• Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get into things this week with the potent new video from Buildings, their first offering from their new forthcoming EP. We've also got new clips from MaLLy, Atmosphere, F ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Food and drink categories

    Finally, the big day is here! The Best of the Twin Cities 2014 issue hits newsstands today, chock-full of the metro's crème de la crème in shopping, services, recreation, and yes -- restaurants. Hot Dish gathered up all of our many food and drink winners for you to check out in one handy locatio ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going at Local Frames with a new video from Poliça, for two of the standout tracks on their recent record, Shulamith. We've also got brand new video ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Hipster Vikings logo creator explains the method behind his ridiculousness [IMAGES]

    This week, self-proclaimed "football humorist" Dave Rappoccio unleashed his latest project -- each NFL logo redesigned, for hipsters.SEE ALSO: St. Paul's Lowertown top hipster zip, study says For the Vikings, Rappoccio added a top hat, nose ring, tongue pillar, and purple highlights to the Norseman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Lenny Russo signs book deal for new cookbook

    It's been a big year for Lenny Russo.  From traveling Slovenia and filming a television show to surviving what could have been a deadly car crash to recommitting himself to health, the award-winning chef has hardly found a moment to stop moving. Now, he has finally announced what many fans have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    The Strip Club owners to open "upscale flannel" restaurant in Lowertown

    The news got out a little earlier than Strip Club Meat and Fish owners would have liked, but it's true: They are looking to open a new restaurant. Initial reports suggested that this would be a second outpost of their beloved Maria Avenue spot, but it turns out this is an entirely new concept, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with the striking new video from Poliça from their highly-anticipated forthcoming full-length, Shulamith. We are also highlighting new clips f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Strip Club Meat & Fish owners to open new spot in Lowertown

    We knew they were working on securing a location for the a new restaurant concept, but J.D. Fratzke and Tim Niver, owners of St. Paul's wildly popular Strip Club Meat and Fish, were mum on details. Now, the Star Tribune is reporting that they are set to sign a lease in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Brother Ali to perform on The Lowertown Line's second episode

    After launching the series earlier this year with Trampled by Turtles, MN Original and TPT have gotten the go-ahead for another episode of their live concert series The Lowertown Line. This time around, rapper/activist/Nardwuar fan Brother Ali will be the featured performer.In March, Ali stirred up ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2013

    The best Twin Cities bars for spirits

    We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and more

  • Restaurants

    January 2, 2013

    Louis Ristorante aims to revive St. Paul

    Cossetta's overhaul hopes to wake up the city's sleepy downtown with classic Italian cuisine

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Midway Stadium documentary captures storied ballpark's twilight [VIDEO]

    The St. Paul Saints will soon leave Midway Stadium behind for shiny new $27 million digs in Lowertown.SEE ALSO: Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints [FEATURE]Most agree that's good news. But for those who have enjoyed the quirkiness of the Saints' 30-year-old ballpark, there's somethin ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 12, 2012

    Colossal Cafe lives up to its name

    From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin Cities

    See Also: Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities Top 10 breakfasts in the Twin Cities One of the thrills of living in Minnesota in the summertime, apart from the fact that the chance of snow is quite slight, is the delight of freshly picked peas, beans, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables and fruit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    St. Paul Saints to become St. Paul Aints on Minnesota Atheists night

    SEE ALSO: St. Paul Saints move one step closer to building Veeck-land in LowertownOn August 10, the St. Paul Saints will risk offending Him in order to accommodate the Minnesota Atheists.On "A Night of Unbelievable Fun," the Saints will become the St. Paul Aints. They'll wear custom-made jerseys san ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Downtown St. Paul has become a whole lot whiter over the past decade

    Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently put together a list of the "fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods" in the country, and one of them is downtown St. Paul.Granted, Petrilli's characterization of these neighborhoods as "gentrifying" seems to be inappropriate. He uses race data b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Top 5 butcher shops in the Twin Cities

