some ... More >>
The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>
Though recent plans for a new multi-use six-story building proposed for Dinkytown have been met with pushback from longtime residents, the soon-to-return student population is still very much in need of some new, more diverse dining options. Thankfully, a locally-based company with a custo ... More >>
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One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>
Social House2919 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.824.6300; Social House websiteHours & Details:Daily from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.Monday-Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight$4 house sake$4 house wine1/2-priced drinks1/2-priced small plates1/2-priced select maki rollsRecently, while meandering through Uptown, we decided ... More >>
We heard a few people remarking, "Sushi from a truck?" suspiciously behind us, but we were too busy eagerly delivering another bite into our mouths to answer. Instead we waved enthusiastically with chopsticks before turning back for another dish to devour.The Sushi Fix truck is the realization of a ... More >>
Masu Sushi & Robata330 E. Hennepin Ave.,Minneapolis612.332.6278; Masu Sushi website Hours & Details:Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10-12 p.m. Sunday, 9-11 p.m.Late-night menu: Monday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnightSunday, 9-11p.m.Discounted menu items and various drink ... More >>
Just a month after being awarded Best Sushi in City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities issue, Tim McKee and Katsuyuki Yamamoto's Masu Sushi and Robata in northeast Minneapolis got a much grander shout-out when it made the list of Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Sushi Restaurants in America. Bon ... More >>
Stylish setting with intermittently tasty food
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 >>
Washington Avenue location expands Zen beyond the skyway
Enter the suburban happy hour...Crave 3520 Galleria, Edina 952.697.6000Hours and Details:Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. and 9 to closeSunday, 8 to close$3 pita & hummus, mini burgers, mini desserts, tuna roll, negihana roll, shrimp nigiri or edamame$4 mini margherita, pepperoni, or Italian p ... More >>
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Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets NordeastTake the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>
MLBNishioka tries out taste of home in MNFor the Minnesota Twins, spring training starts in less than two weeks in Fort Meyers, Florida. With the harsh winter we've been having, you'd think they might make an early migration. But one brand-new Twin was embracing the cold and trying out a local re ... More >>
Lu LippoldOne of the many shrimp options at the buffetMy fortune cookie at the University Buffet said, "Think about your own mistakes rather than blame on other's faults" (sic). Had I not received this advice, I might have tried to blame someone for the soggy wontons in the soup or that weird ... More >>
Sharyn Morrow Having friends who are chefs means you have to sneak time to hang out with them during random days off, or before they go to work. On this particular day, we headed to Obento-ya for lunch with Chris Olson.
No napkin requiredTapes n' Tapes singer Josh Grier is a guy after our own heart: He knows the exact number of steps between his home and his favorite bar, and when it came time to submit a photo, he offered to dig through his extensive stash of food-on-face pictures. Throw in addictions to su ... More >>
Lisa Gulya If you've seen the Japanese film Tampopo, you know the power of a perfectly prepared bowl of Japanese noodles. Heck, even if you've never heard of Tampopo, you probably know someone who subsisted on ramen noodles when times were tough. This Food Fight is for them. We want to make ... More >>
Photo: PizzaLuce.comHere's what's hot at Pizza LuceWhen you go out to eat, do you ever stare at the menu for minutes on end, waffling over what to order? Do you ever wonder if the restaurant's regulars know something you don't? Here's a handy guide to what customers order most at some of the ... More >>
Fuji Ya Uptown (lounge only). 600 West Lake St., Minneapolis 612.871.4055 website Hours and details: Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 p.m. Sunday 8 p.m.-10 p.m. sushi $3.50-$8.00; appetizers $3.00-$6.50; select domestic and imported beer $3.50; sake small $3.50, large $4.50; ... More >>
One is Japanese and the other favors a "total meal concept"
Since we are going to have sushi in Lowertown, why can't we also have sushi in a tube? Guess what, you can have it all.
Fusion2919 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls612.824.6200websiteHours: Daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m., late Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-close, Thursday-Saturday, midnight-close.Details: 1/2-price drinks and beer, $4 signature martinis, $10 bottomless house wine, $20 bottomless premium wine, 2-for-1 select appetizers,&nbs ... More >>
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