Mojo Monkey

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    20 things we'd like to see in the Mall of America expansion

    The Mall of America is about to get a facelift... 14 stories, to be exact. For a mall that boasts hundreds of stores, a theme park, a sea-life exhibit, a movie theater, and countless other attractions, what's missing? Here are a few of our requests for the mall's expansion. What would you like to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Dunkin' Donuts tries to try again in Minnesota

    Late last week, Steve Rafferty, the senior director for Dunkin' Brands U.S. franchising, announced that Dunkin' Donuts plans to open approximately 50 stores around Minnesota starting in 2015. This isn't the first time Dunkin' Donuts has attempted to return to the state; the company tried and faile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Top 10 donuts in the Twin Cities

    For those of you in valiant pursuit of a better beach body this year, you're officially out of the woods with this most recent cold snap; for those of you who weren't, as you were. The season of indulgence kicks off somewhere right around now, and when it comes to treats, nothing satisfies quite lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Corner Table's Pork Belly, 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 1

    The flutter and blush of possibility that grips your heart and throat is so familiar. From the first playground crush, we've learned that we can't always trust when the whole world seems to stop for one anticipatory moment. It's a physical reaction. You suck in your breath, your pupils dilate, and y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Sweet Science's rhubarb cinnamon almond ice cream: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 2

    After a short hiatus, 50 Favorite Dishes is back counting down the best things we've tasted this year.More than any other dessert, ice cream seems to be the great unifier. Young or old, hungry or full, even if you're not "a sweets person" ice cream always sounds like a pretty good idea. Between Gran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Celebrate National Donut Day in the Twin Cities

    Whether you prefer doughnuts or donuts, it's hard to nitpick over how delicious those little bits of fried dough are... especially when there are opportunities around town to get 'em for free for National Donut Day. Started in 1938, this scrumptious national holiday was established by The Salvatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    La Belle Vie's sweet pea tortelli: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 3

    No matter if you're rolling in a hooptie. Step inside La Belle Vie and be transported to an opulent world where every aspect of the restaurant functions at the pinnacle of fine dining.See Also:2013 Best Desserts: La Belle VieLa Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday feteThomas Keller and Bouch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Harriet Brasserie's tres leches cake: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 4

    I once heard someone, who was obviously not a fan of this traditional Latin American dessert, describe tres leches as "cake soaked in a bunch of canned milk." That definition, though unjust, is not technically incorrect. Tres leches, or three milk cake, is one of those dishes that makes you wonder a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Burch's steak: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 5

    Oh, glorious hunk of charred beef. No matter what the health-food wonks say, there is a time and place for a primal hunk of red meat. No matter the reason or heft of your red-meat desire, Burch Steak has a cut to satisfy.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Rincon 38's Pulpo: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 6

    When Hector Ruiz's Rincon 38 opened just a few months back on the corner of 38th & Grand in Kingfield - an increasingly popular intersection for gourmands and they restaurants they frequent - we expected to enjoy some small bites and some Spanish wines. What we didn't expect was to become such f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The Strip Club's Tenderloin Schiacciatta: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 7

    When dining at the Strip Club Meat and Fish, a diner needs a strategy. It's best to bring a couple of friends, people who are good at pacing themselves, and attack the menu. Order a pile of small plates and prepare to share. A great time can easily be derailed by one fussbudget who refuses to share ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Borough's champagne potato soup: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 9

    Like an unexpected storm of restaurant industry talent, Borough and its downstairs bar Parlour came on the scene quickly and with a head-spinning ferocity. Where was once a raw, empty building suddenly became a new and necessary-to-visit restaurant (not to mention our favorite neighborhood speakeasy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Union's duck with whole grains: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 10

    A see-and-be-seen rooftop patio complete with retractable glass ceiling and complex cocktails designed by Johnny Michaels (like the highly recommended garam masala-spiced blood orange Old Fashioned, pictured above) were the first things to grab the public's attention when Union opened this winter. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Mike Phillips's Three Sons Meats charcuterie: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 11