    As the three-day weekend looms, it's time to scrape off those grates and get ready for grilling. The key to a carnivorous cookout is a high-quality cut of meat. While it's not hard to pick up a chub of hamburger from any old grocery mart, buying meat from a butcher shop not only ensures quality but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    2 Live Crew, Andrew WK playing Zombie Pub Crawl as it expands into St. Paul

    2 Live Crew are one of the headliners at this year's ZPC​Anyone who tried to set foot on the West Bank last year during Zombie Pub Crawl can tell you that the once modestly sized bar crawl has gotten a bit too big for its britches. What started as a 150-person tour of Northeast bars later moved to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Corpse Reviver #2: A drink to bring the dead back to life

    Chad LarsonCorpse Reviver #2: Not just for breakfast anymore​The Corpse Reviver was at one time an entire family of drinks. Corpse Reviver, or just Reviver, sometimes was the name given to drinks designed to be the "hair of the dog that bit you," meaning a drink to get you through that rough Sunda ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011
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    June 22, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Junkyard Empire releases 'Acts of Humanity' Saturday at 7th St. Entry

    ​It's not all that common these days that a band takes a real stand on a political message, much less forefronts it as the most prominent piece of their music. Granted, that's probably for the better, particularly given how easy it ease to ruin perfectly good music with a half-cooked ideology or t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Twin Cities Jazz Fest 2011 lineup announced

    ​We're just going to keep posting lineups for summer festivals and ignore the fact that it's snowing outside right now. Ok? Ok.Today, the Twin Cities Jazz Fest unveiled the lengthy lineup for its annual three-day celebration in Mears Park and surrounding Lowertown venues. The fest is a nice cross- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Bin Wine Bar: Happy hour of the week

    The beautiful bar at Bin​Bin Wine Bar400 Sibley St., Suite 150, St. Paul651.224.9463Hours and Details:Daily, 4-7 p.m.Buy 2 cheeses, get 1 free$4 La Baronne Rouge and La Baronne Blanc wines by the glass$3 Grain Belt and Grain Belt LightMears Park has a variety of spots where you can grab a drink an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Cloud Cult parts with one of its founding members

    Photo by Nick VlcekSarah Young at the Lowertown Fest in July 2010​With the release of their latest concept album, Light Chasers, much attention has been paid to Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa and wife Connie's relationship with their new child. But for the past several years, the band has also i ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Art Attack, Hotel, Scott West: Freeloader Friday

    Image by Pacdog​Still hungover from Halloween? Although this weekend isn't as epic in terms of what places are offering, it is still pretty full. For this edition, we've got Art Attack, a three-day gallery hop in the Northeast; the one-year anniversary of the Lowertown Art Crawl in St. Paul; music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Saint Paul Art Crawl, Curtiss A's John Lennon tribute: Freeloader Friday

    Photo by wwarby via Flikr​ Once again we find ourselves fast approaching a weekend filled with tons of free things to do. The entire city of St. Paul will be loaded with free art shows, concerts, parades, demonstrations, wine tastings, and more thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Other events of n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    DWITT reflects on life as a rock 'n' roll artist

    ​You may not recognize David Witt's name, but it's very likely you've seen his work plastered on street posts and bulletin boards around town -- especially if you frequent the West Bank.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon October '10

    Tons of restaurant openings took place last month.​OPEN The Hanger Room, Willernie Poor Richard's Commonhouse (formerly Majors), Bloomington Burkhara Indian Bistro, Wayzata Gorkha Palace, Minneapolis Rice Paper, Edina Darbar Indian Grill, Minneapolis (former Indio) BLVD Kitchen and Bar, Minnet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    The Boxcar closes after dispute with landlord

    Robert MeyerThe bar at The Boxcar.​Musician-restaurateur Johnny Solomon hit a rough patch lately, between a recent hospitalization and subsequent eviction from his home and business, the Boxcar, in Prescott, Wisconsin. The Hot Dish caught up with the Communist Daughter front man by phone as he ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

