Joy Summers

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    May 8, 2014

    First Look: Corner Table 3.0 opens tonight

    One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis just got a little better. This week Corner Table is packing up their knives (and their pork products) and relocating just a couple of blocks down the street. Their new address means more room for guests inside and out, plus an expanded menu with even more d ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    First Look: Hola Arepa's new restaurant

    Those slow-braised meats, stuffed into tender/crispy corn cakes have found a permanent home. Birk Stefan Grudem and Christina Nguyen have pulled their turquoise truck into their new address at 36th and Nicollet in Minneapolis. They've pulled together a dream team of area bar talent, a highly skilled ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    First Look: Heyday swings in Lyn-Lake with an impressive pedigree and food to match

    What do you get when you take a couple of La Belle Vie alums, including a chef who staged at the world-famous Noma, a vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood, a former laundromat, and the Replacements? You get the most buzzed about new restaurant of the year, Heyday. They threw open their doors on Tuesday ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    5 best breakfast spots in St. Paul

    If you roll out of bed in the Saintly City, you'll find several spots to tickle your tastebuds first thing in the morning. From biscuits covered in milk gravy to crispy cured bacon, we've scoured St. Paul and rounded up the very best places to go for breakfast.See also:Top 10 meatballs in the Twin C ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    First look: French Meadow St. Paul

    For all of the charm of old buildings, they often have structural issues lurking around every corner. Such was the case with the former home of Coffee News, the cafe on Grand Avenue on the Macalester College campus that is now the second location of French Meadow Cafe and Bakery. Once French Meadow ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    First look: Boneyard Kitchen and Bar

    A little over a week ago, Uptown's newest addition, Boneyard Kitchen & Bar, threw open its doors and invited eaters in with a down-home howdy-do. The restaurant's menu is full of Southern classics, each with a little twist, like the bloody Mary spiked with bourbon and the deviled eggs topped wit ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    First look: Butcher Salt, a new meat-centric food truck

    Nothing heralds spring like the first sighting of a string of food trucks lining Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. On Friday morning, the lineup included Butcher Salt on its inaugural downtown lunch run. We stopped by for a first taste.See also:Butcher Salt, a new themed food truck is coming ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    First look: Birchwood Cafe pop-up at Verdant Tea

    The smiling faces of tea growers look on from pictures on a nearby wall at Verdant Tea as owner David Duckler explains that he has long wished to share the flavors of the Shandong province of China where his teas are grown.  "When visiting a home, part of the hospitality is to fe ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    First look: Kyatchi

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2014

    First look: La Fresca

    For Hector Ruiz, life in South Minneapolis is Grand. The chef is owner of three restaurants -- Cafe Ena, Rincon 38, and now, La Fresca -- all located on Grand Avenue, all within blocks of each other. His latest venture opened last weekend, promising nuevo Mexican cuisine, and we stopped by for a fir ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    First look: Travail and the Rookery

    Beck is thumping through the speakers as chefs move swiftly about the giant open space. Sodas are being bottled and carbonated by hand. A grown man in a teddy bear hat furiously digs in a low cabinet, practically climbing inside to retrieve more linens. A wild-goateed fellow sharpens knives, furious ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    First look: Coup D'état, the new Uptown restaurant from the team behind Borough

    The rest of the building is still under construction as condos continue to materialize above this corner of Lagoon and Girard, but the long-awaited Coup D'état feels insulated from all the hubbub, boasting a mix of easy comfort and sophistication one can expect from the same team that brought us Bo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    First look: Relevé, Graves 601 Hotel's new champagne bar

    How does a restaurant that's been open for over ten years remain relevant? How does a hotel bar continue to dazzle the locals and remain a destination for travelers? If you're Cosmos inside the Graves 601 Hotel, you add an elegant champagne bar complete with a new menu and plenty of bubbly selection ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    The Hot Dish's hottest posts of 2013

    From hot new restaurants opening to beloved eateries closing their doors, the Hot Dish was all over the Twin Cities food scene this year. As we enter a new year, here are a few of the most popular posts of 2013.

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    December 30, 2013

    First Look: Hammer & Sickle in Uptown

    The sleek space has no sign, but the red door with the hammer and sickle handle makes it easy to spot this new Russian-influenced hot spot sandwiched between Bar Abilene and the Lagoon Cinema in Uptown. Dim lights flicker as shots are tipped back, plates of food float past, and the music pumps ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    First look: Sonora Grill's second location

    Bocadillo fans take note: The second location of Sonora Grill is now open for business. What began as a stand inside the Midtown Global Market has now moved into a second location, further down Lake Street -- complete with roomier digs and a full bar. See Also:Sonora Grill to open second locati ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    St. Paul's 128 Cafe is now chef-owned and the food shows it

