How do you know you're deep in the throes of food truck season in the Twin Cities? Weekday lunch hours are spent trolling Nicollet Mall for the one truck you've yet to try. Farmers market shopping trips are easily sidetracked by paper boats full of bacon-wrapped tots. You've become an expert at scou ... More >>
Food trucks are known for inventing unique flavor concoctions, especially in Minnesota, where the warm months bring out State Fair favorites like camel burgers and fried lamb testicles. But despite our familiarity with bizarre ingredients, baby food never struck us as a suitable focal point for food ... More >>
Ah, the salad bar. Long the haven for vegetarians and dieting diners, the classic steakhouse staple has arguably lost some its luster since it was first introduced in the 1950s. But on the 12th floor of the Nicollet Mall Macy's, lunchtime diners can still find one of the few bona fide all-you-can-ea ... More >>
All those cranes in the sky? It's not just you.Minneapolis is in a construction boom, and the city announced this morning that 2013 was a record year for construction building permits. See Also: New development in Minneapolis: Is it really as cookie-cutter as people say?
Got lunch plans for today? You do now. As part of an event for local small business owners organized by Square, the plug-in credit card reader that most food trucks use, Hot Indian Foods food truck will be giving away free Indurritos to the first 100 people to get in line.See Also:The Twin Citi ... More >>
Practice makes perfect, even when you're talking about an actual sausage fest. That's why, in order to gear up for its fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival (September 6-7, mark your calendars), Kramarczuk's is teaming up with Natedogs and launching their first-ever combined pre-fest "Classic Kielbasa Min ... More >>
Bonjour, downtown diners. The old Dahl Pharmacy space on 12th Street & Nicollet Mall has been transformed into a 40-seat cafe, complete with wine and beer service, called French Corner Bakery. The bakery is open now, owned by Vladimir and Nadia Storchak and Chrystel Klein, reports the Downtown J ... More >>
Sarah Botcher has been winning fans with her elegant take on homey desserts at Butcher & the Boar since they opened. She's recently decided to step out and start her own business. Every Thursday she sets up her stand, hangs out her card and shares her talents with downtown Minneapolis farmers ma ... More >>
Food trucks may be in hibernation (although not all: Chef Driven Co, Tot Boss, Fork in the Road, and a couple others are still braving the frigid temps). However, street eats season is just a couple of months away. Have you got a great mobile food idea? We found a trailer that's looking for a new ow ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Dianne's Fine Desserts harassed Somalis, used racial slurs, says CAIR-- Somalis walk off job at Minnesota dessert factory in protest of company's new burqa banThanks to a grant from the Minnesota Community Foundation totaling at least $5,000, free hijabs will be distributed Saturday afte ... More >>
One of Minneapolis's most stately music venues, Orchestra Hall, is currently getting a much needed modern face-lift, as the exterior of the hall is undergoing a major $50 million renovation that should be finished sometime in 2013. While the changes to the interior and the glorious auditorium itself ... More >>
While we wouldn't necessarily put ice cream and beer together (that beer/ice cream float idea is better in theory than practice) we don't mind that our Week in Food begins with free ice cream and ends at the State Fair Grounds sucking down 85-plus premium brews. 6/12 This sounds like the best idea ... More >>
Two of the top seafood chefs in the city will be going head to head in a culinary battle to the finish. Both chefs are relatively new to their head toque positions. Jamie Malone is still only into her first (official) year as chef de cuisine at Tim McKee's Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater. ... More >>
Target: no sight for tired worker's eyes.The rage has come home to roost. On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman, a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the "Save Thanksgiving" petition to the retailer's headquarters on Nicollet Mall. "My choice is stay ... More >>
Mini markets now allow for non-local fruit to be sold.Farmers markets in Minneapolis will now require a larger percentage of vendors to be food growers. The City Council recently passed ordinance amendments calling for 60 percent of vendors to be agricultural producers, which includes growers ... More >>
Origins Coffee and TeaFind this cart on Nicollet Mall between 4th and 5th. Until now, downtown Minneapolis coffee aficionados have had to make do with mass-market Starbucks, Dunn Bros., and Caribou, as the Twin Cities' premium, niche coffee shops--Bull Run, Kopplin's, Angry Catfish, etc.--are ... More >>
Brent SchoonoverThe best of this season's new street eats!This week's Dish column visits this season's new fleet of street food vendors in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The new vehicles have greatly expanded the mobile culinary offerings to include everything from meatball subs to froz ... More >>
Sage RossIf you're heading downtown, here's a glimpse of your future.Word to the wise: if you can, stay the hell out of downtown Minneapolis tonight. Three mega-sized events, all within a half-mile radius of one another, are kicking off essentially at the same time. Public works officials are ... More >>
Even the sign is beautifulVincent - A Restaurant1100 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis612.630.1189Hours and Details:Monday-Friday, 4:30-6 p.m.Monday-Thursday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.Only in the lounge; no reservations taken$5 Signature martinis - cosmo and lemon drop$5 Bubble "Petillant" Cocktails (sparklers)$4 ... More >>
Fresh pumpkin is the best. While we love Halloween candy as much as the next guy, we also dig the pumpkin dishes that pop up at area restos during the season. Some are savory and some are sweet, but all give you that fall feeling. The Hot Dish spoke with a few local chefs who share our orange ent ... More >>
Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>
Michelle BruchLast call for outdoor ice cream.Summer ain't over till it's over in Minnesota, and we have plenty of warm days left to take advantage of the Sonny's Ice Cream stand on Nicollet Mall. Sonny's is one of the new street carts that opened in downtown Minneapolis this year. It's near ... More >>
The Zombie 7 say they're team playersIn the name of team spirit, seven Minneapolis zombies faced with a $165,000 settlement say they plan to donate some of their riches to the defense of the RNC 8. While zombies are known for brainlessness, these seven say their donation is a way to prove t ... More >>
(Photo by stuartpilbrow) This week Freeloader Friday is all about street festivals. We have Dakota Fest, Highland Fest, and not one, but two awesome Bastille Day celebrations. Add in some live music and tons of other stuff, and you have a completely free weekend.
Via NiceRide/FacebookThe brand-spankin-new lime ridesWe're the biking-est city in the country (and the cleanest, least wasteful and one of the most enviro-friendly). Tomorrow we're going to rub that fact in everyone's noses when Mayor R.T. Rybak cuts the ribbon on NiceRide, the nation's large ... More >>
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