• Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    The 2014 Iron Fork Results Are In!

    Just like it goes on TV, when the secret ingredient was revealed at last night's 9th annual Iron Fork competition, all six chefs and their attending sous chefs stormed the table to arm themselves with their edible weapons of choice. See also: Chef Pat Weber Talks Top Chef, Spam, and Not Doing "So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    Introducing Cocktailian: An Evening of Craft Cocktails, Edibles, and Live Music

    Shoring up a year of food-centric events (get your Iron Fork tickets while you still can), City Pages is introducing a celebration dedicated to the art of craft cocktails and fine spirits. Cocktailian will take over the Varsity Theater on December 11, and presale tickets are available now. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Don Saunders on Climbing the Ranks, Opening the Kenwood, and Training for Iron Fork

    Each week, we'll interview one of the chefs participating in our 2014 Iron Fork competition. On November 6, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient. Tickets are on sale now. If you're a lifelong resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Hidden Beach's fate to be decided by Park Board this winter

    The special Kenwood Isles Area Association meeting that took place earlier this week didn't produce a resolution calling on the Minneapolis Park Board to take action on the problems neighborhood residents say plague Hidden Beach, but something along those lines will be coming soon, Kenwood neighborh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Taking responsibility for Hidden Beach's issues

    In response to the news that the Kenwood neighborhood group is considering sending a resolution to the Park Board calling for the temporary closure of Hidden Beach, many readers put the Minneapolis Police Department on blast with comments of this sort:But that blame is misplaced. Larry Moran, chairm ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 12, 2014

    Best Twin Cities Valentine's Day desserts

    Sweet treats for your sweetheart

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    The Kenwood makes Travel & Leisure's most romantic restaurants list

    Tis the season of last minute reservations at the most romantic dining spots, and according to Travel & Leisure Magazine, Minneapolis's The Kenwood happens to be one of the 15 new most romantic restaurants in the country.Travel & Leisure's list was published in their February 2014 issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis on list of 10 great places in America

    City and regional planners with the American Planning Association have put the Kenwood neighborhood in Minneapolis on its list of "Great Places in America" for its mix of "urbane architecture and scenic vistas.""Its residents have a deep appreciation of their neighborhood's history and assets and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Pearl will not take over chef Don Saunders's In Season location

    Chef Don Saunders of The Kenwood just announced that his new concept restaurant slated to take over the old In Season location will no longer be moving forward. See also: In Season closing for the summer, will resurface this fall

  • 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

    July 9, 2013

    Farm in the City celebrates farm to fork cuisine for the third year

    It's that time of year again, friends. Farm in the City tickets are now on sale, and we recommend getting yours now while the getting's still good. Farm in the City is an annual event -- now in its third year -- that celebrates our unending love of local food culture while raising money for the Yout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Best of Hot Dish: May 6-10, 2013

    It's been another week full of the finest of food and drink news. Here are a few of the week's top stories from Hot Dish.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Signature Dish; The Kenwood's Chef Don Saunders

    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

    April 24, 2013

    In Season closing for the summer, will resurface this fall

    Culturally and historically, we think of spring as the time for rebirth, renewal, and re-emergence, but apparently in the Twin Cities restaurant world there's a burgeoning movement to make fall the season for cleaning out the cobwebs and debuting new concepts.  See also: Best Restaurant for Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Dandelion Kitchen's braised beef sandwich, 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 13

    Today we speak in defiance of this ridiculously lame excuse for a spring. We speak of that sunshine colored truck that usually would be parked outside the IDS building on the sidewalk along Nicollet Mall. We speak of freshly-made sodas with bright ingredients and nose-tickling carbonation. We speak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Grand Szechuan's Chengdu dumplings: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 15

    The problem with strip malls is that they all look the same - which might also be what makes them so appealing. It's impossible to judge the book by the familiar cover, so you've got to go inside where there might be a food find or a dinner disaster.  Inside one particular strip in Bloomington, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Ipotli's spicy dosa: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 16

    Nation-wide, the Twin Cities are famous for our ingenious skyway system, but only people who have really navigated those above-ground mazes understand that they are also a veritable treasure trove of fantastic cheap eats. We discovered a new favorite this year at Ipotli, a fast-casual Indian restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Blue Door Pub Longfellow's Baked 'n' Loaded blucy: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 17

    The seductive power of a great burger manifests in groups of carnivores who haunt the sidewalks on Selby Avenue outside the original Blue Door Pub location. Stomachs growling, it's as if they can hear that explosive sizzle of meat hitting the hot grill. Toes tapping, they keep time as the the cooks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Parka's ham and pickle tots: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 18

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.There are so many standards by which to evaluate our food. You can consider the quality of the ingredients, creativity in preparation, successful marrying of flavors and te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Mojo Monkey's cake doughnuts: 50 favorite dishes, no. 19

    Let us pause for a moment and savor the greatness that is a perfectly cooked cake doughnut. Tanned, crispy exterior gives way to fluffy moist interior. Mojo Monkey's cake doughnut is such a specimen, but it's so much more than just a simple doughnut. It's perfection.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Birdhouse's sweet pea pate: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 20

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.Ever since Stewart and Heidi Woodman's Birdhouse opened in the former Duplex space on Hennepin, healthy eating no longer just feels like fueling up. The couple's mission to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Neato's duck fat French fries: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 21

