Main Dish Recipes

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Saguaro Attempts a New Kind of Mexican Cuisine in Southwest Minneapolis

    Mexican food is the great culinary unifier. Fire-roasted meats, fresh salsas redolent with lime, toothsome ground corn, the familiar starchiness of beans, rice, and tortillas: These things taken together can be like a salve for the sometime austerity of life. And yet, Saguaro isn't that kind of Mex ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Spoon and Stable: A Sneak Peek and Opening Date for Gavin Kaysen's North Loop Restaurant

    With construction complete and staff all settled, Spoon and Stable has officially announced its opening date of November 16. We stopped by last night for a sneak peek at the space, first tastes of some of the dishes from both the lounge and dining room menus, and sips of the just-delivered liquor co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Bulldog N.E. Chef Crafts Satanic, Slayer-Inspired Pizza

    Chef John "Blüd Hammer" Hurkes of Bulldog N.E. is Minneapolis's master of blasphemous cuisine. When he's not assembling detailed plates of pickles or frosting mini cupcakes for Bulldog, he's experimenting with ways to combine three of his primary passions: heavy metal, Satanic imagery, and damn goo ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    The 10 Most Underrated Restaurants in the Twin Cities

    People love lauding the latest thing, but what of the tried-and-true classics that stand the test of time?  These 10 restaurants are the old guard of the Twin Cities. They're not the trendiest or most modern places to grab a bite, but they deliver solid -- if not spectacular -- meals time and ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2014

    The best dining secrets around the Twin Cities

    Our favorite hidden culinary gems in the metro

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    August 13, 2014

    Mattie's on Main takes a leaf from the past

    A 19th-century madam inspires a brothel-style bar and restaurant in Riverplace

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Agra Culture brings fast-casual healthy to Uptown

    The fast-casual restaurant model has exploded over the last decade, with new chains and concepts popping up faster than you can say "top-gaining market share." But many of these quick-service newcomers have featured not-so-healthy stuff on their menus. Agra Culture Kitchen & Press in Uptown has take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Red's Savoy vs. the Bulldog: Cheesesteak challenge

    Once a dish is declared "the best," how long does it stay that way? How long does that chosen taco or cupcake deserve to sit at the top of the mountain? A realistic answer might be "as long as the restaurant manages to stay in business." A more psychologically accurate answer might be "as long as ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Edina

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best plac ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2014

    Travail and the Rookery return triumphant as ever

    The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 16, Union Fish Market's razor clam crudo

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.This fall, downtown's show pony UNION, with its underground bar and retractable rooftop, made a major change to its main floor dining room. The Kaskaid Hospitality-owned r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 20, Coup d'Etat's Duck, Duck, Grey Duck

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.First, let's get the important thing out of the way: In Minnesota, it is most definitely duck, duck, grey duck. There is no goose involved. Barman Jesse Held knows what's ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No 27, Victory 44's pate

    It's possible that Chef Erick Harcey of Victory 44 is incapable of making an ugly plate of food. No matter the dish, Harcey routinely turns out visual feasts -- to say nothing of the flavors. His pate, a humble dish not often known as the belle of the food-pic-worthy ball, is a stunner, garnish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Blood

    Last Friday night, our kitchen looked like a murder scene. We didn't mean for it to happen. We were told to run the blood through a strainer to remove clots and figured a coffee filter would work fine in its place. Wrong. The blood saturated the filter within seconds, poured out of the bowl, spread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 45, Pig Ate My Pizza's hog tots

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. There seems to be no end to the culinary cleverness pouring out of the team behind Travail. In the last year or so the restaurant's chefs and owners have developed a hand ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    A sneak peek at Sanctuary's newest menu

    There aren't too many restaurants or chefs out there that can execute a take on a classic dish while still embracing the will to be weird. Downtown Minneapolis's Sanctuary manages to hit the nail on the head every time. On their ever-changing menus, you can often find familiar French or Mediterranea ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Camel meat

    Americans primarily know the camel from a distance. Sure, it's the face of an American brand of cigarettes, the Alcoholics Anonymous mascot, the subject of a popular Geico commercial, and the namesake of a certain fashion disaster, but unless you've taken an "exotic" camel ride at the circus or whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    First look: Relevé, Graves 601 Hotel's new champagne bar

    How does a restaurant that's been open for over ten years remain relevant? How does a hotel bar continue to dazzle the locals and remain a destination for travelers? If you're Cosmos inside the Graves 601 Hotel, you add an elegant champagne bar complete with a new menu and plenty of bubbly selection ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Mike Davis on Cool Jerk, Lao-style beef jerky

    Looking for some savory stocking stuffers for foodie friends and family? We have you covered. Mike Davis and Mali Kouanchao have turned their passion project of making Lao beef jerky into a full-scale business called Cool Jerk. The husband-and-wife team are both artists and designers by day, an ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 11, 2013

    Soups to get you through the winter

    Twin Cities slurpers that will chase away the cold

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Top 10 wildest game dishes in the Twin Cities

    Who got game? We do, apparently.It used to be that bison was about the wildest thing you'd find on a menu in the Twin Cities, but as leaner alternative proteins gain popularity, our local chefs have learned to perfectly prepare everything from pig to pigeon. So now that hunting season is underway, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    First Look: The Rabbit Hole

