Johnny Michaels

  • 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    August 27, 2014

    Libertine brings spark to former Cafeteria space in Uptown

    Tim McKee's freethinking new restaurant has rakish charm

  • 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

    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

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 7, La Belle Vie's pappardelle with rabbit bolognese

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish has been serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Now it's time to grab your tickets to the Best of the Twin Cities party on April 24 at Muse. Enjoy complimentary samples from some of the city's best eateries, drin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    How to make the perfect martini

    Which cocktail do bartenders use as a measuring stick to judge their barkeep brethren? The martini: a simple, pristine cocktail that, sadly, is often totally botched. We met up with barman Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss how to best mix this classic drink and what sweet nothings should be whispere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Union's duck with whole grains: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 10

    A see-and-be-seen rooftop patio complete with retractable glass ceiling and complex cocktails designed by Johnny Michaels (like the highly recommended garam masala-spiced blood orange Old Fashioned, pictured above) were the first things to grab the public's attention when Union opened this winter. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Cakewalk brings out top chefs to benefit Share Our Strength

    It was an evening of elegance and pastries. Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger, gathered many of the finest chefs in the cities to put on their annual benefit. The gala was presented by Michelle Gayer, James Beard Award nominee and owner of the acclaimed Salty Tart Bakery, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Nick Kosevich: A bitters-sweet cocktail tale, part 2

    Locally, he's led the the Twin Cities cocktail culture to new heights. Around the Midwest he's spreading the gospel of artisan bitters and craft cocktails. Yesterday we discussed the beginning of Nick Kosevich's career and the storied time he spent at Town Talk (catch up here). Today we learn more a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Charlie Awards: Who won big

    The second-annual Charlie Awards, an event honoring the Twin Cities and metro area restaurants and key individuals who contribute to our exceptional, ever-expanding food scene, were held yesterday afternoon at the Pantages Theater. Hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners, but perhaps ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 11, 2012

    Icehouse is very cool

    The new Eat Street food-and-music venue pulls off small plates in a big way

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Award finalists include Twin Cities names - Updated

    ​The James Beard award semifinalist list was announced today, and on the list were some familiar names. The awards were established in 1990 and named for chef, food writer, and celebrated lover of life, James Beard. The awards are the highest honor available to food professionals. Part of why the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Cocktail history, Art Shanty Project: Freeloader Friday

    ​ Despite the cold, this weekend is filled with tons of free stuff to do. For example, after taking a year off the Art Shanty Project is returning to Medicine Lake with shanties offering fashion, live music, sports, family activities, and more each Saturday and Sunday through early February. Looki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail: a new twist on an old classic

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail ​Bronx Cocktail $10 Cafe Maude 5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612.822.5411 Its been said that there are no new cocktails, only new ways of making old ones. I don't believe that's true, but I am always impressed when someone takes a drink I know well and really makes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Out of the Inn--where are they now?

    What has happened to the talented staff since the Inn closed its doors?​Certain restaurants create a mythology that lives on long after the lights have gone out. These restaurants become a symbol of a special place and time, a nostalgia that inspires late-night tales over too many cocktails of "Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    50 tasty reasons to love Minnesota food

    Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. ​When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Drink of the week: The Ivan Putski

    turkey.and.maude.001.jpgTry this variation on an old classic.

  • Restaurants

    September 17, 2008

    Toast of the Town

    By tracking down rare liquors from around the world, importer Eric Seed is fueling the nation's classic-cocktail revival

  • Restaurants

    July 23, 2008

    Smalley's Jamaican Barbeque: Jerked around

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