    Do not believe those snowflakes. This is spring, and those food trucks are right around the corner. On our list of most anticipated food truck favorite dishes, these crispy fries from Neato's rank near the top, thanks to the unusual way they're prepared . These beauties prove that the best dishes ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Parlour's Panty Dropper: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 22

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes. As excited as we were about Borough opening in the North Loop this year, we were even more interested about what was happening underneath it. In the growing trend of eater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Smack Shack's lobster guacamole: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 23

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.It was hard to imagine, when the Smack Shack food truck first rolled into town that the Twin Cities had a gaping maw of lobster need waiting to be filled. Before you could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Mona Restaurant & Bar's marrow on toast: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 24

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.How did we make it nearly halfway through this list without a single mention of bone marrow? Perhaps it sounds a little intimidating (or like it should be part of the diet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Sonora Grill's shrimp caramelo: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 25

    Wandering through Midtown Global Market is always a test of willpower. So many culinary delights from around the world are housed in the former Sears building on Lake Street that it's hard to choose which dish to pick. Wander over to the Sonora Grill and you won't regret your choice of one of their& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Blackbird's spicy peanut noodles: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 26

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes. So far our 50 Favorite Dishes countdown has heavily emphasized food from restaurants opened in the last year or so, but this one is more of a perennial favorite, and with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Best of Hot Dish: March 25-29, 2013

    Spring is in the air! A perfect time to enjoy the best of the Cities' food and drink. Here's what's happening around town with this week's Hot Dish.~We pay a visit to Isaac Becker's new place, Burch Steak and Pizza Bar, and give you the scoop. Read our review and check out the slideshow.~Get to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Kenwood's pancakes with black walnut butter: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 27

    What was once a little market has been reborn as a neighborhood dining destination. Chef Don Saunders revamped the space into the Kenwood, a comfortably elegant dining room serving his artistic dishes. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner daily. One of the first dishes we sampled was his take on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Sameh Wadi named Gather's first Chef-in-Residence for 2013

    Gather by D'Amico at the Walker Art Center will once again run its popular Chef-in-Residence series, in which the restaurant invites a local chef to create two new dishes on Gather's menu on Thursdays throughout the month that chef is hosting. Gather just announced its late winter/early spring lineu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Chef's Day Off: Where Susan Dunlop of Joan's in the Park likes to eat

    It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Best of Hot Dish: November 26-30, 2012

    It's been another special week at the Hot Dish during this holiday season. We've got all the latest food and drink news, right here. Check out a few of the week's top stories.  ~Because French fries are made for lovin', these are our picks for the Cities' top 10, as well as a gra ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 10, 2012

    The Kenwood merges cafe and destination dining

    Chef Don Saunders brings a culinary Midas touch to his newest venture

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Best of Hot Dish: October 1-5, 2012

    With the leaves floating down from the sky and the apple orchards and pumpkin patches in full swing, fall is a sweet time of year. Let's get cozy as we recap the week's top stories from the Hot Dish.~We take a look at the Kenwood, the newest cafe to open in--you guessed it--the Kenwood neighbor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The Kenwood: A first look

    Two construction workers were standing outside contemplating the menu. "I... I just want a sandwich," said one. They were looking for the little cafe that once graced this space."Looks kinda fancy," replied his friend. Eventually they chose to give it a shot. I'm guessing they were glad they did. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Blue Plate Company's The Lowry breaks ground in Uptown

    Shimp inaugurates the new construction​It's depressing to look at the shell of an old video store, because it reminds you of a bygone technology, which reminds you of your own mortality, which sucks. Someday Stephanie Shimp, marketing VP and founder (with David Burley) of the Blue Plate Restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Minneapolis's 5 most jinxed restaurant locations

    In honor of Thom Pham's announcement that he'll be opening a new restaurant, Wanderers, at 555 Hennepin Ave.--a space notorious for its quick turnover of restaurant operators--Hot Dish decided to take a look at the Top 5 Jinxed Restaurant Locations. Will Thom Pham have better luck in this downtow ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2009

    Director Rob Perez talks Josh Hartnett, Minneapolis life, new movie

    Perez made nobody while living in Hartnett's Kenwood house

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2009
  • News

    June 25, 2008

    The Legend of Hidden Beach

    The Twin Cities' most infamous party spot has undergone a makeover—but try telling that to the regulars

  • News

    March 28, 2007

    Nude Beach Busted

    Mud pit first victim of Hidden Beach crackdown. Hot skinny-dippers may be next.

  • Columns

    January 24, 2007

    A Short List of People I'd Like to Neuter. Or Spay.

    There are two kinds of pack animals at the dog park

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Minnesota by the Numbers

    So far in the 2006 election cycle, residents in Zip code 55405 have contributed $317,371 to congressional candidates and the soft-money funds that support them.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2005

    Little prefab houses

    Prefab homes certainly aren't the shack-in-the-box they used to be.

  • News

    November 16, 2005

    Rooting Against the Home Team

    Seven Minnesota authors pen poison Valentines to the place we call home

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    The Pizza Man Always Rings Twice

    True tales of debauchery, rage, and revenge from six veterans of the pie-delivery trade

  • News

    April 24, 2002
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    May 31, 2000
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    August 1, 1998
  • News

    July 9, 1997

    Beach Blanket Bummer

    "The wealthy residents want the beach to themselves," Hidden Beach visitor Neil Sorenson complains. "They're tired of looking at punk rockers or anyone who looks remotely different."

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