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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Well, that was fast. With very little notice and a very quick turnaround time, the Bullfrog Cajun Bar next door to Butcher and the Boar on Hennepin has transitioned to become the Bulldog Downtown, the latest outpost to join the Northeast, Uptown, and Lowertown locations.Here are more details on the ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rosa Mexicano609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.656.7144Hours:Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. (in the bar area only)Drinks & Eats:La Tradicional Margarita - $4.90The 1800 Margarita - $5.50Pitchers of Sangría - $4.90/$141800 Tequila Shots - $5.50Select Imported Beers - $3Queso Fundido - $4.90Flautas de Pol ... 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 >>
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 >>
Barrio via FacebookLast 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 >>
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 >>
Out: soul food. In: South American fare. From the cleared-out looks of things, the low-profile soul food spot at Lake and Bryant, Favor Cafe, has fried its last piece of chicken. Even though #913 is prime real estate, the space has struggled to sustain restaurants--it also housed the no ... More >>