Our zone-by-zone best restaurant bets from Minneapolis to St. Paul
MCs, DJs, and spoken-word artists will take over the hip-hop celebration in St. Paul
Carol March has had a passion for the hospitality business ever since her first job in the industry at Ciatti's in the Galleria. While her career later took a turn into the real estate business, she always dreamed of returning to hospitality. When she toured the historic former home of Woods Chocola ... More >>
Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>
A recent study concluded that Lowertown is the top hipster zip in 'Murica. So we suppose it makes sense that the final renderings of the St. Paul Saints' new Lowertown ballpark feature two hipsters riding a scooter through the concourse. (That image is at the top of this post.)RELATED: St. Paul Sain ... More >>
It's been yet another exciting week of the Cities' best food and drink news. Here are the top stories from this week's Hot Dish.~Uptown is getting two hot new restaurants; check out Coup D'etat--brought to you by the team behind Borough and Parlour--and Hammer and Sickle, serving hearty Russian ... More >>
The new Lowertown eatery makes the most important meal of the day the tastiest one
Longtime St. Paul punk and metal venue Station 4 might be getting more of a makeover than what it originally bargained for. Back in June, the Lowertown club announced it would be closing for the summer to get a long-overdue renovation to its air conditioning system. Shows on the books moved to other ... More >>
Hello, to our food-lovin' friends of Hot Dish. It's been another delicious week of gastronomical proportions. Here's the week's top stories.~Toast to our planet's relation to the sun with the Top 5 places to get a drink in the summer solstice.~Our "Drink of the week" is a spicy little sip from Spill ... More >>
Dare we say it -- summer has finally arrived -- and as it does, increased numbers of weather-weary Twin Citians are taking to their bicycles and hitting the town. They pedal the Lakes, the Grand Rounds, the Greenway, or any of the many urban bike lanes. It is for good reason that we are regularly vo ... More >>
It's a Saturday morning after a successful trip to the St. Paul Farmers Market. You got your fresh flowers, snap peas, and bunches of basil, but now you've worked up an appetite and are craving a sit-down breakfast that doesn't leave grease on your spoon. Sorry, Mickey's -- not always in the mood to ... More >>
While Minnesota chefs and restaurants were well-represented when the semifinalists were announced, fewer were recognized as finalists. The James Beard Awards are regarded as the Oscars of the culinary world. Here are the local nominees who made the cut:
A rendering of the Saints' proposed Lowertown ballpark. The project is one of many in Gov. Dayton's $775 million bonding proposal.It isn't $500 million for a new Vikings stadium, but today, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would allot $27 in public funds for a new St. Paul Saints bal ... More >>
What do we want? BRAINS! When do we want 'em? .....BRAINS!That's right, the time is nigh for throngs of eager young partiers to don their rattiest zombie apparel for the 7th annual Zombie Pub Crawl, which for the first time this year will expand to cover both St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood and ... More >>
Downtown St. Paul has always been somewhat of a dry zone for independent and local music -- save for the giant arena, the only real clubs catering to live music fans are the Artists' Quarter and Lowertown's Black Dog Cafe. But starting later this year, those venues will have some new neighbors th ... More >>
Looking out on Mears ParkWhen the Hot Dish hangs in St. Paul, generally a visit to a few Lowertown haunts ensues. Whether on the search for a glass of wine or a decent nibble, the options are getting better in this 'hood every year. But our goal is beyond just good food and drink--we want a barga ... More >>
Christmas rides shotgun
A relaxed happy hour in LowertownBlack Dog Coffee and Wine Bar308 Prince St., St. Paul651.228.9274Hours and Details: Daily, 4-7 p.m. $2.50 Grain Belt Premiums$3 Summit taps$4.75 glasses of house wine1/2 price special appetizer (when available)Monday, all day$20 pizza and bottle of wine(only peppe ... More >>
The free Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival (not to be confused with last month's pricey Lowertown Music Fest) has released its full lineup for next month in Mears Park. The outdoor series, " where Indie rock and trad Salsa meet Chamber Music, where Opera butts up against Jazz and Hip-ho ... More >>
Michelle LeonThe Last Word from Heartland.The Last WordHeartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market289 E. 5th St., St. Paul651.699.3536The new Heartland space creates a fullness to Lowertown's dining scene, with its menu changing daily to reflect availability of locally sourced meat and produce ... More >>
Heartland is back, in a big way! So far, the Hot Dish hasn't made a big deal about Heartland's move from St. Claire and Fairview to its new Lowertown digs. There was supposed to be a bigger dining room, an adjacent food market, a more bustling location, and so on...okay, cool, great, sure. Bu ... More >>
Another week, another weekly wrap up--time sure does fly. Again, with the great stories, recipes, events, and food lovin' good times. Here are some of the week's highlights: ~Local writer Heather McElhatton talks Cinnebon, Johnny Michael's shame-inducing cocktails, and wiener water. ~Rachel Hutto ... More >>
Owner Rebecca Illingworth: It's about the tasting experience
St. Paul nightlife's taking off: Lowertown's getting a wine bar.
Friday night marks the kickoff for this monthly party in Lowertown St. Paul.
Will restaurants that originated in Minneapolis also find success across the river?
Take a slightly boring panorama of St. Paul's Lowertown, morph it into a sphere and it becomes pretty fascinating.
The Bulldog ask's one of life's intriguing questions...but gives a disappointing answer.
If you could wave your magic wand and make one improvement to the Twin Cities, what would it be?