Lisa Hanson

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 26, Mona Bar & Restaurant's Mona grilled cheese

    We wouldn't normally advocate ordering a grilled cheese sandwich at a restaurant. They're often overpriced and always seem to taste better when they're made at home and eaten immediately, preferably from the comfort of one's couch. But the Mona grilled cheese is in a different league altogether. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Top 10 foods and drinks to indulge in this winter

    Oh, the weather outside. It's not yet frightful, but it's no longer completely delightful. But we hardy folk are not deterred by winter temps. We're smart enough to recognize that coziness is a limited-season indulgence too, one we prefer to partake in with fantastic food and boozy beverages. T ... 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

    February 8, 2013

    Chef's Day Off: Where Lisa Hanson of Mona 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    May 23, 2012

    Mona takes a chance on downtown Minneapolis

    Chef Lisa Hanson hopes her creative small plates will draw diners

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Mona: a first look

    Chef-owner Lisa Hanson's new restaurant opened to much excitement. Finally a dining and destination lunch spot in a part of town that had been underserved. Hanson took what was once a Chinese restaurant and transformed it into the sort of room where a client can be entertained and a collection of cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Mona will open next week downtown

    The highly anticipated opening of Mona, chef Lisa Hanson's new restaurant and bar, is coming soon. Hanson, whose resume includes stints at Aquavit and L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon, both in New York, before coming to Minneapolis and spending some time with Scott Pampuch's Corner Table, will now be mast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Lisa Hanson resurfaces, opening Mona

    ‚ÄčLisa Hanson, onetime chef de cuisine at Corner Table, will be opening Mona in downtown Minneapolis. Hanson has most recently been running her own Mona Lisa catering, and she will likely bring her passion for local, sustainable farming and deft culinary skills to an underutilized corner of downtow ... More >>