    Stepping from the bright lights of Midtown Global Market into the Rabbit Hole, the new restaurant at the market's edge, is a bit like stepping into another world. The lights are dim. A stack of books twists over the top of the host stand. A line of seats frames the open kitchen where chefs throw dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Asian Invasion food truck packs some serious heat

    Just because it's officially fall doesn't mean we're going to part with our favorite curbside lunch routine. Recently we visited St. Paul where we found a lunch well-suited to these cooler days.See Also:Best Street Food: Dandelion KitchenZen Box Izakaya to throw big time ramen bash

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    September 19, 2013

    UMAMI, a first look at Travail's pop-up; Plus, an update on the Kickstarter

    Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 28, 2013

    Go gluten-free in the Twin Cities

    How to live without wheat in the metro

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    June 26, 2013

    Pig Ate My Pizza: Wallowing in pork's splendor

    At the old Travail location, pork isn't the other white meat -- it's the only meat

  • Restaurants

    June 5, 2013

    New Twin Cities tacos and bar food to fall for

    A taste of Minneapolis burger joint Zeke's Unchained Animal and St. Paul taqueria Tacos, Nachos, and Beer

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Lucia's chicken pot pie: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 8

    "As American as apple pie" is the simile we're all familiar with, but when I think of quintessential American comfort food, I think of chicken pot pie. Roasted bird, humble vegetables, and creamy gravy encased in buttery pastry crust - it's all so very homey and soul-soothing. As simple as the ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 1, 2013

    Hello Pizza is a slice of heaven

    The new Edina pizzeria boasts excellent toppings, flavorful sauce, and an A+ crust

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    March 26, 2013

    Hello Pizza in southwest Minneapolis: A first look

    Ann Kim knows her way around a pizza pie. Now that her Pizzeria Lola has become a bit of a phenomenon, she has moved into a new location with a new concept. Say hello to Hello Pizza. We stopped by for a first look at the new Linden Hills/Edina-area pizzeria. See also: Primebar closed Twin Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Signature Dish: Sanctuary's chef Patrick Atanalian

    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

    March 5, 2013

    Republic's ricotta fritters: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 38

    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.At your average beer-centered bar, potato skins and liquid cheese-covered nachos are about as good as it gets, but Republic at 7 Corners (and now in the old Independent spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Soul Food Junkie Cheo Smith gives dishes a healthy spin [RECIPES]

    A few weeks back, we reported on the release of a new film called Soul Food Junkies by director Byron Hurt about the unhealthy effects of the high-fat foods that are part of Southern cuisine, particularly on the African-American community. We had a connection to the movie already since local ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Cheesecake Factory pasta tops nation's unhealthiest restaurant meals

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts out an annual list of the most egregious caloric offenders to be found in popular restaurant chains.  Released yesterday, the Xtreme Eating "winners" were announced.Readers beware: This is the food version of watching Hoarders. It's b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 9, 2013

    Union: Amazing dining from the top of the town

    Hennepin's newest multilevel hotspot has outstanding cocktails, thoughtful food, and a lively vibe

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Republic finds a new home in Uptown

    Let's just get this out of the way: The new outpost of Republic in Calhoun Square has nothing on the original Seven Corners location in terms of atmosphere. Yes, the views are nice and it's a very welcome addition to an area that's lacking in really good beer bars, but the lofted space, in the forme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Top 10 Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Tiki Tim's food truck: A first look

    The newest truck to turn up in St. Paul is a smurf blue vintage Chevy camper, converted and festooned with a grinning Tiki god. Its food is "island inspired" and it's been trolling the streets for a couple of weeks. We stopped by for a first bite.

  • 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

    August 9, 2012

    Minnesota Zoo Farmers Market features Fish Smart chefs

    One of the newest farmers markets to pop up in the Cities is the one found in the Apple Valley parking lot outside the Minnesota Zoo. We stopped by to have a peek and a taste of the goodies available. We found the usual, beautiful Minnesota bounty, but then we spotted something unexpected.

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    August 9, 2012

    Top 10 Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities

    See also: Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities Top 10 cupcake shops in the Twin Cities Top 10 dive bars in the Twin Cities Could Indian food be the perfect regional cuisine? Its exquisite blending of perfectly balanced spices beckon equally in the sultry days of summer or on frigid winter nights. ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 25, 2012

    New Nordic food movement

    How to eat like a Scandinavian

  • Restaurants

    July 25, 2012

    Mosaic: More than the sum of its parts

    Lots of little things – good beer, a charming patio, miraculous fries – make a satisfying whole at Longfellow cafe

  • Restaurants

    July 11, 2012

    Icehouse is very cool

    The new Eat Street food-and-music venue pulls off small plates in a big way

  • Restaurants

    June 6, 2012

    Harriet Brasserie is little a French, a little Brazilian, and all good

    Another top-notch neighborhood bistro opens in Linden Hills

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

    The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're  judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 14, 2012

    My Burger, Turkey To Go, and Which Wich reviewed

    A taste test of three new fast-casual restaurants

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    March 7, 2012
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    March 1, 2012

    Top 5 ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

    At this point, anyone with a computer and a random craving could declare any day on the calendar to be National Pizza Day, or National Rhubarb Day, and social media being what it is, the world would believe it in a matter of hours. But when we learned that today is National Peanut Butter Day, we th ... More >>

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