Here in Minnesota, we're much closer to the land of elk burgers and Molson beer than the land of tamales and Tecate. We're never going to have the abundance of killer taquerias that pepper Los Angeles or Dallas. Nevertheless, we do have a handful that come close to conjuring a balmy Mexican breeze ... More >>
American love Mexican food, and that affair has only deepened as more and more authentic restaurants opened to showcase the real flavors of our southern neighbor. The Twin Cities are no different, especially as the food often comes at a price that fits our frugal nature. Of course, not all restauran ... More >>
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There's no shame in not wanting to cook. With a frantic pace of life, it's hard to carve out the time and energy to hit the grocery store and slog through the dirty ... More >>
Chef Alex Chase and Hello Kitty share a laughAlex Chase, executive chef at Masu Sushi and Robata in Northeast, may prefer the chaos of a kitchen to the babble of a Twitter feed, but we were able to coax a few more insights out of the self-described shy guy. Yesterday we discussed the depths ... More >>
Extra virgin...honey?Move over EVOO, it's time for EVH to get the attention it deserves.
Raw, or extra virgin honey, like this jar from Wolf Farms in western Wisconsin, is not heated or filtered--the unprocessed stuff may contain cappings wax, bits of propolis and pollen--and along with it all ... More >>
Spicy meatballs of love...The simple joy of a gently spiced meat sandwich filled with hummus should not be overlooked, especially when you can survey its beautiful contents through the deli glass before they meet their enrobing pita. Add to that a cheery person who assembles your lunch with a kin ... More >>
A plate of Kowloon Bay in Stadium Village. It's hard to contain one's excitement for summer foods as winter finally, reluctantly gives way to spring. We want fried catfish po'boys, State Fair corn dogs, and above all to grill, baby, grill! But while it's snowing in April, it's easy to forget what ... More >>
Is that a whole blackberry?Emily and Taylor Harris's Cake Eater has become a neighborhood hang, serving breakfast and pastries in their charming day-glo orange trimmed building. The cupcakes are still important, but have lost their primacy in the wake of Sheela Namakkal's departure for Chicago. W ... More >>
New Prague's finest dairyThere are so many things to love about Cedar Summit Farm's Grade A Cream -- the charming returnable one pint bottles, its MOSA organic designation and its local roots to name a few. But honestly, they have us at the cap of cream, which we like to call butterfat. The thick ... More >>
Curry, Vietnamese-style, at Gangchen.Gangchen restaurant, at 18th and Nicollet, is an unexpected, but useful hybrid, combining pan-Asian fare with a surprisingly hoppin' bar scene--the place stays open 'till 2 a.m. every night!
Gangchen is billed as a Tibetan restaurant, but there aren't many me ... More >>
The Benedict 2.0 at Tilia.We started this list with one of the most humble breakfast foods and we're ending it with one of the most refined: the corn bread waffles Benedict at the new Tilia in Linden Hills.
Chef Steven Brown and crew bring a fresh take to this iconic dish by serving the eggs on ... More >>
This ain't just mango and white chocolate...It used to have a name that fit into the DSM, because there are so many flavors cohabitating in this seemingly simple candy from River Chocolate Company. However, proprietors Allen Whitney and Deirdre Davis didn't want to offend, so they rechristened th ... More >>
The lure of the puercoSome dishes are precious, requiring a dedicated diner to make deep forays into their wallet, the world of impossible-to-get reservations, and hoity-toity food circles. La Loma's puerco tamale is just the opposite, which is part of the reason we consider it like an old friend ... More >>
We'd rather have a biscuit in the oven than a bun!When it comes to biscuits, the Americans have the English beat: ours have a rich, flaky, buttery crumb while theirs offer just a plain, hard crunch--dunking 'em in tea is practically a necessity. Like the bagel, the English muffin, or other sliced ... More >>
Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.Plain croissants are an indulgence that's fairly straightforward in nature: layers of whisper-thin pastry with a buttery buffering between.
Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coco ... More >>
Debbie TallenNo animals were harmed in the making of this hangover cureThe Triple Rock Social Club may not be the most intuitive place to find one of our 100 favorite dishes of the year. More bar than restaurant, and more punk music club than anything else, it's not the kind of place you br ... More >>
A healthier hash!Normally we like to go to Zumbro Cafe in Linden Hills for breakfast and fuel up for a walk around Lake Harriet with eggs Benedict or flapjacks.
But when all those carbs and cholesterol feel like too much, we turn to the chicken wild rice hash.
Fried pork, fried masa, cheese - what's not to love? Los Ocampo recently opened their fourth location making it even easier for city dwellers to get their greasy mitts on reasonably priced, authentic Mexican food. While many items fill their menus, arguably best dishes revolve around the various ... More >>
Lisa GulyaHangover helper: Pozole from Los Ocampo on Lake StreetWith the weekend almost here, and the resolve to drink less in 2011 already waning, the Hot Dish is here to help. We tested two versions of the hangover helper pozole, a Mexican soup usually made with hominy and pork, to see which re ... More >>
If you can't make La Fiesta mas Caliente de Minnesota--Minnesota's spiciest celebration--this weekend in West St. Paul's District del Sol (Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., includes a parade, low-rider car show, music, dancing, and more) you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with a Mexican m ... More >>