Jonathan Tolliver is the lead singer for Twin Cities rock 'n' soul band Black Diet. When he heard the Lyn-Lake club Cause Spirits & Soundbar was closing later this month, he was inspired to write this farewell essay.Cause has always been a very cliquey place. Walking into the bar side on any giv ... More >>
The new Marvel Bar helps make up for the loss of the Inn.We're no longer able to sip this year's Best Contemporary Cocktail winner, the Inn's Slim Shim, as the restaurant has unfortunately closed. But we lucky liquor lovers still have plenty of great cocktail choices in town, including several ... More >>
Michelle LeonBig island flavors, tiny space.What's nice about dining in a small space? The coziness creates the ability for the chefs and barkeeps to really take time to give you their attention, and, while it's not every Minnesotan's cup of tea, you can also visit with your neighboring tables. L ... More >>
Michelle LeonRed Stag's amber glow.Sazerac$9Red Stag Supperclub509 First Avenue NE., Minneapolis, 612.767.7766website Like the martini, Manhattan, or old-fashioned, the sazerac is another pre-Prohibition cocktail, this one originating in New Orleans, that everyone claims as having the "orig ... More >>
Michelle LeonSteaks, like this one from Heartland, are spendy but tend to have low mark ups.The San Francisco Chronicle looked into restaurant food pricing to compare the cost of ingredients to the final cost of the dish. These costs, of course, don't take into account the expense of, say, pu ... More >>
Michelle LeonAnd here we at the half-way point on our 100 favorite dish countdown, and this one is so very sweet, a caramel roll that was born in our dreams.
Michelle LeonDrink me.It's time to blow out that flip-flop and get wasted away again in Margaritaville. Today is National Margarita Day, and to help you celebrate, here's a delicious but definitely nontraditional recipe we tried out for the big day.
Michelle LeonLike a meal in a glass Some may be spicier, some may be stronger, but no bloody in the Twin Cities can top the Weekender Bloody Mary for sheer scale and ambition. On a recent Sunday morning, one member of a large party waiting at the host's stand enthusiastically explained the fa ... More >>
A year of cocktails...This year in beverages saw a wealth of cocktail options across the Twin Cities. There were the fruity, the fragrant, and the fierce--in other words, something for every kind of drinker. We highlighted the white liquors in summer, the brown in winter, tasty brews and even a m ... More >>
by Marsha TrainerThe writing's on the wall.The Twin Cities are home to many killer happy hours in a variety of venues. In the Upper Midwest, snazzy joints are just as likely to discount their cocktails in the early evening as your friendly local dive bar. The Hot Dish has been diligently visiting ... More >>
Michelle LeonSweet, spicy and icy.November is the height of persimmon season. Finding ourselves with a profusion of persimmons after visiting Hmong Village, it was time to get creative. This cocktail was perfect: rich with fruit flavor, sweet 'n' tart with cinnamon-spice, icy and sippable. If yo ... More >>
Corpse Reviver #2As Halloween approaches, we want to make sure you have the proper cocktails to party down, spooky-style. Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you have to drink some nasty concoction like the Floating Eyeball or Bloody Brain. These vintage recipes are quite delicious and styli ... More >>
Michelle LeonThe Blood of Christ Blood of Christ$9The Hanger Room310 Stillwater Road, Willernie651.429.1477On a quaint main street in Willernie (pop. 523), bordering Mahtomedi, you will find this cozy new steakhouse. The Hanger Room is a lovely spot to have a sip--close to the cities, yet feeling ... More >>
A 150-year-old classicLike an easy lady, the whiskey sour has a tarnished reputation, similar to the tequila sunrise's. Being made for years with sour mix that tastes like bathroom cleaner will do that to a drink. Since today is National Whiskey Sour Day, it's a perfect opportunity to make th ... More >>
Michelle LeonUptown Cafeteria's new Skybar is king!We all have our favorite standbys for outdoor drinking and dining--W.A. Frost's lush garden patio, the busy sidewalk seats at French Meadow, or the Dennis Rodman-drawing roofdeck at Stella's. But have you checked out the breezy surrounds at t ... More >>
photos by Michelle Leon A lunch bento box.With a recently opened patio with stunning views of downtown Minneapolis, and a lovely Asian fusion menu by Wolfgang Puck, this is a destination to be added to the list of places to go before summer's end. With an impressive craft cocktail selection, an ... More >>
Michelle LeonHemingway cocktailHemingway$13 20.21 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.253.3410 With a bit of outdoor sipping time left this season, make sure you don't miss having a nip at the recently opened patio at 20.21 in the Walker. With a stunning view of downtown and a clean, modern vibe ... More >>
Michelle Leon Take a taste of honey.Honey. Even the name sounds silky smooth. And this place, with its jeweled-toned walls, sexy lighting, and delicious food and drink menus, lives up to the name. In the Northeast space that formerly was home to Jitters, Honey--part of the Ginger Hop family--bri ... More >>
Michelle LeonCool as a cucumber.Our search for the perfect summer cocktail continues. El Pepino Fresco translates to fresh cucumber in Spanish--nice, since cukes are so plentiful right now. We especially like the use of tequila in the recipe. It's hard to create balance with the agave-based spi ... 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 >>