    First of all, die hard fans of 128 Cafe's classic ribs can relax -- that particular menu item is still available, as is the roasted garlic and the classic Caesar salad. That said, new owner and chef Max Thompson has enlivened the rest of the menu with dishes that will change frequently. He's flexing ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    First Look: The Mill Northeast

    A huge wall of windows lends a modern feel to the new Mill Northeast, but around the corner the sleek bar and booths have a cozy neighborhood vibe. Where the old Mill City Cafe was all dimly lit exposed brick, this spot is wide open and filled with natural light. There are a few menu items that are ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    First Look: Lake & Irving

    They've been teasing Facebook fans for weeks with construction updates and tantalizing photos of food. Now, Lake & Irving is finally open, and you can head to this hotly anticipated Uptown eatery and get a sample for yourself.See also:Lake & Irving coming soon to Uptown

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    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    First Look: The Rabbit Hole

    Stepping from the bright lights of Midtown Global Market into the Rabbit Hole, the new restaurant at the market's edge, is a bit like stepping into another world. The lights are dim. A stack of books twists over the top of the host stand. A line of seats frames the open kitchen where chefs throw dow ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    First Look: Seventh Street Social

    The name leans on a couple of Minneapolis institutions -- 7th Street Entry and Eat Street Social come to mind -- but Seventh Street Social is something all its own. Transforming the former Parish's Supper Club (née Casa Vieja), this new eatery has a little bit of everything.See Also:7th Street Soci ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Long lines hamper Ramen Attack! block party

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2013

    New Spyhouse Coffee in Northeast [PHOTOS]

    Bathed in early morning sunlight, Spyhouse Coffee at the corner of Broadway and Central in Northeast Minneapolis is bustling. "They only just opened yesterday," a customer in line remarks. "Really? I thought they'd been here longer," her companion replies. Already at home in the converted warehouse ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    UMAMI, a first look at Travail's pop-up; Plus, an update on the Kickstarter

    Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Restaurant anniversary roundup: Eat Shop and Gray House

    It's a great time of year for a birthday party. Two area restaurants are planning some big bashes to celebrate the days they opened their doors.See Also:The Gray House: the TourEat Shop Kitchen/Bar: A first look

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    July 22, 2013

    Hibachi Daruma: A first look at teppanyaki on a food truck

    Their colorful truck is adorned with the daruma from which they get their name. Inside the truck is a teppanyaki chef (who spent some time doing all that fancy flipping food works at Bennihana) serving several meat and rice options to food truck fans.See Also:First-annual Great Food Truck RallyJake' ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Paulette Bakery brings pastries on wheels

    Qu'est-ce que c'est? Could it be possible that there are now delicate French croissants available on wheels? C'est vrai! It is true. Paulette Bakery now rolls through downtown Minneapolis most week day mornings serving these buttery delights.See Also:2013 Best Bakery: Patisserie 46Trung Nam coconut ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The Triton: A preview

    It's clear the revamp of the former Joe's Garage isn't quite ready for its close-up. The space has been gutted down to the studs. They're still going to need to dig out a new basement (for a prep kitchen) among myriad other details that have yet to come together. However, it's clear after a brief co ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Sandcastle is now open

    The hot summer sun soaking into our pale skin is nudging us towards the beach. What better way could there be to spend the day on the beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Doug Flicker? Today, Sandcastle is open for business.  See also: Bread & Pickle's battle for beer

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    June 19, 2013

    The Buttered Tin: A first look

    Monday morning, the doors opened on a new neighborhood breakfast spot on St. Paul's Seventh Street. The Buttered Tin is a collaboration between a pastry chef and a public relations professional who share a passion for great food.See Also:Best Bartender: Jesse HeldTop 10 Best Breakfasts

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    June 17, 2013

    Rock the Garden: Grub Roundup

    Not only did the music rock. Not only did Low launch an epic one-song set. Not only did we endure a torrential downpour, rock the parking ramp and revel in the Husker Du and Sugar-peppered Bob Mould setlist. We also ate very well.See Also:Low's one-song set at Rock the Garden totally ruledMetric at ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Gogi Brothers Korean BBQ truck hits the streets

    Finally, there's a truck serving finger-licking Korean-style barbecue on the streets of the Twin Cities. Ever since Roy Choi's Kogi truck kicked off the food truck revolution, we've been waiting for someone to bring us some mobile bulgogi. Today we found that truck.See Also:Second Annual Food Truck ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Brava on Wheels: Not packing the heat

    This new bronze and black beauty rolled into downtown before they even had a Twitter handle or Facebook page. They said they're a sister truck to the Ethiopian-food serving She Royal. The menu at Brava is modest; Thai curried chicken, beef or vegetables available as either a burrito or a rice bowl. ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Black Walnut Bakery: A first look

    Sarah Botcher has been winning fans with her elegant take on homey desserts at Butcher & the Boar since they opened. She's recently decided to step out and start her own business. Every Thursday she sets up her stand, hangs out her card and shares her talents with downtown Minneapolis farmers ma ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    B52 Slider Squad, new street eats in St. Paul

