North-American Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

    We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Taco Cat launches taco delivery service: "Call number. Get tacos." [MAP]

    Taco Cat, an enigmatic taco-delivery service, made waves on the internet Wednesday afternoon when it unveiled new menu items and expanded delivery days for its soft opening. The announcement sparked so much interest that the folks behind Taco Cat felt compelled to write a follow-up status, partiall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Tilia vs. Blackbird: Fish sandwich fisticuffs

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would a fish sandwich, even if you insist on tarting it up and calling it a Fish Taco Torta or a Catfish Po' Boy? It's just fish, bread, and toppings, folks. No need for misleading Orwellian doublespeak. Whatever you want to call them, you don't nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    First look: La Fresca

    For Hector Ruiz, life in South Minneapolis is Grand. The chef is owner of three restaurants -- Cafe Ena, Rincon 38, and now, La Fresca -- all located on Grand Avenue, all within blocks of each other. His latest venture opened last weekend, promising nuevo Mexican cuisine, and we stopped by for a fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 47, La Loma's tamales

    There's a reason that La Loma, when they cater public events, often runs out of their tamales. It's because there's not another place in the Twin Cities offering anything close to these handmade snacks, steamed in either a corn husk or banana leaf and filled with a finely ground corn flour and delec ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 11, 2013

    Soups to get you through the winter

    Twin Cities slurpers that will chase away the cold

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    October 23, 2013

    Nico's Taco goes for authentic Mexican fare

    With a few tweaks, this new Hennepin Avenue hotspot could be a hit

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    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

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    April 26, 2013

    Crooked Pint coming to Uptown; Tacos, Nachos, and Beer now open

    The Crooked Pint is planning a second outpost in Uptown at the corner of 40th and Lyndale, with hopes to open this October, reports the Southwest Journal. Unlike its original location on Washington Avenue South, the Uptown store will not host live music, but owner Paul Dzubnar says there are plans i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Harriet Brewing and Cajun 2 Geaux host Fat Tuesday party tomorrow

    Let the good times roll! Mardi Gras is upon us. It's time to break out the beads and the king cake. While we might not have many things in common with our friends in the state at the other end of the Mississippi, there is one spot where you can get your red beans and rice fix this Tuesday.

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    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 16, 2013

    Tacos, Nachos, and Beer coming soon to downtown St. Paul

    The old shuttered Jimmy John's on West Seventh in downtown St. Paul will soon be home to a fun, new, and very transparently titled restaurant called Tacos, Nachos, and Beer, reports the Pioneer Press. Yesterday the Twitterverse snarkily wondered what the taqueria will serve, but I for one, hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Top 10 taquerias in the Twin Cities

    Here in Minnesota, we're much closer to the land of elk burgers and Molson beer than the land of tamales and Tecate. We're never going to have the abundance of killer taquerias that pepper Los Angeles or Dallas. Nevertheless, we do have a handful that come close to conjuring a balmy Mexican breeze ... 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    September 19, 2012

    Rusty Taco taste test

    Which of the newest tacos in northeast Minneapolis make the grade?

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Cajun 2 Geaux food truck brings Bayou spicy to St. Paul

    The converted camper is a neon alligator green, and the spicy smells that waft from inside are a distinctively Southern, Cajun spice blend, and a little fryer grease. Inside the truck are a father-son team. The father is chef Tim Glover; the son is Tim II. Easy enough to remember. Glover is ori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Maya Cuisine now open in northeast Minneapolis: A first look

    With no announcement or fanfare, Maya Cuisine quietly opened its doors on August 17. The colorful new sign on the humble brick building located on the stretch of Central Avenue between 18th and 19th streets caught our eye, and we stopped in to investigate this newcomer to the neighborhood. Central ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Andale Taqueria Y Mercado brings traditional Mexican food to Richfield

    It's been a slow build for the Andale Taqueria Y Mercado. Co-owner Fernando Mellado notes that there was about $30,000 in business in the first month of the restaurant side of the business. It didn't take long, however, for that to triple. Along the way, the restaurant has picked up fans and accolad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Rusty Taco in northeast Minneapolis: A first look

    Rusty Taco isn't new to Minnesota (there's one in St. Paul on Lexington Avenue), but Minneapolis is seeing the first of the Dallas-based chain with the recent opening of a brand-new outpost in northeast Minneapolis. The restaurant opened its doors last month in the former home of Look See Eyewear, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    The Tin Fish vs. Sea Salt Eatery's fish tacos

    Summer is upon us and with it the inexplicable desire to eat outside in the hot sun, preferably using only our hands. Summer is conducive to many a hand-held culinary experience in Minnesota: ice cream cones, hot dogs, and just about anything you can get your greasy hands on from a food truck or the ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012

    Racists with tacos

    Even people who hate Mexicans love their food

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Las Teresitas: The little Mexican restaurant that could