    Image by tao_zhyn​It's a long weekend for most of us here in the Twin Cities, and in many ways the next three days mark the end of summer. It's your last chance to check out the Minnesota State Fair, and for some it's the last weekend before school starts up again. But fear not: There is still ple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Lowertown First Fridays kicks off the weekend

    Barbara EvanSilly girl​This week St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood is hosting another Lowertown First Fridays, an art crawl featuring local work in studios and galleries. Participants include artists with space in the Jax and Northwestern buildings, the Lowertown Lofts Artist Co-op, and the Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Uptown Art Fair, Lutefisk Sushi D: Freeloader Friday

    Mykl Roventine via​ Do you like art festivals? We have about 30 happening this weekend. Do you like free music? Yeah, we have that too. How about hot, molten iron? Yep. A giant board game bigger than the people in it? That's happening too. It's an epic week for free stuff happening in M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon August '10

    It's been a busy month in restaurant news...​ OPEN Olive's, Marine on St. Croix Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale Surdyk's Flights, MSP Airport Heartland (move to Lowertown), St. Paul Simple Sandwich, Minneapolis Moe's Burger Heaven, St. Paul Patisserie 46, Minneapolis

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    August 4, 2010

    Origami vs. Tanpopo in a battle of noodle soups

    Lisa Gulya​ If you've seen the Japanese film Tampopo, you know the power of a perfectly prepared bowl of Japanese noodles. Heck, even if you've never heard of Tampopo, you probably know someone who subsisted on ramen noodles when times were tough. This Food Fight is for them. We want to make ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Mason Jennings, Cloud Cult, and more at Lowertown Music Fest, 7/31/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​It was a set-up that seemed destined for failure: A sparse offering of food, limited numbers of bathrooms and trash cans, ample booze for sale, and no re-entry made it seem like the Lowertown Music Fest could end it total chaos.

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    July 13, 2010

    Faces Mears Park: Take the tour

    Michelle Leon​As another restaurant settles into Lowertown, a renaissance is taking place in the once desolate dining landscape. In the spot that was formerly home to LoTo, David Fhima brings updated American cuisine with a focus on local farm-fresh food to the scene. Fhima's scope is wide, as Fac ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon July '10

    ​ OPEN FACES, St. Paul (David Fhima reboots LoTo) Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, Minneapolis I Love This Bar & Grill (Toby Keith's deal), St. Louis Park Depot at First Avenue, Minneapolis D'Amico's PARMA 8200, Bloomington Sauce Pizza & Wine, St. Louis Park Mango Tango, Brooklyn Center

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    June 11, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: June 7-11

    Martino!'s/flickr​Happy Friday! This week the writers at Hot Dish have been working hard to make sure you are up to date on the food scene. Here are a few of our favorite things, in case you missed them:~ The ever fascinating Sven Sundgaard talks to Monica Wright about his choice of eats.~Cub take ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Lenny Russo: Chef Chat, Part 3

    ​ While Lenny Russo takes on his biggest endeavor yet, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, opening in Lowertown next month, he took the time to talk to Hot Dish, and shared one of his favorite recipes, in the third part of our series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, here if you missed t ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Vines and Steins: Coming Soon

    ​Along with its E. Sixth Street neighbor Barrio, Bulldog St. Paul has been a big part of Lowertown's recent nightlife revival. The Pi Press reports that the Bulldog's owner, Matt Lokowich, is now making plans to add a wine and cheese shop around the corner in the O'Connor Building. Lokowich ho ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009
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    May 17, 2006

    Dream Date

    The Danforths plan a very special evening

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    Roger, Over and Out

    City Pages writer, St. Paul developer, and helpless lover of life Roger Swardson dies at 69

  • Arts

    November 26, 2003

    Connaughty's Choice

    How one artist has gone from crafting 48-foot paintings to walking on plants--all in search of the spontaneous image

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