    This trailer hails from the home base of B52 Burgers and Brew out in Inver Grove Heights. Surprising to no one, the menu consists mainly of sliders: beef and veggie patties. The test would be how these mini burgers tasted. The shock would come from a non-slider side dish that was singularl ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Melch's Meat Wagon, a carnivorous big bite

    Notice the sign proclaiming, "burgers, sandwiches, salad." Melch's Meat Wagon isn't aiming for the veg-obsessed or flexitarians. This truck is here to woo the carnivores. Anyone craving a fat, juicy burger topped with all the accoutrements will be happy to find this bull-adorned mobile business ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Food truck courts return to St. Paul beginning today

    The sun is shining, birds are singing and stomachs are rumbling like truck generator mimics. It's time to take lunch outside and get back in touch with the curb-side dining culture. St. Paul kicks off the season in fine form with not just one, but two food truck courts.See also: Tips for new food tr ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    The Moral Omnivore food truck hits town with ethical eats

    Another food truck season is finally up and running. Among the first trucks of the new crop of street food entrepreneurs is a grassy-green truck adorned with a little goat that is on its third day of downtown Minneapolis business. The Moral Omnivore truck promises ethical eats "from beets to bacon." ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Hello Pizza in southwest Minneapolis: A first look

    Ann Kim knows her way around a pizza pie. Now that her Pizzeria Lola has become a bit of a phenomenon, she has moved into a new location with a new concept. Say hello to Hello Pizza. We stopped by for a first look at the new Linden Hills/Edina-area pizzeria. See also: Primebar closed Twin Citi ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Rincon 38: A first look at the south Minneapolis tapas spot

    The new little neighborhood tapas restaurant is brand new but feels familiar. Fans of the departed El Meson will find a few fondly remembered flavors. The interior is brightly lit and warm with blue-tiled accents. Chef Hector Ruiz, who owned El Meson as well as the nearby Cafe Ena has poured his pas ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Harriet Brewing and Cajun 2 Geaux host Fat Tuesday party tomorrow

    Let the good times roll! Mardi Gras is upon us. It's time to break out the beads and the king cake. While we might not have many things in common with our friends in the state at the other end of the Mississippi, there is one spot where you can get your red beans and rice fix this Tuesday.

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    February 4, 2013

    Smack Shack: A First Look

    The most anticipated food truck to restaurant opening is fast approaching. This past weekend the owners of the Smack Shack invited press, friends and family to experience the latest restaurant to light up the North Loop.

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    September 28, 2012

    The Gray House now open in Lyn-Lake

    Just shy of three weeks ago, The Gray House, a new husband-and-wife-owned gastropub in Lyn-Lake, quietly opened in the space that was formerly home to beloved Italian restaurant Risotto.What's the story with the couple running the show, and what can you expect to see on tap and on the menu? Here are ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Fish Smart sponsors seafood "throwdown" at Kitchen in the Market

    ​The competition was fierce and the seafood sustainable at Monday night's Seafood Throwdown, which pitted the top two seafood chefs in town for a battle royale of the bivalves. Chef Robert Wohfeil of Oceanaire and chef Jamie Malone of Sea Change went head to head with a basket full of secret ingre ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Mojo Monkey Donuts: a first look

    Sweet treats arrive on West Seventh​The smiling monkey beckons you inside to a sunny storefront shop and an array of artisan sweets. Mojo Monkey Donut, the former Rudie's Coffee shop on West Seventh in St. Paul, between Randolph and Lexington, has been transformed from dark punk to bright chic. Th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Rosa Mexicano: Now Open in downtown Minneapolis

    Upscale Mexican food comes to City Center​Upscale Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano opened their first Midwestern location this week in downtown Minneapolis.  Filling the onetime T.G.I. Fridays with and pink accented elegance and transforming a long dormant corner of City Center.The Hot Dish stoppe ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Amsterdam Grand Opening this weekend: a first look

    Joy SummersRock and nosh in Saint Paul​While they've quietly been open for a little over a week now, this weekend the new Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul officially throws open the doors and cranks it up to 11.It's owned by the Oulman family, the same ones that brought the 331 to life ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Summit celebrates 25th anniversary

    Summit throws a birthday bash​The celebration kicked off with trilling bagpipes and thudding drums in proper St. Paul fashion.  Summit invited friends and fans alike down to its brewery to celebrate 25 years of independent brewing. Attendees were treated to food, tunes, and of course plen ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Meritage's pommes frites: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 33

    Joy SummersHold the ketchup, pass the Bearnaise ​Everything tastes better in French. Admit it. Would you rather eat mayo or aioli? A loaf of bread or a baguette? Velveeta or a little fromage? French fries or pommes frites? I rest my case. For French cuisine in the Twin Cities, it's hard to ... More >>

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