    The Twin Cities has plenty of options for Mexican food, but don't overlook a little place in south Minneapolis that is offering some of the best tacos in town. Las Teresitas, just off Highway 62 East and 34th Avenue South, has an excellent selection of tacos, burritos, and a wide variety of other Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Poutine round-up: from classic to "obscene"

    Admittedly, we're not exactly on par with Canada when it comes to the availability of poutine. In fact in Quebec, where the dish is said to have originated, you can order a side of the cheese-curd and gravy-covered fries at any McDonald's. We'll probably never get to that point (do we really want to ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    February 17, 2012

    Rosa Mexicano, chef Jonathan Waxman create new "Eclectic Cuts" menu

    ​Jonathan Waxman, Top Chef Master and pioneer of California Cuisine, has teamed with the upscale Mexican restaurant chain Rosa Mexicano to create a unique supplemental menu that will soon be available to diners at its downtown Minneapolis outpost.The Hot Dish was invited to preview the menu and no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Robin Asbell's vegan quesadillas and cranberry-jicama salsa make the season bright [RECIPE]

    ​Robin Asbell, cooking instructor, culinary advisor to the Whole Grains Council, and author of Big Vegan: More Than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy, All Delicious, will be appearing at the Kitchen in the Market (in Midtown Global Market) on December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The author will be s ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 16, 2011

    Rosa Mexicano leaves a lot to be desired

    Mexican fare disappointing even on the good china

  • Restaurants

    October 5, 2011

    Sonora Grill comes to Midtown Global Market

    Scratch-made Spanish-Latin fast food

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Big E's: The Early Days

    Austin developed what would become the formula for Big E's on the deck of his apartment.​Minneapolis chef Eric Austin is known best as the owner of Big E's, a popular soul food restaurant he left in 2005 after a fight broke out in the kitchen (read more in this week's cover story). But years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Eric "Big E" Austin: Chef Chat

    Courtesy of Eric Austin​If you follow the local food scene at all, you'll surely recognize chef Eric "Big E" Austin's name. Known for both his sophisticated neo-soul fare and some very public endings to multiple business partnerships, Austin has made his presence known in the Twin Cities since ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 27, 2011

    Gastro Truck, Barrio, Hola Arepa, and more

    Food trucks bring new eats to the street

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    June 29, 2011
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    May 12, 2011

    Barrio Truck brings burritos and more to downtown Minneapolis

    Barrio via Facebook​Last year the Barrio Truck was spotted a few times at festivals and such, but this season it's out on a more regular basis at a more permanent location in downtown Minneapolis. Barrio Taco Truck is in its second full week this season, camped out in Smack Shack's former sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Dixie's vs. Forum: Gumbo Smackdown

    Lu LippoldWhen you order the gumbo at Dixie's, you get a warning ​During the Mardi Gras time of year, when people in New Orleans are dancing and drinking and generally behaving in a very un-Minnesotan manner, northerners might decide to loosen up enough to try a mysterious Louisianan food like ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 2, 2011

    Cocina del Barrio opens in Edina

    A bigger, badder Barrio?

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    June 16, 2010

    Willy D's brings real soul food back to Minneapolis

    Try to find more heavenly fried chicken

  • Restaurants

    August 20, 2008

    Big E is Back

    The popular soul food chef's new venture brings New Orleans to South St. Paul

  • Restaurants

    April 30, 2008

    The Mexitalian bistro La Chaya has staying power

    Diners hungry for a place to linger over their meals have a home in Kingfield

  • Restaurants

    January 16, 2008

    Antojito Paradise

    Antojitos are the street snacks of Mexico City, and the newest Los Ocampo on Lake Street offers an irresistible array

  • Restaurants

    January 3, 2007

    Ten Most Wanted

    2006 was a tasty, tasty year. Dara goes through her memory book and anoints the stars.

  • Restaurants

    December 6, 2006

    Fast, Cheap, Great

    Is there anyplace to get a great, cheap meal in this town anymore? Boy howdy, is there—here are six

  • Restaurants

    March 22, 2006

    Most of the Enchilada

    New D'Amico Mexican Restaurant Masa Is Casual and Likable, and Mixes a Damn Good Margarita. Isn't That Good Enough?

  • Restaurants

    March 15, 2006

    Most of the Enchilada

    New D'Amico Mexican restaurant Masa is casual and likable, and mixes a damn good margarita. Isn't that good enough?

  • Restaurants

    August 10, 2005

    Amor y Salud

    Live long and prosper

  • Restaurants

    October 27, 2004

    The Spicy Side of the Street

    A tour through five of the best taquerias on East Lake

  • Restaurants

    September 10, 2003

    Mexican Revolution

    Pre-Columbian, super-authentic Mexican where eat street meets downtown

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    November 20, 2002

    La Vida Torta

    Manny's offers a Mexican version of Minnesota comfort food

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    April 3, 2002

    A Tale of Tamales

    South Minneapolis's La Loma works magic with masa

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    December 8, 1999
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    November 3, 1999
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