A night of beers and bocce just got an upgrade. One of St. Paul's favorite neighborhood bars, the Half Time Rec, has announced it will be getting a bit of a menu makeover, courtesy of Josh Thoma, owner of the lobster-centric Smack Shack.See Also:Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) 2007- Half Time Rec
The race is on for outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak's office. Facing a crowded field of candidates, the six leading mayoral contenders are relying on a key measure to help them stand out from the pack: Who they can get to endorse them. See Also: - Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minne ... More >>
There's an expanded menu at the new restaurant, but Smack Shack's lobster is still the main event
Last we heard that the hotly anticipated brick-and-mortar outpost for Smack Shack, the lobster-roll-peddling truck, would be open in January. Unfortunately for crustacean fans, they aren't going to make that deadline. However, we've waited this long, what's just a couple of more weeks?See ... More >>
Though construction has appeared interminable and every supposed opening date gets pushed into the next season, it looks like the brick-and-mortar location of perennial list-topping food truck Smack Shack is finally official. Even better news: It's coming up fast.If you're planning to make a New Yea ... More >>
Minneapolis's own Smack Shack, the unlikely Midwestern lobster truck, is officially loved from coast to coast. Guy Fieri's Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives filmed there recently, Bon Appetit raved about them, and now they've decided it's time to expand. While the Shack has been operating out of the kitc ... More >>
Gastro Truck: Still open.The food truck season is almost over. Last Wednesday was the last food truck court in St. Paul, and today is the final food truck rally until spring. But even as many food trucks shut down for the winter, others are staying open, and some are just getting started. We ... More >>
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Discover tasty treats to go
Head to the streets for some Brotherly love.This week's Dish column investigates the new street eats in downtown Minneapolis: goat curry, Ethiopian coffee, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade lemon-ginger sodas, and more. We ate our way through the new carts' offerings to bring you the five be ... More >>
Michelle BruchThe Smack Shack opens for lunch and doesn't close until at least 10 p.m.Ever heard of a lobster smack? It's a one-man sailboat used in the Northeast during the 1800s for commercial lobster fishing, explains Josh Thoma, the chef/restaurateur who, with Tim McKee, brought us La Belle ... More >>
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 >>
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We couldn't be more excited! Drumroll, please...
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I had become emotionally involved with the turnip ravioli--giddy, protective, strangely proud. You've got to taste this, I kept telling my dinner companions. But only one bite. Back off!