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 >>
Let's just call this the summer of free tacos. Boston-native seafood brand Sea Cuisine and celebrity chef Jamie Malone of Minneapolis's very own Sea Change are partnering up to bring the Twin Cities a fish taco to be reckoned with on the 2014 Taco Bar Tour. Until the end of September, Sea Cuisine ... More >>
It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic c ... More >>
When you consider the high concentration of bars in Uptown and tendency for people to be out late and on foot, there's an alarming lack of tacos in that neighborhood. Or there was until very recently, when World Street Kitchen debuted their lamb belly and jerk beef fusion ones and Nico's Tacos ... More >>
If you ask us, Minneapolis could always use more tacos. Fortunately, this year has been fruitful on the corn tortilla front. Boca Chica celebrated 50 years of service with $1 tacos in March, Taco Cat started delivering tacos by bicycle in April, and now Lago Tacos, Excelsior's lakeside taco joint, i ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Twin Cities slurpers that will chase away the cold
With a few tweaks, this new Hennepin Avenue hotspot could be a hit
A taste of Minneapolis burger joint Zeke's Unchained Animal and St. Paul taqueria Tacos, Nachos, and Beer
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Which of the newest tacos in northeast Minneapolis make the grade?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Even people who hate Mexicans love their food
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 >>
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 >>
One nation under tacos
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 >>
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 >>
Mexican fare disappointing even on the good china
Scratch-made Spanish-Latin fast food
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 >>
Courtesy of Eric AustinIf 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 >>
Food trucks bring new eats to the street
South Minneapolis gets spicy
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 >>
A bigger, badder Barrio?
Try to find more heavenly fried chicken
No love for Mardi Gras king cake in Minnesota.
Diners hungry for a place to linger over their meals have a home in Kingfield
Antojitos are the street snacks of Mexico City, and the newest Los Ocampo on Lake Street offers an irresistible array
2006 was a tasty, tasty year. Dara goes through her memory book and anoints the stars.
New D'Amico Mexican Restaurant Masa Is Casual and Likable, and Mixes a Damn Good Margarita. Isn't That Good Enough?
New D'Amico Mexican restaurant Masa is casual and likable, and mixes a damn good margarita. Isn't that good enough?
Live long and prosper
A tour through five of the best taquerias on East Lake
Pre-Columbian, super-authentic Mexican where eat street meets downtown
Manny's offers a Mexican version of Minnesota comfort food
South Minneapolis's La Loma works magic with masa