Michelle LeonAn experiment with the flavors found in Thai cooking.Using the freshest of the season's ingredients--this time, cucumber--we continue to share drink recipes that make the most of the harvest. We named this cocktail Ginger Cucumber Amore because the flavors blended in such a heav ... More >>
Michelle LeonThe islands await you inside this door. Caribe Caribbean Bistro791 Raymond Ave., St. Paul651.641.1446Bringing a burst of color and a taste of the tropics to St. Paul, Caribe Caribbean Bistro is taking brunch standards like eggs Benedict and potato pancakes and giving them an island s ... More >>
Michelle Leon Like having a garden in your mouth. In a good way. Now that so many of our garden's tomatoes are rosy red and fresh with morning dew, we thought we would try a drink recipe utilizing this beautiful bounty. The herb and tomato flavors are bright and pure, while the citrus and ... More >>
photos by Michelle LeonThe White Cosmo, and Eye CandyGinger Hop, 201 E. Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 612.746.0304 Hours and details: Sunday through Friday 3-6 p.m., and 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday. $3 select beer, including many craft brews, $5 select specialty drinks, $4 sake bombs, ... More >>
photos by Michelle LeonYou know you want one. Nothing is as good in the summer as a frozen icy treat. And when you can make your own with just a few simple ingredents, life is extra sweet. Here's how to create popsicles so home-style you won't be surprised to see bluebirds land on your finger ... More >>
Michelle Leon A gin for every occasion. It used to be that gin had a bad reputation because it so often tasted like a pine tree air freshener bought at a truck stop. As more cocktails are created using this juniper-based spirit, the shades and variations of flavo ... More >>
Michelle Leon Sweet as honey. Angel's Share $9 Honey205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis612.746.0306 website Honey is the sweet new place in Northeast that is part of the Ginger Hop family, in the space that formerly housed Jitter's. While basement bars and restaurants can cause ... More >>
Michelle LeonMany happy hours await you.Barbette, 1600 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, 612.827.5710. website Hours and details: Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $3 PBRs, $4 domestic tap and house red, white, rose, and bubbly wine. $5 appetizer menu: frites, oyste ... More >>
Michelle LeonClassic MartiniWant to learn how to make classic cocktails like those that the philandering, cigarette smoking, deceptive characters on Mad Men swill? As the AMC series starts its fourth season Sunday, the period piece set in the '60s reflects a time when it was okay to have a bar in ... More >>
Michelle LeonThe orbs of summer.Like little orbiting planets, pattypan squash are all over the farmers markets right now. Squash can be a bit intimidating to prepare because so often it is just not very tasty, and so many recipes are old and tired. But this dish is both delicious and simple, open ... More >>
Michelle LeonOh so cool and limey.In this weather it is really fine to have a dessert that is not too heavy, and also does not bake long. This recipe has both of those qualities, and it only needs four ingredients. If you want to be super home-style you can try this easy recipe to make a home ... More >>
Michelle LeonA Poor Man's Paradise, indeed.Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden2519 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis 612.788.9069, website Hours and Details: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily with half off select taps and rail drinks. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Sunday-Thursday, late happy hour $6 personal pizza ... More >>
Michelle LeonIt's your patriotic duty to drink this If ever a holiday was worthy of its own cocktails, Fourth of July is the clear winner. On a day spent sitting on blankets in the grass with friends and family with a cooler full of snacks and brewskis--not to mention the fireworks overhead-- ... More >>
Michelle Leonginger cayenne margarita Our search for the ultimate summer cocktail continues with this selection that is simultaneously spicy, sweet, and tart. With just a dash of cayenne, this take on a classic margarita captures all the traditional notes, but the ginger and cayenne give the dr ... More >>
Michelle LeonForum--a marvel in historic preservation. Restaurateur Jim Ringo--also of Ringo --has lovingly restored the space at 40 South Seventh Street, most recently occupied by Goodfellows, into a wonder of historic preservation. In the '20s, the space was occupied by the Saxe Theater, a larg ... More >>
Don't get iced this weekend...unless, of course, you want to. Here at the Hot Dish it has been nothing but great food, cool drinks, and the brotherhood of man. Here are some of the best stories of the week, in case you missed them. ~Rob Barrett show us how to make cherry pie that is perfect ... More >>
Photo by Michelle LeonFirst Avenue's latest addition, the Depot Tavern, celebrated its grand opening last week. Haven't been yet? Judging from the sparse attendance we saw during the lunch hour earlier this week, we're guessing most downtown Minneapolis residents and office workers don't even kno ... More >>
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