    It seems every restaurant is now required to have a chef with a pig part tattooed on them and a charcuterie platter on the menu. There was a time in the not too distant past when salumi was in short supply. A little neighborhood joint in Longfellow called the Craftsman (again, back when that neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    The Left-Handed Cook's 21 Spice Fried Chicken: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 12

    Fried chicken may not be synonymous with the Twin Cities, but one newcomer to the Midtown Global Market is doing its best to boost our local reputation. When the Left-Handed Cook, Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard's Korean soul food restaurant opened last summer, one item on the menu seemed to immediately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Dandelion Kitchen's braised beef sandwich, 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 13

    Today we speak in defiance of this ridiculously lame excuse for a spring. We speak of that sunshine colored truck that usually would be parked outside the IDS building on the sidewalk along Nicollet Mall. We speak of freshly-made sodas with bright ingredients and nose-tickling carbonation. We speak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Birchwood Cafe's Key Lime Pie: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 14

    It may be the official state pie of Florida, but here in Minnesota there is one iconic restaurant that has managed to produce a perfect Key lime pie. It's simultaneously so splendidly sour and subtly sweet that it inspired Izzy's to make a new ice cream flavor based on it, which is pretty incredible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Grand Szechuan's Chengdu dumplings: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 15

    The problem with strip malls is that they all look the same - which might also be what makes them so appealing. It's impossible to judge the book by the familiar cover, so you've got to go inside where there might be a food find or a dinner disaster.  Inside one particular strip in Bloomington, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Ipotli's spicy dosa: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 16

    Nation-wide, the Twin Cities are famous for our ingenious skyway system, but only people who have really navigated those above-ground mazes understand that they are also a veritable treasure trove of fantastic cheap eats. We discovered a new favorite this year at Ipotli, a fast-casual Indian restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Blue Door Pub Longfellow's Baked 'n' Loaded blucy: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 17

    The seductive power of a great burger manifests in groups of carnivores who haunt the sidewalks on Selby Avenue outside the original Blue Door Pub location. Stomachs growling, it's as if they can hear that explosive sizzle of meat hitting the hot grill. Toes tapping, they keep time as the the cooks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Parka's ham and pickle tots: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 18

    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.There are so many standards by which to evaluate our food. You can consider the quality of the ingredients, creativity in preparation, successful marrying of flavors and te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Mojo Monkey's cake doughnuts: 50 favorite dishes, no. 19

    Let us pause for a moment and savor the greatness that is a perfectly cooked cake doughnut. Tanned, crispy exterior gives way to fluffy moist interior. Mojo Monkey's cake doughnut is such a specimen, but it's so much more than just a simple doughnut. It's perfection.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Best pumpkin dishes in the Twin Cities, part 1

    Ah, mid-autumn. The time of year best marked by your level of annoyance with people who are still talking about how great it is that pumpkin lattes are back. But savvy foodies know there are so many more interesting uses for this in-season squash than as a syrupy synthetic shot in your morning coffe ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 16, 2012

    Lynden's in St. Paul revives old-fashioned soda shop

    Throwback candy, handcrafted floats, and egg creams

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon January 2012

    ​NOW OPENColossal Cafe(2315 Como Ave, St. Paul)Rosa Mexicano (City Pages Review)(609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)Little Szechuan (City Pages Review)(5377 West 16th St., St. Louis Park)West Bank Diner(324 Cedar Ave S. Minneapolis)Five Guys Burgers and Fries(8360 3rd St N., Oakdale)Eat Street Pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Mojo Monkey Donuts: a first look

    Sweet treats arrive on West Seventh​The smiling monkey beckons you inside to a sunny storefront shop and an array of artisan sweets. Mojo Monkey Donut, the former Rudie's Coffee shop on West Seventh in St. Paul, between Randolph and Lexington, has been transformed from dark punk to bright chic. Th ... More >>